Razorfish Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
371 Reviews
3.5
371 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)

  • Unstable long term outlook for client list, Long long hours, this is not the company to get promoted at - bad review process (in 21 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  3.  

    Great learning experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Interactive Designer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Interactive Designer in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Fast pace, high quality of work, great culture

    Cons

    too fast but not based on research so much

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    cool place

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Razorfish

    Pros

    cool place to work with, really positive working atmosphere

    Cons

    not very considerate for international students working options

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    My experience as a front end developer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Web Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Web Developer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good people
    challenging work
    technology is pretty good

    Cons

    Limited career path, unsatisfied with compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I felt that the career reviews were more for show. I performed well and got my projects done ahead of schedule. When it came for a review I never got a raise. Later on when I left the company I found out some of the newer hires, who did my work, and who I thought I was more skilled than earned 20k more, just because they were new hires.

    My advice is be more proactive in retaining your talent, in this age, especially with sites like glassdoor perspective employees will find out one way or another whether they are getting shafted by their employer, and in the long run that is not good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to get experience working on digital.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Art Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    You get to work with some really smart creative teams on pretty fun accounts. A great chance to work on concepting for digital and social solutions for some pretty interesting clients. The office is one of the nicer ones I've been in and there's some space to walk around inside or on the huge balcony.

    Cons

    It can be a bit slow sometimes, but it's that way everywhere once in a while.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Good place to cut your teeth, stuck in a rut

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Experience Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Experience Director in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Good life-work balance, people generally care for your well-being, some really smart people.

    Cons

    Stuck in an old model, feeling pressure from the technology side and the consulting side. It's having a hard time finding its voice. In many ways, its hard to see a future where Razorfish is still relevant or at least at the forefront. It either needs to find other ways of providing value outside of media and advertising, or accept that's all we do.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great learning opportunity, great environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Functional Analyst Intern in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Functional Analyst Intern in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Amazing environment, exciting clients and fun people to be around.
    Kegs on tap!

    Cons

    Slow work /busy work sometimes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Amazing culture and highly intelligent group of people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Razorfish full-time

    Pros

    great benefits, team oriented, opportunities for growth are plenty

    Cons

    hard to think of them

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good manager = Good internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    1) I had a fantastic manager for my internship. He set up a ton of meetings for me to get exposure to all aspects of the company and allowed me to connect with current employees early on. This allowed me to develop relationships with some extremely smart people to work with and have as a resource.
    2) My project was very interesting and taught me many professional skills to carry forward.
    3) The atmosphere of the office is fantastic, the free beer and food was great.
    4) Location within Chicago could not be better.

    Cons

    1) Pay is laughable for interns.
    2) Your experience was very dependent on your manager. I saw many disappointed interns because their manager wasn't willing to put in the time to develop a plan for their intern over the summer or give them direction.
    3) The intern project was relatively unstructured. Definitely had to reach out for resources.

    I had a fantastic experience, but again, that's because I probably had one of the best managers compared to the other interns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really delve into structuring your internship program more definitively.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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