Ruth Group

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Updated Mar 11, 2014

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2.1 9 reviews

12% Approve of the CEO

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Carol Ruth

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13% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Intellectually Challenging

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsHigh quality clients, always challenged to give smart counsel and fast paced. Great connections with large banks that refer IR business and rapidly growing PR business

    ConsNot as organized or structured as some of the larger agencies. People need to be self directed to succeed there. Could be challenging for those who need an org chart that is well defined

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Out of touch CEO who asserts authority without reason and most often with a disparaging temper

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCoworkers at lower levels are hard-working and professional. Clients offer great opportunities for thoughtful work.

    ConsCapricious management with unreasonable temper on part of CEO, who often yells at others in public, strips staff of personal dignity and is more likely to dish out retribution than helpful feedback. No opportunity to grow professionally and a challenge every day to doge the fights, in-fights and useless office politics. Benefits mediocre, personal time and work-life balance nonexistent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet some professional advice to ensure professional behavior on your part or close the firm.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Biggest Regret

    Senior Account Executive (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsYou will be exposed to some pretty cool clients. You will learn new healthcare sciences topics. Free lunch during meetings.

    ConsPolitics, NO 401K match! EVER! No work/life balance. You will be expected to work until 8pm every day. No lunch breaks. Micromanaged. Unhealthy and unsanitary place to work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementClose the business and Retire OR taking some real training and courses on how to run a business.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Career Mistake

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsExposure to several interesting clients, free coffee in the kitchen, healthcare focused firm, most co-workers are fun to be around and happy hours are common

    ConsPoorly managed, high turnover with staff (about every 2-3 months someone leaves) and clients, minimal training or learning experience, huge egos, everyone is unhappy besides senior staff, not 401k match in several years, large disparity between senior/junior compensation

    Advice to Senior ManagementRetire

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Investor Relations (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsA lot of hands on experience. Fast paced environment.

    Cons- One of the most disorganized firms you will ever find. Lacks vision, overall strategy in terms of how to grow the firm and how to nurture employees.
    - Poor work life balance. Unrealistic and unreasonable expectations of junior employees without any fair compensation.
    - Highly unprofessional senior management/support staff. Senior managers will often times have "favorites" and also people they will "pick on" to do more work. Support staff likes to gossip and treat people poorly, often yelling at you or giving you negative attitude for no reason. Certain senior managers dress and act inappropriately as well.
    - Incompetent senior managers. Not all managers are, but most aren't qualified to be in the position they are working at or managing others. CEO of firm is short sighted and plays favorites and will keep certain managers around despite their lack of ability/effort.
    - Poor/unfair compensation. Starting salary was below market value, and also much lower than coworkers who have similar experience. Favoritism clearly at play.
    - Too much internal politics. Navigating this office is like a minefield. Certain people are favorites, certain others are picked on, certain people have to be mollified, etc. Just way too much to make this a productive workplace.
    - Low career advancement opportunity. Senior Managers hold steady, junior level staff get worked to death and won't get promoted or get a raise. No profit sharing here, senior managers keep it all. Senior managers will preclude junior managers from pitching new biz, for fear that if the client is brought on with the help of junior staff, that they may have to share the retainer with them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementClose the firm.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Difficult experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsFantastic colleagues and some great clients, and senior managers are involved in day to day account work. .

    ConsThere is extremely high turnover here and new hires are often let go within a couple of months if they don't outperform immediately - especially if there is a recruiter fee involved. The work environment is often hostile and management can be very difficult.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive people more of a chance before letting them go, be kinder to employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The Ruth Group can be a great place to grow if you can play along with the politics

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    Pros- Competitive salary
    - Opportunities to work closely with clients to help them grow
    - Learn how to navigate politics very quickly

    Cons- Management can be rude and disrespectful
    - Yelling/shouting/cursing at junior staff is common
    - High turnover. Good talent leaves. Poor management stays.
    - Lack of protocol for performance reviews (they happen when "when they feel like it")
    - There is no help managing workload or with team members helping you out; employees are discouraged from working across practices
    - Lots of politics and favoritism

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to nurture and grow your employees rather than just yelling at them all the time. Put more emphasis employee motivation and appreciation.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Difficult working environment even for seasoned professionals

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSome fantastic colleagues, competitive salaries and a few great clients.

    ConsSenior management is very disorganized, at times unethical and argumentative. Frequent yelling and arguing among the most senior management team makes for a very difficult work environment. Favoritism constantly displayed toward certain employees and not others.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYelling in the workplace is not acceptable and issues need to be addressed in privacy. Everyone should be treated with respect- not just a select few. New business has become too much of a priority instead of spending time servicing the existing clients. Organization problems need to be addressed.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    High energy high growth entrepreneurial

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe type of place where self motivated people thrive. Very passionate about the business of healthcare and full of intellectually curious people. Pay is better than average when compared to similar sized firms. Three years ago built a very successful Healthcare Marketing group to augment legacy Ir and financial PR that seems to have driven recent growth

    ConsThe environment there is not for everyone. If you are not a fast moving Personality with a bit of a competitive spirit you may struggle there. That said, if you are, you will succeed quickly.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPerhaps a bit more clarity on what the most junior employees should expect upon starting. A mentoring program would probably benefit entry level people.

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