Razorfish

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Razorfish Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
390 Reviews
3.5
390 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)

  • Projects nearly always require more work than time provided and many long hours are put in to compensate (in 22 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place

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    Current Employee - Front End Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Front End Developer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Razorfish

    Pros

    Great company culture, awesome human talent.

    Cons

    Sometimes admin can be a bit disorganized

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    It's ok.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Social Media Strategist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Social Media Strategist in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The culture at Razorfish is, frankly, beyond compare. There isn't any place like it.

    Cons

    There's little—if any—effort to protect employees from unreasonable client demands. Maybe it's a consequence of being part of perpetually cash-strapped Publicis, but you'll be overworked and comparatively underpaid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay up. We're loyal to this company, but we expect it to be returned in tangible form.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Confusing place

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    Former Employee - Account Director
    Former Employee - Account Director

    I worked at Razorfish

    Pros

    Smart people who actually build things.

    Cons

    Agency without agency culture. Frequent layoffs because of inability to scope work right. Approach work as a commodity factory vs thought capital and strategic leader..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in campaign creatives and account planning.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Feeling Just OK About Razorfish Right Now

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Razorfish full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Incredibly smart people. Haven't worked with more intelligent people in my entire career
    - Office management does a great job trying to keep morale high, and the new Central president has been awesome so far
    - Free beer, soda fountain, Starbucks coffee - the perks of working at an agency
    - Great office location in Chicago

    Cons

    - Razorfish went through a REALLY rough time last year with at least five rounds of layoffs. No word yet on what this year will look like, but the future feels uncertain
    - Because of a rough year last year, Razorfish has stooped to a new low - clients that the agency has decided to take on are incredibly boring, and not what you'd think an innovative company would even begin to entertain if new business wasn't an issue
    - Lots of employees are only freelance or contract right now, which is fine, but feels like right when you build a relationship with someone their contract is up and might not get renewed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep working hard to figure out what will keep current employees happy. Continue to push for forward-thinking clients for the agency's sake.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great people

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    Former Employee - Media
    Former Employee - Media

    I worked at Razorfish

    Pros

    Amazing people, intelligent and hardworking.
    Better pay than most other agencies.
    Great perks, work hours are very reasonable.

    Cons

    HR was a pain to work with.
    Several lay-offs throughout the year and the agency seeming to only want freelancers/contractors may be saying something. They need to figure some stuff out.
    Way too dependent on few clients in the media department. Not that much to learn past a certain point for entry-level positions.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Business Lead

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    Current Employee - Business Lead in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Business Lead in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Staff, team, clients, pay, resources

    Cons

    progression, timeframe, business growth, location

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Razorfish

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Razorfish

    Pros

    Great Culture, opportunity and technology all tied well

    Cons

    Churn, leadership lacked at times

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    smart people, drab culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Media Planner in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Media Planner in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Razorfish

    Pros

    smart people
    strong client roster
    best practices

    Cons

    hierarchal, top heavy teams
    slow promotion process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve office culture
    more transparency
    eliminate hierarchy

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Working at Razorfish

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    Current Employee - Functional Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Functional Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Razorfish

    Pros

    One of the best employer I have worked with. Very professional and employee friendly atmosphere. Work Flexibility is an added advantage. Senior Leadership is commendable. Everyday is a celebration here and Hr policies are really good. Overall a very good working environment for an employee

    Cons

    Nothing as far as I know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep going the way they are.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Sinking ship

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Razorfish

    Pros

    Could be a nice place for an entry level position. Great benefits.

    Cons

    It's all about the margins and profits for the Razorfish's holding company Publicis. Company vision? Make more profits. Effective leadership? Never saw much of that. Once a leader, Razorfish is now going through the motions as it slowly declines. They follow an outdated agency model struggling to compete in a more flattened economy where clients understand the ROI of an agency and smaller places are eating Razorfish's lunch. Every couple of years a new CEO tries to "turn it around" and fails. Many of the best have either moved on or have been let go. Avoid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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