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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 (4)

    "UX Lead"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - User Experience Lead in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - User Experience Lead in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The CEO is terrible. He inherited his position due to some unfortunate events. Until this day Razorfish is yet to see any valuable contribution that he has provided.

    Cons

    Lots of holidays, salary is competitive, smart colleagues.

    Advice to Management

    Replace the CEO. Hire somebody with a better outlook and an actual functional brain


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Razorfish. Always Ahead... is what they tell themselves."

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

    I worked at Razorfish (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of great people in the lower management and production roles willing to work hard and produce the best work that they are allowed to create. Reasonable compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    Management is atrocious and unaware of business and digital trends. There is little investment in the well being and growth of Razorfish employees. Most employees have not received reviews or raises in a minimum of 2 or 3 years. There is an indefinite pay freeze (mandated from Publicis). Employee enthusiasm is extremely low... Employees are simply waiting for the next round of layoffs.

    Projects are top heavy with unnecessary upper management. Projects are distributed to workers throughout the 12 offices in north america. Inaccurate scoping of tasks and projects, bloated budgets, frustrated workforce, excessive travel costs, confused/unhappy clients, all lead to producing forgettable deliverables and frustrated employees.

    Advice to Management

    Put more faith in your employees. There are a lot of talented people at Razorfish and they'd all like to do good work.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "software Developer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Razorfish (More than a year)

    Pros

    Best work environment, good work life balance

    Good work Culture, Friendly environment nice salary

    Cons

    No cons seen while Working


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Great opportunities initially, but..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Got to work with some really smart people on exciting projects.

    Cons

    Poor leadership - constantly making bad decisions despite being spoon fed the data.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to trust your employees for what you hired them for and resist the urge to point fingers and back stab.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good Summer Internship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate QA Analyst in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Associate QA Analyst in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - I was lucky enough to be on a good team with good managers; the works I was assigned to kept me busy and I learned a lot from doing a lot of valueable hands-on work
    - Interns treated with respect. Most people I met were really nice; they definitely listen to your opinions, concerns and suggestions with an open mind. I didn't see too much high egos or condescending attitudes
    - nice, clean office; free snacks, drinks (beers), and often times free food
    - opportunity to work with a lot of different people from across offices and even in other countries
    - exciting projects and clientele
    - they try to provide you with internship training; you also get free access to online courses
    - opportunity to participate in company outings and volunteering events
    - lots of intern swags

    Cons

    - The internship project lacked a lot of structure and was a bit of a mess. You're required to work with people across different offices in the region, which can be hard especially with everyone coming from different backgrounds, experience levels, and not having a clear idea of what's going on most of the time. In addition, depending on your role, not all interns really had a chance to contribute and work on it.
    - Felt bad for some of the other interns who were on teams that weren't as well structured, or had managers who were too busy to provide mentorship; if you're unfortunate, you could end up sitting there twiddling your thumbs all day. The key here, however is really to be proactive.
    - Seemed like there were some aggressive deadlines, and a lot of full time employees working OT
    - Accounting team needed improvement -- they have a tendency to mess up your paychecks.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Program Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Reno, NV
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Reno, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Razorfish (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You get to work on variety of clients. Of course, this is because Razorfish Commerce are one and done with the clients. Get exposure on how to deal with difficult client situations and upper management that have no clue on how to deliver projects successfully.

    All in all, a good place to learn some technology, build skills on how to deal with difficult client situations and how not to implement a project.

    Cons

    Razorfish Commerce are very much a sales oriented approach and will sell work 30-40% under the real estimate. The typical project will go into crisis mode about mid-way through the project. This is too far into the project for the client to pull out. The client will stay with the project until the first release and then kick Razorfish out and bring in a new partner. Upper management will not look at the estimates and not acknowledge any risks. Upper management in the Commerce division is very poor and should look for employment elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    The good upper management has recently left and the poor upper management left. Upper management is really promoted two levels past their competency level and should look to leave.


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Mostly good, but newer management is not making the right choices"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Presentation Layer Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Presentation Layer Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Attracts smart people with great attitudes. Exposure to lots of different kinds of clients and technology

    Cons

    Company is starting to lean on contractors instead of trying to build stronger core teams. Feast or famine cycles happen where there is either too much or too little work.

    Advice to Management

    Try to get more interesting smaller clients than relying on landing the huge mega clients.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Prepare for a landslide"

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

    I have been working at Razorfish full-time

    Pros

    Great, talented people who work very hard.
    Good overall benefits as part of the Publicis group.
    Competitive Compensation. Fantastic holiday schedule.

    Cons

    Over promised Client, and short staffed. Not to mention the latest lay-offs.
    Management out of San Francisco, not in touch with the real work, and my way or the highway attitude.
    Focused on one client. No new business. Dim outlook.

    Advice to Management

    Give the LA office more independence to help build a culture and a self sustaining team.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Culture"

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

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

    Pros

    Smart fun people to work with. Great place to worth with a good variety of clients.

    Cons

    Not enough focus on creative work.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in creative.


  11. "Fun place to work, with lots of ups and downs."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great roster of clients. Exposure to a wide variety or work and industries.

    Cons

    Fast pace. Lots of travel.


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