Razorfish Reviews

Updated February 9, 2016
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Tom Adamski
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Pros
  • folks enjoy reasonable work-life balance (i (in 49 reviews)

  • lots of smart people across every discipline (in 54 reviews)

Cons
  • Agencies are very busy, so work-life balance can be challenging (in 20 reviews)

  • Long hours at times, commute (I live 25 miles away) (in 31 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Freelance Senior Designer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Freelance Senior Designer in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Nice and hard working people, challenging work, great pay.

    Cons

    Culture can vary depending on the account/team. Some teams are nicer than others, but most of them are great.


  2. "Designer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Management and team was so friendly.

    Cons

    I didn't find any cons..

    Advice to Management

    Keep going Razorfish!!


  3. "Smart people, great place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Razorfish full-time

    Pros

    Digital first client-minded agency with unyielding talent.

    Cons

    Experiencing mass structural changes.


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  5. "Technology"

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

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

    Pros

    Smart and creative colleagues. Interesting and challenging projects. Good culture.

    Cons

    Unclear strategy and Global Leadership is not present.


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    "Client Engagement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Razorfish (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, smart people, good client roster, big enough to have large agency benefits but not so big to have all of the big agency draw backs.

    Cons

    Non-existent presence from Razorfish Global leadership. Unclear where the company is going, what we stand for, how we're better (other than our people).


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Smart Boys Club"

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    Former Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Razorfish full-time

    Pros

    Smart, digital-first company full of innovation with strong e-commerce, advertising and social media chops with technology savvy

    Cons

    A bit of a boys' clup, cold leadership, paper airplane contests

    Advice to Management

    Bring in more outsiders, women and people of color


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Business Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    excellent pay, great people to work with

    Cons

    constant travel, company not sure of where it is going

    Advice to Management

    be sure to value your associates


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great People, Creative work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Functional Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Functional Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Talented people from all different disciplines, great environment to collaborate and grow.

    Cons

    Corporate culture has crept in and makes it harder to take on creative and fun work.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "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.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Great people & great place to work if you know what you're getting into"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Razorfish full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This review is for the SF office and focused on Delivery Management. - There are great people to work with -- smart, dependable, hard working and fun. Hands down the people were what I loved most about my time there. Without them I would not have been able to make it through many challenging projects. There's also a great culture where the teams know how to work hard, but also let loose and have fun with happy hours and occasional outings. - If you are starting your career and take initiative, Razorfish is a great place to grow and develop a solid foundation for your career at a reputable company. - Fairly good opportunities to work with a variety of interesting and well known brands. Also, depending on the account, there are some opportunities to travel to interesting places. - There are pretty good benefits including healthcare, dental, vision, matching 401k, cell phone reimbursement, transit reimbursement, annual funds dedicated solely for learning and training. - There's a lot of flexibility. Many people are able to work from home as long as they get their work done and are available for the team as needed. - Location is pretty. Overall, for junior and mid level career I'd recommend working here for a stint. That being said there were a number of people who have been there for 5-10+ years, which isn't very common for an agency.

    Cons

    - If you are more junior in the delivery management department, there is not always strong training. Depending on your manager, you may be thrown into projects that are not setting you or the team up for success. That being said, it's a great opportunity to learn fast. - The office is too top heavy and needs to start hiring and developing more entry level folks to balance things out. - Compared to other companies in the area and the industry, the pay is low. Once you hit a certain level opportunities for advancement are limited. - Work/life balance can be extremely difficult depending on the account you're on. There seems to be a consistent pattern of selling projects with unrealistic timelines and/or not managing client expectations meaning that you often find yourself working long hours and weekends (tech, QA and delivery management get the brunt of this). - While the office location is pretty, it's inconvenient for a commute and surrounded by tourists. Also not great lunch options. - If you're more senior, you may not find the projects that interesting. During my time there they were primarily web dev for marketing sites, so nothing that's super innovative.

    Advice to Management

    Sell in projects with realistic timelines and manage client expectations, so that your talent is not overworked. People enjoy the teams and culture, but the continual pattern of overtaxing projects kills morale and leads to turnover.



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