RB Reviews in Parsippany, NJ

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
329 Reviews
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Pros
  • What I love about RB is the fast-paced environment and my complete business ownership (in 43 reviews)

  • Great company to work for, good colleagues, good pay and location (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • no work/life balance - the scope pushed into the roles is bigger than I've seen before elsewhere (in 58 reviews)

  • Extremely challenging-No work life balance-Immense pressure (in 17 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great benefits and opportunities for growth

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    Former Employee - Systems Analyst  in  Parsippany, NJ
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Parsippany, NJ

    I worked at RB full-time

    Pros

    There are a great many opportunities for career growth. RB has global presence and are transferring employees internationally all the time (pro if you like traveling). Also, there is a great deal of focus on personal development of employees by providing training courses and what not.

    Cons

    Compared to competitors, RB probably ranks a little low in terms of compensation. Also, for promotion and career growth, there is a good chance that at some point you will be transferred internationally to another country.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    poor marketing farm system and hr practices leads to downward spiral

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    Former Employee - SBM Marketing  in  Parsippany, NJ
    Former Employee - SBM Marketing in Parsippany, NJ

    I worked at RB full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pockets of brilliance and high-achieving MBAs that are collaborative, supportive, and inspiring via their actions and thinking. Very tough to find yourself in the company of one of these teams as they are far and few, but if you do get matched up, count your stars. you are very fortunate!

    Cons

    1) homegrown Intl farm system for marketers at the undergrad level means Mgrs with no other real work experience aside from RB. This reinforces the antiquated culture and mentality that everyone else on glass door has mentioned and that RB has been trying to shed - bad attitudes, questionable work ethic, poor treatment of supporting functions and staff, very short term scope with all tactics (no strategy), no sense of how to motivate others or operate in humane civilized fashion, low standard of personal output, always passing the buck, etc.

    2) MBA intern pools continue to suffer. Each year has gotten progressively worse, probably due to poor recruiting efforts at top schools, plus reputation being tainted and reinforced by bad eggs mentioned in point 1. Tenacity, initiative, EQ,charisma, creativity, aptitude, resourcefulness, all are lacking. Give us actual talent we can work with!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on quality MBAs from proven, quality Grad programs
    Don't be so lenient on intl transfers or farm system prodigies; if they are not performing, cut them loose (LT growth > political game)
    Prior work Experience matters; global perspective also matters (global does not mean UK perspective )
    Consider whether current Hr and recruitment practices are best in class, or actually worst in class, when it comes to brand stewardship and developing bench strength.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company, Great Culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Team Lead  in  Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Customer Service Team Lead in Parsippany, NJ

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

    Pros

    The company has created an excellent work environment in which you take on responsibilities from the start that you would not have the opportunity to in other companies until you have been there a few years. This creates an innovative entrepreneur work environment .

    Cons

    The intrapreneur work environment is not a good fit for everyone, you must be disciplined and know what needs to be done as you are watched over like you would be in other companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Values Bottom line above Consumers, Employees; Disrespectful

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    Current Employee - Assistant Brand Manager  in  Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Assistant Brand Manager in Parsippany, NJ

    I have been working at RB full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very competitive compensation packages (base salaries, starting and yearly bonuses/bonus multipliers) attract tons of post-MBA and undergraduate talent with the promise of great financial stability.

    The international nature of the company paired with its willingness and enthusiasm to sponsor international talent means an incredibly diverse pool of employees. In any given meeting you will be the only person from your country in the room, with people who have completely disparate backgrounds, cultures, and languages.

    Cons

    SHORT-TERM MINDSET: At all levels brand, sales, supply are always thinking of how to meet their yearly bonuses- completely fair, but it means that brand-building long-term investments are rarely made. Brand managers consistently make decisions for short-term gains that negatively impact long-term growth.

    WORK-LIFE BALANCE: Most (though not all) teams are under-staffed, with people doing the work of 2 or more people; in some cases empty positions are left open for months (or left un-filled), as the company looks to save on costs. This means things get lost in the cracks and talented smart people are burned out.

    DISRESPECTFUL: RB says that its people are "direct," but often this is conflated with being rude and disrespectful. Cursing, short tempers, and sometimes blow-ups, are the norm. There is little concern for others.

