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  1. "Great people, fun environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Client Engagement Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Client Engagement Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ragan Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    At Ragan Communications & PR Daily, the honorable legacy of old school journalism lives on. Great writing, solid editing, and a newsroom ethos creates an informal culture of jocularity coupled with gritty hard work.

    People bicker, banter, disagree, and then (on Friday's at 5... or 4:30, really) grab a beer together and enjoy each others' company. It's a picture of what Patrick Lencioni calls healthy conflict.

    At the helm of this 40+ year-old family-owned organization is its namesake, son of the original founder, Mark Ragan. "He is crazy," I was assured when I first started. And it's true. Crazy in his relentless work schedule, his intensity, and his verbosity. Crazy in his absolute love of the company and every individual who works there, and crazy is his stubborn pursuit of keeping his company alive and well even as many competitors have long ago fizzled away, unable to keep up in the intensely competitive market for information. And finally, crazy in his care for his customers, the communicators with whom he empathizes and continues to bring personalized, useful, and practical tips to telling great stories about real people.
    Employees have a love/hate experience Mark Ragan bursting into the office with a flurry of ideas, and calling an all-company meeting to discuss them, only to show up 20 minutes late because he was debating some philsophical idea of William James or historical point about the legacy of Thomas Jefferson with the editorial team.

    Cons

    Prospective employees will thrive if they love a smaller, less formal work environment, with an understanding that they will be expected to be engaged and participate in the quickly changing environment as the company experiments with new & different ways to make money.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lose your unique "we're-in-it-together" culture, and be thoughtful about hiring people who will contribute to that culture.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Stay Away!!!!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The compensation is great however, not for what they put their employees through.

    Cons

    For a family run company these people treat their employees like dirt! This company can never decide which way is up and there is a total lack of management within the organization. If you want to get yelled at for them constantly changing their minds and then blaming you then Ragan is the place for you. This company is not stable and I would suggest looking elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Get a new management team and start treating your employees with respect.


  3. "Great, close-knit feel. Not big enough for career minded individuals"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ragan Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    LOVE the people, best part about the company
    Niche industry is perfect for those who are passionate about corporate journalism
    Fun events and conferences
    Good benefits, 401K matching after a period of time

    Cons

    The small size of the company does not allow for much career advancement
    CEO makes every final decision regardless of staff input (not a huge con, as he is a very smart/savvy person)
    Company didn't see much growth, in fact, shrank during my employment

    Advice to Management

    Hard to give solid advice as the industry is a very niche market, but Ragan has carved out a great pocket for themselves. Originally a print publication company, they struggled to make it converting to digital, but they're doing the best and staying afloat. If possible, perhaps improve starting salary and open up the company to more frequent raises and immediate 401K matching.


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  5. "Extremely intelligent and friendly people!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The employees there are some of the most intelligent and team-oriented people I have ever met. They do a great job of creating a welcoming and family-like environment, that is also productive and stimulating. It is also in a great location (right off of Michigan Avenue and near a lot of great, diverse places to eat). You will learn a lot in whatever position you are in, as there are always a variety of projects that need to be worked on.

    Cons

    If you are looking for a larger company, than perhaps look elsewhere as Ragan is on the smaller side, employee-wise. However, I strongly recommend this not deter you from looking at this company if you are interested in the publishing or communications field.

    Advice to Management

    None that I can think of right now.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Fast paced work, yet laid back culture."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

    Pros

    Ragan is a great place for self-starters, who don't want to be micro-managed. People work very hard and wear many hats, yet there is a laid back, casual culture. People are generally brought in to fill one role, but their talents and skills can lead them in a different direction. The benefits are great and there is plenty of time off. There is a nice work/life balance. There are not a lot of corporate layers at Ragan, so it is easy to get face time with any member of senior managment. Senior management is very open in communicating company direction and financials. The owner of the company is a very forward thinking, innovative, idea man.

    Cons

    Things change at lightening speed, which makes communication hard. You have to be a quick thinker and a self-starter to be truly successful at Ragan. There are limited resources, so expect to wear many hats. The raises are not always on a regular basis, but the time off and flexibility definitely make-up for it. There are no private offices, the environment is more like a news room with low wall cubicles, which can be distracting at times. Ragan does a lot with not a lot of people. It is a little overwhelming coming in as a new person trying to understand everything that Ragan does.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Fun place to work, but you won't get rich soon"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you're ambitious and love what you do, you can become an important player at this company. I agree with my colleague who posted earlier: This company offers European-styled time off. The company has gone through hard times since the decline in print publishing, and giving time off has been one way the owner has compensated.

    Cons

    The pay increases are few and far between. Things have been tight since the late 1990's, since the decline in the publishing world began. And management could do a better job communicating its strategy. Still, it's still a fun place to work with lots of chances to make a difference.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out ways to single out the best employees for bonuses.


  8. "Not for everyone, but you'll never be bored if you're doing your job right."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ragan provides a chance to succeed if you are willing to approach your job with a "whatever it takes" attitude. Because Ragan is a small company without a formal career path you must be able to carve out your own specialty, but if you can adapt you will always have a chance to grow and learn professionally. Ragan is also very competitive in terms of the complete benefits package (medical, 401K, paid time off) and provides a good work/life balance.

    You'll also find a unique mix of a relaxed office environment filled with a fairly diverse group of individuals that are serious about their jobs.

    Cons

    If you are hoping to run your own little world the way you think fit, Ragan is not the right place for you. It's not that your voice can't be heard, but the critical decisions are up for discussion across all groups. As the company works through the process of reinventing itself there is a real lack of structure that can be stressful at times and confusing even on the best of days.

    If you work at Ragan you must be able to shift gears quickly, don't take things personally, and remember the ultimate goal is to continue to evolve to meet whatever the market dictates.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working to improve how the rapid changes of the company are communicated. You can't and won't be able to get the message out as quickly as everyone would like, but don't assume everyone is in the loop.


  9. "A creative and laid back work environment!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Web in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Web in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

    Pros

    The work laid back work environment and the variety of tasks each employee gets to tackle. There is a lot of paid time off offered to help keep work life balance in tact and to keep morale up. The flexibility and time off make up for the lack of regular raises. Each employee gets to tackle a variety of projects and test the waters in many different parts of the company. Everyone is trusted to get their work done an there is no presence of micromanaging.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for pay raises and promotions and sometimes the communication between upper level management and the rest of the company can leave some to be desired.

    Advice to Management

    Keep communicating with employees.