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RainKing Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
37 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great starting point!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research in North Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Research in North Bethesda, MD

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

    Pros

    RainKing is great for work-life balance (HUGE flexibility with work hours and remote working arrangements). This is probably one of the best things about the company. However, there is also a great group of people that work there, opportunities for professional and personal growth, and the benefit of a casual office vibe.

    Like everything else, working at RainKing is what you make of it. Work hard, play to your strengths, and you will most likely find your niche here.

    Cons

    Compensation is on the lower end of the scale and perks are few. It is easy to get complacent here and to have time just fly by, while you get by.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more investment and resources into training employees, particularly in regards to technical skills. Not only will it improve the general attitude of employees, it will improve work output at RainKing and better position employees for opportunities after RainKing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Energizing growth ride!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    No fear of experimentation here. Management is willing to try anything that will help the company grow. The most apolitical place I have worked - the only thing that matters is success and the only currency is merit

    Cons

    In some ways the research team is a victim of it's own success - it has become so efficient in setting up a machine that churns out data that now growth opportunities for researchers are limited. But opportunities are still out there if you have ideas you are willing to run with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep experimenting. Celebrate the experiments, successful or not!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Really great and casual work environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at RainKing

    Pros

    Free bagels on Fridays. Easy to get involved in different aspects of the business if you are proactive.

    Cons

    Disorganized, management is cheap with office supplies and things seem ad hoc at times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good for Networking and Developing Skills in Excel

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Bethesda, MD

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

    Pros

    Worked for RainKing for a couple of months as a Research Intern. Overall the experience was not that bad. Most employees are relatively young in their mid 20's, friendly and approachable, and always willing to lend a hand if you have questions. On my first day, I was introduced to the entire department and had to tell an embarrassing story about myself which was a pretty good icebreaker. I worked with a few supervisors on the Operations team that walked me through the basics of what was needed, but other than that I wasn't micromanaged very much outside of sending reports (emails) letting them know what work was completed. If you like solving problems, are creative, and can work independently it's a pretty good job for $10 dollars an hour. Also - you will never go hungry at this place. It seems like they are always providing lunches and bagels. The dress code is casual to business casual, so it was nice not having to put on a tie and slacks everyday.

    Cons

    The office is not the easiest to access from the metro as there isn't a direct metro stop but it's a 5-10 minute bus ride on the J2 or J3 from the NIH-Medical Center metro stop (they will reimburse metro expenses up to $70/month. If you have a car - they will pay for your parking.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much I can say here as my time with the company was limited. Maybe spruce up the office a little bit? It's a little drab.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A challenging, but rewarding experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Research in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - IT Research in Bethesda, MD

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

    Pros

    The work environment is independent, but also fun and welcoming. With there never being a shortage of company events and lunches, all employees are very friendly and interactive. The schedule was also incredibly flexible, allowing for you to work from home or office at any time.

    Cons

    Many skills required for the Research Team were learned on the job. So the first few weeks were fast paced and had a steep learning curve to learn everything that was needed.

    The compensation was also low. Wish it was more competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that a steady flow of communication is maintained throughout the organization. The management is sometimes uncommunicative and changes requirements for a project midway through it, which could have been avoided if all requirements were stated at the onset.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Really great and casual work environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Sales in Bethesda, MD

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

    Pros

    Great social environment, the employees are super nice and always willing to help each other. There's always work lunches and outings like happy hours that the employees try to get all the people involved in.

    Cons

    Compensation isn't the best. Wish it was more competitive. And there feels as though there isn't much of a promotion ladder to climb after a few positions. It feels you can get promoted pretty quickly to the next position but not a continued growth in the position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rework the compensation structure and consider getting rid of capped commission if your reps are going way above quota.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 11 people found this helpful  

    Just Another Online Sweat Shop

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    Former Employee - Freelance Corporate Researcher
    Former Employee - Freelance Corporate Researcher

    I worked at RainKing as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The editors are very good, very professional, but are overwhelmed.

    Cons

    Everything. It's another elance/odesk sweat shop. The pay for freelance researchers is measly $3 per lead. That is not a typo. $3 per lead for corporate technology research. No surprise many of the most active researchers are in 3rd world countries where $3 USD can actually buy something. Job is advertised as $15 an hour, but don't expect to earn any where near that because this is strictly piecework. The editors are very good but ask too much of researchers given poor pay. To be fair, editors are very overwhelmed because RainKing tends to over hire researchers, meaning editors are flooded with work at times. When that happens, assignments just aren't posted and researchers don't have any work at all. Workflow is guessing game. You can't rely on this job to pay bills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How the hell is this paying off for you literally and otherwise? Telecommute, flex schedule is good, but 3rd World pay is not. You ask for top-notch quality for less than minimum wage. You ask 2 editors to handle the work of 100 researchers. Then you complain when researchers get fed up and leave. "We didn't pay all this money to train you ($25 to attend one 1-hour training webinar!) for you not to work." Choose the best researchers, make them W-2 and pay fair wages and benefits. Hire more editors!!!! Paying $3 per lead means your best talent will leave as the job market slowly improves and researchers find better paying jobs, including flipping burgers. There is no incentive to stay at RainKing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    A rapidly growing company with a ton of potential

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at RainKing full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic leadership team. Managers are promoted from within, upper management is top-notch. Plenty of internal mobility; do well here and you will have opportunities throughout the organization (research, sales, account management, IT).

    This is a small company that moves fast, all the while managers are very accommodating; people are not left behind as the organization pivots toward new and better processes.

    Cons

    The organization is a bit siloed; as roles become increasingly specialized, additional steps should be taken to keep teams and departments working with and talking to one another.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 9 people found this helpful  

    A Company Nobody Wants to Work For

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at RainKing full-time

    Pros

    Compensation is high, and they're hiring. If you like watching a lot of youtube and being online a lot during work in research this is the place for you. Product is decent and you do get to work with some great companies as clients.

    Cons

    I saw in another post there is the ability for upward mobility. There isn't. They bring in people from all of the these "large enterprise companies" who totally don't connect with the people who work there. Management doesn't care, is always right, and makes each team feel like what they do doesn't matter. Half the IT team quit, all of the account management team wants to leave. And half the sales team gets paid well, but the small business team doesn't. There is no culture at all, unless hating working for the company is a culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    This company is despicable!!!!

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    Former Employee - Freelance Writer in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Freelance Writer in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at RainKing part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    You may get a chance to gain writing experience, if they let you.

    Cons

    This company will not work with you on training as a freelance writer. The online instructions given during training assessment do not explain very well what the expectations are. The training assessment does not teach you anything. It is evaluated unfairly and you don't receive any feedback for anything done wrong. If they don't like what you submitted, you are quickly dismissed without a second chance. Why do they call it training, if they don't work with you for a second chance on the writing assignment? Very mean spirited, negative minded and unfriendly people to work with online. The money provided is not worth the work you have to put in to try figure these idiots out. If you want free lance writing experience, look elsewhere to get it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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