Razorfish

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Razorfish Reviews

Updated February 23, 2015
Updated February 23, 2015
395 Reviews
4.4
395 Reviews
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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.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Surrounded by Talented Individuals

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    Don't have much to say, only been with RF for 2 months, and working remotely

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Razorfish

    Pros

    friendly people, flexible work environment

    Cons

    agile process lacks discipline and needs leadership

  6.  

    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place To Begin A Career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Client Service Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Client Service Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Razorfish full-time

    Pros

    Razorfish was a perfect place to start my career. They provided me with many opportunities and allowed me to focus on my areas of interest. The work-life balance was better than anywhere else I've worked. If I had worked beyond a 9 or 10 hour day, I was regularly encouraged by management to leave early the following day.

    Cons

    Razorfish generally tends to pay a bit lower than other agencies. Since Publicis acquired Razorfish, budgets were pinched really tight which limited raises, promotion opportunities, and benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Front End Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Front End Developer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Razorfish

    Pros

    Great company culture, awesome human talent.

    Cons

    Sometimes admin can be a bit disorganized

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Feeling Just OK About Razorfish Right Now

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    - Incredibly smart people. Haven't worked with more intelligent people in my entire career
    - Office management does a great job trying to keep morale high, and the new Central president has been awesome so far
    - Free beer, soda fountain, Starbucks coffee - the perks of working at an agency
    - Great office location in Chicago

    Cons

    - Razorfish went through a REALLY rough time last year with at least five rounds of layoffs. No word yet on what this year will look like, but the future feels uncertain
    - Because of a rough year last year, Razorfish has stooped to a new low - clients that the agency has decided to take on are incredibly boring, and not what you'd think an innovative company would even begin to entertain if new business wasn't an issue
    - Lots of employees are only freelance or contract right now, which is fine, but feels like right when you build a relationship with someone their contract is up and might not get renewed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep working hard to figure out what will keep current employees happy. Continue to push for forward-thinking clients for the agency's sake.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's ok.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Social Media Strategist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Social Media Strategist in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The culture at Razorfish is, frankly, beyond compare. There isn't any place like it.

    Cons

    There's little—if any—effort to protect employees from unreasonable client demands. Maybe it's a consequence of being part of perpetually cash-strapped Publicis, but you'll be overworked and comparatively underpaid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay up. We're loyal to this company, but we expect it to be returned in tangible form.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Confusing place

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    Former Employee - Account Director
    Former Employee - Account Director

    I worked at Razorfish

    Pros

    Smart people who actually build things.

    Cons

    Agency without agency culture. Frequent layoffs because of inability to scope work right. Approach work as a commodity factory vs thought capital and strategic leader..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in campaign creatives and account planning.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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