Runyon Saltzman Einhorn Reviews

Updated April 4, 2015
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  1. A very special place to work

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    Former Employee - Account Assistant in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Account Assistant in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Runyon Saltzman Einhorn full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Company culture - RSE has a long, established history in Sacramento. Still, the agency has been able to keep its work environment lively, vibrant and fresh. One walk through its space and you'll realize this. The people that make up the agency are hard-working, resilient and passionate about they work that is done. The agency is welcoming to new employees and frequent company-wide get-togethers to celebrate the agency's history, its accomplishments, birthdays, weddings, baby showers, holidays and more all help bring employees together, making RSE a neat place to work. Opportunities - The agency has a wide-range of successful accounts it works on. There are a lot of opportunities to contribute in meaningful ways. Since the agency is a full-service communications firm, employees can check-in with the creative team, media department, advertising team, public relations team and more all under one roof. The agency definitively provides the tools that employees need to succeed. Location - RSE is located in the heart of midtown Sacramento and has an amazing, modern workspace. It is an exciting time to be a part of RSE and the Sacramento community.

    Cons

    After working at RSE for a little over a year and a half, I do not have a list of cons. While there was certainly room for improvement in the areas of training, providing feedback and communication between management and its teams, the agency has addressed these areas in very positive ways. Improvements have been or are in the process of being implemented as of this writing. Actually, the president has really taken proactive steps to learn directly from employees at all levels on how the agency can improve. This goes a very long way and shows that RSE isn't resting on it's important history and is always looking for ways to turn a great place to work into an even better one.

    Advice to Management

    While management is approachable and open to communication, it is sometimes difficult to set aside time for these feedback conversations to happen. My advice to management is to continue to provide this open environment and try to ensure that the opportunities for it to take place are numerous and consistent.


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    Big fish in a minuscule pond

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Runyon Saltzman Einhorn full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Solid flow of clients, nice building with complimentary valet service, attentive and sweet admins who genuinely try to make your days a little brighter. Some of the owners seem like genuinely nice individuals.

    Cons

    Let me echo everything that has been said by previous commenters: RS&E will be toxic for you if you value diversity in any capacity, want to progress professionally, or want to experience what it's like in a cutting edge, exciting work environment. You will be micromanaged yet given little to no direction or feedback from your superiors. If you are female (90% of the company is), you will be at a significant disadvantage if you choose to not gossip or participate in the extremely cliquey social scene. Be prepared to deal with overt, unabashed disrespect on a daily basis.

    Advice to Management

    Turnover is extremely high-examine what's driving this. Work harder to implement teamwork, positivity, and integrity.


  3. Helpful (2)

    After 50+ years, still not one famous advertising campaign.

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    Former Employee - Senior Client Services
    Former Employee - Senior Client Services
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Runyon Saltzman Einhorn full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    RS&E partners have a good old-school work ethic, respect their clients, run a tight ship, and maintain fairly well the family spirit, warmth and legacy of a woman who for years was one of the most interesting and cherished people in Sacramento -- founder Jean Runyon. The agency is quite excellent at dotting the i's of complex state communications campaign contracts, and at patiently working with the vagaries of campaigns that blow erratically in Sacramento's political crosswinds. RS&E is exceptional at creating and maintaining multi-disciplinary work teams; hence the agency can summon, through adept sub-contracting, the power of an agency many times its size.

    Cons

    The seeds of creativity have never sprouted at RS&E. After 50+ years, the agency still fails to have even one famous advertising campaign to its credit. Recently, the ads are more hip-looking, but remain me-too and pedestrian -- made more of common executional flourishes than truly big ideas. Senior partners with heavy PR and Public Affairs experience often direct the advertising efforts, where they have less experience (quality or quantity) than senior management at other agencies in Sacramento or throughout California. People who are diverse, creative, passionate, and who don't "fit in" with the kind of room-temperature, suburban Stepford vibe at RS&E, tend to get alienated, subtly nudged aside, or eventually fired. To some extent, chaos breeds creativity, and there is zero point zero zero zero chaos at RS&E.

    Advice to Management

    Try -- really try -- to create RS&E's first, famous campaign, and resist justifying why truly great, memorable, breakthrough advertising has never been produced by the agency. There is always a first time. Rethink your advertising account management style and assumptions, including the role of strategic planning, campaign integration, and creative risk. Develop better radar for cliches and a more sanguine, persuasive leadership style to help lead clients with ideas and brand vision. More effort, fewer excuses, and fresh perspectives will pay off.


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  5. Good Place to Get Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Runyon Saltzman Einhorn full-time

    Pros

    Well-respected agency in Sacramento. Nice perks and bonuses and the partners really try to make the environment welcoming and open. You will learn a lot about the industry on a basic level.

    Cons

    There are some egotistical employees due to clout of company in the Sacramento market. Environment can be very cliquey and if you don't fit in with certain employees, they will make working there very uncomfortable. The work isn't very innovative or creative which is due in part by the less than exciting clients.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your staff more, offer more opportunities for advancement and better pay. Being in Sacramento doesn't justify paying less than market rate.


  6. Dysfunctional management. Fear of change.

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    Former Employee - Executive Creative Director in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Creative Director in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Pay is good. People who actually do the work are great.

    Cons

    To many owners. Stuck in old ways. There is a fear of change. Not enough trust in the workers to bring new ideas to the table.

    Advice to Management

    Downsize the ownership and trust in you employees. Don't micro manage.


  7. The IBM - and definitely not the Apple - of Sacramento advertising

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    Former Employee - Strategic Planning Director in Sacramento (Guatemala)
    Former Employee - Strategic Planning Director in Sacramento (Guatemala)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Runyon Saltzman Einhorn full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Several pros: RS&E runs a tight ship, operationally; kind of a quaint golly-oh-shucks, family business atmosphere that runs against many self-important, cooler-than-thou agency stereotypes; the enduring legacy of Jean Runyon sustains morale and maintains a respected if not cherished agency brand.

    Cons

    Dull work. Lazy assumptions. Inconsistent, ad hoc processes. Too busy writing down what the client says to have an original thought. A PR firm in advertising drag. No one would ever get fired for hiring RS&E, but RS&E isn't going to make anyone famous, either.

    Advice to Management

    Aim higher.



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