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RF Binder Reviews

Updated November 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Happy employees, lots of perks (free breakfast, happy hours for employees, espresso machine, in office free massages and more) (in 8 reviews)

  • The agency has some great clients and the work can be very rewarding (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • shot gun blasts any new business pitches, and does a bad job on all of them (in 5 reviews)

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    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 that everyone in the agency has an opportunity to express their ideas/ask questions. Opportunities to bond with colleagues in running and book club sessions. Not even talking about the little fun things like quality free breakfast, Nespresso machine, wine on tap, treats...

    It is a place where people care about, support and accommodate each other while also pushing you to grow, learn and do rewarding work.

    Cons

    None that I have seen so far.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and strong communication.


  2. "Best Experience to Date"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is an incredible agency to either begin your career, join mid-way through your career, or grow through to a senior leader.
    The senior management listens to all employees from interns up about what they are looking for in everything from career growth to culture.
    The CEO, Amy Binder, personally interviews every single candidate that walks through the door. At my last agency, the CEO did not acknowledge me for MONTHS despite being in the same room on a weekly basis.
    Amy also has weekly/monthly lunches with employees at random to listen to their feedback. For those who are not comfortable with that, there are countless opportunities to speak with talent and development teams OR team leaders.
    Managers do not operate in a one-size-fits-all manner, but rather work with how their junior staff prefer making the relationship mutually beneficial.
    Tons of opportunities to participate in new business.

    Cons

    None that I have found yet to be totally honest.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing! This experience has been incredible thus far.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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 about RF|B. Some have said people play favorites but it's not actually about that. It is about character, attitude and your commitment to driving the business forward not just your to-do list.

    Great brands that do interesting work. Your senior lead will be really involved with you and everyone on your team has great relationships.

    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 this skill though you will be a stronger employee no matter where you end up! So con or pro - you decide.

    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.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "No direction"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    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 the opinions of other staff that has more relevant experience.
    - Extremely behind on expertise in marketing, social, digital, and analytics.
    - Lack of priority from senior management. It will be weeks until you hear feedback on important deliverables that could help further the business. Also - while acknowledging that the agency needs to win new business, senior management leaves for vacation for three weeks.

    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.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "PR Intern"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 doubts as to their understanding of Social Media and do not expect truly innovative content produced anytime soon.

    Advice to Management

    This isn't 1990


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Leadership is lost"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Bad environment"

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

    Pros

    Not much positive to say- one of the more dysfunctional environments I have ever worked at. The good thing is that employees who work there support each other in dealing with the ridiculous behavior that senior leadership exhibits.

    Cons

    Toxic and backstabbing- it's a shame because when interviewing candidates and pitching to clients- they pretend to be a caring environment/company - interested in things that "matter". It's not the case. Senior managers pick favorites, openly talk about others and are inappropriate.

    Advice to Management

    You have heard all the advice and feedback before and do not change- so we give up.

  8. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  9. "A Good Place to Work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities for advancement, early exposure to key accounts, collegiality

    Cons

    Garden-variety pettiness, micromanagement, big ideas often lead nowhere

    Advice to Management

    Unify the experience across teams -- getting on the right team can be an incredible benefit to your career, but it is too easy for young associates to get trapped on the wrong accounts.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "untitled"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at RF Binder full-time

    Pros

    if your approach to work is diligent and pioneering, you will be rewarded

    Cons

    the reward may come many, many years after you've joined. slower than most agencies re: promoting associates & jr. managers.
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    complacency

    Advice to Management

    honesty is the best policy (indeed)


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