Richards Group

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Richards Group Reviews

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
69 Reviews
3.9
69 Reviews
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Richards Group Founder Stan Richards
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits from profit sharing (in 7 reviews)

  • Great work life balance, nice people, decent-to-good ads of all kinds and all clients (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours and layoffs seemed to be a common occurence (in 7 reviews)

  • Bobble heads of Stan Richards peering from every desk (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Brand Management

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    Current Employee - Brand Management in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Brand Management in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Richards Group full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    This place is a total meritocracy. No politics. It's all about the work. Everyone gets respect. There are no less important people.

    Cons

    It's a little top-heavy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what your doing for the most part. I wish the health insurance for dependents was cheaper.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Overall, a great place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Brand Management in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Brand Management in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Lots of accounts to work on at different times, unless you're on Home Depot. Good movement on/off accounts. Good leadership.

    Cons

    8:30 sign-ins are brutal. Many details are micromanaged, which conveys a lack of trust in employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Aimless

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Richards Group

    Pros

    Cool building if you don't mind bench seating.

    Cons

    No creative firepower. The only meaningful business is the Marines, and the staff that works on that account are for the most part terrible people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Brand Management Intern

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Brand Management Intern in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Brand Management Intern in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Richards Group as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    TRG wants its employees to stay with them for a long time (& many people do)- seems like there are good benefits with profit sharing. Stan Richards is a generous and insightful creative genius- after meeting him, it is apparent that he is a "one of a kind" CEO in the world of advertising. The world needs more people like Stan Richards. Lots of excitement, creativity. Really nice, thoughtful people over all- most people are there to help and contribute to success. Interns are given big tasks & allowed to fully participate in meetings, projects, etc. Employees are smart and enthusiastic.

    Cons

    As an intern, you tend to be tossed into the mix with little actual training- this can be good and bad. If you're not good with time management, TRG might not be the place for you (8:30-5:30 schedule & sign in policy). I didn't mind this policy, but some might.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Priceless experience!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Brand Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Brand Manager in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Richards Group full-time

    Pros

    The level of the work is superb, the standards the highest, and the toughness of the environment strengthen your natural skills.

    Cons

    The 8:29 rule (you must sign in at 8:29 every day), is outdated and ridiculous in the "24/7 connected era." That's a deal breaker for many people. Additionally, the creative approach is falling behind the industry in terms of innovation. TRG creative style is perhaps way too conservative compared to other more innovative and disruptive ad agencies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of that ridiculous/non-sense 8:29 rule. It is an ad agency, not a chicken farm.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Brand Management Intern

    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Richards Group as an intern

    Pros

    Lots of excitement in the company, employees seemed overall happy with their accounts and it was interesting to hear all of ideas bouncing back and forth. Very social environment. Open office structure, no office doors.

    Cons

    It's easy to get lost in the huge influx of people. There was minimal training as an intern. I didn't learn as much as I would have liked and I felt as though the group I worked with were caught up in their accounts and I was just handed off random tasks here and there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more time with training and development of interns and new hires.

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Average

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Richards Group full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Salary was good. Retirement benefits were excellent. People were generally decent. Building was centrally located around most major highways. Atmosphere was good.

    Cons

    Health premiums were outrageously high, especially if you had a family. Prescription benefits were more like discount cards. Cult-like followers. VERY long hours. Understaffed almost always. Usually will fire rather than lay off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great internship experience!

    Former Employee - Brand Management in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Brand Management in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Richards Group as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Absolutely love the people
    -Management is great
    -Great work-life balance as an intern, full-time employees tend to work a lot, but the ones who are diligent about having work-life balance succeed in doing so
    -Freedom to explore other careers within the agency

    Cons

    No real complaints during my time there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Great, Very catechizing,

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    Current Employee - Acting CD in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Acting CD in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Richards Group full-time

    Pros

    You couldn't find a better place to work in the ad business.

    Cons

    Con? I never noticed any, well there was this one guy with tattoos,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good agency experience, people are extremely helpful

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Brand Planning Intern in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Brand Planning Intern in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Great people, huge help and are willing to work with you. Ability to take on your own projects and work across multiple teams.

    Cons

    Difficult to get into projects — often coming in mid project takes a lot of time. Getting briefed on projects/finding time to meet with higher ups can be difficult. Agency is a bit tepid.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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