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RB Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
355 Reviews
3.2
355 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • What I love about RB is the fast-paced environment and my complete business ownership (in 46 reviews)

  • From day one you are put on deep waters, thus you learn a lot in a short time (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • no work/life balance - the scope pushed into the roles is bigger than I've seen before elsewhere (in 64 reviews)

  • Extremely challenging-No work life balance-Immense pressure (in 20 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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

    I have been working at RB full-time (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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fast Paced

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

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

    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
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Values Bottom line above Consumers, Employees; Disrespectful

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

    I have been working at RB full-time (more than an 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales

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

    I have been working at RB full-time (less than an year)

    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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    What a terrible place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Supply in Parsippany, NJ
    Former Employee - Supply in Parsippany, NJ

    I worked at RB full-time (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.  

    Good place to work

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    • 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

    I have been working at RB full-time (more than 5 years)

    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
  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

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

    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.  

    Hard working culture

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

    I worked at RB

    Pros

    Higl level of Accountability and Empowerment

    Cons

    French management culture results in weak HR processes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Fast Pace But High Stress

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at RB

    Pros

    Due to the lean structure and fast pace, you get a lot of exposure and experiences from Day 1 which allows you to quickly enhance your skill set. Also progression is quick so there are many opportunities to work in various locations and across multiple brands.

    Cons

    On the downside, the structure and fast pace results in a high-stress environment and eventual burnout. Also the demands of the business makes work/life balance difficult. Lastly, the culture encourages disrespect between employees and lack of accountability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider providing actual direction and consistent priorities. Also help lighten the workload by proper resourcing and reduction of countless meetings.

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to learn - hard place to stay for life

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

    I have been working at RB full-time (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

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