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Updated June 29, 2017
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Pros
  • Good people and good work-life balance (in 68 reviews)

  • Attracts smart people with great attitudes (in 58 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance sounds like something from SciFi (in 25 reviews)

  • Long hours, stressful environment, cramped desks (in 33 reviews)

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  1. "Great foot in the door"

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    Former Contractor - Quality Assurance Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Contractor - Quality Assurance Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Razorfish as a contractor

    Pros

    People were great, everyone had a command of their subject manor and willing to teach.

    Cons

    was going through a transition period

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineering Intern - Great Clients / Poor Leadership"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Razorfish as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working on some neat projects for big name clients. Solid managers offering advice. Cool office perks. Great intern cohort.

    Cons

    Often sit around with nothing to do. Managers have minimal time to work with interns and are often gone for weeks on time. Moving towards contracting.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees, interns, and give them the time and space to create great solutions.

  3. "Having some growing pains..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Accounts, Good Pay & Benefits, Good work/life balance, Good people, Free Beer

    I genuinely like everyone in this office and everyone I work with, there are some talented people here. They have also been winning a ton of new business lately network wide and a lot of it is hitting the midwest office which is the only office that is currently making a profit in the network, they've had a good year. The office is growing fast so theres a lot of opportunities to touch on different accounts. Also the work life balance is like the best Ive ever had, no one tracks your comings and goings, the hours are never bad. Very rarely we might have a little weekend work or the occasional late night but nothing compared to the usual agency grind. Also they seem pretty good about benefits, regular pay increase and pretty systematic promotions.

    Cons

    Understaffed, Bad Process, Lots of corporate bureaucracy, High turnover

    They keep winning business and a lot of it is AOR work and they are not scaling appropriately both in staff and specialties to handle diversifying types work. There's plenty of good work to work on but the teams are understaffed and theres been high turnover. Accounts with dozens of brands are being managed by only a handful of people and support staff so theres a lot of burnout. Also production support does not exist here, despite there being a very healthy amount of production that includes video, social content and digital campaign asset production – there is oddly no producers on staff. A lot of that production stress is put on the project management department and they aren't specialist in specific production processes. There is always resourcing from outside the agency but good luck getting anything resourced through the 'power of one' Publicis network it takes weeks to get anyone assigned and they will be in a different state or country. Getting even simple ideas through any type of production is a small miracle and is an incredibly hands-on process that involves wearing all the hats yourself.

    Also they rely too much on contractors, it makes up a lot of the staff so there are a lot of comings and goings on projects. Constantly having to brief new resources mid-project can be frustrating. Also you frequently find your team in a state of not having a needed position filled at critical times on a project.

    Due to mainly logistical frustrations recently there's been a lot of turnover that could have been avoided if the accounts had the right support they require. It doesn't help very few of the people that leave get replaced.

    Advice to Management

    For the love of god get a production department, hire producers, you need them.

    Consider hiring junior talent or start an internship program, everyone here is a super senior and above so your missing out on getting young fresh ideas, good cheap labor, and that young hungry energy that adds a lot to agency culture. Also, all your mid-level and senior staff have no one to manage and that's a professional disservice to them because they aren't getting essential management experience to further their careers.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Love it here"

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    Current Employee - Media Planner in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Media Planner in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    My boss is the reason that I stay with this company. She is encouraging, willing to help out with employee growth and has built a team around a client that is collaborative and family-like. My job is unlike most agencies, in which the 9-to-5 worklife is possible. Of course like in any job, there are days when you'll have to stay late. That's normal. For the most part, I am working a regular schedule so I have no complaints.

    Cons

    Non thus far, but I have only been here since 2016.


  5. Helpful (11)

    "Great perks, people."

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    Former Employee - Tech Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Tech Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Company and Great people. Great unlimited vacation. Benefits package is great. Office's are nice and large. Limited travel in work.

    Cons

    Bad senior leadership. Unable to scale, all projects are badly understaffed. Too many good people leaving, the recent merger with Rosetta, and now Sapient is a bad move. The leadership has done a poor job of communications. No bonus, no growth path. Non existent HR. Seems like only select few on Dayton, OH; hold power.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a better and more qualified CEO.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "An agency challenged with evolution"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Razorfish (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits as part of Publicis Groupe are excellent.

    Cons

    This is a very large agency, with a fair amount of bureaucracy.

    The agency market is changing dramatically, with so many clients moving work in-house. Razorfish will need to evolve if it is to survive. That evolution, especially given the recent Publicis Groupe acquisition of Sapient, will most assuredly include a large amount of offshore development. But that alone will not save the business.

    Advice to Management

    What are Razorfish's core competencies? Why should a client invest in a partnership with them, vs. hiring a team internally? Top level management needs to have answers these questions if the company is going to survive.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Not what it used to be"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people, nice offices, good parties

    Cons

    Half of employees are contractors. Losing key clients monthly because they're paying premium prices for mediocre work. Publicis is merging everyone to appear bigger to prospective clients. Less AOR work now and more short term consulting.

    Don't take a contract job expecting to get converted and don't take a salary expecting you'll ever get promoted. Neither will happen.

  8. Helpful (22)

    "Hitting rock bottom"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Razorfish (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance, the people are nice and good-intentioned, good benefits and pay, name clients, legacy Razorfish reputation.

    Cons

    I've seen this company go through many stages and half a dozen rounds of layoffs in a few years. The Pubicis merger did nothing to this company except suck it dry, there was no advantage to Razorfish in this deal. Everyone's left and those who have stayed are struggling to keep the lights on. Client engagement left in droves, and the managers who were brought to replace them have no clue of who or what or how made Razorfish great. Currently many efforts to sell traditional work that will bring little $ or provide little work for those that are there. Office went from 500 to 200 or less in a matter of three years, most of it through attrition, people getting spooked. This office is depressing and empty. Some of the actions that were taken to make it not appear so to prospect clients were appalling and borderline unethical.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of those in leadership that have no deep expertise in digital, Razorfish's DNA. This includes the regional president, client engagement, and business development. The work that Razorfish was known for won't come back, everyone is moving in-house or otherwise. Define who we are as an organization so that RF can be great again. Forget about competing in the same space we did before, find a new area where RF can provide value. I fear the window of opportunity is closing rapidly, if it hasn't already, for offices like the Chicago one.


  9. "Great Experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Razorfish (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Management really works with you to help grow your skills

    Cons

    Different departments keep to themselves but this is common among agencies

    Advice to Management

    Encourage your employees to explore everything that Razorfish has to offer.


  10. Helpful (14)

    "Midwest Office Politics"

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good company culture
    Excellent place to learn the basics of a relatively new technological field

    Cons

    Midwest office is a NIGHTMARE. Everything that brings an organizational culture down is present in this team. Politics, trash talking, judgement over every little thing occurs.

    This team is SO POLITIC HEAVY it isn't worth the trouble unless you know that you just want the skills and leave.

    Inequity on pay and treatment if you are a contractor.

    I highly recommend asking how many contractors they have had in 3 years and how many were full time hire offers.

    Advice to Management

    - HR obviously shares private information directly with the Director which makes going to HR null.
    - Don't tell contractors know that you will be offerring full time positions if they do well when that hasn't happened in years in your office. Just be honest.
    - Look into Midwest leadership, there is clearly something wrong with the concept of WANTING turnover through the use of contractors.


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