R/GA Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
152 Reviews
3.9
152 Reviews
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R/GA Founder, Chairman, and CEO Bob Greenberg
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Awesome, smart people and great projects if you're prepared to work hard (in 15 reviews)

  • A handful of truly great and talented people have stuck around despite the increasing amount of turnover (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Production can be weak with clients, work / life balance needs improving (in 10 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great people and great vibe

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at R/GA

    Pros

    nice people, good atmosphere, good work ethic

    Cons

    work not as exciting as expected. but still good overall

  2.  

    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 for less than a 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
  3.  

    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 for more than a 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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  5.  

    Unrivaled

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

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

    Pros

    smart people, innovative thinking, flat hierarchy

    Cons

    at times too many cooks in the kitchen

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Lots of professionals doing a good job.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at R/GA as a contractor

    Pros

    Many varied projects for technologists, with an opportunity to use cutting edge tools.

    Cons

    Frequent employee churn makes building meaningful relationships and products difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your technologists! They know what they're talking about.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Creative

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at R/GA

    Pros

    name, pay, people, multiple clients

    Cons

    work-life balance, leadership, bad work

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Methodologies, Lots of Politics

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

    I worked at R/GA as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    The people are friendly and the work is challenging. The DNA of the institution is methodical and organized, unlike a lot of advertising agencies. Lots of learning opportunities and self-starters can learn from others at the agency.

    Cons

    However like a typical ad agency politics are a constant - not in a catty, high school way, but in a turf-war, ownership way, which adds an unwanted layer of complexity in a setting of tight deadlines.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is an advertising agency, but a pretty good one.

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    Current Employee - Technical Director  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Technical Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at R/GA full-time

    Pros

    If you are motivated, talented, and tell your manager what you want, you will probably do well and move up. Pretty collaborative and a lot of opportunity to learn and work on cool stuff.

    Cons

    Advertising is a pretty crappy industry. Sometimes it feels like you work for the client instead of R/GA, but they do put a lot of effort into fixing that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Read This if You Want To Know What 99% of The Staff Is Feeling

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I had to enter 5 words minimum here to submit this review.

    Cons

    At R/GA, I feel like i'm living a really awful movie with a terribly written plot. It's astounding how nonsensical and idiotic some management changes have been, and how the general day-to-day business is run. After experiencing this firsthand, I would NOT recommend any bit of this company in any capacity or form. If you're talented, please do yourself a favor and keep shopping. I made this mistake, don't make this with yours.

    They claim a "producer-driven" culture, but truthfully nobody knows what the hell they're doing. They're just trying to notch the wall with crayons and quotas, loosely held together by the hopes that they can trick internal stakeholders into believing that the marginal markup of the agency's products/services is actually worth the premium. Producers, in general, are wicked smart but treat their creatives like dirt. It's not their fault. It's the internal perception and culture that enables that behavior.

    Creatives take the worst of it -- far too often, they're finding themselves shackled to an account with an internal work/budgeting system that does NOT make sense at all. Even directors can't simply operate teams in the way they'd like to. There is no opportunity for growth or advancement here.. People are vocal about their dissatisfaction. Nobody cares. The system is laughable, the turnover is high as ever, and key people keep leaving. It sucks.

    In sum, R/GA is a ghost of its former self -- which was once a great group of incredibly creative people who worked tirelessly to cultivate, form, and solidify the agency's reputation. What R/GA is now is a typical agency rotting from the inside out, with absolutely clueless people who remain threatened by anyone who is remotely qualified at their job(s), while attempting to ride past cachet and glory to personal success. Yes there are still talented people here, but in large part they are disillusioned and unsure of exactly how to make the pain stop.

    And I feel for them, I really do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Quality Assurance

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Excellent people to work with

    Cons

    Some weeks you have to work extremely long hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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