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RDA Group Reviews

Updated May 10, 2017
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  1. "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomfield Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomfield Hills, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The people are great. Hard working and intelligent. Family atmosphere, small company where everyone knows everybody. Flexible hours and ability to work from home as needed

    Cons

    The pay is not competitive. They are short staffed. Little room for advancement for programmers.

    Advice to Management

    Pay better. Hire more people.


  2. "Research Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Market Research Analyst in Bloomfield Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Market Research Analyst in Bloomfield Hills, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Very easy job (but it gets boring). They hired me on the spot, I thought that was a good thing but they are just desperate.
    -Some people are nice.

    Cons

    -The workplace culture is horrible. Upper management is rude and acts like younger employees are useless.
    -Pay is below market average. Benefits are so so. They make it clear that taking sick days or too many vacation days (that YOU earn) will make you look bad and inconvenience your team.
    -There are very few promotions and you also have no indication when one will come. Management might tell you a certain month and you don't hear back for months after. No set career paths. Get ready to sit in a position forever just to be promoted with no raise at all.
    -Absolutely zero training or orientation. They don't seem to care much about their company or making new employees feel apart of things or up to speed.
    -They were recently acquired by Ipsos (who seems to put more effort into their company) so it seems like the company is involved but they are very disconnected.
    -My manager would constantly set me up to fail and micromanage. There is no managing of employees, they manage accounts and money/business is all they care about. They will acquire more projects when their current ones are struggling.
    -Very horrible communication, people will get hired/fired with no notification to the team. There is no transparency and I never knew what was going on.
    -The company is so far behind its competitors in terms of technology and branding. The online surveys look like they're from the 90's and the graphic design team is not up to speed. My computer rarely worked, same with phone. They have no laptops or company phones.
    -The office is so outdated and the company is extremely cheap with work functions and social functions. They really do not care about rewarding employees.
    -There's no movement within the company, you're hired in and you just wait for someone to get fed up and quit to move ahead.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so cheap. Get a formal training program. Care about your company and brand. Stop treating young professionals (who by the way have the most up to date education.... and are also not burnt out from 20 years of working at your company) like they don't know anything and add no value to your brand. Hire better creative directors. Listen to your employees and start caring about developing employees.

    Positions at this company are jobs not careers. They don't care about promoting from within and they will not train or help you develop. Young professionals can go anywhere these days, you can't treat millennials the way you do. They are the future of your company, your employees are your company. It doesn't matter how many contracts you have if your employees are underpaid, treated horribly, and not given career growth.


  3. "Slowly Improving"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Bloomfield Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Bloomfield Hills, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Annual "picnic" and a few (2-3) other events for employees
    - Finally (slowly) moving to more modern technologies
    - Decent benefits (2 weeks vacation years 1-5, starts increasing after that,
    - Schedule flexibility (to an extent)
    - Ability to work remotely (depending on manager/need)
    - Very intelligent coworkers
    - Compensation close to market average

    Cons

    - Poor/Stingy upper management
    - Good work may be recognized, but rewards are often slow in coming
    - Compensation somewhat lower than market average
    - Stuck in a by-gone era (slowly beginning to move to new technologies)
    - Most upper management are resistant to suggestions and/or change
    - Younger employees tend to be ignored, getting respect means earning it, repeatedly
    - Absolutely no training whatsoever!!! "Orientation" is a joke when it comes to what you'll actually need to know
    - Always too much work that needs to be done for the number of programmers
    - Unofficial policy on work/life balance: "Work IS your life"

    Advice to Management

    Listen to younger employees
    Provide actual training on the "RDA" way to do things
    Create a better work/life balance for employees, it'll boost morale and help with retention.


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  5. "Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomfield Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomfield Hills, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Popcorn on payday
    -Career opportunities if you have a supportive manager
    -OK benefits
    -Most employees are genuine and nice
    -Work/Life Balance OK
    -Diverse

    Cons

    -A long awaited promotion does not equal a raise
    -High tension between project and programming staffs
    -No training at all, basically have to learn everything by yourself, don't bother asking upper management, they won't help
    -Saying yes to the clients even if it does not make sense
    -Office building is old and dark
    -Will not adapt to new technologies leading to inefficiency
    -Micro management
    -HR seems annoyed when being asked to do something

    Advice to Management

    -Adapt to newer technology and employ people who actually know how to work with a computer
    -HR can be nicer
    -Upper management communicate with your team more in order to get more efficient results
    -Have a more open office space, it's a marketing company!
    -Value new and creative opinions from younger employees


  6. "Family culture and great people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomfield Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomfield Hills, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at RDA Group full-time

    Pros

    Great people and not too big so you can get to know everyone. Leadership knows what they are doing. Many folks have been there forever (that's got to mean something).

    Cons

    Facilities are not new. Other companies may have more perks. Benefits are just ok.


  7. "Challenging Work, Workload extremely high"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Bloomfield Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Bloomfield Hills, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at RDA Group full-time

    Pros

    Annual corporate "picnic"
    Annual Christmas party
    VPs of certain teams are flexible and understanding of workload
    (Slowly) Working to adopt newer technologies
    Beginning to realize that younger employees have viable and useful ideas

    Cons

    Everyone is ALWAYS overloaded, if you're swamped, you almost have enough work.
    Many project staff have no idea what they need to be doing, too eager to agree to (justified and un-justified) customer desires (often not even demands, though you wouldn't know it)
    High tension between programmers and project staff on most projects
    Antiquated codebase (VB derivative mostly)
    Younger employees' ideas tend to viewed as less valuable or feasible
    Far too few programmers for amount of work

    Advice to Management

    Hire more programmers
    Provide some formal training to acclimate new employees to "RDA's" way of doing things
    Don't focus so heavily on human error, so long as efforts are being made to rectify it


  8. "Okay place to start out, but not a place to stay for your entire career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Bloomfield Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Bloomfield Hills, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work is recognized and appreciated. Being a midsized company, they do have a small company feel and respect most ideas you share. There's great opportunity for advancement if you're recognized as a good employee. Work environment is friendly and very collaborative.

    Cons

    While good employees are recognized, sometimes mistakes are focused on too much with other employees and then management seems to get in their head that these employees are incompetent rather than trying to help improve them.

    Work can sometimes be reptitive and boring after awhile. Some of the work is mind-numbing and you wonder why you're spending time on the tasks considering your position and client billing rate.

    The company seems resistant to change and, in the eyes of most (if not all) younger employees, is far behind in technology and graphic design for various projects. They only seem to change if more senior employees suggest things; ideas from younger employees at times seem to be given little credibility.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to and have more faith in the younger staff. Many of the projects/products have great potential to further establish the company as a global leader in market research, but there is failure to adapt to the rapidly changing world of market research. Younger employees have greater insight and experience with ways to reach out to people to conduct market research, and they are the key to making RDA a viable market research company moving forward.


  9. "Market Research Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the employees, well most of the employees are very kind and can be helpful.

    Cons

    Upper management does not try to help very much, leaders of functions go passed you and complain to upper management instead of coming to you directly and helping you figure out what you don't know.


  10. "Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Some good people that want to see you succeed and advance in your career. Occasionally flexible hours.

    Cons

    Very underpaid for the industry average. Overall, this company is so set in their old fashioned ways that it is a tough work environment. If you don't stay late and come in early, it is frowned upon, regardless of workload. Lots of office gossip and politics compared to other companies.


  11. "Coder"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at RDA Group part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Flexibility to work from home
    - Great cultural environment

    Cons

    Some disorganization (lately it seems they are doing efforts to improve it)
    Communication needs help!


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