Razorfish Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance for an agency (in 35 reviews)

  • Really smart people doing innovative things (in 43 reviews)

Cons
  • sometimes hard for work & life balance (in 14 reviews)

  • Lean teams can mean long hours with the lack of resources (in 22 reviews)

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  1. Great Work environment

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    Current Employee - Media Planner in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Media Planner in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Razorfish (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Wealth of digital expierence and know how with an excellent company culture

    Cons

    Long hours. Lots of turn over.


  2. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good work life balance, albeit some ebbs and flows depending on project lifecycle - Tons of talented people here - Relatively flat organizational culture - Good work is always recognized

    Cons

    - Results vary from account to account - Sometimes too reactive resourcing - Doesn't support a bench - Experience with direct manager can be hit or miss

    Advice to Management

    Get more management training for those moving up the ladder. You could get lucky with some people that either have prior management experience, or are naturally good managers.


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    Anonymous Employee Seattle

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hands down, one of major pros-- amazing PTO and extra holidays. Plus, the work is strong. Fun and smart people with commitment to delivery. Work on top tier brands, solid for resume. Amazing for networking. Awesome perks....like really good parties.

    Cons

    Sounds cliche, but opportunity for growth. I've seen talent leave and come back in higher role many times. Consistent layoffs are stressful but I guess that is just agency life. In Seattle, the lower Queen Anne location is a bit challenging to access.

    Advice to Management

    Anything that can be done to lean out management layers that don't do much heavy lifting is good. Always take associates seriously if looking to explore other opportunities within.


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  5. Helpful (9)

    LA office

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Hmm... office is close to freeway? Some people might also like the free drinks including LaCroix. Work-life balance is decent for an agency.

    Cons

    Where to begin. To say people are not empowered in the LA office would be the understatement of the year. The office is run by a cliquish group of exclusively white, mostly male (with one exception) executives, many of whom are clearly not ready for the level of responsibility handed to them. There is complete lack of strategic vision, no clear sense of direction, and no alignment on priorities. Rather than allowing people to use their professional judgment, leadership bosses them around like toddlers. When questioned, the so-called leaders become defensive and blame the "troublemaker." The hiring strategy is basically "hire people you'd want to have a beer with," which produces an environment filled with clones of the same mentality and worsens the already low diversity. Office culture is like being in a frat house. There is no accountability, no communication, no transparency, and pretty much no work to show for all the time the office has been up and running. Consider this: the account team (whose job it is to communicate with the client) was asked by leadership not to communicate with the client. Everybody is expected to work under a rock while the top brass colludes behind closed doors and retains exclusive rights to client access and all decisionmaking, including the day-to-day of every single discipline. If you want to do real work and have real accomplishments, run and don't look back.

    Advice to Management

    Staff the office entirely with interns. They would do as you say, know their place, and be grateful in the end. Stop hiring professionals because you obviously don't know how to treat them.


  6. Helpful (13)

    No reason to even consider working here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Razorfish is still (unbelievably) a recognized brand and looks good on a resume. Great PTO policy, good benefits package.

    Cons

    Publicis margin pressure combined with a lack of executive vision and an inability to make tough decisions have left the company in chaos. Ongoing layoffs, canceling of bonus programs, and executive lifers that have NEVER WORKED ANYPLACE ELSE (and have zero idea how to do things differently than they have done things for the last 15 years) only exacerbate the problems. Only a matter of time until RAZORFISH become irrelevant and likely rolled up with Sapient. That would be the best thing that could happen -- maybe projects would then stand a chance of actually being delivered.

    Advice to Management

    For god's sake, nuke the old boys' network of lifers and get some fresh blood that brings a broader perspective. With the company in chaos, projects failing, attrition of top talent, and round upon round of layoffs - its only a matter of time till the market wakes up and the Razorfish brand is dust. Make some of the tough decisions that need to be made --- have a vision and execute --- there does not need to be total alignment on each and every decision - just make a thoughtful decision and the troops will follow. Oh - and don't hire regional presidents who know NOTHING about digital -- should go without saying.


  7. Good place to work for some, but

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Razorfish full-time

    Pros

    Friendly interpersonal culture with great sense of humor, good work life balance depending on department, work is taken seriously but not too seriously, opportunities for advancement, willingness to train/mentor people from the ground up into new careers.

    Cons

    Hard lines between departments with too much territoriality on projects. Sometimes more concerned with satisfying deadlines and department agendas than delivering unified, quality work.

    Advice to Management

    Please keep up the friendly office culture, but need to extend this friendliness into project politics. Focus less on the bottom line for a change.


  8. Razorfish/Crownpartners Review

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Dayton, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked remotely from home. Good environment with friendly employees. Provided all the resources I needed to learn and grow individually (including laptop upgrades, and books).

    Cons

    Couldn't put me on a project consistently so, I did not get the experience I desired. Although, I was an excellent employee, they consistently had me switching between meaningless projects. Yearly reviews were not helpful. You were just told you did average without any real criticism to help you improve. They hire a lot of new grads, more than likely for cheap prices but, can't keep them around. A lot of people come and go within a year. They went through lay-offs.

    Advice to Management

    Not sure what advice I would give. I did not have a lot of interaction with management. But, I believe most people leave Razorfish formerly Crownpartners, because they are under paid compared to industry rates. People will stay if they feel valued. Reduce the employee turnover rate everywhere in the company not just for specific projects.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Executive Assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great work life balance compared to any other company I have worked with.

    Cons

    Recently there have been some layoff to ensure profit margins are hit every quarter. A necessary evil in any big corporation.


  10. Helpful (1)

    QA

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    Former Employee - Oregon (OR) in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Oregon (OR) in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Razorfish (More than a year)

    Pros

    It is a typical agency environment. Most of the time fun, most of the time fast paced, well paid contracts that tend to extend if you do good work.

    Cons

    People early in their careers can be challenging to work with. Suggestions viewed as criticism and a threat. People working with extreme hangovers. The expectation to be best friends and hang out all the time after work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep a good balance of people at all points in their career. Yes, it's great to have a bunch of cool kids but having all the cool kids running the show can be a liability.


  11. Decentralized Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Razorfish full-time

    Pros

    Neat local culture at each regional office

    Cons

    No strategic plan for company growth



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