RAPP Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
111 Reviews
2.6
111 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • This agency seems to respect a work/life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • There are great people in that agency even though there are far and few in between (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Little to no support for executional excellence (in 3 reviews)

  • We have a leadership team, executive team and 2 managing directors but yet this place is still a complete mess (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    So far so good. (It's been two months)

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    Current Employee - Senior CopyWriter  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior CopyWriter in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at RAPP as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Really cool people. Not overworked. I feel respected.

    Cons

    Process is a little convoluted.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Hectic and disorganized, but room to improve overall

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    Former Employee - UI Architect  in  Irving, TX
    Former Employee - UI Architect in Irving, TX

    I worked at RAPP full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The atmosphere when I started working there was nice, turned militaristic toward the time I decided to leave

    Cons

    Management and overall organization is terrible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employee advice instead of constantly defending company mistakes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Slow downward spiral

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at RAPP full-time

    Pros

    Free beer on fridays, casual dress code.

    Cons

    "Start up mentality" is spin for the company is small and can't keep employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate early and often and cut to the chase.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Struggling

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at RAPP

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial environment which is beneficial at times to make certain things happen for the client, but lack of process also stalls progress when it feels like things are inefficiently being reinvented everytime

    Cons

    Chaotic and reactionary. Little to no support for executional excellence. The weight of focus is on new biz wins, then upper management support dissipates once the clients sign the contracts

  6.  

    Fun place with a great network of people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Creative Services Director  in  El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Creative Services Director in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at RAPP full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    New CEO Alexi has a great vision and has inspired us that great things are coming.

    Cons

    At times client services let the work load build too much and don't manage their client well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    design

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

    I worked at RAPP full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    friendly people, lots of extra fun stuff

    Cons

    not so great for career path

  8.  

    Too many chiefs. Not enough Indians.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at RAPP full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people- well some of them.
    Work/life balance.
    HR is very helpful and confidential.
    Summer days, but were an agency, so everyone has that.

    Cons

    We have a leadership team, executive team and 2 managing directors but yet this place is still a complete mess. Head of strategy is condescending, uninspiring, disrespectful and she completely lacks self awareness. Everyone fights, nothing can get done on time, morale is nonexistent. Leadership is so oblivious because they are more concerned with "having the last word" amongst each other. Everyone at the company is either a director or above (therefore doesn't do any actual work to help) or a promoted intern (no offense)- and doesn't have the skills or experience to substantially help. This place is a "cluster".

    And a big one- the bigger the brown noser the more successful you'll be at RAPP. If you don't kiss butt to the leadership team, or claim credit for work with the exec team and managing directors first, someone else will and consider yourself on the chopping block during the next round of layoffs (which happens every year).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate the employees that actually do the work, but don't wait until they quit before you show your appreciation. Recognition and support goes a long way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Who's in charge?

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at RAPP

    Pros

    Great people. Very smart. Teams seem to bond well together, at least the actual workers on the teams.

    Cons

    Can't keep people long enough to gain traction.
    Creative leadership keeps turning over. Strategy leadership and Account as well.
    No bonuses.
    Went 3 years without a review or salary adjustment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move on.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good for gaining experience in the short-term, horrible for long-term career goals

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX

    I worked at RAPP full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits, laid back working environment, fun activities, exceptional coworkers, allows work from home if needed

    Cons

    The worst attempt at "leadership" I have ever experienced. The good employees are worked into the ground until they leave the company. 50-60 hours a week is the norm. Cronyism is abundant in the technology groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a long, hard look at the leaders of individual departments and you might see why people are leaving. Invest in your existing employees by offering career opportunities and professional development.

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

    Not digital or data driven at all.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at RAPP full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There's a handful of people in each department, two or three, that are true stars who would shine anywhere.
    Office is within walking distance of plenty of great dining options.

    Cons

    Can't win the kind of accounts that attract top talent.
    Management can't steer its current client roster in a digital direction.
    Not staffed for today's ad world; lots of mid 80's and early 90's DM diehards in top positions.
    Not enough staff period; bean counters have pushed management to cut the fat AND the bone. No matter your station, you'll probably end up doing the work of 1.5 or 2 people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a plan that actually involves investing in digital. I think another poster said this and it demands repeating; the old RAPP was a direct mail champion. What's today's RAPP good at?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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