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Razorfish Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated July 23, 2014
Updated July 23, 2014
348 Reviews

3.6
348 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    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

    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
  2. 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

    Pros

    Salary and benefits, location, office environment

    Cons

    Chaotic and disorganized, no accountability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs more process and strong leadership

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company

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

    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
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  5. 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

    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
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    meh...

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

    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very smart people with great work ethic, but less cutting edge than one would think.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Great salaries
    Great people
    Fun workspace in a great location
    Great benefits

    Cons

    Generally bring employees in with a lower title than that which they applied for
    All processes are very manual
    Utilization requirements cause lots of shifting from project to project
    Razorfish in general seams to have the right ideas, but Publicis relies too much on Razorfish to pull the weight of it's lesser performing companies.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Its okay

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

    Pros

    The people are great and so is the office. It is a hip space, filled with lots of perks - being right across from 1871, beer on tap, game rooms

    Cons

    The company is consistently rebranding with big ideas - but no execution. Work satisfaction varies greatly based on the account. It is very difficult to move accounts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put into practice elements that are talked about in the all-hands meetings

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great potential, a little disorganized, but fun to work at

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Easy going atmosphere, great perks, some fantastic team members, pretty awesome client roster, great VP level directors.

    Cons

    They seem to give away high titles like candy to kids who have NOT earned them. I have never dealt with so many "Creative Directors" who had ZERO background at ad agencies- no junior experience, no Art Director level experience. They just give 'em the hight title without ensuring they have the knowledge that should come with that very important title. This makes teams look weak when pitching new work- the people at the helm don't always know what they are doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seriously, make sure the kids have gone through their training wheels before letting the run a team- quit giving away titles to employees who haven't earned them yet! It's why your clients leave.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Neutral

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Director  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Account Director in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    work/life balance is better than most agencies

    Cons

    limited vision at all levels

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Amazing people, challenging work

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

    Pros

    You will work with incredibly smart people, trying to solve very interesting challenges for big clients. The environment is highly collaborative, and teams thrive to do great work. Everyone cares, clients love it, and so do I!

    Cons

    Not so easy to get promoted. You need to be provided with the right opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talent retention is highly important in this environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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