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R/GA Reviews in San Francisco, CA

145 Reviews

3.7
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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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  1.  

    Friendly environment and ton of smart and creative people. Strong leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging projects. Startup-like environment. Creativity is welcomed and encouraged

    Cons

    Some projects might be stressful. Fast-pacing projects might not be for everyone

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You do care about the people that work here. You do promote health workplace. Keep it up. Think about how to lower the turnover rate which is high for the agencies like this

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Exhausting and Fickle

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Exposure to many projects, ability to work with a wide variety of people from all around the globe, the team includes incredibly talented creatives and technologists, big name clients, lots of exposure.

    Cons

    Disorganized, constant layoffs in a time when business should be skyrocketing, terrible business decisions that lead to huge problems, enormous turnover rate (constantly working with strangers), terrible client management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address the employee turnover issue, make employees feel like they can establish themselves in the organization. Try harder to retain talent and learn how build teams that can build strength.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Lacks leadership and talent management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Creative  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Creative in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Thirsty Thursdays and biweekly staff breakfast. Snacks, fruit and soft drinks

    Cons

    Low energy and morale

    Managers that are lazy and don't provide mentorship, no investments in or desire to develop talent - this is across all departments

    Lack of energy/enthusiasm from senior level managers

    Lack of exciting work. Mostly digital banners, barely any mobile or social. Lackluster work that doesn't win any awards, led by ECD's that are clueless about digital (they come from traditional/branding)

    Long hours. Lack of time management leads to long nights and weekends which burn out the team and have caused many to leave in less than 6 months

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the senior managers and start fresh with a new team that's vested in the agency and talent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    SF office needs to turn it around

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Located right on South Park, a great place for lunch outside and fresh air

    AT&T ballpark is a few blocks away

    Cons

    Senior management is in its own bubble and does not provide enough communication or direction to the rest of the staff. It's dominated by men and women barely have a senior presence in this office.

    There's no emphasis on mentorship which leads to consistently high turn over, dissatisfaction and low morale. Managers are not doing a good job of managing and growing the careers of those they are responsible for.

    There's no recognition or compensation despite the long hours, nights and weekends spent to deliver excellent work. The staff feels unappreciated and unrecognized, and while senior management is aware of this, nothing has been done to address it.

    Those that tried to inject fun, culture and life into this oddly quiet office are quickly discouraged, shut down or pushed out.

    The vibe is weird, you sense there's something wrong, but can't exactly put your finger on it until you've started working here. Do not work here if you want a career in digital advertising. Work here if all you want to do is create banners that nobody clicks on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some management courses and learn how to effectively manage and communicate with people. You are rock stars on your own, but terrible when it comes to managing talent - you need to invest in learning how to manage talent at all levels.

    Be more energetic and enthusiastic in order to motivate and excite people. Your lack of energy is disappointing and uninspiring. Stop treating it like a job that pays the bills and start showing some passion in your work.

    Socialize and hang out with the rest of the staff in order to get to know them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Rewarding!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    I love working for a leader that is inspiring and respectful of his employees. I think Bob does a fantastic job running the company.

    Cons

    The internal processes do not make sense, they could be more efficient and smarter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management is fine, from what I've seen so far the leaders are great. Obviously, there are a few bad apples and I think wrong hiring decisions were made.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    R/GA San Francisco - 360 Degree Design

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Interaction Designer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Interaction Designer in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Variety of projects from big to small on variety of subjects
    Great project mobility not to much not too little, every few month ability to participate in something new weather it is brainstorming, researching, sketching, ideation or production
    Great people: smart, international, humble, pleasant
    Smart and respectful management
    Wonderful work location

    Cons

    A lot of work is done with the New York office, long distance, time difference and alternative work culture take effort.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    San Francisco management - great
    New York management - be more open minded and have trust

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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