Razorfish
3.5 of 5 308 reviews
www.razorfish.com Seattle, WA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Razorfish Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014
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3.5 308 reviews

                             

86% Approve of the CEO

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Pete Stein

(28 ratings)

75% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "The hours provide a reasonable work life balance for an agency"
    in 28 reviews
  • "Razorfish also has a lot of very smart people who are the main reason to work here"
    in 36 reviews
Cons:
  • "like any other agency, not the best work life balance"
    in 10 reviews
  • "Unstable long term outlook for client list, Long long hours, this is not the company to get promoted at - bad review process"
    in 18 reviews
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Can be a great place to grow and learn from others.

User Experience Director (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I worked at Razorfish full-time for more than 3 years

ProsTalented people, overall good culture. Not crazy with egos for the most part.

ConsCulture of saying yes to clients without considering consequences is it's achilles' heel.

Advice to Senior ManagementTry not to burn out top talent!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Excellent work environment

Senior QA Analyst (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

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

ProsGreat place to work at. Great team members

ConsCompany does well when economy is good

Advice to Senior Managementnone

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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The coolest place to work for!

Senior Analyst (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

I worked at Razorfish full-time for more than a year

ProsCutting edge, great place to learn, flexible, excellent work life balance, great people, fun

Conswork maybe pretty slow at times

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Big name agency with lots of internal issues.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Razorfish

ProsGreat benefits, competitive pay, wonderful city to live and work

ConsUnstable long term outlook for client list, Long long hours, this is not the company to get promoted at - bad review process.

– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Its okay

Associate Experience Director (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

I have been working at Razorfish as a contractor for more than a year

ProsThe 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

ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementPut into practice elements that are talked about in the all-hands meetings

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
New York, NY

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

ProsThe people are amazing
The company works hard to make us happy
You have the freedom to do your work; no micromanaging

ConsYou spend longer at each level than in other agencies (between promotions.)
You can sometimes fly under the radar for too long. Make sure you speak up

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep focusing on your employees; we see it! Try to remember that not everyone is aware of the standards within RZF, so don't make the mistake of thinking everyone will be willing to take a step back in title just to work here. It IS pretty awesome, but sometimes you have to get in the door first to find that out.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

I worked at Razorfish as a contractor for more than a year

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

ConsThey 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 Senior ManagementSeriously, 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Nice fun and hard working people

Intern (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

I worked at Razorfish as an intern for less than a year

ProsGood environment and people. There is a lot of work to do and the people there are very helpful so the days went by like a breeze.

ConsThey do not provide any assistance for Interns that come in from outside Seattle. So while other companies offer housing or give advice on housing these guys did none of that.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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internal issues galore, uninspired staff, unsupportive management, a real bummer of a place to work.

Senior Art Director (Former Employee)
Portland, OR

I worked at Razorfish full-time for less than a year

Prosthere are a few great people stuck there.

Conscrappy work, bitter clients, checked out management, smiles and welcomes during interview, bait and switch on first day. this place feels like a creative prison camp.

Advice to Senior Managementget rid of the old management, the leaders in place do not foster a great work place which will eventually get around and you will lose your talent pool access.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Smart people, interesting projects and big client names.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA

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

ProsFamily friendly, career track and a great view from the lower Queen Anne offices. Competitive, yet smart people tackling some interesting technologies challenges.

ConsSilos between the media teams and other organizations limits crossover and collaboration. Regional US practices tend to let one geography specialize in a certain thing (creative, media) while others fall back in that area. Not a problem overall, but it prevents a uniform client experience at certain office locations.

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue with the new 2014 roll-out for restructuring the disciplines as it seems like the right direction to go.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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