Razorfish Reviews

Updated April 20, 2015
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  1. Great Company, but hard work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Keep pushing upper management for change

  2. Company started great, then bad decisions and management ruined it.

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

    I worked at Razorfish

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work with nice, smart people and laid-back atmosphere for the most part. Work with blue chip clients on campaigns that have large market visibility.

    Cons

    Was really excited when I started in 2010, but after 3.5 years noticed an unsettling downward trend. Company shed tons of employees and had the audacity to tell them to be excited for the company's future.

    Advice to Management

    Find something else to do. Priorities are all over the place and things as simple as a new seating arrangement need to be approved by the CFO. Really??

  3. Fascinating but flawed,like most things in life.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Media Group in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Media Group in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Razorfish

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

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  5. Razorfish was an awesome agency experience!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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).

  6. Helpful (2)

    Great coworkers, limited opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Search Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Search Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Razorfish (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Great Place To Begin A Career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

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

    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.

  8. Great place to work, but parent company politics are troubling

    • Comp & Benefits
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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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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?

  9. Helpful (1)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Media in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Media in Seattle, WA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Clean up your story and push back on Publicis!

  10. Creative talented teams and fast paced new tech projects

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    work smarter not longer

  11. Helpful (1)

    Great experience, poor work/life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

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