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Reese Communications Reviews

Updated November 16, 2017
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  1. "Some Good, Some Bad"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    We all say it, but it's all about the people. Some of the most talented, and most interesting people I've ever worked with. Very entrepreneurial environment, but still team players. If you have a good idea, and the will, you can really make things happen.

    Cons

    The biggest complaints you'll hear are salary and work/life balance. There's also a lack of true understanding of who does what, so there is a lot of reinventing the wheel.

    Advice to Management

    Create and enforce the process. Find ways to get WPP to loosen the purse strings.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good, but occasionally frustrating place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Many smart and talented people
    Nice office space and location
    Good opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    Inconsistent talent across departments
    Inconsistent management strength
    Tend to be order takers more than true thought leaders with clients

    Advice to Management

    Be more proactive with advising clients on what should be done rather than just taking orders. Work to become less dependent upon WPP for decision making.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Decent place to work for a year or two max..after that, get out and move on to greener pastures."

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    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the best people I worked with were my colleagues at RTC. Most were entry level hires or middle managers.

    Cons

    Senior management is terrible at RTC. It's all a popularity contest as if it's high school at lunchtime.

    Advice to Management

    Start over from the top down.


  4. "A very good agency in DC that could be better."

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    Current Employee - Creative in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Creative in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It has been a place where I've done some of the best work of my career.
    Generally the people are very nice and supportive. And if you want to be in the agency business in DC then there are fewer and fewer choices that do the full mix of TV, print and Direct Mail.
    They have major clients like Abbot and Time Warner Cable. And there are a number of very clever creatives who have won local Addy over the last few years. They do the most TV spots of any of the Wunderman affilated shops in the US.
    It also has good health benefits being part of the huge WPP firm. And the check will clear, unlike some smaller firms in the area.

    Cons

    It has grown so fast that there have been some quality control issues and it doesn't have the most balanced portfolio of clients.
    Nobody has ever heard of the place even though it's the largest Wunderman office in the US, so it makes it that much more difficult to attract both major clients and top notch national talent.
    The Time Warner Cable work is done by a relatively small number of the creative team so some of the better opportunities don't get passed around very much.
    And it has all the drawbacks of being part of a gigantic firm like WPP. No matter how well you do, some other part of the network is sucking and your profits fill that gap instead of bigger raises.

    Advice to Management

    Always keep focused on the work. Keep trying to create award winning category leading work.


  5. "RTC may not be perfect - but it's a good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Despite what some of the other reviews have said, RTC is NOT the hell it's made out to be. Current economic times has affected every market, not just advertising. There is room for growth here, and room to shine. In the creative department I've found that not many of the employees have worked in a "truly corporate" environment due to their ages and college graduation date.

    It's a fun place. There's a Wii in the kitchen! Please name one other place where employees are allowed to play Wii - especially in DC. The staff is friendly and accomodating, the environment (physical) is bright and airy.

    Whether or not work is too "managed" is subjective. In any job, owning the responsibility of your decisions can be uncomfortable. Here is no different.

    Cons

    Too many "managers" of a project/job. Everyone wants the acclaim, no one wants the responsibility if there are issues. If it hasn't been done, it's someone else's fault. If something is done that shines, everyone wants a piece. A bit childish and kindergarten really.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the staff, dont' look at just the numbers. Moral is down and putting out thoughtful, smart, creative 150% best effort work is damned near impossible when you worry about losing your job every day.


  6. "AWEFUL."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fellow employees brought together by their mutual acrimony to management.

    Cons

    They scout out talented employees, some of the best in the area. But in the long run do not do creative work, or defend work at all. This place is a career killer. If you're in DC, you're likely better off working for the government, or freelancing. The pay and benefits will be way better.

    Be warned.

    Advice to Management

    Start managing something other than your bonuses. Be visible. Stand up to corporate. Fire the dead wood.


  7. "VOTED, WORST PLACE TO WORK"

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    Current Employee - Creative Professional in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Creative Professional in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Location, it's in the heart of Georgetown, DC. Very convenient for commuting.

    Cons

    Career dead end. Unless your family knows someone in senior management then you're not likely to get a decent raise or promotion. Environment is a blame game. Even if you're not working on a project it's likely to get back to you that you're the reason it failed. Horrible employee management from HR to the President and CEO. My advise to everyone in the marketing or advertising field is to stay away from RTCRM, they'll offer great assistance to relocate you...only because they've hired everyone in the area and those employees left. Senior management blames there issues on the WPP network, when in reality it's their own leadership that makes RTCRM the WORST PLACE TO WORK.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, yes, even those who do not have supervisory responsibilities. Don't cry that "growing to fast" was the issue. Many company's grow rapidly and succeed. The fault is the leadership and the over sensitivity of managers. Listen more and stop blaming others for your errors in judgment! In addition, Barry Kessel needs to lead more instead of allowing others to lead for him. Barry tends to sit back and take the glory when their are successes and issues blame when their are failures. Barry, be a man and grow a pair!

  8. "RTCRM is a "has been.""

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    Current Employee - Creative Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Creative Director in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people at RTCRM (with the exception of senior management and executive officers) make each day worthwhile. They are supportive and fun - always helping out.

    Cons

    Senior management has absolutely no clue what is going on with day-to-day work -- completely out of touch with reality.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up -- and get to know your staff! Quit playing favorites like a bunch of spoiled children on the playground.


  9. "Nice people. Nice play. Not groundbreaking."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people. Not many insane egos, and the work is really smart. Not award winning creative, but innovative in the realm of direct.

    Cons

    Corporate has them locked in severely. They answer up to 3 or more companies in the ladder. Eventhough they are insanely profitable, they don't pay. Expect 40-60K for a mid level creative position, requiring 60+ weeks. 3% raises with promotions.Also there are entirely too many cooks in the kitchen, the joke internally is that the company is an inverted pyramid, with twice as many managers and execs as ants. All of whom offer plenty of opinions but not much of anything else.

    Advice to Management

    This would be a fantastic place to work if they weren't so scared of what people thought of them. There's a slight insecurity that they overcompensate for because they're not a well known agency. And they want fame soooo very bad. Also pay your employees better. The people who actually do the work aren't even closely compensated. The unspoken attitude is that since there are very few other places to work as a creative in the DC area, you'll take what they give you or hit the road.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Ask hard questions from your interviewees before you consider working for RTCRM and ask for significant compensation"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Account in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If your desperate and need a paycheck, this place is as good as any. There is also a lot of camraderie among staff to bear out uncomfortable/unprofessional work enviroinment.

    Cons

    Staff is mismanaged, little to no project management, continuous enviroinment of not understanding tasks - senior management providing amorphous tasks and throwing staff under the bus in front of their environment. Worst experience ever, shared across departments and staff levels

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together, you are not a world class advertisement agency, we hide under the umbrella of WPP however on its own not many know of RTCRM. Most uncomfortable staff meetings I've ever been party to I was shocked and amazed to hear little to no staff clapping for senior management speaches - the staff can break the BS they are being fed.


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