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RB Reviews

Updated November 13, 2014
Updated November 13, 2014
348 Reviews
3.2
348 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not for those who value relationships

    Former Employee - Marketing
    Former Employee - Marketing

    I worked at RB full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    great brands
    gain great experience
    pay is good

    Cons

    anti-american bias
    must eventually move internationally (esp. marketing) to move up
    get moved around to new brands frequently, hard to make significant impact

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    USA is 1/3 of your business - put some in top (100) managment - very underrepresented.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    They had taken over the company I was working for and the transition was very disorganized and confusing.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at RB full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very fast pace. Diverse culture.

    Cons

    Little direction. There was not a feeling of team work. Everyone seemed to want to pass on the responsibilities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Fast-paced, cultured company, good to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at RB

    Pros

    RB is a cultured company that allows for individual growth and added international opportunity. Fast-paced nature forces employees to challenge themselves to reach full potential. Open, friendly environment.

    Cons

    Hours and work load not consistent. Some areas lack necessary resources.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not for everyone

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at RB full-time

    Pros

    Great products, but culture and working conditions are not for everyone. Unrealistic expectations and working at break neck speed cause a lot of unnecessary and duplicative efforts. Warning: very little control is had in the US on most businesses.

    Cons

    The culture is not for everyone - it is aggressive and not collaborative. The business perspective is wholly concerned with short-term vs. long term results. Control is held overseas and not in the US for any strategic decisions. Staffing is lean, which can be a positive if you are looking for a lot of opportunity/exposure, but it can lead to unrealistic expectations of deliverables.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay away from the Pharmaceuticals Division based in Richmond, VA. Terrible place, poor leadership, horrible management

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at RB as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Other departments are OK. Stay clear from the Clinical group in particular.

    Cons

    HR does not do their job for employee, serves as company puppet. Sr. Managements take the laws in their own hands, incompetent to run their departments. No culture, promote unethical behaviors. Many current law suits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace the current clinical management group if you want to bring this company forward. Please poll a survey from current employee and past employee to see for yourself why the turnover rate is skyrocketing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tons of responsibility, unstable environment

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Marketing in Parsippany, NJ

    I have been working at RB full-time (more than an 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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Whirlwind.....

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at RB full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, interesting product lines, potential for relocating, people are great.

    Cons

    Burn-out potential (they throw the most at the most capable individuals), speed over accuracy, not what you would wish for someone with a life outside of work, manual manipulation and review of data versus not planning based off actual business intelligence, low visibility for growth for anyone below a certain level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even your playing field out, and consider better systems and invest in your people.

    Benefits will not keep turn-over of valuable assets at bay indefinitely.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Summer Intern in Manufacturing and Supply

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at RB as an intern

    Pros

    friendly working environment. Colleagues are very supportive.

    Cons

    Not a very challenging job. Not much perspective to grow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    You will never work harder in your life, thick skin & unending passion to win are mandated to succeed!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at RB full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Global perspective on the CPG business. The world is getting smaller.

    It's all based in the P&L and ROI.

    Career advancement can come quick (just understand why - see cons)

    Great brands

    Strategic vision to win in the growing and consolidating health care area, Lysol and Airwick growth days are gone, it's all about Mucinex and Mega Red.

    Strong gross margins.

    Excellent bonus plan at the Team Leader position and higher.

    RB is in a growth mode and winning in the marketplace.

    Cons

    Little to no family life / work balance. It's expected that you will work hard and often frowned upon if you don't play even harder. You're not part of the team if you can't do both!

    Turn over is very high

    A real glass ceiling exists for Americans looking to be in senior leadership positions.

    Little to no training.

    Poor longer term incentive/compensation plans for the front line sales / National Account Managers - a competitive miss. Very small stock options grants paid out once every 3 years.

    Majority of leaders in the US business are international and are often vocal regarding their lack of respect for the american sales team.

    Supply chain is a major problem, poor forecasting by supply team along with overseas production facilities. RB typically ranks near the bottom of most retailer supply scorecards. This creates major issues for the front line sales teams at the buyer desk and at the end of the year when bonuses are calculated. This issue has only gotten worse over the past 18-24 months.

    3 rd party suppliers and vendors are usually paid very late creating more headaches all. It's all about cash flow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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