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Updated October 15, 2018
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  • "No such thing as work life balance unless you’re on leadership" (in 43 reviews)

  • "Long hours and it was hard to get expenses back" (in 36 reviews)

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  1. "Ex Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Team
    Good atmosphere
    Good career advancement opportunities

    Cons

    Long hours
    Client diversity
    Lacks empathy
    Lacks human communication internally


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Worst of the Worst"

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

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

    Pros

    There were some smart people there, some of the best User Experience folks I've ever met. You get paid a lot for the abuse.

    Cons

    Quite possibly the most toxic, absurdly ineffective environment I've ever worked in. Account/Creative/Tech blame each other. No one ever says no to Clients. If you're not in the "cool kids" club from before you get there, it's impossible to actually get any work done. Zero Work/Life balance. Take time off, come back to no job. Firing is extremely common, as is swapping out team members on projects, especially when they think what they're working on isn't good enough for them. A culture of backstabbing, lying and finger pointing. Technology is an outsourced joke of "resources" making development nearly impossible.

    Advice to Management

    Honestly. Fire everyone and start over with actual Human beings.

  3. "loved it"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great team working out of PDX

    Cons

    growing very fast - some things get lost in the process


  4. Helpful (2)

    "All that glitters is not gold. Don't join this company. Seriously."

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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

    Pros

    - Office is nice
    - Pay is decent

    Cons

    - As the title describes it, this place is toxic. You find yourself stuck in the facade of the office and awards they slab on the walls. As it's full of constant drama, backstabbing, manipulative culture, and meaningless work.

    - You spend all your time and effort only to have your work shut down by creative or because of limited billable hours. Managers only want to micromanage or are envious of younger /superior talent. While everyone else is out for themselves in order to save their job.

    - The only reason why people stay on for more than 3 years is to cash out on their 401K. Otherwise, everyone is miserable and hide their issues by drinking every day. There are constant layoffs and changes within the department structures as people leave regularly.

    - They pride themselves on the speed of the work, however every project takes longer than expected. Then they keep pursuing new work and don't actually pay attention to the projects and clients that they already have. There is also zero work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    - Stop lying to your employees.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great work - horrible people"

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

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

    Pros

    Workspace is cool. Projects can be interesting.

    Cons

    Gossipy high school environment. Backstabbing.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hook up with your employees. Everyone finds out.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Trash"

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

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

    Pros

    Cool office, as others have stated.

    Cons

    R/GA has lost its luster. Two layoffs last year, more coming this year because leadership is stuck in 2008. The culture is your typical ad-agency toxic; all the A-players have left leaving B-players who will smile kindly and then stab people in the back.

    Focus on corporate responsibility is just a distraction to a culture that is otherwise decrepit to the core. Obvious infighting at the highest levels leaves the rest of the company broken; hemorrhaging cash and talent.

    Advice to Management

    Interpublic should fire everyone in the executive staff FAST if they want to see R/GA turn around.


  7. "Learned from the best"

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    Current Employee - Executive Producer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Producer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You get to work with really smart people and are exposed to senior leadership often.

    Cons

    Late nights and weekends are unfortunately too common. Lots of internal red tape to get anything done or approved.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees to make decisions and take risks.

  8. "Senior Producer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at R/GA full-time

    Pros

    A lot of opportunity, incredibly smart and talented people, nice office

    Cons

    Lack of communication from leadership


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to grow"

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

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

    Pros

    It is truly a place that puts technology at the heart of what they do

    Cons

    Large turnover. There's a huge divide between systems & campaigns

    Advice to Management

    It feels like the company is going through change and at the heart forgetting about their employees


  10. Helpful (9)

    "The most cut-throat, poisonous place I've ever worked at"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at R/GA full-time

    Pros

    First of all, the pay is high. Very high. For a good reason (see the cons). The NY Office is impressive. Big, white and bright. An art gallery full of impressive contemporary and outsider works that are sure to impress any client or friend you bring into the office. The coffee bar is lovely, as is the free drinks and food on Thursdays. It is a safe, clean place to work. They take sexual harassment and intolerable behavior seriously and root it out from the inside. And the holiday parties are quite fun. There are quite a few smart people that work here, if you can find them.

    Cons

    As stated in the title, this is the most cut-throat, poisonous place I've ever had the displeasure of working at. Highly political. Everyone throws everyone under the bus, all while pretending to be cheerful out of fear of suffering the same fate.

    I have to believe there are good people who work here. But I think this place turns most of them, like a full moon to a werewolf. Fangs bared. Vicious. Brutal.

    Management bullies their employees here. More times than I can count I've stumbled upon people crying in the bathroom. Kindness is a weapon. You can trust no one, not HR nor resource management.

    There is no work life balance. I've worked more than more my fair share of 90 hour weeks, on holidays and weekends, and was not granted the ability to leave when a family member died.

    The agency cares more about winning awards than actually investing the time and effort into solving the client problems needed to create a foundation for winning those awards. I repeat, this agency does not care about what the client wants or is paying for. It creates a very stressful swirl where employees are never able to meet client demands and management's demands at the same time.

    You are expected to have no life outside of work. Any hobbies are frowned upon. Any interests or passions are seen as roadblocks they do not further the bottom line of RGA. If you are a well rounded person, it will come up in your review and you will be scolded for it.

    There are only two types of people who excel here. Bullies. And Brown-nosers.

    All the creative leadership is leaving in drones and you can see it reflected in the work, lack of leadership and the toxic environment. Everyone is desperately searching for an RGA idea, but no one can articulate what that is because vision is lacking and foresight doubly so.

    The many intelligent people you get lucky enough to work with are often overshadowed by the overly inflated egos that parade around the office, sipping kool-aid lattes, talking about how excited they are about their own ideas.

    Management pits the younger ones against each other, promising promotions that never come. Layoffs are frequent. Your work will be stolen. You will be thrown under the bus. You will get sick from stress. You will be punished for it. You will hate your life. And yet, you will be forced to smile through it all.

    Advice to Management

    You want to win awards for changing culture? Change your own culture first. It's toxic and murders creativity.


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