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R/GA Reviews

Updated February 20, 2017
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  • Work life balance could be better (in 32 reviews)

  • Be prepared for hard work and long hours (in 28 reviews)

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  1. "Love R/GA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people and great accounts

    Cons

    Ridiculous deadlines and little guidance


  2. "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.


  3. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at R/GA full-time

    Pros

    Executives are smart and nice. People are nice. Yoga classes during the day, new office.

    Cons

    If you are looking to learn or grow there is a mentor program but everyone is super busy so you will have to do most of it on your own. You can't be shy you have to go out and just get it. Its a balancing act between manners and getting what you want.

    Advice to Management

    Challenge your younger talent


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  5. "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.


  6. "Senior Producer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at R/GA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Clients / Creative and tech work

    Cons

    Work life balance. Cost of living in SF


  7. "Great place"

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    Current Employee - Management Supervisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Management Supervisor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at R/GA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, great work, great CEO

    Cons

    No cons currently to say about R/GA

    Advice to Management

    No advice to management


  8. Helpful (2)

    "More traditional and silo'd now than expected"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Former Director
    Former Employee - Former Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Holds some of the top thinkers and makers in the industry, and the volume and prestige if the client base is phenomenal. Mucho opportunity there.

    Cons

    Agency resources, people, and services are not very well connected within the agency, despite the agency's outward story to clients and to staff on this point. Much of the magic inherent in creative is connecting - the work, the people, the tools, the celebration.

    Advice to Management

    Take more risks, and encourage more enviable work by connecting people IN the agency and establishing some enthusiasm around the making of things, rather than decentralizing everything to the point where the excitement and the energy of creating is lost in the scale of the machine.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "easy to fall through the cracks"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    for XD, Production, and Copy it is a gold mine of opportunity and support. People are smart, creative, futurists. Vibe in the office is free, relaxed.

    Cons

    PR is more valuable than morale. Production more valuable than anyone. Allocations are unrealistic, projects get scoped by people not necessarily aware of the time they require by various disciplines. Too much excitement around social platforms and utilities and not enough around brand building and how to tell the right story for the brand in the long run. Story here is entirely dead. Yep, I said it. Not the place to go to make a brand super culturally relevant. Most junior staff begin in talent pool, have no boss, can't get a decent review, no one sees their successes, can't land a spot on a group, and often sit without work. I advised lots of mentees on this and its the shame of it, they are the most excited to be there.

    Advice to Management

    Top strategic leadership and BT leadership need to figure out who's job is whose and then figure out the kind of strategic work they want to be doing. The discipline is a little lost honestly.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Politics and Favoritism Abundant"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Probably the smartest and best UX people in the business. Creative is OK, but not necessarily groundbreaking. In NYC it's recognized as one of the "best" agencies. Reporter is the best time/budget management tool in the industry.

    Cons

    It's a highly political environment. If you're not liked by or "friends" with the right people from the start, you will never touch a worthwhile piece of work. Hours are unsustainable. Expectations placed on Account and Production are highly unrealistic. Client relationships are hostile and it's considered normal to be lashed out at on a regular basis. There is no cross utilization between teams, you only work within the group that you're assigned to. If your group director doesn't like you, you work on nothing until you're fired.

    Advice to Management

    Rotate your teams and create a sense of unity in the agency rather than of exclusivity. Do a better job managing client expectations rather than worrying about how much money is in your pocket while your employees are being dragged through the gauntlet.


  11. "Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Marketing Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at R/GA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work and extremely smart/talented people.

    Cons

    Little diversity amongst employees, especially senior leadership



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