Russ Reid Reviews in Los Angeles, CA

Updated 6 September 2014
Updated 6 September 2014
36 Reviews
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  1.  

    I interned at Russ Reid for 7 months.

    Former Employee - Client Services Intern in Pasadena, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Client Services Intern in Pasadena, CA (US)

    I worked at Russ Reid as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Incredible people, great clients, fast-paced work environment.

    Cons

    Can be long hours during busy seasons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    All together a good place to learn and grow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA (US)

    I have been working at Russ Reid full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    People, people, people. Honestly, its the people that make this place a good place to work.

    Cons

    Compensation can be tough here. You can be told that you deserve $X amount, but that because of our parent company and restrictions, you are only getting $X.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    God-speak and highly emotional female managers not for me.

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    Former Employee - Operations Coordinator in Pasadena, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Operations Coordinator in Pasadena, CA (US)

    I worked at Russ Reid full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Summer Fridays, contributing to work that makes a difference in the world, some really great people.
    Appreciation for the amount of amazing work that goes into what many of us consider "junk mail".

    Cons

    Too much religious overtone for me.
    Female managers at the highest level bursting into tears to diffuse situations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure employees understand the diff between being religious and stuffing the religion down the throats of those who may be offended by it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great environment, benefits and opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Pasadena, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Pasadena, CA (US)

    I have been working at Russ Reid full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone you work with is more than willing to help you learn and achieve your career goals. From the moment I started at Russ Reid to over 2 years later, if there is something I do not understand or need more help with, I can count on any fellow employee to help me understand and master the process.

    The benefits are great and the opportunities to advance are there as long as you do the work.

    Cons

    Hours can be long, but the idea of work life balance is pushed by managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Opportunity for the taking

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    Former Employee - Client Service in Pasadena, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Client Service in Pasadena, CA (US)

    I worked at Russ Reid full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Russ Reid puts a lot of effort into creating a good company culture and providing a lot of opportunity to learn, especially for entry level employees.

    There is a lot of knowledge and experience there, and you can really learn from anyone if you aren't afraid to get at it.

    They are realistic about their weaknesses, though sometimes they are slow to act to fix them.

    Fun and energetic working environment.

    Great clients who do great work. Very rewarding.

    If you want to learn multi-channel fundraising, there probably isn't a better place.

    Senior management is trustworthy.

    Owned by Omnicom.

    Cons

    Certain departments require close supervision and/or hand-holding. To their credit, they are handling a massive amount of clients.

    Very process heavy. Sometimes very inefficient.

    You could end up reporting to a 23 year-old.

    Size. Getting to be too big. Spend enormous amount of resources on new business to hit growth goals, even at the expense of current clients.

    Owned by Omnicom.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate directly with employees as much as possible. Boundaries will decay the culture.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to learn and grow

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Pasadena, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Pasadena, CA (US)

    I have been working at Russ Reid full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great place to learn, grow and gain experience.

    Cons

    Long hours and low pay.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good for someone wanting into direct mail marketing

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    Former Employee - Billing Analyst in Pasadena, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Billing Analyst in Pasadena, CA (US)

    I worked at Russ Reid full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Size of company what they do for non-profit organizations

    Cons

    No movement, very hard to move into another position when most people have been with the company for 15 or more years. Making job growth hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expand roles and more flexible with pay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A great company doing important work for people in need.

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    Current Employee - Account Management in Pasadena, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Account Management in Pasadena, CA (US)

    I have been working at Russ Reid full-time

    Pros

    I've worked at Russ Reid for three years, and have never worked with a smarter - and frankly - nicer, group of people. It's very refreshing to be able to continue my career in direct response marketing, while working with nonprofit organizations that are helping people and changing the world for the better.

    Cons

    Yes, we're under a great deal of pressure (and sometimes have to stay late) with tight deadlines and sometimes small budgets, but I believe this adds excitement to my job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Glad to be gone

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Pasadena, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Pasadena, CA (US)

    I worked at Russ Reid full-time

    Pros

    There are a lot of smart and enthusiastic people working here. I worked with some wonderful clients while I was here. I had some fun times at Russ Reid and felt good about the work that I did. Their Commitment to Coworkers standard for employee behavior is refreshing and actually used by many. Company events are great, and so are the summer hours. There are many opportunities for professional development.

    Cons

    The pay is abysmal for a job that consumes your life. The line that is given you is that since the clients are non-profits, they can't pay more, but after looking into other agencies that serve nonprofits, I learned how untrue that is.

    Russ Reid is behind the curve when it comes to the digital space and is slow to embrace new technology and new ideas.

    There are layoffs every couple of years. Employee morale tends to be low and you will often find women crying in the stairwell or restroom.

    I hated dealing with the office politics at Russ Reid. It is common knowledge that they are slow to promote their employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    The current outlook is that of the Titanic.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA (US)

    I worked at Russ Reid full-time

    Pros

    The company encourages a good work-life balance.

    Cons

    The company has exceptionally poor upper management, few growth opportunities if you aren't ready to play the political game, and persistent religious undertones within the workplace even when not actually dealing with clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to be changed with individuals who understand the current and anticipated non-profit landscape and who have a fresh perspective.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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