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Updated April 26, 2017
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  • Work / life balance was completely off (in 33 reviews)

  • Long hours expected on some projects, new office is lacking in atmosphere somewhat and not all projects are run well but that goes for most places (in 29 reviews)

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  1. "Smart and Creative Workplace"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at R/GA full-time

    Pros

    Brilliant work and access to some of the best people in marketing along with open-minded and risk-taking clients. This is also a solid place for tech experts as its tech department is constantly evolving and using cutting-edge software and hardware. The leadership is good about keeping everyone (globally) up to date on their plans and progress. Overall they are working to increase diversity and the female leadership works to support development of the women in the office.

    Cons

    While it still has strong digital chops, there is a class of traditional creatives who are still focused on "the film". This stifles some work that could be so much more if they collaborated with the digital side of the house. It'll be interesting to see how they keep the culture intact as they rapidly grow.

    Advice to Management

    Bring the digital side and creative together more at the start of projects otherwise the traditionists will drive away the talent that R/GA is really known for.


  2. "Career Opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at R/GA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You get to work with some of the most intelligent and hardworking people in the industry, no matter which department you are in.

    Cons

    They work you hard but don't compensate you enough.

    Advice to Management

    Do your due diligence and make sure your employees are happy not only with what they do, but also show them a career path.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Pros and cons average it out."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at R/GA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People who work there are really talented, smart and knowledgeable. A lot of creative work is done internally, so people with all sorts of expertise are always cheerfully available to help. Good ideas are nurtured regardless of where they come from.

    Cons

    You will only grow if someone important takes you under their wing. The career path is confusing -- many people there took a title demotion when they were hired, and had their skills underutilized for a long time before getting promoted to their real job titles. They give the impression they do a lot of cutting-edge product work, but the bulk of it is increasingly advertising. The new NYC office space feels like a sweatshop.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Meh. Evened out for me, I guess."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at R/GA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Learned a lot about corporate politics & was able to progress in my career.

    Cons

    Worked twice as hard to get half of the respect of far less qualified people. Was completely underutilized for my skill set. Was underpaid for most of the time I worked there.

    Advice to Management

    Don't give lip service regarding diversity and inclusion while direct reports continue to act otherwise & you don't actually move to do anything about it. Realize that working at one agency for 10+ years without much other experience is actually limiting. Perhaps pursuing other methods of engagement with employees will actually help you "spin wheels" less & get work done more. Some of you have been working there far too long & are now almost entirely ineffectual in the matter of implementing real change. Get new jobs & move on.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Alright"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at R/GA (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good experience
    Mostly everyone was friendly

    Cons

    Ridiculous hours
    too much bureaucracy takes the joy out of the work you end up producing

    Advice to Management

    Consider not overworking employees and expecting them to stay working until 10pm on some nights, 8pm on most.


  7. "Great place to intern"

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    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at R/GA as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1. Great office
    2. Good program for interns.
    3. Great Management

    Cons

    I cannot think of any during my internship experience.

    Advice to Management

    None


  8. "Fun but crazy"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Front End Developer in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Senior Front End Developer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at R/GA as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good team flow. Good collaborations between developers design and project mangers. Fun place to work. I worked there a several of times in my career.

    Cons

    The work can sometime be overwhelming and extremely stressful.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Work Hard, Do Little"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at R/GA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Paycheck, talented people, stability, well designed workspace

    Cons

    Culture was insular. The leadership has very little "real world" experience outside of R/GA so they circle the wagons rather than have real conversations. A premium put on style, rather than substance.

    Advice to Management

    Imagine a world without R/GA. Then imagine yourself.


  10. "I've enjoyed working for R/GA as a contractor"

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    Former Contractor - Independent Contractor in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Independent Contractor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at R/GA as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Young company vibe, many perks for employees.

    Cons

    Some projects are boring and inefficient.


  11. "Pretty Good Overall"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at R/GA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work culture is great, your managers/ mentors constantly check in with you and try to make sure you're happy with the work you're getting. Co-workers generally want to help you learn and grow as a professional, and they recognize you for your efforts.

    Cons

    Often you will get get a lot of the same type of work, not a lot of diversity lately and it can get boring. The Group system limits you to the same clients over and over, and it's not easy to move around groups.

    Advice to Management

    Be better at placing people in work that aligns to their career goals, rather than just being allocation decisions based on availability.


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