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Razorfish Reviews

Updated May 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Good people and good work-life balance (in 67 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Sometime not so good work life balance (in 23 reviews)

  • Long hours, stressful environment, cramped desks (in 32 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (10)

    "Great perks, people."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Digtial Media Planner"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digtial Media Planner in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Digtial Media Planner in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Big company with lots of perks and benefits. Trying new technology and exploring new channels. The people were nice, very hard working and smart. There was a competitive environment but not in a negative way but more in a constantly challenging the teams way. Collaboration/knowledge sharing with other offices in other cities.

    Cons

    Onboarding was not ideal. Pay is ok, but does not seem to live up the hype around the company's reputation. 1st it is an agency, so they live by client book of business, but too often the work being done was to appease the client and maintain the relationship and less about solving problems and adding value. Just keep them happy, no matter what time of day and how unrealistic the ask is. Work life balance was not great, although again, its an agency. The client turn over was concerning with clients dropping or reviewing their contracts. This was surprising given the size and reputation of the company. And there seemed to be a lot of corporate re-organizing and re-structuring that had people on edge. Layoffs, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Set up more boundaries with clients and try to be more of a partner with them.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good people doing good work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, hard-working and good people. There's a very refreshing lack of big egos in this office. The Managing Director of the LA office is an approachable leader who really values creating a culture. He hosts quick update meetings either weekly or a couple times a month, so there is transparency there. Razorfish is one of the leading digital agencies in the world, so there is a degree of pride and prestige to working here. Solid benefits. In my own case, compensation is very fair and I had a great experience with the recruiter.

    Cons

    As of now, Honda and Acura are our only clients, so there's a lot of pressure on keeping that business stable. As with any agency, financial health ties into the numbers for that calendar year. Last year was stronger than this year, but next year could turn out to be very strong. Some people might feel we run too lean on staff in some areas, though I'd say most agencies run lean.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe talk about new business development efforts more often. I think it would reassure people to hear about possibilities for other revenue streams.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Sr. Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture, Opportunity to work with interesting clients, local leadership and benefits of being part of a large, diverse organization.

    Cons

    Publicis has introduced lots of policies and procedures that distract from client work and impose overhead; lots of challenges working across different parts of the organization/offices/regions.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline and simplify the management/reporting structure. Make it easier for different parts of the organization to work together to deliver a complete solution for a client.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Avoid "Freelance" job postings."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior User Experience Architect in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior User Experience Architect in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    This review is for the Austin office Razorfish has the reputation and it's a great company to list on your resume. Class A office space with amenities, views, freebies and smart, talented people. There are some cool clients to work for, but avoid working as a freelancer for their financial services client.

    Cons

    They are actively recruiting for "freelance" senior UX designer positions. These will often be disguised under job listing from VelvetJobs but you'll know it's for Razorfish if the parent company Publicis is mentioned. Most likely, you'll be thrown onto their large financial services team doing soul-crushing work on their consumer or business credit card. Can you imagine looking at credit card application forms all day long? It's basically maintaining a 1,000 page specifications document making minuscule changes to wireframes and editing annotations late into the night. As a freelancer, they'll say you're part of the team when in reality, you're considered a second class employee...ineligible for some benefits like holidays, health care, etc.

    Their process is archaic, tedious and inefficient. And there are plenty of egos to deal with too that will override any suggestions you have to improve the process.

    Advice to Management

    Update the UX process to be more inefficient. More rapid prototyping. A better way to create wireframes instead of InDesign. Stop wasting paper to print out documentation and do wall walks with a red pen to make edits. Get past your egos and foster a more collaborative working environment that values each individual's expertise and input.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "SEM Coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn about digital marketing. Really strong accounts and awesome direct managers. A lot of room for upward mobility as well as working with different departments

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't pay much attention to lower level employees. Not much team bonding activities. Top heavy company and not a ton of focus on media.

    Advice to Management

    Better job of reaching out to junior employees. Foster a better sense of community and collaboration. Teach lower level employees other skills.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Recruiter"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good people, good environment, progressive, fun

    Cons

    business challenges making promotion and raises rare

    Advice to Management

    Win business!


  9. Helpful (2)

    "An agency challenged with evolution"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Not what it used to be"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Director, Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director, Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Director, Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility of working location
    Prompt expense reimbursements

    Cons

    Compensation freezes (year 3)
    No easy career paths

    Advice to Management

    Focus slightly more on employee growth rather than account grown.


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