RF Binder

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RF Binder Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
24 Reviews
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24 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    You can learn

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at RF Binder

    Pros

    You can learn if you are wiling to work and ask a lot. You need to be a go-getter to survive.
    You can get a promotion very soon if work hard

    Cons

    Very long hours
    Not always appreciated
    The business culture is friendly in the beginning. Most of the people are faking it to the extreme.
    I was working next to a girl who was screaming over the phone for some reason. It was so hard to concentrate.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Amazing place to advance your career

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    Current Employee - Management in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Management in New York, NY

    I have been working at RF Binder full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I have been in the PR industry for over 10 years and RF|Binder is the best agency I've ever worked in. Environment is supportive, collaborative, fun and account teams are made up of some of the smartest, most creative practitioners in the industry. Most of senior management has been with the company for a decade or more and many mid-level staff have started at RF|B out of college and never left.

    The company is very career oriented and junior people have the opportunity to work directly with senior people and clients so I think there is a a high expectation for people to perform but those who can hold their own and are bright, have good ideas, a great attitude and can write well will thrive and move up quickly and be compensated very well. The company is also patient with those who aren't necessarily on the fast track and will work with their skill sets to help them thrive.

    People work hard and put in the hours - such is the nature of a fast paced client services agency in NYC but employees also play hard and are rewarded for their hard work with generous raises, off cycle promotions, parties, happy hours and more.

    If you want to work on top brands with smart, creative people in a mid-size firm with no red tape, this is a great place for you to advance your career.

    Cons

    Hours are not flexible but generous vacation policy makes up for it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Advancing my career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at RF Binder full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits are given to each employee. Managers really listen to what you have to say and are supportive in growth. There is always someone willing to help steer you in the right direction.

    Cons

    Long hours - similar to every other company in North America!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Listen to the negative reviews

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at RF Binder full-time

    Pros

    Some of the people are genuinely fun and intelligent.

    Cons

    Upper management and a bottom-to-top culture of disrespect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They're not going to change anything, so it's really not worth it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sinking Ship, Avoid at All Costs

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at RF Binder full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice and friendly people, although it can be cliquey and competitive; some big-name clients for an agency of its size; paid time off is very fair

    Cons

    Company has experienced a mass Exodus, in the past year around 50% of people left the company (unfortunately, probably the most talented people), and everyone who is left is actively looking to make a move - it would be a mistake to view this as a coincidence/normal turnover; Employee morale is at an all-time low, people are jaded and not in the mindset to do their best work; Top-heavy, but with perhaps one or two exceptions, everyone above the director level is completely incompetent; Lower-level people are left with crushing workloads, and they work ridiculous hours while mid-level and senior-level people leave the office at six - people are also chained to their BlackBerry's, even while on weekends and vacations; Hard work is not recognized or rewarded (unless you are one of the "favorites"); Promotion process is based on favoritism (who is most visible, who is friends with the right people, who is fun to hang out with at happy hour - these are the people who get promoted); Salaries are low compared to other agencies, benefits are poor and there are no bonuses; Intolerable internal politics; Management is clueless and leadership is non-existent - senior level people have no meaningful involvement in accounts, they spend all their time behind closed doors, presumably working on new business pitches (which are almost never successful); Associate program is a good idea, but in practice, associates get a sweat-shop experience, being so overworked that they are physically and mentally exhausted, not getting the learning experience they would be getting at other agencies; Culture is so hierarchical that there is little room for real teamwork and collaboration; Young people have no voice, and if they try to vocalize their concerns about workloads and other issues, they are penalized; All of this is at the expense of clients, and despite overservicing across accounts, the agency is losing clients and has also been struggling to win new business - it shouldn't surprise anyone that growth has been flat, at best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's a sign in the office that says "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Take that advice. You don't need to have meetings or committees (or a "chief performance officer") to figure out why people keep leaving and everyone is unhappy.

    Stop seeing employees as disposable, because that has become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Stop making decisions behind closed doors - the secrecy/favoritism/internal politics is absolutely sickening - work on internal communications (don't gloss over high retention and poor growth - people are smart enough to see through it).

