Razorfish Reviews

Updated March 21, 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. 4 people found this helpful

    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. Great Company, but hard work

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    Current Employee - Search Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Search Coordinator in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    I absolutely love working for Razorfish: great people, great clients and great benefits. But, it's not for the faint of heart. You will work hard.

    Cons

    long hours, unclear path to promotion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep pushing upper management for change

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Fascinating but flawed,like most things in life.

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

    I worked at Razorfish

    Pros

    Interesting work for fascinating clients; good work/life balance; pay is relatively high compared to other comparable agencies; tools are provided to the job correctly; smart , mainly young motivated colleagues.

    Cons

    Chaotic management , when there is any; massive turnover in management; being part of a foreign holding company with multiple internal factors results in redundant internal competition and waste; client dissatisfaction leads to client losses and resulting layoffs; lack of focus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the bleeding at the top and actually communicate and lead! Communication and training lacking or non existent.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Razorfish was an awesome agency experience!

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Lead in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Lead in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    My manager was very interested in my career progress and assigned projects which provided exposure to leadership.

    Cons

    Agencies are very busy, so work-life balance can be challenging. However, Razorfish was very good about recognizing efforts and rewarding accordingly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better training and team-building would have helped to figure out the Razorfish ecosystem (e.g. how payroll questions were handled, who to escalate issues to, and when the treats would be delivered - it was a month before I was told that a large fruit basket was delivered weekly).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. A good atmosphere that attempts to keep it's employees well fed, and functionally tipsy

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    Former Intern - Copywriter in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Copywriter in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    People are friendly and helpful. Free meals. Everyone wants to work.

    Cons

    A little disorganized sometimes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    Siloed teams, not a great culture.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great people. Most were really engaged in their work.

    Cons

    Interesting work, but not boundary pushing. Too many favored sons at the top looking to build their own reputations rather than strive for great work. Overuse of freelancers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reorganize - no need to have separate planning and strategy teams. Work on strengthening in-office and inter-office relations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Great people, competitive, long hours

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Razorfish

    Pros

    great colleagues

    some very interesting projects and opportunities

    top tier clients

    Cons

    poor work-life balance

    travel - the work and projects are turning into a typical consultancy ala deloitte

    if your project of client is lousy, your life is horrible

    layoffs anytime, anywhere

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Used to be a great place. Now just a consulting company for subpar clients.

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

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance most of the time. Competitive salaries. Lots of days off.

    Cons

    The culture has been dead for a while. Upper creative management has replied with "it will never be the old Razorfish ever again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit going after subpar clients with the intent of doing subpar work. But still charging A list budgets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. Surrounded by Talented Individuals

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    Former Intern - Creative Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Creative Intern in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Everyone is willing to help, incredible company culture, work was fun!

    Cons

    I loved everything about working there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Great coworkers, limited opportunities

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

    I worked at Razorfish (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great vacation package between PTO, company holidays etc. An excellent place to start off your career with a generally fast paced and energetic agency.

    Cons

    Promotions, raises or any real recognition of a job well done has become even more difficult to achieve in the last 2 years. Starting pay is significantly lower than industry standard and raises if/when they come in are minimal and extremely slow to go into affect. Vacation time is great when you can take it but it's not uncommon to be expected to work on your 'time off'.
    Razorfish has been struggling in the media practice over the last two years with little to no growth or client diversity. The SEM team is severely under-resourced with management showing little to no interest in reversing the decline.
    Sister agencies under the Publicis brand are expected to partner together whenever possible however when one poaches business from another there are no repercussions as the client stays under the Publicis umbrella. This has caused additional tension/low morale and significant job loss within the Razorfish brand as a result.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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