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Doing good for others sometimes isn't enough.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Pasadena, CA

ProsFundraising for non-profits, feeling good about helping the clients, knowing you've made the world a better place. The majority of the people are very nice and hard working. When dealing with peers, it can be delightful. There are a lot of really talented people in the lower and middle management areas.

ConsDepending on what department you are in, there can be terrible internal politics and a general lack of respect. Executive and senior management thinks they're cutting edge but actually sadly behind the curve, majority of "new blood" is brought into the junior accounts areas. Preference seems given to graduates of Azusa Pacific University or Westmont, neither of which are known for their stellar marketing, advertising or fundraising programs.

The top managers who seem the most fair-minded and even-tempered, don't have that much face time with the average employee or aren't empowered to really make change. I've seen some really nasty behavior and tantrums exhibited by a handful of VPs. They undermine and contradict. Somehow the work gets done despite them, not because of them.

There are a lot of faith-based clients, which depending on your own personal faith (or lack thereof) can make working at Russ Reid wonderfully fulfilling or very uncomfortable.

Advice to Senior ManagementShopping the local Christian universities can be an asset, especially with the Missions clients. But are these the strongest candidates for the positions? Often very junior people are put in front of clients and they over promise and create a domino effect of problems. Then more experienced people are marginalized or blamed. Hiring for positions with competitive salaries, especially in technology and digital, would save a lot of turnover and upheaval. Assuming that "doing good" is someone's first priority isn't going to keep Russ Reid competitive or ahead of the competition. Also, take a closer look at some of your senior management. Many of you are personal friends which seems to fog true objectivity as to whether those people are helping or hurting the company in the long run.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people, amazing corporate attitude, feel-good job

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    I worked at Russ Reid full-time for more than 5 years


    Pros: Culture Coworkers Help nonprofits without having to work at one Lots of variety… Cons: Unsophisticated clients can be frustrating Not a refined digital practice in… Advice to Senior Management: RR mantra of "grow your people, grow your clients, grow the agency" is the right attitude and makes RR a wonderful place to work. … Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    Lacking integrity.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    I worked at Russ Reid


    Pros: Amazing clients doing great work. Many wonderful people in the… Cons: Leadership are horrible communicators. There is a severe integrity gap between their HR "commitment to co-workers" and supervisor training and what actually happens. You are… Advice to Senior Management: Really take stock of how little supervisor actually follow through on growing their teams. There is a reason why there is incredibly… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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