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R/GA Reviews

Updated February 27, 2015
Updated February 27, 2015
174 Reviews
3.5
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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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  1.  

    As you know, they do some awesome cool stuffs!

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

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

    Pros

    working environment is pretty great

    Cons

    the size of the NY office is too big.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    It's been a great learning experience at R/GA. Lots of talent here to work alongside with.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at R/GA

    Pros

    There are many offices around the world to travel to.

    Cons

    Work life balance isn't so great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing if you know what you want and you ask for it.

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

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

    Pros

    For someone who is professionally mature and doesn't obsess about what benefits their friend of a friend is getting at Google, R/GA offers great opportunity for an Experience Designer. Turnover breeds opportunity for you to pounce on. Like anywhere else, when you take ownership of your tasks, you'll be entrusted to do more. Great benefits package, decent pay, 18 days paid-time-off, corporate discounts depending on the accounts you work on.

    Cons

    Office camaraderie exists within your working and desk groups. It doesn't naturally happen even though you travel in the same space. I think it's easy to get lost in the mix, self-motivated diligence to making yourself visible is key to your success and your satisfaction. Work-life balance is dependant on the team. For me, it has been a wonderful balance. There are long days occasionally, but most of the time, as long as you work well, you don't have to stay late.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think it's important to keep an eye on your employees who do not have mentors. Mentorship is so key to growing your talent pool There are way too many people with a disconnect with any mentor figure...what a waste of talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Nice people, lots of opportunity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at R/GA

    Pros

    Get to work with smart, creative individuals with a passion for digital. The work is constantly evolving. Lots of opportunity for growth / promotion.

    Cons

    Just the typical "cons" of working in the industry: long hours, clients who keep changing their mind, lots of unnecessary jargon being tossed around.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Insulting, but profitable!

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

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

    Pros

    Juice bar
    Very competitive salary at higher levels
    Resume booster: name-recognition
    Thirsty Thursdays are nice
    Some lovely people

    Cons

    Nepotism (marriage to an executive will get you far in this company and no one seems to think that's weird. that's totally weird, right?)
    Inadequate managers desperate to CYA, who will throw their employees to the wolves if profitability numbers dip but still think they're the bees knees
    Political, pigeonholing, gossipy clique-ish culture seems to be encouraged. If you don't fit in, you're done for
    Poor location just off Times Square and behind the Port Authority means lots of garbage/barf, homeless, drunks passed out on the pavement, transients and street-people
    The actual offices are dismal, with flies, bad lighting, loud noise/talking, no privacy, forty people eating forty lunches with eighty kinds of smells, ancient bathrooms, bad H VAC. There is a pretty gated courtyard in front of 350 and upstairs but: flies
    Bob's art collection.
    Kafkaesque interview process pays off with incredible turn-over (i.e. You interview with twelve people over three months, start job, recognize no one you interviewed with bc they all left, and your new manager hates you bc they didn't get to pick you. Start job search again.)
    No mentoring, no help, no support, no loyalty
    Meeting overload
    Poor work-life balance with emails 24/7
    Clients run roughshod over the agency while trying to do everything on the cheap
    No rhyme or reason - someone with a bad attitude who does bad work will get transferred to another group while someone with a good attitude, and a real desire to do work is cut to preserve profits, happens again and again. So weird. Meanwhile if you date or marry a "star" you can coast on their coattails to senior level roles. Basically it seems like there are just some people who have been identified as being special and can do whatever they want/say whatever they want, while others are given no support and edged out.
    Bottom line - do your research, take the job, save a pile of money, make it for a couple of years and then go someplace where they treat you like a human being instead of a decimal point on a financials spreadsheet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck with the new office - that should be great!
    Consider the effects of favoritism and nepotism on morale.
    Drastically curtail the interview process.
    Make some kind of rules around the email and meeting madness.
    Assign buddies to new people. The on-boarding for RGA is hellish. A couple of two-hour training sessions is not nearly enough. Instead assign a long-term person to newbies so they have a sponsor who is accountable for their success and can actually help them navigate the dark waters.
    Make an effort to get to know and value the people you hire.
    Fire the dead weight in senior management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Really great people but no loyalty

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at R/GA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are some great clients and a lot of great clients and some exciting work being done. There is a lot of talent and benefits are decent.

    Cons

    There is absolutely no loyalty to employees. I have heard it referred to as a "sweat shop" and there is a lot of truth to that. That would rather rehire you than promote you. The HR department is the most unprofessional of any I have experienced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the talent - invest in the employees - promote them and restructure HR.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Pretty Good

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    Former Employee - Art Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Art Director in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Willing to do industry leading work.

    Cons

    Not enough clients or work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reward the people that do the work.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Passionate colleagues, but so disorganized and plagued with inefficiencies.

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    Current Employee - Associate Media Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Media Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at R/GA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some nice people, some talented people, pays pretty well, huge agency so lots of room for movement and promotion, on the cutting edge of digital

    Cons

    Poorly organized, lack of centralized vision, departments are too siloed which results in lack of collaboration, land grab for billable hours so team members are discouraged from collaborating, only a handful of interesting accounts that get all of the attention in the agency, constant meetings (about 75% of the day is typical), running outside in the cold to get from one meeting to another

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish a better company culture of not wasting so much time in meetings, encourage better collaboration between departments, restructure the agency so that we don't spend 2+ hours a week in meetings to discuss allocations and how to manage our time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    In need of a change...

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    Former Employee - HRBP
    Former Employee - HRBP

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

    Pros

    Some fun people and the parties are good.

    Cons

    Most of the senior management team is operating on his or her own agenda and the HR department is no help. It is such a shame that employees have nowhere to turn if they have an issue or need guidance and I think it is a bad sign when the HR department has the highest turnover of all of the departments. Poor performers skate by and those that keep their head down and do their job are not recognized unless they are on a "winning" account.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep making changes at the executive level.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great creative team, super stimulating work

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    Former Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Art Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Challenging and stimulating work, everyone works hard and in turn makes you better. Good benefits, good work environment, occasional social gatherings.

    Cons

    It is hard work working here, but worth it. The industry in general requires long hours to do good work, that is the same everywhere so it is not a specific "Con" to this company, just the industry. Sometimes competition is too much- I had one co-worker steal some of my work and get incredible recognition in the press for it, disappointing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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