    ANTI-COLLABORATIVE: Cross-functional team collaboration is ESSENTIAL for this kind of company, but due to the attitudes (see above) cross-functional team members often approach each other as adversaries rather than allies. Unproductive and de-motivating.

    Overall RB is a negative environment where many of its (smart, talented, creative) staff are demoralized and quickly burned out- it's not a good thing when the norm is for people in the company to say that it is "terrible," "awful," etc. and are building or trying to enact their escape.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage LONG-TERM thinking- growth shouldn't only be achievable through acquisitions.

    Build, develop, and INVEST in your talent- it takes so much less effort and resources than you think to properly train new hires, and this will pay in dividends when your talent flourishes and WANTS to stay on-board beyond a year. You also may be able to get away with paying lower salaries and bonuses if you provide a more positive environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    What a terrible place to work

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    Former Employee - Supply  in  Parsippany, NJ
    Former Employee - Supply in Parsippany, NJ

    I worked at RB full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    salary is usually pretty good, depending on your department, good bonus plan. you can learn all you can absorb

    Cons

    Some really bad middle management. Currently 'cleaning house' and firing or making the environment so challenging they quit. warehouses have been trashed, with no leadership left in them. Plants are going their own way. Supply is a shambles thanks to crappy leadership. Corporately a 'dog eat dog' environment, with no clue about what happens outside of Parsippany. "A" is for arrogance. People are our strongest asset? Not at Reckitt. Hope no one calls the EPA, DEA, or FDA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to what your underlings are doing, for heaven's sake!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Fast Paced and High intensity

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    Current Employee - Customer Category Manager  in  Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Customer Category Manager in Parsippany, NJ

    I have been working at RB full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fast paced and High level of responsibility

    Cons

    Challenging environment and fast paced environment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to learn - hard place to stay for life

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    Current Employee - Senior Brand Manager  in  Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Brand Manager in Parsippany, NJ

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

    Pros

    Strong bonus, good pay - lots of smart people.

    Cons

    Demanding environment and need to go international eventually.
    Poor training/people development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find new/better ways to develop and train within the US and roles.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Purchasing Manager

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    Current Employee - Purchasing Manager  in  Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Purchasing Manager in Parsippany, NJ

    I have been working at RB full-time

    Pros

    Lots of learning in a short duration. Decisions made, projects implemented quickly.

    Cons

    Work pressure can be intense at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tons of responsibility, unstable environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing  in  Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Marketing in Parsippany, NJ

    I have been working at RB full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Gain tons of experience early on
    - Quick pace environment
    - Lean organization
    - People move around very quickly, so opportunity for advancements

    Cons

    - High turnover rate
    - Lack of team stability
    - Very reactive environment
    - Different brand focuses mean uneven resource allocation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Start-up company masquerading as a big CPG

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Brand Manager  in  Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Parsippany, NJ

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

    Pros

    RB is rich in diversity, both culturally and nationality-wise. Folks that you will meet across functions could literally be from anywhere - India, Turkey, Aussie, UK, Brazil, you name it.

    Promotions are not structured or by class year of entry - rather, largely merit based or some other measure not tied to years on the role.

    Pace is pretty demanding, which is perfect for A-types fresh out of b-school that are looking to conquer the world.

    Work culture-wise, there are many different sub-cultures across brand teams and verticals. Some are fun. Some are not. It's the luck of the draw.

    Cons

    Company is very short-term focused, with in-year results being paramount. This leads to very tactical considerations vs. broader brand building equity initiatives that won't pay out until much later. Hence, pure marketers who do not desire the general management route should pass.

    Agencies seem to require extensive hand-holding, possibly because RB's rep scares away the competent ones.

    Despite what others say about RB regarding poor treatment of employees, RB does on occasion roll out the kid-gloves and keeps non-productive employees on payroll for months on end w/o any action. (This is actually a con because who wants to work with free-loaders that only distract the team with their jibjab and sit on their asses all day).

    The blend of free-loaders and handful of superstars results in an average talent pool. In shooting for out-performance, not a great formula for success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Team changes over too quickly (almost yearly). More transparency and accessibility would be nice. If you can't make time, better clone yourself or allow teams to run the show autonomously. Also, don't reinforce bad behaviors by promoting folks that are undeserving or that are simply awful managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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