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3.1
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52%
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53%
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Amy Binder
24 Ratings
Pros
  • "Happy employees, lots of perks (free breakfast, happy hours for employees, espresso machine, in office free massages and more)(in 9 reviews)

  • "Hard work is recognized and rewarded 4(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "It is all about very traditional media relations here yet they wonder why they keep losing new business pitches(in 7 reviews)

  • "Upper management has no respect for lower level employees(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Enjoy coming to work every single day - simply wonderful"

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    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at RF Binder full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I joined RF Binder recently and was so pleasantly surprised on multiple levels: 1. Clients are great and work is interesting. 2. There is open access to senior management, including CEO Amy Binder, who is super involved with the client work and takes the opinions of her staff seriously, no matter what level 3. Hard work is recognized and rewarded 4. Great perks, including weekly happy hours and staff meetings to ensure...

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    Cons

    None that I have seen so far.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and strong communication.

    RF Binder2017-11-20
  2. "Summer Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I worked at RF Binder (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture, experience, mentors & hands on

    Cons

    Unpaid but stipend included

    RF Binder2019-01-22

    RF Binder Response

    January 23, 2019EMD

    Thank you for posting about your experience with us. We really appreciate your feedback and your comments about the great culture, experience, mentors, and hands-on work. We do our best to provide our team members with the opportunity to thrive and grow both personally and professionally. ...

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  3. Helpful (10)

    "Bottom of the barrel for working at a recognizable PR firm"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at RF Binder full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working here is an experience for anyone wishing to learn what not to do. If you ever want to start your own PR firm, this is it! RF Binder is the test case of some of the poor behavior in our industry. It's full of elitism, with the CEO perpetually pushing to hire prestige over talent. You will get substantially more preference if you're from an ivy league, rather then if you have talent (although I cannot fathom why...

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    Cons

    The firms has a reputation because of its founder and gives off the impressions that it is one of the bigger industry players in the PR world. It's not. The firm is struggling and you can tell that just by walking around the office. There are more empty desks than employees. When interviewing they will cover this up with a story of how everyone is at an event, or a holiday, or how the firm is rapidly expanding. This is...

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    Advice to Management

    Go back to the drawing board, figure out why you're not getting any new business, then figure out why all your senior staff is leaving, and finally figure out why there is so much siloing even within the teams.

    RF Binder2018-05-03
  4. Helpful (10)

    "Combat pay"

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    Former Employee - Management in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at RF Binder full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Not many I can think of other than it prepared me on what it would be like to work in a war zone. There are some pretty smart people who are hired, but unfortunately they don't stay very long, because they are smart. They have a very good vacation policy, however they dislike it whenever people take vacation.

    Cons

    You learn pretty quickly that there is no loyalty whatsoever among senior staff and gossip runs rampant. Everyone is fair game. The CEO talks about everyone to the senior staff and the senior staff talks about the CEO to the junior staff and on and on. Definite favoritism in the office when it comes to being rewarded for good work or taking time off. CEO changes her mind all the time, tells teams to do something one...

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    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the hard work that the teams do and reward people across the board, not the same people over and over. Let people take the vacation they are entitled to without making them feel bad about it. Quit talking about everyone and maybe you will have the culture within the office you are always trying to force, except this time it won't be forced.

    RF Binder2017-12-20
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at RF Binder full-time

    Pros

    If you are a proactive person, you will succeed. There is no limit to what is possible if you are willing to speak up and get stuff done. You can ask for what you need, share what you think and bring ideas to the table no matter what your level. You have an open door to senior leadership. If you bring them a solution to a problem, they will let you execute it. This is extremely rare and my absolute favorite thing...

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    Cons

    It isn't for everyone. You aren't going have your hand held and patted on the back all the time. Speedy, speedy environment that can sometimes be over whelming. To be successful you have to be business orientated and have the maturity and ability to see perspective beyond your own. This can be difficult when you are growing and young in your career and it is expected of everyone. If you can learn and adapt to have...

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    Advice to Management

    Continue to give people the opportunity to grow and keep the culture of entrepreneurial spirit. Continue to develop internal process so that there can be more structure around what we do.

    RF Binder2017-11-01
  6. Helpful (8)

    "Can’t believe these positive reviews"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at RF Binder

    Pros

    The recent reviews are a complete fabrication - every time someone posts the truth the leadership, with good reason goes on a campaign to get people to respond in reverse. Let’s be honest no job is always an enjoyable place to come to work daily but RFB is certainly the least enjoyable and most dysfunctional environment to be in.

    Cons

    Not truthful, makes erratic business decisions, hardly compensates/promotes their ppl appropriately. Taking time off is frowned upon, if you were given any sort of perk/flexibility it is held over you for your time there. You should ask about this when you interview, as it’s bad. Also the thing about high touch ceo is just false- unless you are in her inner circle you better think twice if you think she cares about...

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    Advice to Management

    Honestly the response to fixing your company is beyond your abilities.

    RF Binder2017-11-29
  7. Helpful (7)

    "PR Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at RF Binder

    Pros

    Exposure to recognizable and global brand names Some people who will be nice to you and teach you

    Cons

    The behavior toward interns is simply humiliatingly condescending and boastful. They didn't hire to teach you if that's what you're expecting, but will definitely pretend to do so. A toxic environment with people bad mouthing each other. The very few people who will sit with you and guide you through their process and internal systems are are the ones who have acknowledged the behavioral issue over the years. I have my...

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    Advice to Management

    This isn't 1990

    RF Binder2017-10-21
  8. Helpful (7)

    "No direction"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at RF Binder full-time

    Pros

    - Great individuals (mid to junior level) who are hardworking and passionate.

    Cons

    - There is no direction in business goals or mission. - Lack of transparency. - Hostile behavior from senior management. - Quick to hire, agonizingly slow to fire. - Care more about hiring senior management that looks good on paper instead of finding a right fit for current employees. - Not team-oriented whatsoever. Senior management delegates and dictates to other employees, not even considering they should weigh...

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    Advice to Management

    Think really hard about what you want from your business, and consider if someone else should be leading the day to day agency management.

    RF Binder2017-10-20
  9. Helpful (10)

    "Leadership is lost"

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

    I have been working at RF Binder full-time

    Pros

    It's a job. So there is that.

    Cons

    The leadership is hilariously under par. They have no idea what they are doing- and now the only senior person who knew how a real agency works has left- which means we are back to down hill FAST. This place is TINY. The revenue listed is not accurate- we only have a handful of clients. Nothing to learn here. Move on.

    Advice to Management

    Sell your agency? I don't even know what to say. You have problems.

    RF Binder2017-11-07
  10. "Intern"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at RF Binder part-time

      Pros

      Great learning experience, and definitely learned a lot for the future

      Cons

      It's unpaid, so hard to balance on a summer vacation.

      RF Binder2017-06-20
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