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RPA Reviews in Los Angeles, CA

Updated July 29, 2014
Updated July 29, 2014
70 Reviews

3.7
70 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people to work with, and they're great about work/life balance (in 13 reviews)

  • It's hard to knock the paid happy hours as one of the better things about this agency (in 6 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.  

    Fun place to work when I was there

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    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
  2.  

    On the rise - employees bear the brunt

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    Current Employee - Assistant  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant in Santa Monica, CA

    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
  3.  

    Great!

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Santa Monica, CA

    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
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  5.  

    Great Starting Point

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    Former Employee - Media Planner  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Media Planner in Santa Monica, CA

    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
  6.  

    Supportive environment with great people

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Santa Monica, CA

    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
  7.  

    Amazing, great energy, great work / life balance.

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    Current Employee - Designer  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Designer in Los Angeles, CA

    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
  8.  

    wonderful company - with changes afoot

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    Pros

    good people, good intentions, openness to new directions and ideas

    Cons

    transition in leadership/vision/identify ... but this will be a good thing ultimately.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need more clarity of hierarchy/who's in charge/ vision/ priorities (I think they are working toward this - which is a good thing)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to work if you're passionate about advertising and willing to go beyond call of duty.

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Santa Monica, CA

    Pros

    -Fun and friendly work environment
    -Opportunity to take on varied work load
    -Great location in Santa Monica, CA, very near the beach

    Cons

    -Entry-level associates often expected to work very long hours
    -Pay structure is disadvantageous to entry-level employees
    -Career can get stuck if you're not active about seeking out work outside of your job description

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    RPA review

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    Former Employee - Vice President, Local Media Services Manager  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President, Local Media Services Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    An environment where associates are made to feel they can always contribute their opinions.

    Cons

    New business approach needs improvement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Left wanting more

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    Former Employee - Junior Copywriter  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Junior Copywriter in Santa Monica, CA

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance - can have a life outside of work, did not have to work late nights/weekends very often.

    Cons

    Work - is nothing special. Very conservative clients, very safe work. No one fights for good ideas either. Once clients want changes, you have to make your work much more dull.

    Upward Mobility - a big agency, so it's very hard to move up/get exciting projects. Usually reserved for senior creatives/creative directors.

    Overall, this agency is not a major player in the ad world. Does not make cutting-edge, award-winning work, is not in the conversation when exciting ad agencies are mentioned. The very definition of doing your job during the day, then spending your nights and weekends doing what you really want to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more risks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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