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Ruth Group Reviews

Updated May 30, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Valuable Experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Dynamic work environment, quick hands on learning experience for entry level, great co-workers

    Cons

    You need to be prepared to work when needed, but that's to be expected at a small firm.

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring great people. Maybe make the interview process more challenging.


  2. "Stay away"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Seems to be somewhat successful with clients.

    Cons

    Most unprofessional place I have ever worked. Everyone is just at the whim of the CEO who DEMANDS whatever she wants when she wants. She also fires people like it 's nothing and uses company resources for personal matters.

    Advice to Management

    Try to recognize that you're running a BUSINESS with real people as your employees.

  3. "Worst Mistake I've Ever Made"

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

    Pros

    Almost none - some interesting clients

    Cons

    Watch the 1950s movie, "The Star" - a washed up actress doesn't know her career is over. This is the CEO.

    Advice to Management

    Retire


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Consider yourselves warned"

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

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

    Pros

    None. It's hard to find something positive to say about this place.

    Cons

    Everything is a con. The attitudes, the hours, the 401K not matched.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the place


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Biggest Regret"

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

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

    Pros

    You will be exposed to some pretty cool clients. You will learn new healthcare sciences topics. Free lunch during meetings.

    Cons

    Politics, NO 401K match! EVER! No work/life balance. You will be expected to work until 8pm every day. No lunch breaks. Micromanaged. Unhealthy and unsanitary place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Close the business and Retire OR taking some real training and courses on how to run a business.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Career Mistake"

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

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

    Pros

    Exposure to several interesting clients, free coffee in the kitchen, healthcare focused firm, most co-workers are fun to be around and happy hours are common

    Cons

    Poorly managed, high turnover with staff (about every 2-3 months someone leaves) and clients, minimal training or learning experience, huge egos, everyone is unhappy besides senior staff, not 401k match in several years, large disparity between senior/junior compensation

    Advice to Management

    Retire


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Former Employee"

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

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

    Pros

    A lot of hands on experience. Fast paced environment.

    Cons

    - One of the most disorganized firms you will ever find. Lacks vision, overall strategy in terms of how to grow the firm and how to nurture employees.
    - Poor work life balance. Unrealistic and unreasonable expectations of junior employees without any fair compensation.
    - Highly unprofessional senior management/support staff. Senior managers will often times have "favorites" and also people they will "pick on" to do more work. Support staff likes to gossip and treat people poorly, often yelling at you or giving you negative attitude for no reason. Certain senior managers dress and act inappropriately as well.
    - Incompetent senior managers. Not all managers are, but most aren't qualified to be in the position they are working at or managing others. CEO of firm is short sighted and plays favorites and will keep certain managers around despite their lack of ability/effort.
    - Poor/unfair compensation. Starting salary was below market value, and also much lower than coworkers who have similar experience. Favoritism clearly at play.
    - Too much internal politics. Navigating this office is like a minefield. Certain people are favorites, certain others are picked on, certain people have to be mollified, etc. Just way too much to make this a productive workplace.
    - Low career advancement opportunity. Senior Managers hold steady, junior level staff get worked to death and won't get promoted or get a raise. No profit sharing here, senior managers keep it all. Senior managers will preclude junior managers from pitching new biz, for fear that if the client is brought on with the help of junior staff, that they may have to share the retainer with them.

    Advice to Management

    Close the firm.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "The Ruth Group can be a great place to grow if you can play along with the politics"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Competitive salary
    - Opportunities to work closely with clients to help them grow
    - Learn how to navigate politics very quickly

    Cons

    - Management can be rude and disrespectful
    - Yelling/shouting/cursing at junior staff is common
    - High turnover. Good talent leaves. Poor management stays.
    - Lack of protocol for performance reviews (they happen when "when they feel like it")
    - There is no help managing workload or with team members helping you out; employees are discouraged from working across practices
    - Lots of politics and favoritism

    Advice to Management

    Try to nurture and grow your employees rather than just yelling at them all the time. Put more emphasis employee motivation and appreciation.


  9. "Dynamic Fast-Paced Experience, Great Foundation in Biotech Sector"

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

    I have been working at Ruth Group full-time

    Pros

    -Interesting work with CEOs, CFOs and marketing executives of medtech and biotech companies
    -Opportunity to learn and talk strategy of building finances, investor attractiveness and media publicity of a company
    - Burgeoning business with lots of new clients coming on consistently
    -Lots of hands on learning
    -People are often recognized and promoted
    -Good sense of community with regular birthdays and semi-regular happy hours

    Cons

    -There isn't a perfect infrastructure so some teams can be disorganized while others run very well
    - Learning is based on the aptitude your higher-ups have for teaching (but this is true of most jobs)
    - CEO can be over the top, that is balanced by her hard work and intelligence in the field
    - If you are semi-clever at reading people and navigating a work environment you can thrive, otherwise you tank as exemplified by some of these reviews
    - Hours are long for some, short for others - again this depends on team structure and whether loads are fairly distributed from the top

    Advice to Management

    - Offer summer Friday hours and casual Fridays for the year to reward all the hard work that takes place
    - Offer a consistent 401k match to all employees
    - Create an organized and visible infrastructure so that work loads are more balanced across teams


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Working here is a huge resume mistake"

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

    I worked at Ruth Group full-time

    Pros

    the people seem okay and fun, you drink a lot?, you get 3 week vacation but it doesn't start until you finish 6 months of employment (which not many last that long...)

    Cons

    unprofessional atmosphere (the CEO would yell at her fellow workers and even clients in the office), long hours (even though it's 9-6, they expect you to stay later and if you leave at 6, they will judge you), a lot of hiring turnover (usually hired for 2-9 months), unorganized office, no real HR department (so the office gets away with murder, practically), the CEO is basically PMSing (she would be cheering one minute but curse you out 5 minutes later, even if it wasn't your fault.

    The best imagery I can show is that when one client was leaving, after the CEO was cursing him out at one point of the meeting regarding fees, awkwardly asked if he should say good bye to her, which another person said you could if you like not having a head. THIS WAS TO A CLIENT, WHO PAYS THE COMPANY FOR THE SERVICE.

    This is one company is that would be a huge mistake to have on your resume.

    Advice to Management

    stop putting fear and discomfort into your employees and try to enrich them? Just because you take a ton of pain medicine to alleviate your pain doesn't mean it alleviates everyone else's pain.


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