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Updated August 15, 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. "Sr Media Planner"

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    Former Employee - Senior Media Planner in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Media Planner in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very smart and passionate coworkers

    Cons

    Limited new business growth for media


  2. "Buyer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I liked them. Good company.

    Cons

    I can't think of anything

  3. Helpful (2)

    "It Rocked"

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    Former Employee - Training in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Training in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing culture back in the 90's-2002. All gone now...

    Cons

    Wild parties all night long.

    Advice to Management

    Don't talk on 60 Minutes any more...


  4. "Great Company Undergoing Change"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Razorfish full-time

    Pros

    - Working with smart, dedicated people
    - Great clients: big, successful companies
    - Collegial, professional but still fun culture
    - Leading edge work

    Cons

    - Uncertainty and consolidation given mergers
    - Changing management and focus

    Advice to Management

    - Complete all of the integration work and make everyone feel wanted in the new company


  5. "Company doing truly innovative work, but Publicis..."

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

    I have been working at Razorfish full-time

    Pros

    - Amazing innovative work across all disciplines
    - Local office agency model ensures only occasion business travel
    - Small office feel with caring office leaders
    - Culture is creative, casual, and funky

    Cons

    - Easy to get stretched thin across multiple clients / project work - not allowing for truly excellent work
    - Increasing sales pressure from parent company sr. leadership while declining resources
    - Layoffs a regular recurrence
    - Less professional work environment (e.g. etiquette, cursing, etc.)

    Advice to Management

    Enable Razorfish people to do innovative work for clients


  6. "Unorganized Team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Razorfish full-time

    Pros

    It was overall a positive and creative environment. My peers were smart and motivated individuals.

    Cons

    There were a lot of layoffs due to lack of accounts, but the management and the way projects were organized were not very user-centric. More or less, it's still a very traditional ad agency.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Bleeding Impeccable Talent"

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    Current Employee - Media Planner in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Media Planner in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing new parent benefits, PTO, medical/dental/vision benefits, etc.

    Cons

    Organization unwilling to promote/reward good talent which is causes the talented workers to leave for other places that are willing to (i.e. Amazon, Microsoft, Possible, etc.). Morale has never been so low; employees who are willing to stay are left with an unbearable amount of work. Unable to win new work with high profile clients.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so stingy and set in process/protocol. The agency will be driven into the ground and the legacy will be ultimately ruined if something doesn't change soon.

  8. "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.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Can't figure out what they want to be"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Razorfish full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Amazing clients and chance to do cutting edge work in the digital space

    Cons

    Razorfish has tried to enter the consulting space but doesn't understand that it is very different than the agency space. Several acquisitions were made but most of the leadership and valued talent of those acquisitions has left the organization due to lack of management's understanding of how to run a consultancy and refusal to take the advice of those who know how to do it successfully.

    A great set of benefits is provided and the company likes to promote some innovative programs (paternity leave, LBGT groups, etc.) but actual day-to-day treatment of individuals and providing opportunities for career growth is significantly lacking. It's more about being able to tout programs.

    There have been many recent rounds of layoffs. Proceed with great caution if you're considering taking a role with Razorfish. It's a very unstable time and not showing any signs of improving.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to what you know how to do. If you're going to acquire companies to enter a new space, rely on the experts to continue the success.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Great people, best environment for an ad agency"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Razorfish full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Razorfish is the type of place where coworkers become lifelong friends. Management does a good job of maintaining the friendly and fun atmosphere it has had from the start. For the most part, the people are extremely talented as individuals and also make great work together as teams.

    Cons

    Despite the fun and encouraging career development initiatives, management has been consistently unable to follow through on actual career advancement (raises, promotions). It was not a problem years ago, but has been a pervasive issue for several years now. i.e. promotions or raises are constantly promised and "in the pipeline" but very rarely materialize for the dedicated employees who don't threaten to leave.


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