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Rokkan Reviews

Updated October 11, 2017
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Lots of potential, but requires some maintenance fixes"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - People are great, warm, welcoming and kind
    - There's a big foodie culture here
    - One of the best creative departments I've worked with
    - Most leadership tend to be really good managers - which is a breath of fresh air from the rest of the industry
    - Still feels small enough that you get to know everyone, but big enough that you're doing great work
    - People are really diverse and inclusive
    - Some great clients and work to be done - diverse portfolio

    Cons

    - Seems to be issues with scoping projects accurately which can lead to strapped resources and over-worked employees
    - Employees are always running over 150% - it's really hard to get new roles approved and it takes a toll on everyone (even leadership)
    - There doesn't seem to be a thoughtful growth plan or trajectory, so you have to wonder when the bubble is going to pop.
    - Executive leadership is approachable, but feels disconnected from the rest of the agency
    - Hard to keep staff because getting approvals for raises is challenging
    - Very creatively-led - sometimes to the detriment of acknowledging the contribution of other departments
    - Generally flat hierarchy is good for visibility, but less room for growth at higher levels
    - If you come in on one of the larger accounts, you likely won't be able to work on anything else

    Advice to Management

    Be more thoughtful about your growth plan - "just seeing what we can do next" is going to end up ruining the great thing you have going.
    Find better ways to reward and maintain staff outside of food binging and office perks.
    Find new ways to hire and back-fill positions so everyone isn't running at 150%.


  2. "Just trying to fit in as a Data Developer"

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    Current Employee - Data Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Data Developer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rokkan full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice office space and good eats!

    Cons

    I have been with the company for a few months now as a Data Developer. I received no help from anyone in getting acclimated to the company. Very cliquesh. Everyone is very protective of their own piece of the puzzle. As a new employee you are left to figure out a lot by yourself. Work/life balance is not good. The hours are getting longer and longer to accomplish all that is being put on my plate. Salary not that great. Office eats are good but I would rather have more in my paycheck.

    Advice to Management

    Better compensation for work done.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Frat house"

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

    I worked at Rokkan full-time

    Pros

    Cool clients, fun perks and that's about it

    Cons

    Cliquey, sold out to the failing devil: Publicis Groupe


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Mixed Bag"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Rokkan is a great place to work in a lot of respects. They do good work, it's very much a family environment, and everyone works very hard. The perks are great... Free food, team building drink fests, and the backyard BBQ Kegger is legendary.

    Cons

    Rokkan is also a tough place to work. Work/life balance can be hard. The talent can be "precious" and need to be handled with kid gloves to keep them happy (and working.) Like all agencies, they have a hard time saying, "No" to bad work. While free food/drinks is great, bonuses are better--no amount of pizza can make up for a pay increase. And some members of leadership are not great at their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    It seems like you don't really care about keeping staff, which is unfortunate. You have some really talented employees, but have almost zero plans in place to keep them. The best thing you could do is pick a few employees in each discipline and do what it takes to keep them. It would make a huge difference.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Not looking good..."

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

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

    Pros

    Majority of people are extremely friendly and you truly make good friends here;
    Feels like a "big family" (which is good and bad- read con)
    Plenty of free food and happy hours and overall parties - but be careful, they believe offering this is all it needs to make you happy - forget clear career development or goals.

    Cons

    Extremely disorganized.
    It's basically a high-school environment with all the drama, gossip and overall deceiving behavior.
    The same culture which is strong, is what is killing Rokkan, since the "family" approach makes it that everyone takes everything too personal.
    7/10 employees you talk to, are either unhappy or about to leave;
    "Let's rash it off with a shot of vodka" approach, even if you're trying to have some serious discussions;
    Some VPs should probably be at an entry level, but they're friends with the management team and get by.
    The only department to truly get recognition is "creative" or "account".

    Advice to Management

    Invest on your people. Your "let's party and drink all the time" will only be sustainable if you actually make sure it also follows up with professional growth and overall transparency.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "A good place for account people."

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

    Pros

    There are a few talented people on the creative side who haven't left yet.

    Generally a light work load, so the hours are good.

    If you don't care about making good work, you can get by here easily.

    Cons

    No creative vision, heavy favoritism, lack of management and no career development for anyone who isn't personal friends of the "leadership" team.

    Advice to Management

    Think about meeting the needs of your full time staff as well as your clients and freelance friends.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place"

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

    I have been working at Rokkan full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work, fun environment, get to pitch in an be a part of work and lively group

    Cons

    Lots of people come and go, getting a raise can take a while, very unorganized.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people more, they deserve it.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Good work, good fun"

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

    I have been working at Rokkan full-time

    Pros

    Rokkan has an amazing culture. There's a lot of friendly, talented people who really care about the work that they do. Management on the creative team are SUPER good and it's definitely clear that they've earned their title. The work is interesting and varied, there's at least one company bonding events a month, and co-workers are actually friends.

    The work-life balance is pretty good. Most people can get off at 6pm (our normal closing time), with only the occasional late night/weekend work. Extra time are generally appreciated and rewarded, not expected.

    Cons

    It's SO disorganized. The execs are so busy that they often make promises that they don't (remember to) follow through on. There's no process and everything goes by a "wing-it" philosophy. Events and reviews get pushed back a lot, sometimes for months.

    Advice to Management

    Make employee concerns, questions and complaints a higher priority and you might see a lower turnover rate.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Growing company, great work, great culture"

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

    I have been working at Rokkan full-time

    Pros

    #1 thing about Rokkan is the culture - truly work hard, play hard. Also a good work-life balance across the board. Great place to learn and grow your career. Fun people and environment.

    Cons

    They usually throw employees right into the fire and it's pretty sink or swim. Mentorship is not strong throughout the company, you pretty much have to learn and figure things out yourself.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "I was great"

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    Former Employee - Front End Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Front End Developer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The senior people at Rokkan are smart, fun to work with, and good at mentoring more junior employees. The office has nice perks like free food and snacks, and the atmosphere is great - people go out to lunch together, grab drinks after work, and just get along well in general.

    Cons

    The office (which has since changed) was a little bit cramped. Everyone was working in one open space, except for the 3 members of senior management, all of which had a separate office. It was generally quiet enough to get work done, but you don't have much privacy at your work station, and being in the same space as everyone else can breed distractions.


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