RAPP Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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  1. 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
  2. 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 (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
  3. 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 (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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  5. The people are great, but too many VP's and the company is getting away from true Advertising.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at RAPP full-time

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Don't join Analytics or Technology jobs. Or, if you love to work.

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful

    In a word: feudal.

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Feudal - If you value honesty, this is not the place for you

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    Free food
    Great clients
    Spacious workplace
    Enjoyed the work I performed - had to go above & beyond to help account managers actually manage/traffic workflow

    Cons

    50-70 hour workweek
    In-peer fighting over job security with Dallas, Tx office
    Constant back-stabbing - witnessed dozens of employees get fired over nothing and replaced with a sneeze

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get real. Company needs an overhaul. Stop working employees to death.
    Revisit advertising and direct response principles.

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

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at RAPP as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Goo culture, freedom to express your ideas, good learnings

    Cons

    No enough support from higher management

  10. "What do we do?"

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

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

    Pros

    Can occasionally be involved in some very smart work.

    Cons

    Wrong people get recognized and rewarded; the best employees are ignored or leave. Results in constant turnover on many accounts (in most departments).
    Agency is struggling for an identify -- Rapp Collins was known as a direct marketing agency. Rapp is known as....???

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nobody at the agency is happy. It stems from the top - where people are more concerned with trying to keep their jobs than improving the agency's glaring issues. Morale is non-existent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Great opportunities for growth and knowledge building. A great place to start your career.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at RAPP full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people you'll meet at RAPP are amazing. They are smart, passionate, supportive, and driven individuals who can come together as a team to accomplish great things.

    Cons

    In the last few years, there seemed to be confusion about where the company was headed. We seemed to be trying to be everything to everyone. We needed a vision that could be articulated clearly to employees and clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A vision without a plan is just a dream. A plan without a vision is just drudgery. But a vision with a plan can change the world.

    No opinion of CEO

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