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Red Tettemer Reviews

Updated April 7, 2019
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  1. "Great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Social Media Intern in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Social Media Intern in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Red Tettemer part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Tons of experienced people and so much to learn!

    Cons

    Long hours but that's expected in this industry


  2. "great people"

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    Former Employee - Creative
    Former Employee - Creative
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Red Tettemer full-time

    Pros

    people are super smart and creative.

    Cons

    work hours can be long.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Culture and Creativity"

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

    I have been working at Red Tettemer full-time

    Pros

    Smarts and talent are a must, so you work with a lot of really inspiring people. The culture and POV of the agency is so strong -- people are fiercely protective of the culture here. The entire place creatively driven and genuinely in it for their clients which is a breath of fresh air. To a person, this group really likes each other and has fun together. And, it's harsh but when someone just doesn't have the work ethic, respect for the clients or their coworkers, they cut fat fast. If you want to work a 9am-5pm job and care very little, you won't make it here.

    Cons

    Creatives can have long hours. The ad biz can be unpredictable, so that can make people nervous -- not an RTOP con exclusively, but overall a con for agency life.

    Advice to Management

    Kudos on implementing unlimited vacation. We do like to work hard and play hard.


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    "Hard but rewarding."

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

    I have been working at Red Tettemer full-time

    Pros

    They're growing with lots of new business. Big national clients. Easy going environment but challenging work. You get tons of work produced unlike some of the big agencies out there where you can churn away on one client for months or years and not get much produced. You can basically get in on any brief, if you ask.

    Cons

    It's fast moving, you can get lost in the shuffle if you're not in it to win it.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe tighten some of the process down as you grow.


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    "A Wonderful Ride"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Having worked at Red for a few years now, I have to say this place is great. I mean, just like every job any of us have ever had, there are ups and downs, but the ups far outweigh the downs.

    Want to start off with the biggest thing here: they put out awesome work. The campaigns I've been part of over the years here have been some of my proudest. From full on Super Bowl ads to simple radio spots, they care about the work they make. Every detail is important during the creative process, and that shows in all the final products.

    As far as the two locations go, they are fantastic. The east coast office is located in Center City Philly, in the penthouse floor of the famed Wanamaker's old residence, which is a stunning space that is filled with fun decor. And the Los Angeles office, though much smaller, is located in an incredible part of Santa Monica, just a block from the beach.

    They really put a lot of thought into building culture and camaraderie through events like the 3 day Retreat every Spring, and the massive 25th Floor Party every Fall, along with holiday parties, and give aways, and contests, and shows. They've even had random "$100 Thursdays" where they call a meeting just to hand every employee a surprise hundred bucks. The bar and kegorator always have drinks flowing and random company-wide food orders are pretty frequent. Oh, and if you're an animal person, there are adorable office dogs, and a cat, and even a lizard if that's your speed.

    But one of the most stand out things about this place that I think most everyone would agree with, is how close the staff is with one another. Every employee who's ever left always says that the number one thing they'll miss is the people - and I understand why. They all become family here, and remain close friends, and genuinely care for one another. It may sound cheesy, but it's amazing how many life long connections have sparked from this agency. The partners and VP's can become more than just an average boss, and really take people under their wing as more of a mentor and friend. Everyone strives to help each other out and really work as a team. It's a wonderful ride to be part of.

    Cons

    Like all jobs, there are downsides too. There are a lot of long hours, which is why organization and communication between departments could definitely be tighter, but thus is advertising in general. And while the company is fantastic when it comes to unlimited vacation time, flexible hours, and an overall freedom, the flip-side is that finding the right work/life balance becomes something that the employee must draw lines for. In the world of smart phones, social media, and client services, it can be a 24 hour machine, and it's up to each person to determine what level they are comfortable with.

    Advice to Management

    Constructive criticism is never a bad thing - while a lot of the negative reviews in here are misleading or exaggerated, there are some similar themes. With the start of the new year, I feel like it'd be a great time to take a step back, and see if a few simple adjustments can help attack some of these issues. Otherwise, keep on rockin!


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    "Never Stop Learning"

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

    I have been working at Red Tettemer full-time

    Pros

    RTO+P is overflowing with smart, creative people who are looking to make a big dent in the industry (and often beyond). That perspective starts from the top down. And it's instilled consistently in the culture. Because of the size of the agency, you're able not only to get deep in your own functional area, but also learn and have a voice in other areas of agency capability and business. I've learned tons beyond the four corners of my job description. Beyond that, we work with a group that truly cares about one another. We work really hard here, but treat each other with empathy and humanity. You can work at a lot of places if you want a stint. You come here when you want a career. There is literally nothing like RTO+P.

    Cons

    People who succeed at RTO+P are people who are constantly looking to add value and actively seek opportunities for personal and professional growth. RTO+P has all kinds of people. But it's not for people who want a boring cubicle job. If you're someone who hides in his or her office, or someone who'd rather go through the motions than really strive for growth and success, you will 100% fail. So, in that respect, RTO+P isn't for everyone. But it's for most people who might someday become great.

