Razorfish Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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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. Group Director

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    Current Employee - Group Director in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Group Director in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Razorfish (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibility, challenging projects, variety of work

    Cons

    Long hours at times, commute (I live 25 miles away)

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you provide comp time for employees who work long hours. Folks nowadays expect to get compensated for working overtime

  2. UX Intern

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Razorfish as an intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There was a great variety of work that always kept you on your toes.

    Cons

    Starting salaries seemed a little low for the market.

  3. Technical Architect

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Architect
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Architect

    I worked at Razorfish full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great technology and diverse projects. Awesome people, nice working environment.

    Cons

    Had many late nights working with offshore teams.

    Advice to Management

    Create a dress code that limits distractions.

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  5. Sr Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I have been working at Razorfish full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company is growing very fast and have handful of exciting projects. Pay and Benefits are competitive. Lots of Holidays and Time off. Great people to work with. And best, I get to work from home.

    Cons

    A very fast paced environment which may not be for everyone. Work-Life balance often tilts to the left and puts a lot of pressure on employees. I log on an average of 45 hours of week, and the kind of work I do (given my role), it feels like I clock in 60 hours a week. There's also a bit of red-tape-ism since it's part of a bigger organization.

  6. Doing good work with great people.

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    Current Employee - Senior Designer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great culture. Variety of work. Opportunity for growth. Work with great people. Lots of vacation time. Good benefits. Good work/life balance. Opportunity to travel.

    Cons

    Clients can be limiting. Very corporate. Part of Publicis, so there tends to quite of bit of red tape.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent with employees. Give offices more autonomy to make decisions for their people instead of decisions being made at such a high level.

  7. I enjoyed working for Razorfish. They are a global company with a small company feel.

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    Former Employee - Project Lead in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Lead in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people were smart and you were respected if you were good at what you did, whether you were an administrative assistant or an Executive Creative Director. Casual, creative, fun work environment, which didn't make it feel like work. Great pay and benefits.

    Cons

    There were some growing pains while I was there from 2008-2011 but the pros definitely outweighed the cons.

  8. Great place to advance your career

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    Current Employee - Senior Developer
    Current Employee - Senior Developer

    I have been working at Razorfish

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great projects, great processes, investment in their employees

    Cons

    I've not found any so far

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work in investing in your employees. They are your greatest strength.

  9. Company started great, then bad decisions and management ruined it.

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Razorfish

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work with nice, smart people and laid-back atmosphere for the most part. Work with blue chip clients on campaigns that have large market visibility.

    Cons

    Was really excited when I started in 2010, but after 3.5 years noticed an unsettling downward trend. Company shed tons of employees and had the audacity to tell them to be excited for the company's future.

    Advice to Management

    Find something else to do. Priorities are all over the place and things as simple as a new seating arrangement need to be approved by the CFO. Really??

  10. Helpful (3)

    Recruiter

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Razorfish full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Loved the department leads. Smart talent, Visionary company!

    Cons

    Needs more vision accelerators to execute. They get in their own way to the point of being crippling.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the people doing the work, not just winning the work!

  11. Helpful (6)

    Great place to learn, bad place to advance

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    Former Employee - Information Architect in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Information Architect in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Coworkers are the best of the best, and from diverse backgrounds and experiences they can teach you a lot.

    Cons

    The organization is top heavy leaving too little compensation for the entry and early level employees. If you want to advance you, almost by design, have to boomerang--leave the company for a year or so and return for higher salary. Also, though not unique to Razorfish, resources are stretched thin and everyone seems to be over extended with no relief in sight.

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