RAPP Reviews

Updated June 23, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Slow downward spiral

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at RAPP full-time

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

    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 Management

    Communicate early and often and cut to the chase.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Fun place with a great network of people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  3. design

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

    I worked at RAPP full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    friendly people, lots of extra fun stuff

    Cons

    not so great for career path


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Too many chiefs. Not enough Indians.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at RAPP full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Who's in charge?

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at RAPP

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Move on.


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX

    I worked at RAPP full-time (More than a year)

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

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Not digital or data driven at all.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at RAPP full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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?


  9. The people are great, but too many VP's and the company is getting away from true Advertising.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at RAPP full-time

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

    Pros

    The "working" employees are all great. Very good at their jobs and devoted to the company. Constantly trying to make sure the clients are happy.

    Cons

    Leadership overworked employees. Concerned only with profit. Does not "invest" in their employees. They hire and layoff quickly with the passing of clients. They also don't fight for their employees when they know they are doing the best for the client.


  10. Helpful (4)

    In a word: feudal.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant (Marketing Analytics) in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant (Marketing Analytics) in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at RAPP full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation and work/life balance are good, most rank and file employees are decent and reasonable people.

    Cons

    Rapp is encumbered by a two class structure with zero mobility. Prince/Princesses who seem to have inherited their positions rule over subjects and fear the slightest challenge from them. The culture enthusiastically embraces mediocrity and obsequious subservience over excellence. Overly top heavy and incapable of winning new business.

    Advice to Management

    Please. It would be far more practical and rewarding to argue with the radio and howl at the moon.


  11. Don't join Analytics or Technology jobs. Or, if you love to work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at RAPP full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Less stress

    Cons

    There is nothing to do at this company that is serious about investing in technology or analytics. Its a joke at how they run this shop. They have no idea and all good people who have joined it were smart enough to leave it. As long as you please the senior management and their ancient methods, you are fine. All the talk about time sheet is ridiculous. Do not join it.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of people who have been sitting at the top for years and the teams have been leaving. You have to hire people who truly understand smart methods and how they work. Not what they used to do 30 years ago and expects young smart analysts to follow it.



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