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The Richards Group Reviews

Updated May 16, 2018
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The Richards Group Founder Stan Richards
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Pros
  • Profit sharing up to 15% of salary base and bonus (in 19 reviews)

  • For me, the work/life balance is far and away better than my previous agency - generally the place is empty by 6:00 (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance varies greatly depending on your team (in 8 reviews)

  • Long hours, no work/life balance for those who have been there less than 5 years (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Full Time"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Richards Group (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The best people you’ll ever come across in your life. It’s a culture that can’t be described, only experienced. There is nothing quite like it. Everyone you come across is wicked smart. Being a good person and doing good work is all that matters.

    Cons

    The structure and “process” can at times hold the agency back. The hours can be long, but that’s to be expected at any agency.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify and keep pushing the work! Always keep an open mind.


  2. "Brand Management"

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

    I worked at The Richards Group full-time

    Pros

    -year-end bonuses
    -diverse set of clients
    -option to transition from one client to another through internal application/hiring process

    Cons

    -work life balance varies greatly depending on your team
    -younger employees aren't always heard

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Stan Richards is Going to Take This Ship Down"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful office building, great accounts, an excellent history of solid work (Chick-Fil-A Cows, Corona Beach Commercials, both which still air even though they both have left the agency), talented co-workers, great area of Dallas, nice bonus that makes up for lower than average salary. The agency's refusal to sell or go IPO is commendable and has allowed it to keep their culture, for better or worse. Better track of turnover than most agencies, though that is beginning to change.

    Cons

    Stan Richards is an advertising legend, but he has long overstayed his welcome. He continues to require employees to "clock in" at 8:30 exactly and fill out time sheets. Why he continues insisting on this in 2018 is beyond me. He also refuses to give up any control, so he's still the only voice that can approve of work and the sole owner of the agency. This might have worked in the 80s, 90s and early 2000s when the agency was still humming, but they've taken some big accounts loses recently and they are losing talent due to this archaic structure. Also, it likely is one of the few agencies that still has no outpost in either NYC or L.A. You miss out on a lot of talent and opportunity with this, but that's likely because he would have to cede control if he did that, and Stan Richards won't do that. The agency won't grow until he leaves, and he's alienating a lot of young talent who are heading for the exits.

    Advice to Management

    Until Stan retires or passes on, nothing will change.


  4. "It's a great place to work"

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

    I worked at The Richards Group full-time

    Pros

    Profit sharing is nice, benefits are OK

    Cons

    Always typical office politics, lots of favoritism

    Advice to Management

    Move out of the 18th century of advertising into the digital age.


  5. "Brand Planner"

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    Current Employee - Brand Planner in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Brand Planner in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Richards Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great, smart people work here. Typically I enjoy coming to work.

    Cons

    Traditional structure can be stifling.


  6. "Joke."

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

    I worked at The Richards Group full-time

    Pros

    Health insurance and coffee.

    Cons

    Social media directors don't direct. It's like working at a high school, as an unpopular kid. I hated working here and cried every day because I kept making mistakes I didn't know I was making. You're expected to just assimilate all unspoked TRG knowledge and if you ask anyone you're a bother. Also, never offer any ideas unless you're asked because they hate that.

    Advice to Management

    Have an onboarding process for all of the stupid templates and stuff. Also don't yell in front of your clients. It's pathetic.


  7. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Richards Group full-time

    Pros

    Fun environment, lots of different projects, good people to work with

    Cons

    Lack of communication between teams to execute various projects.

  8. "Brand Manager"

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    Former Employee - Brand Manager
    Former Employee - Brand Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Environment, Benefits, Culture, People, Freedom to work without being micromanaged

    Cons

    Loved working here, wouldn't have any cons to say.


  9. "TRG"

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    Former Employee - Median Planner
    Former Employee - Median Planner
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Richards Group full-time

    Pros

    Smart, nice, and helpful coworkers. Fast-paced, interesting work. Good healthcare.

    Cons

    Sometimes work overload, but that's pretty normal.


  10. "The Peaceable Kingdom"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Richards Group part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment, everyone is so kind and encouraging to one and other. The atmosphere pushes us to think deeply about brands needs.

    Cons

    More Diverse within the company


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