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Brian Lovell
46 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good work / life balance, at least in my field of work in the company(in 13 reviews)

  • "(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Extremely top heavy leaving very few people to execute the work(in 3 reviews)

  • "Two creatives could spend a year here and have wildly different portfolios - one great(in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "They put creative and their people first"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at RED Interactive Agency full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Culture is great, everyone is lovely. New leadership have put an emphasis on the work and the results are clear - we are doing more great creative more frequently.

    Cons

    no dogs allowed in the building...

  2. Helpful (1)

    "High profile clients; great pay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at RED Interactive Agency full-time

    Pros

    There's a great culture here where the management really invests in the people. Total open door policy so you don't ever need to go through hurdles to try to speak to leadership. Love the work life balance here - of course at times, there can be some long nights based on the project, but the leadership here always makes sure we're taken care of, whether it's with comped meals or comped days, the hard work here is always...

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    Cons

    Need more junior levels here; too top heavy.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at RED Interactive Agency full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I’m new to RED and have had a wonderful experience so far! Their onboarding process is meant to make the new hire feel totally immersed in the culture and welcomed from day 1. They take you out to a welcome lunch on your first day and introduce you to everyone in the company. The first week you get to have orientations with the CEO, COO, your manager, and other team members you’ll be working closely with. Lastly, you...

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    Cons

    No cons to share so far!

  4. Helpful (3)

    "Not A Place For Good Creative"

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    Former Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at RED Interactive Agency full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    When I was at Red, they had pretty good perks like stock refrigerators and happy hours. The company did have some talented people working for them. Unfortunately that's where the pros end.

    Cons

    There were so many cons, that I don't have the time to write them all down. First, this company loves hiring "Creative Visionaries" which is a fancy way of saying Creative Directors who are really not creatives. This creates a problems when creative directors are trying to tell a designer to do something that doesn’t make sense. These creative directors, and producers often ate up the majority of the budget on project...

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    Advice to Management

    Hired creative directors who have talent and who are not just talk. And make strong creative the core vision of the company.

  5. Helpful (1)

    "High pay; horrible management."

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    Former Employee - Games in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at RED Interactive Agency full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Some incredibly talented and awesome dudes (that are not management) to work with Some fun projects with huge potential occasionally roll through the office

    Cons

    Management doesn’t listen to anyone (internally or externally) that isn’t in their bro clique. Creative direction is only inspired by whatever game management is playing. Management continues to get hung up on the things that don’t matter, so they miss the mark entirely by letting the things that do matter slip by. The best ideas live and die in the design room, because management makes all their design decisions...

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    Advice to Management

    Management is supposed to set the example of work ethic. This problem roots from the top. The vast majority of your employees have more professional experience making games than anyone in management, you should listen to them more than not.

  6. Helpful (6)

    "Toxic Culture"

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    Former Employee - Art Director in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at RED Interactive Agency full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Access to good clients, although a lot of the work gets scuttled before it sees the light of day.

    Cons

    There's an Etch-a-Sketch mentality at work here in terms of the hierarchy, where titles are handed out, devisions are created, then a few months later everything is reset. It leads to a lot of confusion and uncertainty, and an environment where those with the strongest egos and least empathy grab the most land. There's an insiders group of brown nosers here that have it very easy, while everyone else if left to fight...

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    Advice to Management

    Clean house. Reward talent and work ethic, not just the people you drink with.

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Loved working there. They invest in their people."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at RED Interactive Agency full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    RED was as much a family as a workplace to me. The people are fantastic committed to doing great work and helping each other succeed. I most appreciated that it is a culture where they want to continually invest in their own people. You see that in the leadership being mostly from within. If you're willing to invest in RED, they will help you achieve your own goals.

    Cons

    It's a flat organization which is great for hand-raisers and those who want to move fast. However, that flatness can cause some confusion around roles and responsibilities. My advice is to be open and ask questions when you're unsure. Leadership is very open to those questions.

  8. "Great company with great people"

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

    I have been working at RED Interactive Agency full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    The people are incredibly talented and friendly You always feel supported, set up for success, and like you're part of a team Leadership genuinely cares about your growth

    Cons

    The current office is not dog friendly

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work Thanks for the open door policy

  9. Helpful (7)

    "Meh."

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

    I worked at RED Interactive Agency full-time

    Pros

    - Some exceptionally talented creatives and developers. - A lot of unique personalities. - Great location, lots of fresh air.

    Cons

    - Directors. They're everywhere. But none of them can execute. Titles don't mean anything here, so what's the point of handing them out like skittles? - Cliques. Yes, they exist, like any other agency. Leadership and management are easily swayed by these cliques and picking sides. Being Switzerland doesn't work here and it'll turn you into a pariah real quick. - A very petty and passive-aggressive attitude, also...

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    Advice to Management

    Do you.

  10. Helpful (1)

    "A wonderful place to work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at RED Interactive Agency full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    The people are great. Nobody has an ego, and everyone on the leadership and HR teams truly have an open door policy. Clients are for the most part a pleasure to work with. I learned a lot in my time at RED and I feel great having such a well respected agency on my resume.

    Cons

    Workload can be very hot and cold. In my experience, I was slammed some weeks, working extra hours in order to finish a deliverable on time. Other times, I had very little to work on. It would have been nice to have a more steady stream of work. Vacation time and 401k match seemed to be a bit subpar.

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