    Empower your employees to do the best work. Make sure the work is distributed evenly so that your best people aren't completely overwhelmed. Pay competitive salaries, offer 401(k) match (more than 15%), pay for healthcare, and give performance-based bonuses. Consider paying overtime to people who systematically work 11-16 hours/day (or just manage workloads so this doesn't have to happen). Give promotions based on a formal, objective, comprehensive review process (not just what you heard at happy hour last night). Stop punishing people for being unhappy and overwhelmed. Give people the feedback they need to grow and to do their best work. Radically change the organizational structure so that it is flatter/less hierarchical - this will result in more teamwork/collaboration and more opportunities for young people. Learn to manage clients' expectations -cut out excessive overservicing, which is often at the expense of lower-level people who are working late to do the legwork. Reward your most talented people - make sure they are promoted quickly and given reasonable raises.

    Until you radically rethink your approach to talent management, you will continue to struggle with retaining employees, winning new business (and retaining existing business) and producing the best work for existing clients.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    So far so good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at RF Binder full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company cares about its employees, you are not just an employee id # working on an account, they genuinely care if people are happy/satisfied with their jobs/in their roles at the company. The CEO is very hands on. Expects hard work from all employees from the ground up, but she definitely leads by example. She also appreciates all of the hard work from others and tries to show that through great benefits and fair salaries.

    Cons

    The hours are still a bit challenging. It would make a huge difference if the office closed at 5:30pm, rather than 6pm. Some of the junior staff is expected to stay all hours while senior execs basically run out the door at 6pm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quicker to promote not just favorites, but those truly working the hardest. The opportunities are there, encourage everyone to work for it, that it is possible. Also, don't make people feel guilty for taking vacation, they are entitled to it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Nonexistent management

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    Current Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Creative in New York, NY

    I have been working at RF Binder full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Bagel fridays are good. There is some free alcohol. There is a summer event every year. There are a few good people but the turnover is quick so get to know them soon.

    Cons

    The CEO does not know how to run a company. Her (lack of) ideas are worn out and she is anti-change. She pays the upper management well (whether they deserve it or not) and pays everyone else a less than livable wage. Underpaid employees come in on vacation days and weekends with absolutely no recognition whatsoever. CEO LOVES procrastination and you will pay for it when deadlines come.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please learn how to manage. Stop promising clients what you can't provide and making your employees pay for it. Stop acting so spoiled because your clients are continuously leaving for a reason. Recognize talent and hard work. Pay employees enough to eat. STOP WAITING UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE. 15+ employees out of 80 have left in the past 6 months for a reason. Also, stop calling yourself a creative agency when your creativity is extremely questionable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Upper Management Clueless

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at RF Binder full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Mostly friendly coworkers
    Chance to work with a few big clients to help build your resume

    Cons

    Very top-heavy organization, meaning middle and entry-level staff are overworked (and underpaid)
    Work is only recognized if you're "in" with the CEO and her favorite EMD/MDs
    Management has no idea who is actually doing what work and how much of it relying instead on personality and who stays late
    A lot of politics and in-fighting
    Everyone under a managing director position is continuously looking for a better offer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the paths to promotions and pay raises clearer and fairer. As it is, reeks of favoritism and secrecy
    Stop low-balling employees, especially the CFO that seems to genuinely enjoy cutting people's pay because he likes the thrill of negotiating. Even with glowing performance reviews, one has to fight tooth and nail to get a word in with him.
    Be more open to new ideas instead of relying on the same 3 people to always create the strategy (behind closed doors), just giving lip-service to other teams

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at RF Binder

    Pros

    Small Company, great clients, creative people

    Cons

    Slow promotional process, long hours

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    It was a great first job out of college.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at RF Binder (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    PR in NYC can be extremely competitive. The people I worked with at RFB were not just highly motivated, they were also very nice, fun, social people. Benefits were excellent, and bagel Fridays. The people there care about you.

    Cons

    The money isn't great to start, but it goes up quickly.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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