Ragnar Events

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Ragnar Events Reviews

Updated July 1, 2014
Updated July 1, 2014
8 Reviews
2.5
8 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great, fun company with some downsides

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ragnar Events

    Pros

    Great values, good mission, events are exciting and have positive feedback. "Family" office culture, company lunches and outings, people are passionate about being active and the company's goals.

    Cons

    Some employees have personal conflicts with management, can be tense environment, lack of communication within and between departments. Advancement within company may be limited. Many employees only stay for 6 to 18 months with the company before moving on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look for reasons why employees are not staying with the company longer.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    There's high turnover for a reason.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kaysville, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kaysville, UT

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

    Pros

    They legitimately try to create a fun work environment. We play frisbee and soccer in the office, and we have free lunch on Wednesdays. The people that work for the company are young and active, so it makes for a good time. If you're looking for something to put on your resume, you'll get experience and you'll get it fast.

    Cons

    The salary is low, and turnover is high across the company. Because people leave quickly, people are promoted before they're ready. Individual success and failure is stressed far more than as a team. Communication between departments is bad, and the departments seem to be working against each other. If you're looking for a place to develop and stay in the long term, I wouldn't recommend it. It's difficult to work in a place where they have a visible (although shoddy) back up plan if you aren't there a month from now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to be more aware of what is happening within the company on the ground level. When things are going wrong, and you have to step in, it creates more headaches because you don't know how things operate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great product, great office, great customers, awful management, awful salary.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ragnar Events full-time

    Pros

    You will work with some of the most fun and incredible people. And despite everything, the customers/runners make everything. If you love the culture and organized chaos of their races, you will love parts of your job here.

    Cons

    Terrible management - echoing the previous sentiments of lack of communication between departments (ask someone in marketing what operations ACTUALLY does on a daily basis, they won't have a clue), treat people unfairly and poorly (no room for growth, they will actually try to limit you), the management is completely out of touch with the employees and with their consumers and product - they don't discuss anything and "forget" to tell you when an important decision affecting you has been made, and instead of trying to fix what's wrong with the high overturn rate - they blame it on burnout because it's true, working these events are tough. Oh and we also got paid a forth of what someone planning smaller races make, our races (no offense) are 200 miles and ten times the work. I have never been more abused in a job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a reality check and face the facts - try a week in the ops department, surviving on their salary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    It doesn't need to be this way

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The actual event is amazing. The founders Tanner Bell, Dan Hill, and Steve Hill poured their heart into creating something truly special.

    I love the people I work with (not including senior management)

    Cons

    Several years ago Investors installed one of their partners as CEO, forced out 2/3 of the founders and have completely marginalized the third. Since then anyone that stands up to the CEO has been forced out of the company. People are promoted not for their skills but for their compliance. Because of this, management is completely out of touch with what's going on in the company. Nobody tells them the truth for fear of reprisal. Most, if not all, talented people consistently shop for other jobs and leave once they find them. There is no hope for advancement or fulfillment within Ragnar. It's heartbreaking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no hope for the managers. My advice is to the board. Fire Chris Infurchia or sell Ragnar to a strategic buyer that can run it without him. There is no hope for Ragnar with him in charge.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place for hard workers & positive attitudes

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    A positive work environment, flexible hours, decent benefits, management makes a lot of effort to boost morale, the company is constantly looking for areas in which they can improve. (although sometimes the implementation of these ideas is slow) You get the opportunity to see a lot of cool places and meet a lot of awesome people.

    Cons

    Although the hours are as flexible as possible, jobs at Ragnar require frequently require LONG hours and high work volume and LOTS of travel. As with most event-based jobs, the pace is very fast. Communication between departments isn't as good as it could/should be (partially a product of the fast pace & high volume, and having events and employees all over the country). Management makes efforts to improve communication, but the requested communication isn't always carried out by employees (again, partially due to the extremely high work volume, and travel requirements).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep moving in the direction you're going.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Lacks trust and integrity

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kaysville, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kaysville, UT

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

    Pros

    1. Wednesday free lunch
    2. Get to run one of the races a year

    Cons

    Ragnar is run by people who do not know how to manage. They lack integrity and do not know how to communicate with their employees. The organization is extremely chaotic and not thought out at all. There are young people in high-level positions with no other qualifications other than being obedient, submissive and one of the manager's "favorites". Much more qualified employees end up demoted or fired for speaking their mind, "personality" conflicts or simply for no valid reason at all.

    The communication across departments is very lacking and even more so is communication from managers and executives. No one knows who does what, who sits where, or what is going on. I am all for an environment that moves at a fast pace and welcomes change, but not in a way that is haphazard. The staff won’t have even a moment to think about the changes that are happening.

    Ragnar doesn't think anything through and they'd rather fire and rehire people, who then just reinvent the wheel, rather than actually dealing with the fact that they don't know how to put on races or market them to new audiences.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourselves.

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

    Fun but hard work, long hours and an incredible amount of travel.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Race Director  in  Kaysville, UT
    Current Employee - Race Director in Kaysville, UT

    I have been working at Ragnar Events

    Pros

    Flexible work atmosphere, casual attire.

    Cons

    Low salaries, not much room for growth, employees not treated equally.

  9.  

    Fun environment... for the right people.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Bountiful, UT
    Former Employee - Intern in Bountiful, UT

    I worked at Ragnar Events

    Pros

    Ragnar Events is a fun environment, with lots of opportunities for independence. Management is easy-going and likable and they obviously feel strongly about the product that they are offering. They do a lot of things to try and keep morale up, but most people think with their wallets, and want the salary to be at a certain range. Having spoken with other employees, the compensation was many times a deciding factor in their discontent. The events are very enjoyable, but somewhat stressful and taxing. The lead up to an event is almost electrifying, but requires a large amount of time.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for advancement. Compensation is on the low end, but justifiable as a start-up. Work requires a lot of time during the events, sometimes two or three days without sleep, so that can be taxing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look for more opportunities to let employees grow and progress. Make sure they feel compensated for the work they are doing.

    Recommends

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