Mission: RPA is an independent advertising agency of over 500 creative entrepreneurs, headquartered in Santa Monica, CA. We pride ourselves on offering every resource a sophisticated marketer needs to compete in today’s highly fragmented world – all under one roof ...
Best Places to Work:2014 (#27)
I worked at RPA full-time (More than 5 years)
The agency has some of the best people on the planet working there. They will brighten up even that darkest days and everyone feels like family.
The creative process is very collaborative and for the most part, all teams are encouraged to help shape creative thinking and campaign development.
Lots of flexibility to work however you need. Managers work around scheduling needs - long commute, family situations, etc.
The agency can sometimes be overburdened by the process. It takes a long time to get things done partially because of the way things are managed and partially because communication can be fragmented.
Some teams are still somewhat siloed. When collaboration doesn't go right, it usually means a key team was not included in planning until the end of the project.
Advice to Management
Actively communicate with all levels of teams. Missions for some groups have changed drastically with no regard for the path entry level workers are looking for or even more senior members of those groups.
Transparency has improved greatly, but continued efforts to make sure people are well informed of the happenings of the agency are important. No one likes being in the dark, especially if it's around changes to their job description.
I applied online. I interviewed at RPA.
I thoroughly enjoyed my first interview with RPA, it was a refreshing experience compared to most. The lady that interviewed me was personable, receptive and asked non-generic questions that I could expand upon authentically. Normally I am somewhat nervous during an interview, stuttering here and there or seeming over-eager. This was the first interview where I felt like I was having a meaningful conversation with a friend about advertising.