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R/GA Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
166 Reviews
3.6
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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. 1 person 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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    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
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

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

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

    Pros

    There are some talented people here. Maybe like 10. When I say 10, I literally mean 10. They are the guys who are keeping the agency alive. If they left, R/GA would be exposed for what it truly is -- just like any other agency with half-baked solutions that's heavy on the cliquish/nepotism side with a bunch of clueless people running around grabbing the nearest Business Insider article into their arsenal to present in meetings. They think Ad Age is the New Testament. They are so out of touch with actual popular culture that it's worrying for a business that prides itself on being "in the know".

    Cons

    Things i've experienced since i've been here:

    1) Racism. Sexism. Unfortunately, nothing is ever written down on paper. But it exists. I've seen people purposely handed projects because of their race. Typically, projects that no one else wants to do. The EEOC would have a blast investigating this agency.

    2) The dark side of cliquishness. C-players bring down A-players all the time.. this happens just about every day, and is as common as crabgrass. If you're talented, expect to have to fight and be blatantly hostile to some of these people. The turf battle is exhausting as much as it is childish. Their high performers have been quitting at an alarming rate. And if they haven't just yet, then they've probably thought about it.

    3) Serious management issues at the executive level. This industry is rife with "storytellers", but not a lot of people actually doing anything. Executive management would rather sit back and promote their own agenda through the upholding of their "friends" and people that "side with them" than take curative steps to heal the agency. It's about the acquisition of power, and not the work anymore. You see it all the time -- promising careers get sidelined for people who walk with their chests high, a holier-than-thou attitude, and two-faced doublespeak (depending on who's listening). People with talent end up staying late to close loops by the lazy. It's like lab class in high school with the group mates from hell -- you have a bunch of guys "coming up with the idea", and then farming it out to people to "do the work", then taking all the credit for it.

    4) Some executives seem to be completely out of touch with the day-to-day business. This is extremely worrisome.

    5) Wanting to gouge my eyes out at the pettiness i've seen, the blatant stereotyping of certain cultural groups.. this ain't the 60s folks. Times are different now. I went from being prideful of telling people I worked here to wanting to forget about this phase of my life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a Harvard Business School professor to investigate and write a book on how not to grow a company culture. I mean, there are already too many that tell you the right way to. Why not? It would help your brand stand out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Nothing but nepotism

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Some great people, most are very knowledgeable and good at what they do.

    Cons

    Zero opportunity for career advancement, unless you're best friends with a VP or married to them. Nothing but nepotism here, I've witnessed two horrible cases where both hires were friends or married to people within the agency. They were hired into high managerial roles and were very bad at every aspect required of their role. People below them were more qualified which prevents those lower roles from moving up and learning. These new hires receive bonus's, early mid-year promotions/raises, and awards after being at the company for less than one year. This place is all about corporate politics. There are a lot of lifers there, that have been there a long time simply coasting, they show up everyday and get a paycheck but they are not responsible for producing any client facing work. There are people that make it there long enough to simply dump all of their responsibilities on the person directly beneath them.

    There is no culture here and the office looks like a doctors exam room, void of any life. This place tends to be fairly sexist as a lot of the women here are not promoted as quickly as men. Some have been there 7 years only being promoted once. Others 3 years no promotion at all. Perhaps you are on another less glamorous account you will not be promoted unless you are on an award winning high profile account. None of the execs will know who you are or what you do if you aren't winning awards making them look good. You will work all the time and you will not be recognized for that hard work. There is no work life balance. You are expected to work late even when you have finished your work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mandatory education to all mangers responsible for reviews. They often don't show up to those meetings so there must be a way to hold them accountable. These hires through nepotism are not able to complete formal accurate reviews because they don't understand the process and they don't care enough about others advancement.

    Do not hire friends and family of those already working in high roles within the agency. Hiring this way deters the advancement of lower roles which makeup the majority of the company.

    Look into the ratio of male promotions versus women to see if you are giving equal opportunities. Currently it seems skewed toward male.

    Consider anonymous suggestions within the groups, open up the floor for discussion if people are worried about career growth or other issues. Not everyone feels comfortable going to HR.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 a 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
  8. 11 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 a 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
  9. 5 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
  10. 2 people 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
  11. 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

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