RB Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
320 Reviews

3.3
320 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 Brands, People and Culture.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Team Leader  in  Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Team Leader in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Strong and compelling vision articluated clearly by senior management.
    First class agility in all aspects of the business.
    Huge focus on individual ownership & contribution - if you peform well you are rewarded in turn.
    Unique culture of competitive and caring people.
    Internal opportunities for new roles or relocation are frequent and well supported.

    Cons

    Pace and change doesn't suit everyone.
    Expectations to deliver, outperform and win is relentless.
    Internal alignment and integration of sales, marketing and channel management needs improvement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Real ownership, real impact

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    I read the Glassdoor reviews almost 3.5 years ago before joining RB. Knowing no company is perfect I was willing to take on the extra responsibility (and maybe lack of process/balance) to enjoy a dynamic, non-bureaucratic, and results oriented global organization. That is exactly what I got. Two countries and three roles later I've been stretched as individual, added value back to the organization, and worked with some great people.

    Cons

    Being dynamic sometimes means being reactive. It's a double edge sword. It's a competitive advantage in terms of reacting to competitor and consumer needs, but as an employee (especially one that likes to be organized and in control) you can find it hard to plan and execute in the more formal sense. You need be comfortable with ambiguity and quick decision making.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be a broader perspective on what good leadership looks like and take the time to celebrate successes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great opportunities but aggressive corporate culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Brand Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    - you are given huge responsibility from the start
    - the entrepreneurial culture means you can take something from idea to execution whilst still in role

    Cons

    - the corporate culture is very aggressive

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Best in class industry standards, no team ethics, great pay scales

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Change Manager  in  Derby, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Product Change Manager in Derby, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great products to work on which enhance one's skill sets and understanding of the domain. High industry standards are set and met. Focus on trying to achieve the best that each individual can do.

    Cons

    However, if each individual get the best out of himself/herself does not guarantee the company achieves the targets. Team work is a must. Lack of team ethics and a political minefield. Even individuals within the same team do not know why something is being done. You just do your bit as you are asked to. Ultimately you get paid well but you don't enjoy your job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce politics, improve team morale.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    beaten by the carrot and by the stick

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - R&D Senior Executive  in  Hull, England (UK)
    Former Employee - R&D Senior Executive in Hull, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    great opportunities for international careers, fast paced, no red tape, good compensation package, multi cultural, business focused in all the positions / functions, wide range of exciting brands / products to work on

    Cons

    marmite like, could be ruthless, little upfront thinking: let's do it... then fix it, struggling at implementing their vision (poor cultural fit with the Health Care industry), getting too focused on very short term. Lip service on people related values: you are only worth your last 6 months and usually considered as an expensive commodity

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    challenging yet great place to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Brand Manager  in  Slough, Buckinghamshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Slough, Buckinghamshire, South East England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    limited personal growth, may not pay well, limited options

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    You get out what you put in

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Brand Manager  in  Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Brand Manager in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Sometimes 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    don't work there, aggressive without any justification, awful management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    salary is good, until you consider that working until 10pm regularly (the office is still packed at 8pm EVERY night) you might as well do a night shift at tescos

    Cons

    no holidays there is always a crisis which means you can't take them, people throw drinks at each other during meetings including hot coffee. the staff all live by the "we are the best, nobody else can handle it" motto, but why would you want to? All work and no play

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    a few management courses are needed, i was asked to beat my team down but not tell them how to improve, let them work it out for themselves

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Aggressively profit driven; cares far more about output than it does its employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Control Analyst  in  Nottingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Quality Control Analyst in Nottingham, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Pay is okay, and better if you're willing to work shifts. Work is interesting, and plenty of training is provided. Opportunities for advancement do exist.

    Cons

    The culture at RB is dominated by short-term thinking. When problems arise, the only solution that is considered is one that provides an immediate short term fix. The factory managers can be very demanding, often wanting results "yesterday", and frequently resort to threats when they can't get their way. Very little thanks are given when thing go well, so our primary motivation is to avoid a rollocking. Morale is rock-bottom.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The bonus for the majority of staff is extremely poor, and should not be determined on unachievable targets. Bonuses are an extremely effective way to boost morale, and the company should consider them a little more generously. It doesn't help matters when you consistently award yourself a nice tidy sum every year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Global role

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Senior Band Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Global Senior Band Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good opportunity for global project management

    Cons

    Poor management, need to develop support of the team

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