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The Richards Group Reviews

Updated September 12, 2017
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The Richards Group Founder Stan Richards
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Pros
  • Great location, building, coworkers, clients, profit sharing (in 17 reviews)

  • So many hard working, brilliant, encouraging, professional, nice people to work with (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life balance is not the greatest (in 8 reviews)

  • It's easy to get over-loaded with projects and their deliverables and you will easily find yourself working long hours (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Digital Strategist"

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to work with smart people and great roster of clients.

    Cons

    I don't have any complaints. It's a great culture.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any complaints. It's a great culture and fun work environment.


  2. "Full TIme"

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

    I have been working at The Richards Group full-time

    Pros

    The company is very purely focused on making great creative and building great brands. Too many agencies are getting caught up in nonsense these days and forgetting that our job is to make great ads.

    Cons

    It's a large company and different teams operate differently. Some are better than others, and having the good director is important.

    Advice to Management

    The flat structure is a key to The Richards Group's success. The best people quickly rise up to make the best work.

  3. "Demanding culture that rewards results"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Variety of Clients
    Building
    Trusting Leadership (allows people to grow, reach)
    Opportunities
    Profit Sharing
    The view
    Location
    Great on the job experience
    1 year at TRG = 3 anywhere else (if you want it to)
    Ability to push yourself and have it be noticed
    Teams that develop

    Cons

    Long Hours can become norm (if you let them)
    In digital, tough to stay up-to-date
    Less structured or sponsored training

    Advice to Management

    Celebrate, focus and cultivate bright spots
    Interview twice, hire once
    Clear out bad blood faster (improving though)


  4. "Great short term stepping stone"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at The Richards Group full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunities to work with a number of businesses in various industries

    Cons

    Low pay and benefits for amount of work hours per week


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Best agency in Dallas, hands down!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Media Planner in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Media Planner in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will learn more from everyone that works here than you would at any other agency. Whether it is refining your attention to detail, general media knowledge or even how to speak and deliver reporting to the clients, you'll become an expert. Yes, you will work more than 40+ hours per week, that is the truth, but that is where the "FRO" policy is beneficial. I learned more in my first year at The Richards Group than any course in college taught me.

    The directors and supervisors are second to none. You will be amazed at their patience with you as well as their dedication to the clients they work on. All upper management will treat you with respect and dignity if you TRY. That's all you have to do is try and learn from your mistakes. Even if you're entry-level and just beginning your career, be prepared to work hard and be allowed several opportunities to strive and be recognized amongst other directors in meetings, etc.

    Last, but of course not least, the culture. Some hate it and some absolutely love it. I personally was a huge fan. Check in by 8:30 is a real thing and it kept me on my toes for sure. It's not that big of a deal to be expected to arrive at work on time so if it is a problem for you, do not even apply. The Richards Group employees are the experts, held to a very high standard, and the culture reflects that. Meetings start on the dot and there is no "chit-chat" or catching up like you would expect. If the meeting starts at 4, then it starts at 4 and all personal talk subsides. These were seriously the most hardworking, talented people I'd ever met and it only made me want to work harder, too.

    Final thought: Respect is earned at The Richards Group, not given. This agency is a well-oiled machine for a reason!

    Cons

    Insurance was amazing if you are single with no family but no vision insurance is offered.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Eh."

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    Former Employee - Digital/Planning in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Digital/Planning in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great location
    Big clients
    Nice gym
    Traditional advertising experience
    Profit sharing
    401k matching
    Industry heavyweight

    Cons

    Outdated agency rules
    Flat structure that leads nowhere
    Cult-like culture
    Dystopian atmosphere
    Leadership lacks diversity
    Unspoken seating charts by seniority in internal meetings
    Secret salary caps
    Assignments are uninspiring
    Millennial and junior talent drought
    No vision insurance.
    Limited health insurance.

    Advice to Management

    Do away with the flat structure.
    Give more incentives to attract young talent.
    Hire outside of the company to diversify talent.
    Update project management style.
    Do away with discouraging sign-in and late timesheet fines.
    Don't be afraid to embrace digital.


  7. "Brand Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Brand Manager 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 location, building, coworkers, clients, profit sharing.

    Cons

    Health/dental benefits aren't the best. 6 years to become fully vested. Expect to work more than 40 hours a week. Not much in terms of growth.

  8. "Solid experience, but company gets in its own way"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    - Exposure to a wide range of industries
    - Early direct access to clients
    - Young staff are eager and push for great work
    - Nice office and location
    - Annual bonus

    Cons

    - Early on, you have to decide whether you will drink the Kool-Aid or not. If you don't, you will not enjoy working there. There are many company rituals and traditions that rubbed me the wrong way, but participation isn't optional.
    - Client roster tends to be a very middle-of-the-road bunch, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. That said, don't expect to create cutting edge work, as you'll likely spend your time catching clients up to current rather than pushing them out ahead.

    Advice to Management

    Please be open to conversation about changing or removing certain traditions, and then make the changes needed.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Best in Dallas"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Inspiring atmosphere, strong leadership. Does great work.

    Cons

    More structured than most ad agencies

    Advice to Management

    See potential in younger employees


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good Employer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Director in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Good culture, benefits, and hours. Some opportunities for advancement and chances to travel and make connections. Overall a good place to work.

    Cons

    Office is in a difficult location to reach.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing to add for this section.


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