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R/GA San Francisco Reviews

Updated March 10, 2017
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  • Work / life balance was completely off (in 33 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. Helpful (1)

    "Design thinking"

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    Current Employee - Senior Art Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Art Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Design driven company with the best team.

    Cons

    I don't have much to say about this.


  2. "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

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Goods and bads"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Culture: working with people who really value collaboration and building things together.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy: producers are a roadblock instead of a facilitator, not very fun for creative and strategy teams.

    Advice to Management

    Watch out for excessive bureaucracy... I question how much great work you guys will be able to do if producers/account are not helping.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Senior interaction designer"

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

    Pros

    High profile clients
    High caliber work

    Cons

    Lots of egos
    Culture depends on office city/location
    If you're not in NYC, you're basically not R/GA

    Advice to Management

    Stop opening new offices and focus on your current offices.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "More of a focus on tech than ideas"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There's a fast-paced and driven atmosphere that can be exciting at times, but more often than not there's a miscommunication about what type of work the client could actually buy. There are loads of smart people to surround yourself with, though. You can learn a lot from working here, but good luck getting legitimate portfolio work from it. However, a very diverse multicultural office can pretty pretty interesting at times.

    Cons

    A lot of work up front for work that eventually ends up being lackluster and a waste of time. Over-delivering on client briefs, presenting technology-driven ideas they have no use for. Not much culture to speak of. Not much soul.

    Advice to Management

    More focus on actually answering a client's business needs so creatives aren't wasting time spinning their wheels for work that's doomed for the trash can.


  6. "Good place"

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    Former Employee - Visual Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Visual Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Was a good place, was nice to be there at the start of a new office

    Cons

    General new office teething, but all good

    Advice to Management

    keep it goi


  7. Helpful (2)

    "You don't want to get cancer"

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    Former Contractor - Software Developer Contractor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - Software Developer Contractor in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at R/GA as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    If you're into cutting edge graphics and interaction, you may get to work on some very cool projects at R/GA. If you're into design, there are many talented designers here.

    R/GA gets hired to do some truly cutting edge stuff.

    Cons

    I was fortunate enough to *just* be a contractor at R/GA. I was brought on board to complete a major project. Happy to say we were successful, but the hours and work load were absolutely grueling. We worked days, nights, and weekends as well.

    I understand that sometimes you need to crunch; however, when I was asked to return for another contract I declined. I had an intuitive sense that the directors and executives were unhealthy due to extreme stress. You could literally see it in their faces and bodies. I can visualize how many times I caught them stuffing their faces with donuts, cookies, and junk food which was probably just a coping mechanism.

    On a Friday night at 9:00pm, it would be common to see the office full.

    Seriously people...get a life.

    Advice to Management

    Work to live, don't live to work.

  8. "Smart people - very competitive"

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    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people who are down to earth for the most part and look for the right answer to any question no matter what it takes.

    Cons

    Sometimes like being in high school but like art school as well.

    Advice to Management

    Remain authentic


  9. Helpful (12)

    "Exhausting and Fickle"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exposure to many projects, ability to work with a wide variety of people from all around the globe, the team includes incredibly talented creatives and technologists, big name clients, lots of exposure.

    Cons

    Disorganized, constant layoffs in a time when business should be skyrocketing, terrible business decisions that lead to huge problems, enormous turnover rate (constantly working with strangers), terrible client management.

    Advice to Management

    Address the employee turnover issue, make employees feel like they can establish themselves in the organization. Try harder to retain talent and learn how build teams that can build strength.


  10. "Friendly environment and ton of smart and creative people. Strong leadership"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging projects. Startup-like environment. Creativity is welcomed and encouraged

    Cons

    Some projects might be stressful. Fast-pacing projects might not be for everyone

    Advice to Management

    You do care about the people that work here. You do promote health workplace. Keep it up. Think about how to lower the turnover rate which is high for the agencies like this


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