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Updated January 5, 2018
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  • The work life balance was always in flux (in 37 reviews)

  • Long hours and it was hard to get expenses back (in 35 reviews)

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  1. "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


  2. "Excellent training ground"

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    Current Employee - Associate Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Designer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highest caliber of talented people. Working with the best people sharpens your creative instincts and skills. Differentiating between good and great work.

    Cons

    Work is more relevant for Art Directors interested in Campaign work than Designers interested in Systematic Design.

  3. "Visual Designer"

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    Former Employee - Visual Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Visual Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Enviroment
    Great Philosopy
    Amazing Team Bulding

    Cons

    Very Hard to grow
    To much burocracy for every single decition needs to be taken


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Former employee"

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

    I worked at R/GA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Great pay
    Atmosphere always positive

    Cons

    Depending on your status, it is difficult to go up the ladder from your current position
    Help from fellow employees lacks in stature
    Work/Life balance severely tipped off scale.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of lying to employees, tell the truth to them before they are handed their papers to be let go.


  5. "Great but evolving"

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

    I have been working at R/GA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Extremely smart people, mainly good eggs without especially inflated egos. Great work if you're in the right group. Fair pay.

    Cons

    Constantly changing what it wants to be, and not sure either. You can lose career traction if you don't have a manage who has your back.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "3 Layoffs in a Year?"

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    Former Employee - Tech Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Tech Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent pay if you play your cards right. But of course, that could work against you in the end. See below.

    Cons

    This place used to be a highly sought after place of employment. Advice to all - stay away. After time away from R/GA I've learned that folks outside in software have a low opinion of R/GA (and agencies in general). To have 3 layoffs in the span of a year is unfathomable for a reputable agency. in the last 4 years, I've seen a ton of people dismissed (old regime) mostly folks over age 35. Let that be your measuring stick.

    Advice to Management

    Show some class. Shiny awards can't mask it.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "A big bloated company with no identity"

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    Current Employee - Senior Creative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Creative in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Largely anonymous, you can go in and out of the office as you please since it's so large
    - Generous PTO allotment
    - Decent hours for creatives, 10-6, only very occasional late nights/weekend
    - Tuition reimbursement
    - A lot of different clients to work on if you get bored
    - They pay well and promote quickly

    Cons

    - Not a creative shop at all
    - Management is absolutely out of touch
    - Office is an Orwellian nightmare. There are large screens everywhere that show case studies and profiles of executives on loop
    - No office culture
    - Executive leadership don't push work, they are very interested in keeping their jobs
    - Bob wanders the office pushing his artwork to anyone who will listen.
    - If you think the agency is anything like the twitter account, you are mistaken. It is the opposite. Sterile. Dated. Boring.

    Advice to Management

    - Talk to your rank and file employees and listen to them once in a while.
    - Take a creative risk, it might pan out for you.
    - Be a human, drop the marketing speak.
    - You are an advertising agency, not a consulting firm, drop the act, get down to the basics and maybe your business will even out.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Very rewarding work but no fun."

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    Current Employee - Production Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Rewarding, exciting, reel worthy production work. Everyday is a challenge and there is always an opportunity to learn something new.

    Cons

    Sad culture, long hours, lacking strong management. There is no social community, which makes the long hours even more difficult. Not many associate level opportunities.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Terrible Experience"

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

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

    Pros

    Big budgets, free fruit, competitive salaries and a robust proprietary platform that does most of the financial work for you.

    Cons

    By far one of the worst working experiences I've ever had in my life. Executive leadership is a boys club of the worst kind, fostering a competitive and cut throat environment that is unpleasant and unhealthy at a minimum. Many of the "lifers" hold on to their piece of the pie by setting others up for failure. R/GA brands itself as being an organization that is creatively led and fosters a culture of collaboration. That is absolutely not true. Are they a very well-oiled and savvy company that lays off employees consistently to maintain high profit margins and constantly rebrands it's services in order to survive the marketplace? Yes. Advice to anyone thinking about working here: I know that the R/GA stamp on your resume is appealing, but the pain you have to go through working here really isn't worth it.

    Advice to Management

    Stop claiming to be diverse and really look at the people you've asked to lead. They are mostly white men with a penchant for bloodlust. If you think you have created a company that respects it's employees and does good work, maybe you should keep your eyes open while you take your slow walks around the office.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Art Director"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at R/GA as an intern

    Pros

    Work alongside some of the smartest people in the industry. They expect LOTS of ideas: varying visuals, thoughtful and interesting interactive, and a variety of different concepts and conceptual thinking. The thought-leadership and design chops are some of the best ever.

    Cons

    Sometimes there would be too many ecd's involved, making the direction of the campaign unclear (be ready to wake up and find out everything´s changed)


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