RPA Reviews in Los Angeles, CA

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
76 Reviews
3.8
76 Reviews
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Pros
  • There can also be a good work-life balance, depending on what stage of a project you are in (in 16 reviews)

  • Great people to work with, and they're great about work/life balance (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • However, upper management does not expect you to work long hours as is common in the industry (in 6 reviews)

  • Long hours, low pay, and a team that considered everything an emergency (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great people that work hard and care about the results. Fun clients. Great location.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Pros

    + Those who survived the Honda review have a strong passion for the work that they are doing. It has been a great refresh for the culture.
    + Lots of really awesome and smart people.
    + The location - walking distance to numerous places to eat or grab drinks.
    + Great work/life balance. As with many other agencies, it comes in waves.

    Cons

    - They don't allow dogs. If you are used to having your furry friend at your desk, then this is not the place for you.
    - You have to pay for your own parking. Its not very expensive at it comes out of your paycheck, but it would just be nice to have that cost built in somewhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work and start a dog friendly program like all the other agencies!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Opportunities to learn and grow, but you must take initiative or you will get comfortable.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at RPA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people are unforgettable, which makes the work culture very rewarding. I enjoyed getting up and going to work when there was plenty to learn and room to grow. Upper management in most departments makes a conscious effort to listen to the concerns of its department members. There can also be a good work-life balance, depending on what stage of a project you are in. Learn as much as you can, stay vigilant, and you will be fine.

    Cons

    Like other places in the industry, if you are not as "in" with your department heads as much as others in terms of personality and similar interests, you may get left behind (not as many new projects and less room to grow, for example). There are also plenty of instances where some are grossly overpaid for what they do, while others are surprisingly underpaid. But again, this is the industry we chose.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There have been many promoted to management positions who should not be there. Not everyone is cut out for it strictly from seniority. Take some time to properly vet candidates when promoting from within. It will save everyone headaches later.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Best place to learn

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Pros

    Amazing mentoring, relaxed culture , collaborative, very efficient for an agency of its size.

    Cons

    Slow promotions (they require you to really improve yourself) and lower compensation compared to other agencies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A little bit of everything.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Art Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Art Director in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Reasonable life/work balance except during pitch season.

    Cons

    Conservative growth, not a lot of upper-management support.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Fun place to work when I was there

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at RPA as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, environment, opportunities. If you work hard it will pay off

    Cons

    not many clients but other than that i can't really think of anything

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the hard work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    On the rise - employees bear the brunt

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Pros

    -Pitching and winning lots of new business
    -Great people
    -Regular happy hours and other events
    -High hire-from-intern rate

    Cons

    -Growing pains from getting so much business so fast - not enough employees to responsibly shoulder such a big loag.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring more people on to level the load!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Pros

    RPA is a collaborative learning environment which make it amazing, cool office, awesome management. It's a company full of nice people!

    Cons

    No cons. RPA has an awesome work culture, it makes it easy to come into work. It's a great place to start when management is supportive of your inputs and ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep being awesome.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Starting Point

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Media Planner in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Media Planner in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at RPA full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone was nice. The hours were reasonable.

    Cons

    The overall vibe seemed stagnant. Low compensation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Supportive environment with great people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with, and they're great about work/life balance. You can tell it's important to the company culture. Summer Fridays help the employees mingle and meet, and the teams individually also make sure to have some fun.

    Cons

    No real cons, other than the parking situation. You have to pay to park in the lot below the building. it gets deducted from your salary automatically, but it's annoying to think you have to pay to come to work.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Amazing, great energy, great work / life balance.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Designer in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    great energy, great work / life balance, fun work.

    Cons

    Non! Non! Non! Non! Non!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hugs and kisses, you're brilliant! - ok maybe one thing, more transparency and more plants in the office!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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