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R/GA Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated November 21, 2014
Updated November 21, 2014
163 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Awesome, smart people and great projects if you're prepared to work hard (in 18 reviews)

  • There are some fairly talented people at R/GA, they have some great clients and their name will look pretty good on your CV (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is tough, as it is in any other agency (in 13 reviews)

  • Some weeks you have to work extremely long hours (in 14 reviews)

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    R/GA

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    Current Employee - ACD in New York, NY
    Current Employee - ACD in New York, NY

    I have been working at R/GA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    People were very nice, talented.

    Cons

    Clique-y, work-life balance, benefits, varying time-off policies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less silos

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place, but the work is changing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at R/GA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and a real focus on excellent work.

    Cons

    Big accounts means less interesting work. The bravery in the creative has be de-prioritized for big accounts with big budgets to grow the company. This is slowly killing the company culture as talented folks leave to find a place where they can do innovative work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The NY Office got too big and the focus on big accounts that don't want to do bold work is a misstep.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Digitas West

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at R/GA full-time

    Pros

    You will still find smart people to work and laugh with while you work on boring accounts.

    Cons

    If you really want to work at Digitas but don't want to leave the west side, then come to R/GA. It's being remade as Digitas West. Maybe Publicis will buy Interpublic and the transformation will be complete.
    Creative isn't as creative as it used to be, but it's probably being stifled by the accounts the agency has taken on. The brilliant, but quirky creatives that gave R/GA the reputation that still lingers, are a thing of the past.
    The company shows no loyalty to the people that helped build it. Creativity can't thrive in the current atmosphere.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people

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    Former Employee - Visual Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Visual Designer in New York, NY

    I worked at R/GA full-time

    Pros

    - looks great on your resume
    - great leadership
    - best in class when it comes to digital
    - you'll learn a lot

    Cons

    - very few accounts are fun and creative to work on
    - it's getting bigger and bigger by the year

    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Top talent, great culture, work satisfaction depending on which account you were on

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at R/GA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great talent, everyone was focused on the work, not corporate environment, some sexy work if you were on the right team.

    Cons

    Big divide between creative and producers/account and creative often won. Hired too fast bringing on traditional agency talent that didnt understand digital and would flex creative muscle at the expense of good UI/UX. Company so big, it's hard to stand out and get recognized for your work. Performance review was weird.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to figure out a structure or way that staff didn't feel lost in the shuffle.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 7 people found this helpful  

    No longer very creative and too many politics

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    Former Employee - Senior Visual Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Visual Designer in New York, NY

    I worked at R/GA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Some nice, smart people, many of whom are undervalued. Good pay.

    Cons

    Run by a bunch of people with big titles who have no idea what's really going on and just go by hear-say. The company is so big, it's impossible to get anything done quickly. Lots of processes that are plain stupid and created by someone who obviously isn't very involved on a day-to-day basis. If you are good at talking up yourself, then you will fit right in here. For those who just want to get on with the work, there are other companies doing better, more creative work. Lots of fake people who are ready to stab you in the back if it means saving their own job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too top heavy. So many 'thought leaders' - not sure what they're actually doing. It's not ok to have only worked at this company all your life and think there is only 1 way to do things. Stop having so many meetings about having more meetings. Try to actually care about people instead of pretending to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Horrible Experience

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    Former Employee - Senior Producer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Producer in New York, NY

    I worked at R/GA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Looks good on your resume

    Cons

    Your boss may be competitive with you. Very hard to get a promotion or a raise. Even if you want to work hard to succeed you can be held back. Manipulative people everywhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show more respect to the people you have hired.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    RUN RUN RUN !!!!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at R/GA full-time

    Pros

    The coffee bar in the middle of everything

    Cons

    Where do I even begin? This place is the equivalent to working in a corporate law firm or something similar. What a disaster! If you want to feel like your working in an ad agency--this is not the place for you. Super serious. Super regimented. No flexibility. No sick time. Very few holidays off. HORRIBLE AND EXPENSIVE medical benefits. Just overall a terrible place to be. The crowd is also pretty old for an agency. If you want a fun, exciting, alive environment! THIS IS NOT IT! It might look cool on the inside but its super corporate and strict.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lighten up! We aint saving lives here!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Working here is great

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    Current Employee - Junior Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Junior Designer in New York, NY

    I have been working at R/GA full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    This place is fantastic. The expectations are realistic, the benefits are great, and the work is fun.

    Cons

    Like everyone seems to be saying, management isn't the best.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    R/GA is a great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at R/GA (more than an year)

    Pros

    It's a really big company, there's a lot of opportunity for career advancement. Big name clients. If you want to be a super star you can, if you just want to do great work and go home at the end of the day you can.

    Cons

    There's a lot of talent, so there'a a lot of competition for the good work, and when you get it you have to impress. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but there can be pressure if you take it on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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