Rocket Pop Media Reviews
Pros – -- Friendly tight knit group of co-workers who make going to work enjoyable.
-- Management will give you freedom to express your creative vision if you have the drive to demonstrate it.
-- You are given opportunities to learn on the job.
-- Office lunch time huddles and proximity to some of the best restaurants in Richmond.
-- The owners are very open and friendly couple who have their heart in the right place.
-- Management is receptive to ideas and growth for the company and staff While they are receptive, these ideas are rarely implemented without pushes from the staff.
-- Open office concept can sometimes be very helpful and collaborative.
-- Great quality projects and clients (non-profits, national companies, local / small businesses).
-- Very relaxed environment and dress
-- Be upfront and firm in what your goals are and they will be respected and often times met.
Cons – -- The open office layout is highly distracting and harms productivity for all staff members.
-- Meetings tend to happen in the middle of the office and employees will leave the building on break to avoid the commotion. This also goes for personal visits, occasional client drop ins and family/work cross overs.
-- Employee turn over rate is very high due to varying reasons (wages, environment, growth, management, satisfaction). Not many last more than a year or two making this a less than ideal long-term career which seems to suit management to some degree.
-- Stress is translated throughout the office with immediacy. If management or staff is having an issue with something, some members of the team are very vocal and disruptive about this. It creates a tense, uncomfortable, and unprofessional atmosphere.
-- Wages are kept low for the majority of employees. Some key staff members were kept at lower wages for no apparent reason and advancement is rarely offered and must be requested. (This seems to be changing and wages are being raised periodically. Management switched the team from hourly to salary at the request of the team and applied raises where appropriate.)
-- Employee advancement is unstructured, titles and responsibilities are given without appropriate compensation.
-- Management focuses intently on timeliness and erratically sends passive aggressive emails to the staff for a myriad of reasons. Overall office morale is lowered when management is present due to occasional passive aggressive behaviors.
-- Unstructured project management and unrealistic timelines due to a lack of education (this does give staff the opportunity to learn to manage themselves though)
Advice to Senior Management – Be more proactive in retaining employees by listening to feedback, offering better compensation/benefits, and maintaining a professional environment. Invest some energy into better project management and expectations. Be more open to change.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
Pros – -Young office
-Colleagues are willing to work together (and will do so when Management is out)
-Lots of client variety, can "get your feet wet" in many areas
-Position crossover, designers get development tasks, etc.
Cons – -Very poor Management
-No upward mobility
-No career planning
-Policy and Procedures are non existent
-Low annual salary with no benefits
-Family issues shown in office regularly
-Extremely high turnover
Basically, if you want to fib to clients, listen to your boss "huff and puff" and then get urgent BS deadlines because of their 'putting off the client', THEN get asked why your first task isn't done, this is the place for you.
Advice to Senior Management – Allow the people you hire to do their jobs. Take a week off and realize your business won't fail if you're not in every single email/client conversation. Your employees have brains, let them use them or you will continue to lose them.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company
Pros – nice coworkers, nice equipment, autonomy (only sort of), loose atmosphere. there are health benefits (sort of). get to work with a big variety of clients.
Cons – operations/process is a mess. projects rushed out too early. meetings on top of the work area, constant interruptions, looks like an agile bay but just leads to micromanagement. expectation of conduct changes every week based on mood. mgmt given ideas to make things better, but doesn't participate even when in agreement. no career growth. pay structure unfair. managers are not held accountable or reviewed. turnover is very high and morale low mainly because employees don't see things changing. for example, things became so absurd at some points that employees met in the middle of the office to commiserate when left alone.
Advice to Senior Management – get an mba, make friends with a high up at another creative agency and shadow them. learn about web standards. facilitate business and get out of the way of the creatives. hire a creative director with real experience. stop micromanagement. focus on the big picture. hire a consultant. just realize good, talented people deserve to be treated with more respect. not offering benefits or career advancement or even having a good, open plan is a sign of disrespect and you will always be working uphill to gain it.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
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Pros – No dress code. Almost too casual atmosphere. Great coworkers and really nice equipment. Its a small company so you're ideas will be heard.
Cons – Even though your ideas will be heard its frustrating to hear them swatted down solely because of a personal issue or being in a bad mood. The upper management is terrible, They have no concept of assigning appropriate deadlines, they create no line of communication between designers and customers and they micro-manage everything, usually stepping on the toes of the actual trained designers.
Advice to Senior Management – Sit back and let the designers do their job. Be an advocate for the idea or the goal of the project, not the pusher of unlikely deadlines and injector of half-baked personal ideas.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend