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RAPP Reviews

Updated February 13, 2017
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Pros
  • RAPP has been one of the few companies that actually promoted work-life balance instead of just talking about (in 16 reviews)

  • There are great people doing their best to do great work (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Core Dialog propaganda doesn't really give the company any new direction and the lack of new business proves this (in 8 reviews)

  • Better communication between employees and senior management is needed (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at RAPP full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The atmosphere of the office was great. Everyone really cares about you, even as just an intern. I learned a lot and got to take some initiative on a couple cool projects.

    Cons

    The only con to working here was that I only got to work there for a summer. If I could have changed anything, I would have added a week or two on to the internship experience.


  2. "OK Place to Work If Your Team Doesn't Suck"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at RAPP full-time

    Pros

    Good perks, company culture -- lots of events, good benefits package and incentives for staying with the company put together by management.

    Cons

    Your time there can be miserable depending on your manager and your team. I had little contribution to the account management team because there were too many cooks and then you're not encouraged to contribute on a bigger scale outside of the perimeter of your exact role.

    Advice to Management

    Provide training for your managers so that they don't stifle or drive away good talent, it will help with your huge turnover.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Rapp SF is a bad place to work"

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    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work is interesting and stimulating but the execution is usually fairly poor. There is potential to do good work on pretty interesting clients and a few select people in the San Francisco office are very talented and nice.

    Cons

    The managing director in San Francisco lashes out on people and frequently fires people for little or no reason. I've seen several people let go, just because they didn't agree with the MD at all times. The turn around in this office is incredible. The office is a sweat shop and it is expected that you work weekends and long hours all the time. Everything is a fire drill due to the lack of management and planning. It's a very unprofessional environment.

    Advice to Management

    The company is mismanaged from the top down. Start behaving professional, respect people, respect woman, stop using bad language and send your entire management team to training. Don't let your managers get away with bad behaviour.


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  5. "Fun place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Exciting projects, fun clients. Lots of smart people.

    Cons

    Too scattered and top heavy.
    Design area was like a frat house. Tough to focus.
    Open floor plan sucks.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Good people. No direction."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great to work with. Smart and driven.

    Cons

    There is no direction about the future of the company. Upper management doesn't give confidence nor direction about the future of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the smoke and mirrors and let the staff know what the future and direction of the company is.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Summer Intern"

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

    I worked at RAPP full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Overall the experience there was great. RAPP has a friendly environment, very laid back, food available all the time. Great breakfast. Bi-Weekly drinking socials on Friday's.

    Cons

    The environment was too laid back for my liking. A lot of socializing goes on. If you want a laid back, slow paced environment then this is the one.

    Advice to Management

    Be more productive with your staffs time. Management has changed a lot over the past year. A lot have been fired and replaced with a younger staff - there is some inconsistency.


  8. "Customer Serce"

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    Current Employee - Admins Assistant in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Admins Assistant in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at RAPP (Less than a year)

    Pros

    New company growing quickly

    Cons

    just to small less pay


  9. Helpful (5)

    "A shell of it's former self"

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    Former Employee - Group Creative Director in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Group Creative Director in Irving, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at RAPP (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    -There was a time when RAPP valued creative and many new accounts were won as a result of great creative work.
    -RAPP was a recipient of many awards because of great creative
    -It's always great to work with smart people of which RAPP had plenty
    -The compensation was good

    Cons

    -New management doesn't know what great creative is anymore, nor is it valued.
    -It's been years since they've won any awards or new accounts as a result
    -All the talented and smart people left this sinking ship years ago
    -Upper management ran this place into the ground. Once housed in a brand new 100,000 sq ft building they are now limping along on life support in a building where they have half a floor. Last time I checked they have 16 people on staff in the Irving office. That is beyond pathetic.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the old guard who are part of the problem and who have run out of ideas long ago and do nothing but serve their ego's and play politics.
    Elevate the status of creative again. It's woefully inadequate these days. Creative must be king, not Account "Service" (there truly is no Account "management"). If you cannot do these things stick a fork in the Irving office, it's nearly over now anyway. Quite sad.


  10. Helpful (13)

    "RAPP LA"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you have the initiative, there is definitely room for you to own and build something.
    Good work life balance.
    Snacks, sodas, and beer are nice.

    This is a comfortable place to work if you're not looking for cutting-edge work and want to keep your head down..

    Cons

    - The open office shared with 3 other agencies is not a productive working environment.
    - Talent that springs up is rarely nurtured and end up burning out.
    - There is a surfeit of ineffective midlevel management that need to be replaced, good managers and mentors are hard to come by. Do not come here if you're looking for mentorship.
    - The review process has changed from year to year here. At this point, people have resigned to the fact that it's a mess.
    - The HR team is clueless on how to perform basic HR-related processes (Explaining benefits, handling complaints, scheduling interviews).

    Advice to Management

    - Get rid of Alexei, and since we've come this far, try to make Core Dialog something people don't laugh at.
    - Consider cleaning the slate with midlevel managers and instituting a manager training program.
    - Don't know how you're getting away with it, but please stop falsifying reviews. It makes us all look terrible.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "creative"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Creative in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Creative in Irving, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at RAPP full-time

    Pros

    Great people and a challenging work environment. The company was nicely staffed with enough challenges to keep it interesting.

    Cons

    Some personnel issues that were resolved. I would have continued to work there for a number of years had I not taken time off for children.



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