Razorfish Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated October 9, 2014
Updated October 9, 2014
369 Reviews
3.6
369 Reviews
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Pros
  • The hours provide a reasonable work life balance for an agency (in 35 reviews)

  • Lots of opportunity to work with great clients and extremely smart people / teams (in 43 reviews)


Cons
  • Work / life balance may be good to some degree with tons of paid time off BUT you will work on those days off (in 14 reviews)

  • Unstable long term outlook for client list, Long long hours, this is not the company to get promoted at - bad review process (in 21 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great learning experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Interactive Designer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Interactive Designer in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Fast pace, high quality of work, great culture

    Cons

    too fast but not based on research so much

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to cut your teeth, stuck in a rut

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Experience Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Experience Director in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Good life-work balance, people generally care for your well-being, some really smart people.

    Cons

    Stuck in an old model, feeling pressure from the technology side and the consulting side. It's having a hard time finding its voice. In many ways, its hard to see a future where Razorfish is still relevant or at least at the forefront. It either needs to find other ways of providing value outside of media and advertising, or accept that's all we do.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great learning opportunity, great environment

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

    I have been working at Razorfish as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Amazing environment, exciting clients and fun people to be around.
    Kegs on tap!

    Cons

    Slow work /busy work sometimes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    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 (less than an 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
  6.  

    Up and down, but not up a lot

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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 (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
  7.  

    Chicago employee

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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 (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
  8.  

    Senior Motion Designer

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

    I worked at Razorfish full-time (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
  9.  

    In a transition

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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 (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
  10.  

    Fantastic team in need of better client roster

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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 (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
  11. 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

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