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Updated April 9, 2018
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Awesome Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at R2integrated full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great location, amazing office space, wonderful people and a company which turns out a truly great product. R2i is a vibrant environment and where people interact on both business and personal issues. It is enjoyable to come into work on a daily basis.

    Cons

    One must be able to handle the ups and downs of agency life.


  2. "An Agency with an eye on the future"

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    Current Employee - Team Lead in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at R2integrated full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    R2i still continues to evolve and re-invent as needed to support the demands of the shifting tides within this industry. It takes a hard look at itself and is open to change and evolution as needed. It's full of smart, dedicated and easy to work with folks that are passionate about the agency life, outcomes for clients and each other. The office space is cool and creates a collaborative and relaxed vibe. The leadership cares about its people and that shows on many levels. Overall, R2i is built to last and will continue to shape itself as needed.

    Cons

    Working at R2i means being open to change. This is not right for everyone, but if you are like me and live on learning, change and evolving.. its a great place.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on investing in your team. Develop the talent and keep awesome projects coming in the door to make it the agency of choice.

  3. "Data Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place to work at.

    Cons

    Little room for career growth.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Solid company"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at R2integrated full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great clientele, remote work potentially available for the right candidates, leadership that cares.

    Cons

    Nothing bad to say, terrific company to work for!

    Advice to Management

    Continue to provide 1:1 time with younger employees as you continue to grow!


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Get ready to ride the rollercoaster… a developers POV"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at R2integrated full-time

    Pros

    Overall, working at r2i was a great experience. Like many agencies, there are good and bad times, but for me, the good always outweighed the bad. You get exposed to various sides of agency life and it makes you grow as an individual, both personally and in your career. Your co-workers become your friends and it’s generally fun to come to work each day. Additionally…

    - You also get to work with many awesome co-workers (probably the best part), in a beautiful office located in the heart of downtown Baltimore.
    - The office is loaded with perks such as free lunch Fridays, snacks in each kitchen, a candy wall, office scooters, office hoverboard, and a pool table.
    - There are monthly happy hours, holiday parties, early office closings for Opening Day, and several other company sponsored events scattered throughout the year.
    - When the work is there, it was often meaningful and you usually get public recognition when completing/launching a project in the weekly company-wide insider.

    Cons

    As my title states, working at r2i is equivalent to riding a rollercoaster. The highs at the company are great and good morale is abundant. There’s usually an influx on hiring and filling positions to work on these new projects. BUT, r2i lacks the ability to support the higher number of employees over a long period of time, usually resulting in rounds of layoffs. I’ve seen this happen at least 3 times during my time there. This is a morale killer and it usually takes a long time to recover. Please fix this or you will continue to lose quality employees!

    There have also been promises made regarding some of these issues, but I feel like they should be called out nonetheless…

    - Too often, there are very large time gaps in between projects builds. Too much focus on landing the big projects that you don’t backfill and/or reject smaller projects, even though it would help developers stay billable.
    - Job security is always in the back of everyone’s mind. We get that agencies have to trim staff from time to time, but it just seems that too often, you hear the words ‘layoffs’ being tossed around.
    - There is no clear outline for career growth. More often than not, you have to fight what you think your next move should be, but you rarely have support form upper management regarding what moves and technologies you need to learn.
    - Training budget is always the first thing to get cut. This is not solely a developer problem but a company-wide problem. First priority should be to focus on getting management, project/account managers and developers the proper training they need, rather than throwing them into the fire.

    Advice to Management

    While I didn’t have the opportunity to work with new CEO Jen Quinlan for very much time, I have faith that she will steer the ship in the right direction. Her open door, no bs, full transparency approach to finding out the development team issues and trying to fix them was quite refreshing after months of secrecy and insecurity. My hope would be that the rest of management follow suit with this approach. It won’t be easy and it won’t quick, but I hope that she and the rest of upper management realize that the problems start from the top down. Focus on hiring the right people for the job and/or provide training for them to understand their roles better. Also, Follow through with your promises about developer training and career paths. Not only will this help the junior/mid developers turn into strong assets for r2is future, but it will help seasoned employees better understand their roles and how to mentor properly. You have many young and eager junior/mid developers at your company that are currently looking around, confused on who to come to for help and who talk to about their next steps in career.

