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RB Reviews

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
314 Reviews

3.2
314 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Its fast paced, rapidly changing, continuously innovating and pushing things forward (in 41 reviews)

  • Good career opportunities in general (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • no work/life balance - the scope pushed into the roles is bigger than I've seen before elsewhere (in 54 reviews)

  • No work/life balance what so ever (in 15 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great

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

    Pros

    The compensation was great. Paid quite well, at least compared to the companies I knew about. The people working here are good workers and very intelligent.

    Cons

    The work can be very stressful at times. It will also prove to be difficult to handle work-life balance. If you want a social life, best to apply elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    poor marketing farm system and hr practices leads to downward spiral

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SBM Marketing  in  Parsippany, NJ
    Former Employee - SBM Marketing in Parsippany, NJ

    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.  

    A good place to learn but no real stability

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - R&D Associate  in  Montvale, NJ
    Current Employee - R&D Associate in Montvale, NJ

    Pros

    Lots of challenge and opportunity. Good salary. Jobs with huge scope and very few processes to hold you back.

    Cons

    Very few of the senior management stay in one position long enough to become fully versed in their businesses and so decision making can appear random and reactive. Projects run at breakneck speed which can lead to mistakes. Short term outlook.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on choosing the right developments instead of just running mediocre stuff fast.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to learn, but not for everyone

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

    Pros

    Very open to allowing employees to undertake their own projects in various areas. Culture is strong and carefully maintained, so employees who work for the company generally enjoy being there.

    Cons

    Practically zero instruction of guidance in favor of a learn-by-doing approach for new hires, but this can be circumvented by seeking out assistance from colleagues, who are always helpful and have been through the same learning process themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even if comprehensive training is not made available, at least have more initiation procedures pointing new hires to what they must learn/train for and where

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great Company, Great Culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Team Lead  in  Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Customer Service Team Lead in Parsippany, NJ

    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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fast Paced

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

    Pros

    A great company as a whole. Ownership level is off the charts, you will learn more in a year's time than you would in 10 in other companies. Leadership charter changing internal direction to more respect for others

    Cons

    Certain departments lack authentic leadership, still managing by brutal tactics instead of embracing the leadership charter

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If the leadership charter is the model for the future, then Everyone should be held accountable, not selectively enforced

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Very business savvy but not necessarily marketing focus

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager

    Pros

    Leaders are very business savvy and strong business acumen. Entrepreneurship spirit strong, not many company can rival that.

    Cons

    Not consumer focus or marketing driven on a long term basis. Respect is lacking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more respectful to employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Values Bottom line above Consumers, Employees; Disrespectful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Brand Manager  in  Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Assistant Brand Manager in Parsippany, NJ

    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales

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

    Pros

    Aggressive strategies that enable you to create business plans for your customer and run with it. Marketing open to new product ideas and innovative solutions to hit targets

    Cons

    Too many meetings, to much emphasis on internal decks and perfection. People Change roles quickly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider succession planning in all departments and set a minimum time in role. This help RB credibility in market and build stronger relationship with customers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - R&D Senior Associate  in  Montvale, NJ
    Current Employee - R&D Senior Associate in Montvale, NJ

    Pros

    Ever changing projects, A diverse opportunities available within one site. People are great. Great resources and freedom to explore.

    Cons

    Fast pace is not for everyone. Managing multiple projects. R&D is seen as a service group.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider upgrading the facility

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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