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Great people and mission, but B level work given to unsophisticated (but goodhearted) clients

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Current Employee - Account Director in Pasadena, CA
Current Employee - Account Director in Pasadena, CA

I have been working at Russ Reid full-time (More than 3 years)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Coworkers are great, easy to work with Great hours, everyone is out the door by 5 No typical agency drama Long term client relationships, 5, 10, 15 years not abnormal Great working location

Cons

Pay is way below market for agencies, evident in the mid/low tier universities that most recruiting is aimed at Many senior execs are B level players, insular, with tenure counting more than talent/performance Agency doesn't evolve because clients (non profit) are unsophisticated compared to Fortune 500 clients who expect and get more from their agencies

Advice to Management

You have great, motivated people and could be so much better with the right strategic and technical (i.e., up to date) CRM thinking in place - although its not apparent anyone at a senior level recognizes how far behind the agency is compared to competitors. If there was more of a meritocracy instead of a tenure based system in place you could attract and keep more talent and raise your game - although it seems that senior execs are ok with "good enough" people to work with a client base that doesn't know what its missing compared to more advanced CRM agencies.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    negative

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Pasadena, CA

    I have been working at Russ Reid

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    the internal staff is very nice

    Cons

    it's a political environment to work in


  2. Helpful (4)

    Meaningful work, good benefits, low pay, poor balance

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    • Career Opportunities
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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Pasadena, CA

    I worked at Russ Reid

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, lower employee turnover than a typical ad agency, employees are full of heart and passionate about what they do. Semi-flexible hours during the day, or ability to work from home from time to time if necessary.

    Cons

    Hectic, uneducated clients, lots of women, lots of grads from local Christian universities, poor general work/life balance amongst employees, very Christian environment--almost too much, wish the company was more creative/laid back, not cutting edge advertising, company is very process driven to a fault, insanely low pay for job responsibilities and location, but the company gets away with it because the clients are non profits. There is a large disconnect between promotions/salary increases in half of the company, and very slow promotions in the rest of the agency.

    Advice to Management

    Prove/make clear--often-- to your employees that you truly value their sacrifice and hard work for the agency. Even if it comes to spending your own money to make your colleague feel appreciated.


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