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Rubenstein Public Relations Reviews

Updated Jun 19, 2019

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Rubenstein Public Relations CEO Richard Rubenstein
Richard Rubenstein
69 Ratings
Pros
  • "For that skill, RPR is the best in the business(in 13 reviews)

  • "(in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Everyone that leave RPR ends up needing a therapist(in 9 reviews)

  • "Absolutely insane work environment(in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "RUBENSTEIN PUBLIC RELATIONS IS FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO UP THEIR PR GAME"

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    Current Employee - Senior Vice Present in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rubenstein Public Relations full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    If you are passionate about media relations, a talented placer, self-motivated, and dedicated to providing excellent client service, Rubenstein Public Relations is a great fit for you. I have known Richard Rubenstein for 25 years and have worked at Rubenstein Public Relations a total of 17 years between three tenures. I have had a number of managers at some top global PR agencies over the years, and I have to say...

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    Cons

    Public Relations is not an easy profession. For those who get the adrenaline rush when they score a significant feature for a client, the stress is worth it. Like any firm, Rubenstein Public Relations comes with inherent pressure to bring your “A Game” every day to client service. There is no job in our industry that’s easy and without stress. (and if you have no stress in your PR job you may be doing something wrong.....

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    Advice to Management

    Company gatherings - big or small scale - are significantly valuable to the staff.

    Rubenstein Public Relations2018-06-11
  2. Helpful (9)

    "Was Naive Enough to Think it Couldn't Happen to Me..."

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    Former Employee - Publicist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rubenstein Public Relations full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Beautiful office with great snacks.

    Cons

    I witnessed Richard Rubenstein's erratic and unprofessional behavior very early on into working at RPR, but I naively believed that because I worked directly under a wonderful SVP, that I was in the clear of his tantrums and abuse. I was wrong. A little over a month into working at RPR I was personally attacked at my cubicle by Richard, for picking up a call from a client at my desk. His unspeakable outburst was...

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    Advice to Management

    RR NEEDS HELP! Seriously, what kind of childhood could he have had to turn out to be the monster that he has?

    Rubenstein Public Relations2019-06-19
  3. Helpful (4)

    "Much is Expected in a Stressful Environment"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rubenstein Public Relations full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You have real responsibility for managing clients who expect real results

    Cons

    Top executive can be a cruel critic and unsupportive

    Advice to Management

    Less fear in the office and be more supportive of real effort and challenges

    Rubenstein Public Relations2019-03-29
  4. Helpful (6)

    "So many reviews (and the FAKE HR responses) bc they are TRUE"

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rubenstein Public Relations full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice building, big offices and great surrounding area.

    Cons

    Former employees of this awful place write these reviews because we feel compelled to tell people to stay away. I haven’t worked there for 2 years but I’m still terrified that it’s in business. Won’t waste words on RR, everyone knows about his reputation, but his higher ups are just as bad. They allow abuse and inappropriate behavior. Not sure how any of them can sleep at night.

    Advice to Management

    RPR ”HR dept” will deal with these reviews by posting fake ones forever so maybe less time on that, more work on improving?

    Rubenstein Public Relations2019-04-19
  5. Helpful (7)

    "Zero Stars // Terrible PR Agency // Horrible Experience"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rubenstein Public Relations full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Offices are nice. This is the only pro.

    Cons

    Rubenstein PR is a horrible place to work due to Richard Rubenstein. His treatment of staff is unspeakable. UNSPEAKABLE. His verbal abuse and workplace bullying - which I personally experienced on a day to day basis - are traumatizing and unproductive. The company’s inability to retain employees can only be matched by its inability to retain clients. This is because Richard makes unrealistic promises to clients that...

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    Advice to Management

    Advice to management (Richard) is: 1-Refrain from degrading, disrespecting and bulling your staff. Also, stop referring to a woman’s menstrual cycle in the workplace. It’s not ok. Like ever. 2-When it comes to clients, stop letting your mouth write checks that your... bottom can’t cash. It sets both you and your staff up for failure. 3-Treat people the way you yourself would like to be treated. Or at the...

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    Rubenstein Public Relations2019-04-01
  6. Helpful (10)

    "Take a job here if you enjoy being tormented"

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    Former Employee - SAE in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rubenstein Public Relations full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Great pay. - Free snacks. - Beautiful office.

    Cons

    - Must be a waspy, thin, twenty something to get hired here. - So many crying girls. - Daily yelling and humiliation from management. - Everyone that leave RPR ends up needing a therapist.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company and retire.

    Rubenstein Public Relations2019-03-08
  7. Helpful (13)

    "WARNING: If you respect yourself, do not work here"

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

    I worked at Rubenstein Public Relations full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The only pro I can think of is the monetary compensation. Other than that, there is none.

    Cons

    If I could give this review 0 stars, I would. The environment is toxic so if you enjoy being unhappy - this place is the right fit for you! This is not a bitter former employee writing this... I left and sought out a better work environment because this place made me go back to therapy - it was THAT BAD. Save yourself some trouble and work at a more prestigious PR firm that will treat you right. DO NOT settle...

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    Advice to Management

    Just try being a decent human being - it could save your practice.

    Rubenstein Public Relations2019-02-09
  8. Helpful (10)

    "Don’t take the job"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rubenstein Public Relations full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    People who are hired to work there are the most capable I’ve seen.

    Cons

    By the time these capable people who are hired to work there have been there a few months, you can see all their enthusiasm for PR and their energy drained out of them. It’s truly a suffocating place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your staff better because in most cases, they’re better than you are (whether you want to admit that to yourselves or not). Face the truth - there’s a high turnover because you- management- are doing something very wrong.

    Rubenstein Public Relations2019-01-31
  9. Helpful (13)

    "Shockingly Bad"

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    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rubenstein Public Relations full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some good employees who deserve better. Lots of autonomy - until Richard decides to think about your account. Structure at the time provided an assistant to Supervisor level which is unique.

    Cons

    Absolutely insane work environment. It's not that the work was too demanding or accounts were overwhelming, it's that the founder's practices and leadership style is so antiquated and demoralizing it's impossible to stay focused. He would berate employees on a daily basis, ridicule your work, humiliate you in front of your colleagues, knock you down a peg whenever he felt you might be getting too confident in your work,...

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    Advice to Management

    This type of leadership and culture is no longer acceptable. Times up.

    Rubenstein Public Relations2019-01-24
  10. Helpful (13)

    "Investment banking level of stress but with lower pay"

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    Former Employee - Senior Level Account Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rubenstein Public Relations full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - If you survive one year here, you’ll have your choice of agency after you leave. - Incredibly talented and insanely hard working staff. - Beautiful and impressive office. Great optics.

    Cons

    - Daily humiliation. - Unreasonable expectations, almost laughable. - Having to watch your coworkers slowly crack a little every day is incredibly sad.

    Advice to Management

    Provide free mental health services to the employees that you break.

    Rubenstein Public Relations2018-11-14
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