Razorfish Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
355 Reviews
3.6
355 Reviews
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Pros
  • The hours provide a reasonable work life balance for an agency (in 33 reviews)

  • Razorfish also has a lot of very smart people who are the main reason to work here (in 38 reviews)


Cons
  • work-life balance, salary not competitive (in 11 reviews)

  • Unstable long term outlook for client list, Long long hours, this is not the company to get promoted at - bad review process (in 20 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good manager = Good internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Razorfish as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    1) I had a fantastic manager for my internship. He set up a ton of meetings for me to get exposure to all aspects of the company and allowed me to connect with current employees early on. This allowed me to develop relationships with some extremely smart people to work with and have as a resource.
    2) My project was very interesting and taught me many professional skills to carry forward.
    3) The atmosphere of the office is fantastic, the free beer and food was great.
    4) Location within Chicago could not be better.

    Cons

    1) Pay is laughable for interns.
    2) Your experience was very dependent on your manager. I saw many disappointed interns because their manager wasn't willing to put in the time to develop a plan for their intern over the summer or give them direction.
    3) The intern project was relatively unstructured. Definitely had to reach out for resources.

    I had a fantastic experience, but again, that's because I probably had one of the best managers compared to the other interns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really delve into structuring your internship program more definitively.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Up and down, but not up a lot

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

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

    Pros

    Mostly good people, often interesting work

    Cons

    Poor client engagement, not a lot of interesting stuff in the pipeline.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Chicago employee

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Work / life balance is good that you can work from home and number of paid days off are great! Probably the best you'll get out of an agency, thanks to being part of a French holding company. Benefits are also solid. Culture is good. The work is exciting and challenging.

    Cons

    Lack if true leadership. Work / life balance may be good to some degree with tons of paid time off BUT you will work on those days off. And more so.
    The talent is leaning more towards young folks right out of college instead of experienced experts. Resources are always tight. Training is getting better but not formal.
    The company is going thru some changes and is trying to retain business. It's hard to feel valued when recognition isn't there, or when you aren't giving the opportunity to showcase your talent or ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent. Is the organization an Ad Agency or creative shop? Are we focused on bottom line or retaining exceptional talent? Too many questions that are unanswered.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Senior Motion Designer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Motion Designer  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Motion Designer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Razorfish full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great place to work. A lot of talented people to work with. Positive environment.

    Cons

    Can have some trouble getting staffed on the best projects.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    In a transition

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Razorfish full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Still some great, smart, creative talent and big name clients. Great location at the Merchandise Mart.

    Cons

    Nature of the projects has skewed more consulting and strategy, fewer end-to-end creative projects. This may work for some folks, but it's feeling less like a creative shop these days. Promotions have dried up over the last year, which is causing people to start looking around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More focus on retaining top talent, and staffing creative in general. People are spread thin.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Fantastic team in need of better client roster

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Work in a brand new, state-of-the-art office surrounded by the smartest minds in user centered experience design and business transformation.

    Cons

    There is a real lack of incoming clients with needs that match the talent of the team and with pockets deep enough to keep the Publicis overlords happy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that the team needs the right kinds of projects, not just any project.

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

    Not a place to stay for long

    Current Employee - Associate Creative Director  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Creative Director in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Razorfish full-time

    Pros

    Salary and benefits, location, office environment

    Cons

    Chaotic and disorganized, no accountability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs more process and strong leadership

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Architect  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Architect in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    The Razorfish Platforms division is growing at an alarming pace and it is exciting to be a part of the group. Everyone is challenged to do their best and it's a pleasure to work with smart people that are driven to do good work.

    Cons

    Razorfish is owned by Publicis Group which is a massive holding company. Over the past couple of years they have put quite a bit of pressure on Razorfish to improve margins and it has had an impact on the overall culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Once good but downward now

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Very competitve vacations, benefit package

    Cons

    Takes longer to promote. Not enough transparency for internal communications. Three rounds of laid-offs in a year...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep good people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    meh...

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    Current Employee - ACD  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - ACD in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    By far the best benefits in town. Great vacation days, great pay, cool perks, nice office space. Amazing people.

    Cons

    not much of and ad agency as we like to think about them. more like web developers/e-commerce giants.
    They need to bring people in all levels that know about storytelling if they want to stay competitive. More worried about how it works than why it works or why it's cool.
    Extremely focused on margins and project hours. that's an idea killer right there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try to get people excited about the work they're doing and you'll stop bleeding talent and clients.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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