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Rimm Kaufman Group Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great place for professional growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paid Search Analyst in Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Paid Search Analyst in Charlottesville, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The flexibility and opportunities given to grow and take initiative are excellent. Great work/life balance. The company culture is collaborative and fun.

    Cons

    Pay is on the low side.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Fantastic Starter Job - Leave in 2-3 Years for Higher Salaries"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Former Senior Analyst in Charlottesville, VA
    Former Employee - Former Senior Analyst in Charlottesville, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rimm Kaufman Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Great Starter Job with a competitive entry level salary. Excellent resume builder and a great place to make connections across the digital advertising industry.

    -Fantastic Training program to introduce you to the digital advertising space - especially SEM/Paid Search

    -After 2-3+ years of experience many companies will reach out to you offering to double or almost double your salary if you have proven experience in SEM/SEO/Digital Marketing - you can shop around for offers and locations this includes big name companies like Google/Microsoft/Amazon and even other companies within Charlottesville

    -The culture at RKG is fantastic and it's best feature. The people are friendly and no one is cutthroat. Everyone is supportive and looking to help each other out.

    -The snack closet is a great plus

    Cons

    -Your salary does not increase as the demands do and increased productivity does not lead to higher pay

    -If you demonstrate that you are a highly capable worker you get more work and a promotion that is a token increase in salary

    -No incentive to work harder/be more productive with limited room for pay increases and advancement

    -No real career path or room for development

    Advice to Management

    Great culture and great employees. But, if you want to keep growing the program and maintain the high quality of analysts to manage enterprise level accounts with many millions in ad spend then you should make sure you provide the necessary compensation to keep those people.

    It's no surprise that there is high attrition of more accomplished and senior analysts.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Top digital agency. Management has major decisions to make if they want to keep it that way."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlottesville, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rimm Kaufman Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -RKG is one of the best digital agencies in the nation, performance and technology-wise, so you're learning from the pros. For the clients, they get their money's worth. RKG's algorithms and tech are unmatched in the industry. New clients see a huge surge in performance under RKG management, even when coming from other big agencies.

    -Tons of free food and drinks, free intramural league teams.

    -Work with awesome clients. It's great to get experience working for billion dollar household brands, and entry level employees are given tons of responsibilities to transform accounts.

    -The RKG management is ethical on the client side, I've never felt pressured to do anything that would be detrimental to a client.

    -Fancy modern office in a nice location in downtown Cville.

    -Coworkers are smart, hardworking people. RKG recruits from top universities (tons of UVA grads due to the proximity) and has an excellent training program for new hires.

     -Ultimately, it's a good place to start and get experience at a top agency. Get the experience and leverage it to a better opportunity elsewhere.

    Cons

    -I wrote a "does not recommend" review (with all the same pros) a few weeks ago and have seen several other negative reviews follow. I have deleted that review because I'd like to provide more context to the problems at RKG.

    -As for if I recommend RKG, it depends. If you just graduated and want to work for an agency that will provide you with an incredible foundation for work in the digital industry, you can't do much better than RKG. However, once you've been here a year or two, you can do so much better in terms of salary, career growth, and job title. People are regularly leaving to work for Google, Microsoft, etc. There really is no reason not to, and RKG simply can't (or won't) provide the salary bumps and promotions to retain their best staff.

    -Pre-Merkle, RKG was an awesome place to work. Day to day, it's still mostly enjoyable. No Merkle employees were brought in to the office. Your coworkers are still the same, your managers are still the same. The technology and training didn't change.

    -The problem is zero benefits came with the acquisition. Salaries did not go up. Benefits got marginally worse. We went from a hip agency using Google-suite products (Gmail, Google drive) to stuffy Outlook, an awful internal HR/review system, a business travel plan where you have to use your own credit card to pay for flights/hotels and then get reimbursed months later, and timecards that take forever to fill out. We went from most people working 40 hours a week to it being the norm for lots of people to still be working at 7pm.

    -We were promised tons of wider career opportunities and that has not happened at all. I'm sure the RKG management is reading these reviews because they recently made an effort to share opportunities with the office. Well, those opportunities are all just horizontal moves to equivalent job titles and worse Merkle offices with inferior technology. No one wants that.

    -RKG management DOES care about their employees. The directors and VPs are all very nice, experienced people who have their hands tied. They had no say in the acquisition and are working with the cards they were dealt.

    Advice to Management

    -People want good salaries and career growth. If you can't provide that, they'll find it elsewhere. And they are, at increasingly greater rates.

    -I'd like to be optimistic and think that some solution can be created, but I see nothing so far. RKG analysts are getting loaded with more and more work, your best employees who have been here for years are taking jobs at top companies that pay double what they make now and everyone else has to pick up the slack, and it's overall just a frustrating, powerless situation to be in.

    -It would be nice if the RKG management would actually have their own company-wide meeting to address these issues. The Merkle-wide company meetings are useless, no one wants to hear Merkle's CEO answer softball questions (you have to personally email the Merkle VP of People or whatever she is if you want a question asked, so no one wants to attach confrontational questions to their name). I hope these issues aren't falling on deaf ears, but it really feels that way.

