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marketing intern

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Current Employee - Marketing Intern in London, England (UK)
Current Employee - Marketing Intern in London, England (UK)

I have been working at RB as an intern (less than an year)

Pros

high quality company
many international colleagues

Cons

very tough corporate culture
difficult working environment

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Aggressive, Reactive, and internally competitive work environment.

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Parsippany, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing in Parsippany, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    The key reasons to work here are the salary and bonus multiplier, early-on hands on responsibility and fast promotions if you work the long hours and are the aggressive type.

    You may learn a lot quickly if on the right brand team (i.e. the bigger brands) as you'll have more funding and more areas in marketing to impact.

    You can also move up here without an MBA.

    Cons

    The numerous reviews should give you an indication and I warn any MBA student or graduate to look hard before coming here. More than 50% of each incoming class quits in less than 18 months here.

    Here are the top reasons NOT to work here:
    1) Long hours and high stress: Most marketers average 60+ hours and that's about 8 months of the year. Otherwise, expect to put in 70-80 hours for 3-4 months. And in a highly stressful place, it is clearly not healthy to do long-term.
    2) Lack of strategic direction: RB changes by the week based on whoever in senior management thinks that there is an issue so you are always doing and changing things every day for them, not because you think it's right. It's a short-term business model where they obsess about market share and will switch an aligned strategy after just a few weeks due to its highly reactive culture.
    3) Senior management: Management is primarily from the headquarter offices in Europe and switches every 1-2 years so you get a different culture constantly. The lack of respect, no recognition for employees, and focus on negative issues by them are the key reasons the culture is so bad here.
    4) Lack of collaboration: RB actually removed 'Team Spirit' from their values and there is a clear reason for that: it is about what you do and people are very focused on their bonus and not the team/company. You are always in danger of being thrown under the bus and having no help sometimes, even from your manager to get through all the projects they force you to do.
    5) Culture of fear: You will not survive here if you can't firmly put someone in their place, including colleagues, agencies, and vendors.People are afraid to lose their position of authority so you'll hear threats and ultimatums in meetings. I remember numerous times that a colleague or manager was blamed for an issue even if it was 100% out of their control and it would be done during a meeting rather than privately.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are NOT the only CPG company around and will continue to struggle to recruit and retain talent. It is time to look at the key issues internally, not just business results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stretched too thin

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    Current Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Parsippany, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Parsippany, NJ (US)

    I have been working at RB full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fast paced and fast growing company, with good brand names
    Promotions based on performance not time at job

    Cons

    Very intense work levels, with everyone stretched way too thin
    Change in strategic directions often to achieve short term goals
    No collaborative culture at all, as most people barely have enough time to deal with their own activities
    Poor trainings, but they still expect you to connect and be productive right away

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on culture and less on results to keep employees happy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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