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Updated July 19, 2017
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  • The work life balance was always in flux (in 34 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. "Room for improvement"

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

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

    Pros

    Great clients and talented people.

    Cons

    Boys club at the top that you really start to see as you progress through the company.

    Not a very diverse workplace.

    Advice to Management

    Shake up management team and truely embrace diversity.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Good people, lame work"

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    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people here are great. Compared to other agencies there is a real lack of ego at R/GA. Everyone is dedicated to doing great work. The cafe in the new office is nice, the prices for lunch are reasonable considering that you're in midtown Manhattan. And the coffee bar is supplied/run by Brooklyn Roasters. There is an exercise room where they offer yoga, pilates and meditation classes throughout the week. There are also 2 showers on the premises.

    Cons

    At its core R/GA is still an ad agency despite what they say about an agency for the connected age. The clients are demanding and unreasonable and often times I felt like the PMs or the client relations people did not push back because you cannot bite the hand that feeds you. Also despite being a UX designer for dotcom experiences, our work was really dictated by the branding and advertising wing. The new office is open seating, large, and stark. Everything is either grey or white. I think the open office layout is overrated because people are constantly walking around you looking for meeting rooms, there are always conversations happening and it is very hard to focus. The work life balance was always in flux. They were reasonable about leaving in the middle of the day for doctor's appointments or leaving at 5:30 after my child was born. But I there were plenty of times where deadlines were unreasonable and it was expected that you'd work late and weekends.

    Advice to Management

    Be present in all the creative review meetings. Skipping meetings because your over booked or whatever leads to problems down the line. Let your creatives do what they do and don't change the work at the 11th hour.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great for your resume"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at R/GA full-time

    Pros

    R/GA is one of the best companies in the business, with that comes working alongside some brilliant minds
    Some great people and decent perks
    The R/GA stamp goes a long way on one's resume

    Cons

    Very dodgy promotion practices
    A lot of talk about diversity and inclusion but poor nurturing of POC talent
    losing its soul and culture
    Too political
    Senior management seems disconnected

    Advice to Management

    R/GA does not need to look outside to nurture diverse talent. Take care of your people, they are the real stars


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Non technical company"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some interesting people work here

    Cons

    Entrenched leadership, offers ephemeral services


  5. Helpful (1)

    "It's ok"

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

    I have been working at R/GA full-time

    Pros

    Good people, good brands, good pay.

    Cons

    No room for growth. Serious identity problems.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the skill set of your employees, an AD isn't a UX designer.


  6. "The golden years are over"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people. Decent compensation in comparison to industry standard. Lunch is subsidized so that's good...there are some gems but they will probably leave soon.

    Cons

    Politics. Upper management does not lead which means creative which lacks innovation. No push back on irrational client requests. Which means client treats us more like a vendor than a partner. Not a good place to grow ones career as your manager isn't invested in helping you succeed. Some of us don't even have managers...Boys club that still lacks female leadership. Diversity is non existent but they sure do play a lot of lip service to it.. This isn't the agency it used to be so proceed with caution. Wouldn't recommend it to acquaintances.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house at the top. Be present. Treat your great employees well. Try and boost moral because it's non existent at the moment.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at R/GA full-time

    Pros

    None - everything is pretty bad there

    Cons

    its fairly big and you get to work with big brands

  8. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  9. "No place is perfect."

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

    I have been working at R/GA full-time

    Pros

    Smart people are really into their work. Great office, benefits, and lots of room to grow.

    Cons

    A lot of politics and navigating to do. People don't always stay too long & things are constantly changing.

    Advice to Management

    We moved here with the intent on not being the cliche advertising firm. I would advise not to loose touch with that and become too corporate.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "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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