    Advice to Management

    Never settle. This is a company that thrives on "a" players challenging and propelling other "a" players forward. If it looks like a "b" player, acts like a "b" player and quacks like a "b" player, then it probably is a "b" player (or worse). Stakes is high. So keep bringing in great people.


  7. Helpful (11)

    "Welcome to the Wild West"

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

    Pros

    Good place for junior talent to get a lot of experience, fast. Great place to do awesome work if you're a bit more senior. Friendly office pets (and people). Strategy & Creative are especially sharp and quirky here. Stocked, rotating Kegerator and a beautiful office in the heart of Center City Philadelphia. Concept is king here, and the ideas are fresh and clever.

    Cons

    RTO+P live up to their Wild West aesthetic, that's for sure. Long hours, even for the ad industry. Expect lots of canceled plans and unexpected all-nighters. As other reviews have noted, it seems like there's an odd competition to stay as late as possible, even when there's not much work to be done.

    Lot's of turnover here recently, and seems like low-level staff get cut around 5-8 months when benefits start kicking in or they find a better gig. Different departments seem to run almost independent from one another, and communication of expectations and timelines is a joke.

    There is a clique, and if you're not in it, don't expect to last long. Pay is exceptionally below market value.

    Advice to Management

    Structure may not be cool but it may save headaches and wasted effort.

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    "All for show"

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

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

    Pros

    The offices are cool, the environment is laid back and the people are young, fun and smart. Many of the accounts are fun to work on, and there is a lot of talented people. If you're young and don't worry too much about work/life balance, you'd be a great fit here. You'll learn fast and get to spend time around immensely talented people.

    Cons

    There is a lot of backstabbing and manipulation. People talk about each other behind their backs and there is no true sense of teamwork. People tend to only lookout for themselves and treat every meeting and project as if it's how they can show up the next guy. People tend to form alliances and stick up for their own people, but there's no true sense of team spirit across the board. We're all working toward the same goal and success, but it ends up feeling the opposite.

    The partners care only about creative, pushing business goals and realistic expectations aside. All other departments simply have to wait until creative concepts are finalized before they have any input into a campaign, RFP or pitch. There is no job security, people can be let go at the drop of a hat without much explanation. Billing to clients isn't efficient, so the agency ends up overdelivering always, without getting paid for the work. This results in long hours for the employees and very low salaries. Constantly overdelivering beyond the scope results in clients beginning to expect the additional work everytime without extra pay.

    There's no such thing as relaxing when you get home, since you will get emailed constantly and end up working half of the night and weekends.

    Advice to Management

    Take a step back, and really look at your agency. You have great clients, great talent and a great history. But that's all falling apart without the proper structure in place. You need to hire project managers, develop a more efficient billing department and keep track of time spent on each client. There's little productivity and this is easily fixed if you tore your eyes away from the creative department once in a while.

    Take more time to get to know your employees beyond your close knit group. Although you always have your doors open and encourage conversation, it's obvious that the opinions that really matter are those of the employees closest to you. When issues arise in departments you're not close to, you don't do a thorough job of investigating the true issues and trying to resolve problems. Since August, almost half of the agency has quit and you tried to spin it as an opportunity to get new talent instead of addressing the real issue. The Steves are great, smart guys but you have little respect for your employees beyond the strategy guys and creatives.


  9. Helpful (15)

    "No Fun on the 24th Floor"

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

    I worked at Red Tettemer full-time

    Pros

    - Smart co-workers
    - Laid back environment

    Cons

    Absolutely not structure which leads to overworked, unhappy employees and on top of that the end product suffers. Partners are very stuck in there ways, play favorites, and pit people against one another. No HR, no career growth, no raises.

    Advice to Management

    You'd think that losing your largest client and laying off 25% of your workforce and losing many more a few month later would be an eye opener. Take a look in the mirror, reevaluate how your run the agency, and try to improve.


  10. Helpful (10)

    "Great Place to Suffer"

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

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

    Pros

    • They have a cool place and location
    • Good beer

    Cons

    • There's no HR department. People can get away with anything. For instance, someone used a racial slur to the whole company, but didn't do anything about it.

    • Very cliquey. You will be left out if you're not with the right crowd.

    • They don't know how to keep their clients. As a result, employees get fired often.

    • There's no structure within the departments. They're very disorganized with projects and leadership.

    • Unpredictable workload. You'll will be working late nights and plenty of all nighters.

    • Their style (digital wise) is dated. They lack knowledge in UX/UI design.

    • Creativity is limited because there's only one opinion that matters. You will start over before a deadline.

    • Very low pay and very hard to get promoted. Unpaid internships.

    • They're not a collaborative team. People are very competitive to the point where employees will try to get others fired. It's hard to grow professionally without guidance and support.

    Advice to Management

    They need to start from the ground up