Richardson Reviews

Updated June 20, 2015
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  1. Great culture!

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    Current Contractor - Design Consultant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Contractor - Design Consultant in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Richardson as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Richardson's leadership team is a blend of leaders who have 'grown up' at Richardson and leaders who have joined the firm in the last few years. The leadership team is in sync with their strategic goals for the organization, and are very much 'a team'. The environment is... high energy, light, colleagial, and also heads' down hard working. It 'feels' like a start up. Everyone is on the same team from the senior most leaders to the new and younger employees. Opportunities for advancement are proven, and with the fast growth the organization is undergoing now, there will most certainly be more. Also virtual friendly.

    Cons

    Growing so rapidly that we may be running out of space, if you are virtual and visiting you might have to share space!

    Advice to Management

    Keep the transparent leadership up, it's working. Keep having fun and your teams will continue to have fun and work hard too! Need to update CEO information the new CEO is John Elsie.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Constant Change

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Richardson full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some managers were supportive and encouraging and helped employees develop their career skills.

    Cons

    Some managers were petty and disrespectful, going so far as to read out typographical errors at departmental meetings and ask for explanations in the guise of "problem solving." More than one manager during my tenure brought up motherhood during performance reviews - one saying my recent motherhood was effecting my work quality, the other telling me that I wasn't "mothering" enough to another staff member.

    Advice to Management

    The company is dedicated to teaching sales and coaching skills, but assumed that their own managers were effective coaches. Things may have changed, as I understand there has been a lot of turnover of late.


  3. Best days are behind them

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    Former Employee - Sales in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Richardson

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

    Pros

    Good, smart people Excellent marketing function Sales team is experienced and talented

    Cons

    HQ is like Peyton Place - drama, drama and more drama Senior leadership has no hands-on experience in sales; mostly finance and systems with zero creativity or deep understanding of sales Lack of professional maturity in key roles (e.g., design) Lack of collaboration, strategic direction Constant state of panic

    Advice to Management

    Rebuild; take a hit and cut out the dead wood Get creative thinkers, not bean counters (or brown noses) into leadership roles You could get better results with less overhead


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  5. Great sales skills programs, tough environment

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    Former Employee - Regional Vice President in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Regional Vice President in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Richardson full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Work remote, great instructors, good internal systems

    Cons

    Tough management, old boys club

    Advice to Management

    Take some leadership training


  6. passionate, client-focused and driven organization

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Richardson

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people care about one another, have long tenures and experience and promote from within. The Company produces the highest quality solution that drives results for their clients. A true innovator for solutions that deliver impact.

    Cons

    As a global company of 140 professionals, there is never enough time to do all the Company is capable of doing.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to lead aggressively and communicate the direction to the team. We are behind you!


  7. Frustrating

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Richardson

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great coworkers. Great location. Great potential.

    Cons

    This company is so frustrating because it has the potential for greatness, but is run by some of the most frustrating execs around. The people are overworked and senior management does not listen to its employees. The company is very top heavy as well. It is a shame because they put out a good product but when you treat your employees like they do, you will eventually burn them out and have to keep retraining and reinventing. The only good thing about them is they promote based on loyalty rather than experience, so people who started at a low level job that stick around wind up as Directors and VPs with very little qualifications other than company knowledge.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and start treating them with some respect. You will find a much happier company and much more loyal and productive employees by doing so.


  8. - great company, especially relative to peers in the industry

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    Former Employee - Merchant
    Former Employee - Merchant

    I worked at Richardson full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - great company, well managed

    Cons

    - like many larger companies as an employee job can be narrow in scope especially in a well managed company, but this depends on career goals and paths.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Fun content, great facilitators-- HQ self-absorbed and slow to grow

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    Current Contractor - Facilitator
    Current Contractor - Facilitator

    I have been working at Richardson as a contractor (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    High professional standards for facilitators. Good content. Well managed operationally.

    Cons

    Not much "high level" content. Too self-absorbed. Lots of meetings, initiatives, little action.

    Advice to Management

    Be more aggressive and progressive



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