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RB Reviews

Updated Jul 24, 2014
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3.0 298 reviews

83% Approve of the CEO

RB CEO Rakesh Kapoor

Rakesh Kapoor

(96 ratings)

52% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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

  • Fast paced, busy, good colleagues, good career opportunities especially if you want to travel(in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • no work/life balance - the scope pushed into the roles is bigger than I've seen before elsewhere(in 53 reviews)

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

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    challenging yet great place to work for

    Brand Manager (Current Employee) Slough, Buckinghamshire, South East England, England (UK)

    Prosstrategic agility, driven, good benefits package, quick moves, interantional moves

    Conslimited personal growth, may not pay well, limited options

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    You get out what you put in

    Senior Brand Manager (Current Employee) Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

    ProsIncredible opportunities to develop on the job. Complete meritocracy, with those who buy into the culture & values generally rewarded with progression upon delivering success.

    ConsSometimes too fast paced for more junior team members. Expectations are built that people will move roles every 12 months. A lot of RB grads can find themselves in senior roles by their late 20s and if they haven't developed a maturity, they will become ineffectual and in turn frustrated.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue the exceptional senior leadership, but be careful in giving a little too much too soon to the less experienced

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Global role

    Global Senior Band Manager (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsGood opportunity for global project management

    ConsPoor management, need to develop support of the team

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    Values Bottom line above Consumers, Employees; Disrespectful

    Assistant Brand Manager (Current Employee) Parsippany, NJ

    ProsVery 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.

    ConsSHORT-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 Senior ManagementEncourage 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    What a terrible place to work

    Supply (Former Employee) Parsippany, NJ

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

    ConsSome 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 Senior ManagementPay attention to what your underlings are doing, for heaven's sake!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Senior Brand Manager

    Senior Brand Manager (Current Employee) Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

    Prosownership
    level of responsibilities
    fast track promotions

    Consthough work/ life balance
    agressive culture

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place to learn, but not for everyone

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsVery 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.

    ConsPractically 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 Senior ManagementEven 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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Sales Analyst (Current Employee) Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

    ProsFast paced, good reputable company

    ConsNo formal training, under staffed

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Company, Great Culture

    Customer Service Team Lead (Current Employee) Parsippany, NJ

    ProsThe 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 .

    ConsThe 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fast Paced

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsA 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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf the leadership charter is the model for the future, then Everyone should be held accountable, not selectively enforced

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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