Razorfish

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Razorfish Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
381 Reviews
3.5
381 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.  

    Value your skill above all

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Cool laid back atmosphere and some projects at times.

    Cons

    It's understandable to be a first time jobber or fresh out of college and excepted to learn the ropes so you gain experience.
    What's incredibly backwards and outright discrimination is to spend years working to never gain leadership or finance growth because of internal business decisions that failed to materialize. If you put in the quality work regardless of internal issues, you should be able to move forward in your career without all the fakery and it seems that it's impossible to the right thing and be honest without all the schemes. People will manipulate you based what they consider as experience just to save a buck and play your intelligence because they think you're naive. Just know your worth and don't settle on a environment that doesn't appreciate you, no matter how shiny it is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I really don't know if it matters because you are essentially apart of a knowing system that allows this and everyone knows it. Change who you are before you ruin opportunities and this company. We already had layoffs, what's next?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Great learning opportunity, great environment

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    • 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
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  5.  

    Opportunities & Potential

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Plenty of places to go here. Good clients, solid opportunities and chances for growth. Nice work environment overall. Good reputation. Many locations in US and globally.

    Cons

    Very business oriented, lots of layers and bureaucracy - as is to be expected from a large company that's owned by an even larger company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use the talent that you attract better. Create chances for your people to show what they can do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good manager = Good internship

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    • 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
  7.  

    Great work/life balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Architect in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Information Architect in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Razorfish full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I love the work environment. I get to work on a broad range of projects. Opinions are respected and co-workers are very understanding. It is a relaxed work environment where everyone works hard to achieve common goals. Hours are flexible and there are many holidays and parties.

    Cons

    There is a long ladder to climb to move up. Job security depends on happiness of clients.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great experience, poor work/life balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Media Planner in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Media Planner in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Really smart people doing innovative things. Management is very good at providing feedback and making you feel valued.

    Cons

    Slow rate of promotion. Poor work/life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the value that your employees are giving and pay them what they deserve, especially given the long hours.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Up and down, but not up a lot

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Mostly good people, often interesting work

    Cons

    Poor client engagement, not a lot of interesting stuff in the pipeline.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great benefits/ Lots of Egos

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Benefits are worth it alone. very flexible and chill environment

    Cons

    Too many cooks in the kitchen. A lot of ACDs & CDs and only 1-2 designers. they all want to be in charge and the team suffers. Lots of egos

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    downward creative and upward variable labor

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

    I have been working at Razorfish

    Pros

    Great co works and pay

    Cons

    Less about great creative to inspire and investments. More about unachivable margins forcing presidents to save their necks and make cuts to show hungry board members profits. Remove high paid great performs and higher cheaper contractors and reley on lesser paid personnel to get by

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage your business more to avoid quarterly layoffs and sell in investment years amd build a culter about great work and less about margins.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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