    I look forward to seeing r2i’s future success.


  6. Helpful (12)

    "Was a fun place to work at"

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

    I worked at R2integrated full-time

    Pros

    • Free food on Fridays
    • To those who still stuck around, they are the most dedicated and hard working individuals you will have by your side

    Cons

    • Lay offs galore
    • No effort to retain anyone who jumped ship
    • No effort hiring new people given the increased workload from the two points above
    • Anemic office vibe
    • Bonuses taken away
    • Freeze on salary increases
    • Unable to take PTO due to all the work and lack of personnel to help out the work load
    • Massive culture gap between the Baltimore and Silicon Valley office and no real sense of collaboration whatsoever
    • No work/life balance whatsoever
    • Felt like I was merely a resource for labor than an actual human being
    • The office culture is "you have to want to be here" when everyone is absolutely miserable...that is the worst display of inspiration or any morale building ever

    Advice to Management

    Your company vision will not take flight if you do not have the capability to inspire your team work with you (not do it for you). The expectation that people should be grateful for their meager salary and will not take a better offer at a better company is a failing business strategy. At the end of the day or even in your life time, no one will remember about your business goals or company legacy, only the relationships you forged with people. If you treat people as merely capital labor, then you will not succeed in the market because B2B/B2C is a myth when the real engine that drives the market is the H2H (human to human) relationships.

    Also stop saying "you have to want to be here" that is a HUGE mistake. That attitude is exactly why everyone left.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "LDR"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Campbell, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Campbell, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company outings and events
    Good people; with solid leadership

    Cons

    Benefits are mediocre; especially healthcare. Though the culture is great, there is a divide between departments. Few opportunities for in-house promotion.

  8. "CatapultWorks"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Campbell, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Campbell, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at R2integrated full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits, fun company outings, lots of opportunity. Intelligent and inspiring colleagues. Creative environment.

    Cons

    Long hours and high turnover.


  9. "SEO Specialist"

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    Former Employee - SEO Specialist in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - SEO Specialist in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at R2integrated full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    R2i was an awesome place to work--I loved my entire time there. Leadership was strong--especially on the digital marketing side where I worked. Management was invested in providing the best for the clients, and it always showed on the final deliverables. That being said, there was always support from teammates and managers to make sure nobody was overworked and everybody was on the same page. The culture was great and morale was usually good, which made it a really enjoyable place to go to work at every day.

    Overall, the perks are very good. It felt like management was invested in our happiness and it showed. They offer "unlimited" PTO, affordable healthcare, subsidized parking, and free lunch every Friday.

    Cons

    Inter-office communications between the three main departments was bumpy at times. Since so many projects depend on all aspects of the company, this could be a point of frustration when working on larger accounts. Also, it's hard to imagine truly climbing the ladder into an upper management position. The senior leaders have, for the most part, all been there for 5+ years and are pretty firmly entrenched. While that's definitely a pro for organizational structure, it's likely not the place if you're trying to quickly climb the corporate ladder.

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in the culture! The culture at R2i was my favorite thing. If you let that slip, you'll just be like any other agency.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Baltimore Rules All"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at R2integrated full-time

    Pros

    Your fellow colleagues. (Everyone besides the upper management - they don't really know what being a "manager" means). Upper management has mistaken barking orders as being a good manager.

    Cons

    Baltimore is the key decision maker for every office, even though they have little knowledge into how each location operates.

    Advice to Management

    Manage your teams. Teach your teams the skills they need to be successful. You can't throw new hires into the fire without providing guidance and expect them to succeed.


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