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Updated November 23, 2017
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  • The work life balance was always in flux (in 36 reviews)

  • Long hours and it was hard to get expenses back (in 33 reviews)

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  1. "Tech Lead"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at R/GA full-time

    Pros

    Employ the very best talent.

    Cons

    Fickle strategic business paths.


  2. "Lack of career development opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working on high-profile clients with lots of brilliant people

    Cons

    Lack of career guidance, virtually no interest in developing young talent

    Lots of turnover, inability to hold on to talent

    Extremely long hours, the nature of advertising

  3. Helpful (1)

    "CM"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at R/GA full-time

    Pros

    The office space and amenities

    Cons

    Lack of management and mentorship

    Advice to Management

    SET your teams up for success


  4. "it was fine. typical agency shop"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at R/GA full-time

    Pros

    great portfolio of work, well known in the industry

    Cons

    didn't seem that much different from any of the other agencies in the space. was expecting more...

    Advice to Management

    share the love & juice you show for the showpiece accounts


  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 (2)

    "Needs Reinvigorating"

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    Former Employee - Designer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Designer in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Collaborative, depending on what team you're on
    Using the latest dev tools, including laptop and monitor
    Free snacks and coffee
    Office centrally located and easy to get to, also very modern and well-designed

    Cons

    Office is very cliquey with a clear divide between management and middle employees
    Upper management seems threatened by talent and ideas proposed by those outside their discipline
    Downtown office extremely hard to concentrate, sometimes seems like a party thrown by people not under deadlines at the expense of those who are and
    Managers of managers of managers
    More concerned with being "cool" with doing quality work
    Incredible access to Nike's back catalogue of history to pull from for ideas, yet recycles the same old same old
    Creative directors who aren't really that creative
    Focused more on time-sheets than actual work being done
    Constant double speak; the office keeps "expanding", yet layoffs continue-- 3 in a year as others have mentioned.
    Events are thrown as a way to make up for people being over worked
    Gross logistical incompetence; employees sent to the Nike campus for months without the ability to enter the buildings they work in everyday
    Bodies thrown at projects seemingly just to fill chairs now
    Barely any reverence given to Nike as a brand, seemingly looked at as an ATM

    Advice to Management

    Start listening to your employees
    More transparency; it does no one any good to constantly give yourself lip service about expanding offices and awards when you're laying off people who have worked at the company 15+ years with the same severance package given to employees who've been with the company for less than a year
    Switch up staffing on teams, many times its the same developers and designers working together, which can result in the same tired aesthetic
    Get new creative directors; ripping off Anti Social Social Club, Star Wars, Pokemon and Game of Thrones isn't a substitute for brand creativity
    Find, retain and value people who have brand knowledge and passion or design knowledge and passion, as others have said it seems more about who you know than what you know
    Start promoting meritocracy and thinking long-term with better foundational retentions


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Dear Management, We are people."

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    Former Employee - Creative in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Creative in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great culture of you make the effort to build relationships
    -Tons of perks: healthy snacks, dogs, beautiful office
    -Work is challenging

    Cons

    Leadership looks at us like a bunch of numbers on a piece of paper. Does not take into account the effect a person has on office culture when going through layoffs/firings. They have no idea what our real strengths are, and therefore make decisions on who to layoff based on outdated/misinformed stats. R/GA used to be a bustling, happy place to work until they hired the (now former... thank god) Managing Director. A sad story indeed.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your employees once in a while. I think if you did you would realize you’ve made some terrible decisions in regards to layoffs/agency structure in the last few months.

  8. "Sr. Designer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Some of the best work been done in digital design today

    Cons

    No work life balance. Very long days


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work until you either get fired or laid off like everyone else"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Clients, office is an amazing building, fun projects, snacks, dogs allowed

    Cons

    Hostility, always having to watch your back, cliquey leadership, long hours, no sense of job security what so ever, be prepared for a bare minimum severance packaged if they lay you off. There is no relationship between leadership and mid level employees and a clear divide between them.

    Advice to Management

    Work on being honest with the rest of employees instead of putting on a fake facade that everything is going well with the office. Atmosphere is very judgey as if everything is a test to see how committed you are to the company


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Mixed /Layoff Prone"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at R/GA full-time

    Pros

    Good name. Potential for good work and very talented folks. People do seem to genuinely care.

    Cons

    No culture. People come do work and go home. Very little fun to be had and socializing. Little to no transparency. People come and leave with little acknowledgement (not even a send off email! ). Always layoffs. There have been three rounds this year in pretty much all offices yet not one single email from leadership. Very top heavy and tons of politics (more so than other places). Disciplines are always covering themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent. Address the elephant in the room that R/GA is known as being prone to layoffs. Not the most secure agency. People spend 40+ hours a week working - show them some respect.


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