    -For the Merkle management: We've been under Merkle for a year, you've had the chance to make a good first impression to the RKG employees and completely botched it. From your horrible unreadable matrix PowerPoints to your endless stream of pointless Merkle-All emails to reducing our benefits and increasing our work hours, you've completely failed at motivating and impressing the RKG employees.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Ruined when taken over by Merkle"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlottesville, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlottesville, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Before RKG was "Merkle-ized" it was a good place to work. Little if any red tape, actions were taken speedily. Management, while not perfect, was more prone to listen to employees. Friendly people, small town feel

    Cons

    Absolutely one of the worse places to work now. Management is spread over the globe, uncaring with little interest in finding out why everyone is leaving.

    Profits are tumbling, and instead of fixing issues, they just buy out another company, ruin it and move on.

    Do not consider this company if you are looking for a place to work.

    Advice to Management

    People are not "metrics". Quit referring to them as such.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Growing too fast"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Paid Search Analyst in Charlottesville, VA
    Former Employee - Paid Search Analyst in Charlottesville, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great leadership, smart people, good technology, great town. For the most part all of the employees are nice people to be around.

    Cons

    The pace is too frenetic. Due to recent growth, PPC analysts are taking on a lot more clients which means quality of work per client suffers.


  6. "More than you would expect from an entry level post-college job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Paid Search Analyst in Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Paid Search Analyst in Charlottesville, VA

    Pros

    Looking for a job out of college I wasn't exactly sure what to do, but was so pleased to stumble on RKG. The Paid Search Analyst position didn't require any specific major or knowledge, and hands on training taught me what I needed. It's been a fantastic experience in a wonderful environment.

    Cons

    Requires that you be a self-starter. If you want to be bored and unhappy, you will be. If you strive to learn more and do more, you will succeed.

    Rimm Kaufman Group Response

    Jan 7, 2015 – Corporate Recruiter

    Great review... and even better advice! Thank you!


  7. Helpful (7)

    "RKG offers a great location, sharp co-workers, but poor compensation"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paid Search Analyst in Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Paid Search Analyst in Charlottesville, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rimm Kaufman Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - The work-life balance is great. Few get in before 8 and most clock out around 5 (with the exception of Q4, when things naturally pick up a little bit)
    - You will pick up a marketable skill set while working in the rapidly growing internet advertising space
    - The people are for the most part all fairly intelligent.
    - Charlottesville residents generally enjoy a small-town pace of living with the amenities of a larger suburban area. RKG's central location on the downtown mall is within a few steps of the center of town where there are a number of decent restaurants.
    - The company culture is definitely a bonus. Teams do get pretty close and the company sponsors a number of outside sports leagues and other activities outside of work throughout the year. They Keep a pretty well stocked snack closet as well

    Cons

    - For the work you do, RKG simply does not pay employees enough to attract great talent.
    - While the work itself can be interesting, the reality is that it will be difficult to really advance your career at RKG (or anywhere in Charlottesville for that matter).
    - I Found Paid Search adverstising to be interesting, and the learning curve was certainly significant. However the day to day nature of the work can be a bit mundane and repetitive.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees more competitive salaries if you really want to attract top talent.

  8. "Young, Smart, Friendly Atmosphere"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Charlottesville, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rimm Kaufman Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It is great having knowledge of department interactions The great work atmosphere helps with the work/life balance Team orientated extra curricular actives sponsored by the company help build inter-department relationships. I cannot wait for the benefits from the building renovations

    Cons

    I have found it hard to communicate with pod members and also other teams due to how cubicles were built, new building renovations should fix this. Have seen a growth in additional clients, which begs the questions where is the help? The training was more beneficial for one/few departments but not all.

    Advice to Management

    Keep informing employees of all high level business actions for the company. I enjoyed being in the loop with the acquisition process.

    Rimm Kaufman Group Response

    Aug 19, 2014 – Corporate Recruiter

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and your overall positive experience. As you probably now know, a class of new hires started this month. Once they are trained they should help to alleviate the ... More


  9. "Great learning experienceof SEM in a fun culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paid Search Analyst in Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Paid Search Analyst in Charlottesville, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rimm Kaufman Group full-time

    Pros

    - They care about your as a person, which I didn't realize how important it can be until I left for a bigger corporation that doesn't do nearly as well
    - very smart coworkers and managers who are subject matter expertise
    - Relatively fast promotional path as long as you do a great job, given the company is growing fast
    - Lots of training for new employees, as well as regular based ones for all; You'll be a real expert
    - People are young and energetic
    - Direct client interfacing opportunities

    Cons

    - Pay could be higher to match industry standard

    Rimm Kaufman Group Response

    Jul 29, 2014 – Corporate Recruiter

    We are thrilled to hear about your positive experience. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feedback.


  10. "Good company overall but major issues with fast growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlottesville, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rimm Kaufman Group full-time

    Pros

    Work-life balance and culture is great. Many fun outside of work activities. Fast growth has opened up promotional areas where otherwise wouldn't be possible.

    Cons

    Team morale is iffy in spots - too quick growth has caused strain on senior team members with overbearing work loads and essentially no choice from management. Management is stingy on salaries.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees industry standards and don't expect them to carry an unrealistic weight, seriously just hire more people.

    Rimm Kaufman Group Response

    Jul 2, 2014 – Corporate Recruiter

    Thank you for this review. We're glad you're enjoying our fun work culture and noticing the opportunities for promotion. Increased hiring goals, staff promotion to senior management and a future ... More


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