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RB Montvale Reviews

Updated March 16, 2017
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Montvale, NJ

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Pros
  • fast paced and great learning with the right team (in 119 reviews)

  • You'll learn a lot and will be given a lot of responsibility (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • Not very good work-life balance (in 138 reviews)

  • no work life balance, global time zone work (in 39 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good stepping stone company, not always a fun place to work"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Montvale, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate in Montvale, NJ
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The Montvale location is handy for NYC!

    Cons

    The associate salary isn't enough to live comfortably in super-expensive NJ


  2. Helpful (12)

    "Stressful With Constant Pressure & Meeting Culture"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Montvale, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate in Montvale, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers and overall good working environment. Decent compensation and opportunity to travel globally.

    Cons

    An ever increasing list of priorities are added constantly which you are expected to complete with lightening speed whilst attending their never-ending meetings that can go for over 2 hours. Depending on your group you are expected to do everything! Literally. You are running around all day being bombarded by many requests needed ASAP while other group members have a lot of extra time to sit around and chat randomly about non-work related issues. Your promotion will not be based on your work but how close you are with managers and your social interactions overall. Mostly political BS. I've wondered what some people actually do here!
    Again this depends on your group, other groups may be different.

    Advice to Management

    Be more aware of your team's workload and give adequate time to complete it. Less meetings about meetings about meetings!!! Promote based on work ethic, results produced and not like-ability. Good managers never show favoritism and even if you have favorites don't make it that obvious!


  3. Helpful (8)

    "Downward Spiral - High Turnover"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D Associate in Montvale, NJ
    Current Employee - R&D Associate in Montvale, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at RB full-time

    Pros

    - Great work / life balance in R&D
    - Good benefits (e.g. 401k matching, summer hours, good health insurance, stock options, etc.)
    - Good for career starters, as experience outside of rb is entirely neglected, and recent grads are valued in the same way as experienced professionals
    - Great maternity leave policy

    Cons

    High job rotation, once you've been in your job for a day you are considered "expert" once you've been in your job for a year, they'll rotate you to do something entirely different and yes... consider you as an "expert" after a week in the new job.
    Not a real big surprise that nobody actually knows what he/she is doing.

    High density of middle managers who:
    - micro manage
    - only convey & distribute information/orders from manager +1
    - do not make any decisions
    - will not ever (never!) challenge marketing or their own superiors
    - do not know their job either

    RB has recently introduced a couple of additional layers of "leadership", which makes the decision making process non existent

    All in all, rb is continuing its downward spiral...and has not hit rock bottom - YET

    Sub par compensation in R&D

    Advice to Management

    Let people grow into the position they currently have and give them adequate compensation.
    Then you'll end up with happy people who actually know what they are doing (both are qualities that are rare at these days rb).


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  5. "Senior Credit Representative"

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    Former Employee - Senior Credit Representative in Montvale, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Credit Representative in Montvale, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Summer Hours, great co-workers and bosses, great benefits, and company store.

    Cons

    unfortunately, I got laid off.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Toxic, Stifling Environment"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Montvale, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Montvale, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at RB full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to travel. There are many good people in this company.

    Cons

    No appreciation of experienced employees. Too many irrelevant processes. Incompetent, coddled middle management. Cut-throat environment.

    Advice to Management

    Admit that middle management is incompetent. Challenge the party line. Practice what you preach regarding the company's mission statement.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "research associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montvale, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montvale, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and hours. The days started early but rarely went very late in my department. This allowed for a great work-life balance

    Cons

    No room for growth. The business is designed to favor international mobility above all else. As a result, business direction changes every ~2 years, when jobs are rotated, and inexperience/unqualified people are often placed in higher positions.


  8. "Sr.maintenance tech"

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    Former Employee - Senior Maintenance Tech in Montvale, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Maintenance Tech in Montvale, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at RB full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    People friendly.family oriented work enviroment very good able to get schooling reimbursement,training in different aspects of building safety measures

    Cons

    Your a number,health benefits progressively getting worse,HR department not up to date on personal items.IT department very bad in PCs connection either in house or the web

    Advice to Management

    Become more people person oriented,to stiff and only concerned about themselves


  9. "A good place to learn but no real stability"

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    Current Employee - R&D Associate in Montvale, NJ
    Current Employee - R&D Associate in Montvale, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at RB full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of challenge and opportunity. Good salary. Jobs with huge scope and very few processes to hold you back.

    Cons

    Very few of the senior management stay in one position long enough to become fully versed in their businesses and so decision making can appear random and reactive. Projects run at breakneck speed which can lead to mistakes. Short term outlook.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on choosing the right developments instead of just running mediocre stuff fast.


  10. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - R&D Senior Associate in Montvale, NJ
    Current Employee - R&D Senior Associate in Montvale, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at RB full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Ever changing projects, A diverse opportunities available within one site. People are great. Great resources and freedom to explore.

    Cons

    Fast pace is not for everyone. Managing multiple projects. R&D is seen as a service group.

    Advice to Management

    Consider upgrading the facility


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Reckitt Benckiser R&D organization in US heading in wrong direction"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Montvale, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate in Montvale, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive pay and benefits.
    Opportunities for advancement to Europeans, and young internationally mobile Americans.
    Technically-limited can advance to R&D management.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities to older American employees, most of whom have been forced out.
    Style favored over substance.
    Two tier employee system is actually acknowledged and supported by management.
         Upper class - 'High Potentials', Europeans
         Lower class - the rest

    Advice to Management

    Be honest about the impact of your 'HiPo' policy. There is way too much emphasis on style and presentation. We need scientists with more technical depth and experience, but the ones hiring know more about style and politics than science and technology.


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