Razorfish Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
369 Reviews
3.6
369 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Media Planner in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Media Planner in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    culture is fun- lots of happy hours, group activities and young people in general.Co workers are whats kept me here for 4+ years and there is a great view of the water from most desks as we're located right on pier 39.

    Cons

    The San Francisco office is decreasing in size due to shifts within the Publicis family. Upper management doesn't look out for their individual employees but rather just the company as a whole.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great learning experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  3.  

    cool place

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Razorfish

    Pros

    cool place to work with, really positive working atmosphere

    Cons

    not very considerate for international students working options

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  5.  

    Great place to get experience working on digital.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Art Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    You get to work with some really smart creative teams on pretty fun accounts. A great chance to work on concepting for digital and social solutions for some pretty interesting clients. The office is one of the nicer ones I've been in and there's some space to walk around inside or on the huge balcony.

    Cons

    It can be a bit slow sometimes, but it's that way everywhere once in a while.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    My experience as a front end developer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Web Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Web Developer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good people
    challenging work
    technology is pretty good

    Cons

    Limited career path, unsatisfied with compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I felt that the career reviews were more for show. I performed well and got my projects done ahead of schedule. When it came for a review I never got a raise. Later on when I left the company I found out some of the newer hires, who did my work, and who I thought I was more skilled than earned 20k more, just because they were new hires.

    My advice is be more proactive in retaining your talent, in this age, especially with sites like glassdoor perspective employees will find out one way or another whether they are getting shafted by their employer, and in the long run that is not good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Cumbersome corporate chaos since being acquired by Publicis

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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 Razorfish full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Generous holiday schedule, casual work environment, nice office space, great benefits plan, nice corporate discount programs, consistent offerings throughout the year for training and seminars to improve specific skills or knowledge in various areas within the industry.

    Cons

    Leadership has changed repeatedly over the years, general feeling of instability, 4 rounds of layoffs since the beginning of 2013, communication is inconsistent company-wide, the culture is borderline abusive and inherently disrespectful between teams, bad behavior is ignored, and in some cases even rewarded, bonuses are non-existent for most employees, merit raises (when they happen) are 1-3%, promotions are a mystery

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Rude PM and disorganised management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Razorfish

    Pros

    Flexible hours and option to work remotely. nice medical insurance package. I guess nothing else

    Cons

    most of the Project managers are rude knowing nothing about coding but yet good at preasuring you to finish tasks in ridiculous deadline. Your performance depends on if the manager likes you or not. Promotion is difficult to get. The razorfish culture is disorganized. You get terminated without notice and in a rude way. Once you smell a rat, start looking for a new job .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work, in the long run, you're not growing your portfolio by leaps and bounds

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Wonderful working environment, wonderful people, good management, fostering environment for ideas, creativity is often not pushed beyond the ask to meet the client brief

    Cons

    Creative work can often be stripped down to bare nuts and bolts. Stagnation can hit in weeks and months with little creative work produced or pushed live. People running the accounts are not as concerned with the opinion of "they're producing great work" more often its "they're making their client happy and meeting expectations of sales/consumer growth/deadlines/coming in on budget.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very smart people, love their clients, creative is often a slave to media advertising, social media, long-term heavy e-commerce site and the occasional big digital idea that exists as a viral campaign, microsite, large-scale cross-platform experience.

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

    Interns: Have a plan and reason to be here or go somewhere else

    Former Employee - Art Director Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Art Director Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Lots of people to meet if you're wanting to network actively

    Cons

    Not the most creative work being put out, people are generally working on one account, as an intern you get sucked into twitter/facebook posts if working with the wrong team... too bad because more exciting opportunities could have been had (had they valued and utilized the interns more)

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Good place to cut your teeth, stuck in a rut

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    • Senior Management
    • 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

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