Ruder Finn Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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Ruder Finn CEO Kathy Bloomgarden
Kathy Bloomgarden
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Pros
  • agencies in country, great clients, decent salaries and benefits, (in 6 reviews)

  • good internal training program, great social media department & design team, corp comms team excellent at what they do (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours and little compensation (in 6 reviews)

  • Management is absentee on accounts, leaving all work to junior staff (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Awesome Work Culture and Environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The management empowers staff with trust to manage the business Awesome environment, the management listens and care about their staff

    Cons

    Lack of (or at least not shared with the staff) strategy and direction from top management

    Advice to Management

    Business roadmap with clear strategies, target and benchmark need to be developed


  2. Ups and Downs at RFI

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ruder Finn full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Really creative group of people, relaxed environment for the most part, great benefits,

    Cons

    Leadership leaves something to be desired, many late nights, client list has been dwindling lately

    Advice to Management

    Try to realize why people are leaving what was once a great place to work before you lose everyone that made RFI special.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Junior staff are miserable and underpaid

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There is almost no good reason why this is a good company to work for

    Cons

    One third of the employees have left RF in this year alone - that speaks for itself. One might automatically think it is due to decline business, but no...employees do not last 2 years here and the flaws are very obvious. After a few months you realize why everyone is so miserable (unless you are VP and above. and collecting a hefty paycheck). There is absolutely no training or communication between the different practice groups. With so much turnover, everything is constantly in shambles and valuable information and processes are lost through the revolving door know as #lifeatRF. Long hours and large workloads, and as a Executive Trainee I was forced to work extra long hours with minimum wage and no overtime even thought I am expected to work until 8pm every day. There is no focus on growing employees and junior staff are constantly stepped on. HR is non-existent and turns a blind eye.

    Advice to Management

    Structure your company better and work on controlling turnover.


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  5. Vice President

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ruder Finn full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Open team culture lots of opportunities to work on interesting assignments, super fun environment amazing people to work with. Also I like the creative energy in most agencies.

    Cons

    It can be tough to get manager attention or people to move quickly on issues

    Advice to Management

    Provide more training and development and communicate more often otherwise keep it up


  6. Entrepreneurial and Creatively-driven

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Ruder Finn full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Everyone has a voice. Ideas are accepted at every level. Ideation for clients are truly unique, tailored to them and connected to business. CEO and leadership is accessible. Creative and digital capabilities are amazing. And they're moving to brand new office space!

    Cons

    Family-run companies are always quirky. For better or worse, a lot of people stay at RF a very long time. This makes it difficult to draw on outside experiences.

    Advice to Management

    Do more culture-building activities outside of work.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Toxic Environment.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ruder Finn full-time

    Pros

    There are some people here that are really hard working and super smart.

    Cons

    If you have respect for yourself and your career, I would not recommend working here. Overall this agency is just a strange place. It is definitely true that there's a clear "in" crowd. You typically aren't rewarded if you work hard and bring new ideas; however, if you play the weird politics and partake in questionable practices, you are fast tracked to a promotion. On several occasions, I witnessed a few Senior Managers exhibit unprofessional behavior and say things that were downright mean. This created a culture of fear and a unhealthy work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Make some changes at the top. If not, you're not going to keep top talent.


  8. Vice President

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ruder Finn full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    entrepreneurial, amazing clients, staff are given a lot of freedom and responsibility early on their careers, senior staff are hands on and great mentors, community/family atmosphere - overall a great place to grow your career.

    Cons

    Could improve internal processes and get better technologies for staff. Hours can be long, such is agency life.

    Advice to Management

    continue to empower teams and win great clients.


  9. Helpful (1)

    An Impressive Past is Being Overshadowed

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ruder Finn full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -From a core performance perspective, the client list is impressive for an agency of its size, and the agency does get results and is often recognized for it. -The ET program is a crash course in PR, providing recent graduates the skills to get ingrained in the PR world -There are a few really nice and smart people that work there.

    Cons

    -Work life balance is nonexistent. You're expected to work late, regardless if you finish your work for the day earlier. Work on weekends are common, but varies by team. A lack of personal laptops does not allow any flexibility to work at home. -Company culture is toxic. Moral is low because of high turnover. Cliques are common and there is definitely the "in" crowd which isn't discrete about it. Some managers will go on power trips lecturing about a mistake that was made, rather than providing guidance or using the mistake as a learning opportunity. Junior staff are spoken to like 4 year olds, thus discouraging them from speaking up in internal meetings or on the phone with clients. -Culture of fear surrounding anything client related. While our business requires good agency/client relationships to function and thrive, some managers overreact if a portion of an email isn't phrased in a "client friendly manner". Junior staff members then doubt themselves to send simple email correspondence to clients without the email going through multiple rounds of review. -Micromanaging is commonplace, and its often implicitly encouraged and rewarded. Coworkers often put simple emails that are sent internally through numerous internal reviews, thus taking up more time. Employees of the same level will often impose their working style on others, rather than work collaboratively. -Senior management is nonexistent and out of touch. "Levels" meetings where a senior manager meets with junior staff to discuss concerns around the office are supposed to take place bi-annually or quarterly but never do. Changes rarely, if ever, come from this meeting.

    Advice to Management

    Hold senior staff accountable for the company culture and actually listen to junior staff concerns. Employees are NOT happy there, and its often not because of a "bad fit" in PR or poor work ethic. The disparity between the vice president reviews and the junior staff reviews on this website should make this blatantly obvious.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Work life balance is nonexistent, you are expected to be available to work all the time

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ruder Finn full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Snack cart on Thursdays

    Cons

    -Poor Management -No upward mobility -No career planning -Policy and Procedures are written on the fly -Very political environment -Office space with no windows

    Advice to Management

    RF is becoming worse and worse by the day. When I started a few ago, it was never this bad.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Unstable

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Creative atmosphere, connections to the NY art world

    Cons

    Unstable working environment with groups shutting down and people getting hired and laid off quickly. Unprofessional in that sense.



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