Razorfish

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Razorfish Reviews in Seattle, WA

Updated March 2, 2015
Updated March 2, 2015
58 Reviews
3.8
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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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  1.  

    Razorfish was an awesome agency experience!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Great coworkers, limited opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. 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
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  5.  

    Great place to work, but parent company politics are troubling

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Media Technology in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Media Technology in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    The people are passionate and very client oriented. They don't like to say no to clients, so there is plenty of opportunity to think outside the box to come up with a creative solution to an issue. Problem solvers will thrive in this environment. I don't think I've grown as much professionally as I did at Razorfish.

    Cons

    - Not much career growth opportunities
    - Publicis overlords don't seem to believe in/understand the media practice
    - Almost too friendly- people don't want to hurt others' feelings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should do a better job at promoting the media practice. The team does stuff that no other agency is able to do. Finding new clients is important, but if you can't even convince the parent company to invest in the practice, how can you ask a client to?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place To Work below manager level- Upper Management is a mess and Publicis is screwing them over

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

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

    Pros

    The people you work with are great and they are supportive in helping you grow if you are below Management level.

    Cons

    The upper management is a mess and always has been- they have gone through a lot of identity changes and are unsure of how to position themselves. Hopefully this will turn around, but in the meantime they have had to lay off a lot of really great employees because they were not able to get their story straight.

    Publicis acquisition has only hurt them. Publicis is allowing them to get eaten up and is giving no support!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean up your story and push back on Publicis!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Creative talented teams and fast paced new tech projects

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Presentation Layer Developer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Presentation Layer Developer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Always learning and a great place to grow

    Cons

    Projects nearly always require more work than time provided and many long hours are put in to compensate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work smarter not longer

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    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.  

    Good Place to Learn and Grow within Current Role

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Great people and a fun office atmosphere. They really take care of their employees from the perspective that there is always snacks and drinks available and in office happy hours are a common occurrence. Additionally, if you are on a larger account the perks of attending publisher events can be spectacular.

    Cons

    Professionally, it can be a bit frustrating because growth opportunities are limited and extremely competitive. Once you feel you have got your current role down, it is not uncommon for promotions to take longer than they should. Most people in the lower level positions who aren't willing to wait around seem to just use Razorfish as a springboard to bigger and better things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward the hardwork of your employees with more than just saying "good job".

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Trafficker in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Trafficker in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Smart people, great benefits, lots of fun

    Cons

    compensation could be a little better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more outside work functions for better moral

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Learning opportunities, training, people, perks

    Cons

    Long hours, management, tech, tools

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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