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Ragnar Events Reviews

Updated July 14, 2017
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  1. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ragnar Events full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Ragnar is a fun environment with great people up and down the chain. The people really are engaged in the lifestyle and find it meaningful to put on great events. Their rapid growth provides lots of opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    The nature of the events business means that work life balance can be difficult, particularly during race season. This is partially offset by the open PTO policy. Pay could be improved.

    Advice to Management

    Keep people as informed as possible and improve the pay scale.


  2. "Cautiously Optimistic Outlook"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ragnar Events full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - It's still a smaller company so there is opportunity to play large roles and broaden your skill set.
    - A fun culture and an office full of young, active employees
    - The "golden handcuffs" open PTO policy
    - Competitive starting salary
    - Free gear, Wednesday lunch, free Ragnar team with travel compensation every year, cell phone compensation, gym membership
    - Despite some recent struggles beyond employee control, we are headed in a positive direction and outlook is good.

    Cons

    - The bonus structure makes it nearly impossible to earn one, no matter how hard you work.
    - Employees have had to to pay for the mistakes of others
    - Understaffing due to budget restrictions
    - The relaxed environment is being replaced by a more corporate 9-5 attitude.
    - Some departments don't offer much in the way of career growth opportunities

    Advice to Management

    - Trust employees to stay accountable for their work without micromanaging.
    - Promote routine evaluations and action points with REALISTIC career growth expectations, not optimistic dreams for the future.
    - Take a look at the high turnover rate. Why have so many valuable employees jumped ship recently?
    - Let responsible, hard-working employees use PTO without making them feel guilty. The open PTO policy may be the only reason they are sticking around.
    - Take action when an employee is creating a toxic environment for many other team members. We should not have to cater to someone with an uncooperative passive-aggressive attitude and poor, unprofessional communication skills. Dedication does not negate poor character.

  3. "Growing pains"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Operations in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ragnar Events full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of great passionate (albeit inexperienced) employees supporting a cool product. Lot of travel perks. Management tries to at least pretend to listen to grievances so their attitude is on the right track.

    Cons

    Benefits/compensation sucks. Also don't expect to actually get paid out on your bonus (which is fine if the company and the CEO didn't have such a poor attitude about it). Bad communication between departments is worse than before and now there is also mistrust between senior management and employees. Ragnar also has a long history of firing and hiring the wrong people, particularly in keeping poorly performing employees or employees with poor character (thereby affecting the productivity of other employees).

    Advice to Management

    Don't let the rest of the company pay for your mistakes at what is already a high pressure, fast pace, and overworked office. Also stop letting your marketing team hold your company back and making other departments pay for them being inept.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Work Hard, Play Harder"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Partnership Activation Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Partnership Activation Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Travel
    -Office perks (free gear, free Wednesday lunch)
    -Unlimited PTO
    -Relaxed work environment
    -Great people to work with

    Cons

    -Work/Life balance is challenging
    -There are days where you feel like you aren't being heard my senior staff

    Advice to Management

    The company as a whole is constantly improving (making sure employees are happy, smarter business strategy, etc.). Keep moving in that direction!


  5. "Improvement has been made to match the enthusiasm of the product"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Race Coordinator in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Race Coordinator in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ragnar Events full-time

    Pros

    Flexible PTO, awesome co workers incredible product/experience/vision. Executive team has made incredible progress and there's finally a proper HR person.

    Cons

    Communication within the company still leaves something to be desired but so many improvements have been made. Company has taken completed a 180 turnaround.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to routinely communicate with employees and promote both personal and career growth.


  6. "Challenging and Rewarding Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Race Director in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Race Director in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ragnar Events full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Travel to amazing places across the country
    Not your average desk job
    Fun, active, young coworkers
    Free Ragnar team every year plus expenses covered
    Part of a slightly crazy tribe of people who like adventure, pushing themselves, and giving back
    Free SWAG and running gear from Ragnar sponsors
    Tons of hotel points and air miles to use on your personal travel
    Part of a small company where your successes are recognized and celebrated
    Get to know your coworkers out of the office in different situations, learn to work together, and create great memories

    Cons

    Hard to find work/life balance during the busy season of the year when you are traveling quite a bit
    Race weekends can be physically demanding and long hours in any kind of weather

    Advice to Management

    As we grow and launch new races and acquire other races don't lose the Ragnar family feel--don't get big and corporate


  7. Helpful (1)

    "There's high turnover for a reason."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kaysville, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kaysville, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ragnar Events full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They legitimately try to create a fun work environment. We play frisbee and soccer in the office, and we have free lunch on Wednesdays. The people that work for the company are young and active, so it makes for a good time. If you're looking for something to put on your resume, you'll get experience and you'll get it fast.

    Cons

    The salary is low, and turnover is high across the company. Because people leave quickly, people are promoted before they're ready. Individual success and failure is stressed far more than as a team. Communication between departments is bad, and the departments seem to be working against each other. If you're looking for a place to develop and stay in the long term, I wouldn't recommend it. It's difficult to work in a place where they have a visible (although shoddy) back up plan if you aren't there a month from now.

    Advice to Management

    Try to be more aware of what is happening within the company on the ground level. When things are going wrong, and you have to step in, it creates more headaches because you don't know how things operate.

  8. "Lacks trust and integrity"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kaysville, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kaysville, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Ragnar Events full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    1. Wednesday free lunch
    2. Get to run one of the races a year

    Cons

    Ragnar is run by people who do not know how to manage. They lack integrity and do not know how to communicate with their employees. The organization is extremely chaotic and not thought out at all. There are young people in high-level positions with no other qualifications other than being obedient, submissive and one of the manager's "favorites". Much more qualified employees end up demoted or fired for speaking their mind, "personality" conflicts or simply for no valid reason at all.

    The communication across departments is very lacking and even more so is communication from managers and executives. No one knows who does what, who sits where, or what is going on. I am all for an environment that moves at a fast pace and welcomes change, but not in a way that is haphazard. The staff won’t have even a moment to think about the changes that are happening.

    Ragnar doesn't think anything through and they'd rather fire and rehire people, who then just reinvent the wheel, rather than actually dealing with the fact that they don't know how to put on races or market them to new audiences.

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Fun but hard work, long hours and an incredible amount of travel."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Race Director in Kaysville, UT
    Current Employee - Race Director in Kaysville, UT

    Pros

    Flexible work atmosphere, casual attire.

    Cons

    Low salaries, not much room for growth, employees not treated equally.


  10. "Fun environment... for the right people."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Bountiful, UT
    Former Employee - Intern in Bountiful, UT
    Recommends

    Pros

    Ragnar Events is a fun environment, with lots of opportunities for independence. Management is easy-going and likable and they obviously feel strongly about the product that they are offering. They do a lot of things to try and keep morale up, but most people think with their wallets, and want the salary to be at a certain range. Having spoken with other employees, the compensation was many times a deciding factor in their discontent. The events are very enjoyable, but somewhat stressful and taxing. The lead up to an event is almost electrifying, but requires a large amount of time.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for advancement. Compensation is on the low end, but justifiable as a start-up. Work requires a lot of time during the events, sometimes two or three days without sleep, so that can be taxing.

    Advice to Management

    Look for more opportunities to let employees grow and progress. Make sure they feel compensated for the work they are doing.


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