Razorfish

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Razorfish Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
381 Reviews
3.5
381 Reviews
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Pete Stein
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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    Great place to work, but parent company politics are troubling

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    Former Employee - Media Technology in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Media Technology in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Razorfish full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people are passionate and very client oriented. They don't like to say no to clients, so there is plenty of opportunity to think outside the box to come up with a creative solution to an issue. Problem solvers will thrive in this environment. I don't think I've grown as much professionally as I did at Razorfish.

    Cons

    - Not much career growth opportunities
    - Publicis overlords don't seem to believe in/understand the media practice
    - Almost too friendly- people don't want to hurt others' feelings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should do a better job at promoting the media practice. The team does stuff that no other agency is able to do. Finding new clients is important, but if you can't even convince the parent company to invest in the practice, how can you ask a client to?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Smart People but not stable

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The people at Razorfish are great to work with and really talented.

    Cons

    This isn't a stable company. Layoffs are typical in agency life but to have layoffs a few times a year says something about the bigger picture. There are some deadbeat managers who skate by and no one knows what they really do. Instead of laying off the workers, they need to re-evaluate their positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Laying off full time people and rehiring freelancers won't grow your business or reputation.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place To Work below manager level- Upper Management is a mess and Publicis is screwing them over

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    Former Employee - Media in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Media in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Razorfish full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people you work with are great and they are supportive in helping you grow if you are below Management level.

    Cons

    The upper management is a mess and always has been- they have gone through a lot of identity changes and are unsure of how to position themselves. Hopefully this will turn around, but in the meantime they have had to lay off a lot of really great employees because they were not able to get their story straight.

    Publicis acquisition has only hurt them. Publicis is allowing them to get eaten up and is giving no support!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean up your story and push back on Publicis!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Best Digital Agency to work for!!

    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great Clients
    Stability
    Amazing and Talented group of People to work with
    Collaborative Environment

    Cons

    Might end up working for the same client for a long time, change is important in digital work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Creative talented teams and fast paced new tech projects

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Presentation Layer Developer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Presentation Layer Developer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Razorfish full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Always learning and a great place to grow

    Cons

    Projects nearly always require more work than time provided and many long hours are put in to compensate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work smarter not longer

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work environment. Great people. But the holding company is going to ruin a good thing.

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    Current Employee - Associate Director
    Current Employee - Associate Director

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

    Pros

    Work from home flexibility
    People are super smart and very chill
    Vacation time

    Cons

    There used to be more room for innovation and investment in creative ideas. Now it is all about efficiency and squeezing the organization to fit the bottom line. Not always a great long-term strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Same old story. Pursuit of short term profitability undermining long term viability. Maybe it makes sense for investors??? New CEO is an open question. Feel like he may be in line with this perspective.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

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