Creative Circle Reviews

Updated July 5, 2015
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25 Ratings

Pros
  • I continued to find freelance jobs on my own and ignored the company postings (in 4 reviews)

  • Good option for those seeking freelance work (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • These aren't full time positions by any means, and they don't pay what you can get dealing directly with clients (in 5 reviews)

  • The recruiter I worked with sent me on 2 interviews in 2 years (in 13 reviews)

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  1. FEW REAL OPPORTUNITIES LOT OF TALK

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Freelancer - Art Director in Dallas, TX
    Former Freelancer - Art Director in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Creative Circle (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They seem to be everywhere.

    Cons

    They rarely followup. They promise you an hourly range then offer you less. They take a large chunk of the billing. They run ads for positions that always seem be to filled already.

    Advice to Management

    Just be straight with your employees.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Cattle Calls

    Former Freelancer - Freelance Graphic Designer in New York, NY
    Former Freelancer - Freelance Graphic Designer in New York, NY

    I worked at Creative Circle (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Creative Circle is apparently ubiquitous in the advertising industry, like a viral infection.

    Cons

    Creative Circle inundates job boards (and your inbox, should you choose to subscribe) with endless job listings. Sounds promising, right? In reality they're just cattle calls. In one of the rare instances that I got a personalized response from them and the only time I accepted the assignment, it was a disappointment. Not only was the the hourly rate low, the assignment was misrepresented as a creative role at an agency/pr firm and turned out to be production support. Creative Circle was unresponsive and unapologetic when I pointed out the discrepancy.

    Advice to Management

    Try taking the approach of quality over quantity. Take the time to find good candidates and learn their strengths to better pair them with your clientele instead of carpet-bombing the internet.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Management snobbish

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Artist/Photo Retoucher in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Production Artist/Photo Retoucher in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Creative Circle (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunity for freelance or contract gigs

    Cons

    Management stuck up attitudes and indifferent to job seekers

    Advice to Management

    Clean house


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Placement" agency

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Creative Circle

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    I honestly haven't had a good experience with them whatsoever. Please see the cons section. I'm not typically one to leave poor reviews, but in this case it's more than warranted.

    Cons

    Have been applying for jobs with Creative Circle for almost a year. I haven't received one warm lead from them in that time. Some of these jobs are a total home run based on my skills and background, and to not even get an interview is very disappointing. In my estimation their ability to follow up and actually place people is sub-par. I would say it's "ok" to get a sense of what types of jobs are out there but other than that a total waste of time IMHO. :(

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together!


  6. Helpful (8)

    Worthless organization

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Creative Circle

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Absolutely no pros about this company.

    Cons

    When Creative Circle sends out emails for jobs, I don't think the recruiters look at the applications. It's more like first come, first served, and those are the people who get "sent over to the client," not whether you're a fit for the position. The emails they send ask for samples and a resume that relate to the position, yet somehow when you're called about submitting your profile over, they ask if you can submit samples because they haven't looked at the ones you've sent! They also don't care to help their candidates once they're in positions. You're just a nuisance. And when your info is submitted to a candidate, they don't have the decency or wherewithal to tell you whether you're still in the running or not. SHouldn't be too much of a problem considering they supposedly only send between 1-3 people to a company for any position. Horrible, horrible company. Everyone I've talked to who has worked with Creative Circle and is in a creative industry has said that they are completely useless--at least 15 people that I've talked to--some of them are now working for Leo Burnett and other large, prestigious companies, no thanks to Creative Circle.

    Advice to Management

    Train your recruiters to RECRUIT: help you through the process; follow up with you and with the company; be thorough with your vetting of candidates instead of first come first served; learn to help your candidates before, during and after the recruitment process. Be BETTER instead of sucking.


  7. Helpful (9)

    The worst agency I've ever dealt with

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Creative Artist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Creative Artist in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Creative Circle (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pro: I don't work with them anymore.

    Cons

    Con: Everything else. Besides grossly underpaying talent, they're terrible people. Any interaction I had with a member of their staff was a painful one. And then there was the time they ambushed me & sent me on an interview where all the company wanted was dirt on my former employer. I hope this company burns.

    Advice to Management

    Eat your own.


  8. A Petty Agency That

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contractor in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Contractor in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Creative Circle

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    In my experience, there are no pros working for these folks. It's all about their egos and petty little attitudes.

    Cons

    Lack of respect for contractors. No follow through. Poor communications. Unprofessional, rude and petty, sniping individuals with poor people skills.

    Advice to Management

    Start all over. Quit treating your contractors in an unprofessional manner.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Getting a job through CC is like herding cattle

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Denver, CO

    I worked at Creative Circle

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Lots of job ops I think.

    Cons

    They send out blast emails, no phone calls for jobs and send them out to 100's of people. It is very impersonal!

    Advice to Management

    Stop sending out blast emails, make the experience more personal. Are you herding cattle or people? there agencies take the time to send or make a phone call.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Worked in the accounting dept

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Creative Circle

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The owner of the company is nice

    Cons

    Management was horrible. Once they didn't like someone who challenged them they fired them. Workers were over worked and not compensated. Accounting dept and accounting management were not organized.

    Advice to Management

    You need to care about the people working for you.


  11. Helpful (12)

    Freelancer Review - New York City office: Little consideration for their freelancers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Freelance Graphic Designer in New York, NY
    Current Contractor - Freelance Graphic Designer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Creative Circle as a contractor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    A chance to work at a diverse roster of companies that do all kinds of business in creative fields. No company is too big or too small for them to send you to.

    Cons

    • They low-ball their freelancers hourly rates, often taking about 40% of what a freelancer should get paid. All the agents care about is sending people out as quickly as possible with no regard for the welfare of their freelancers, making them shoddy "hustlers". In general, the company has no regard for their freelancers and the pay a low hourly rate. The agents are so busy trying to fill positions as fast as they can, that the way the do business is slip-shod. For example: • Some of the agents have bad attitudes, don't know where they propose to send you (one suggested a place for me to work that was 5 hours away because she didn't know where the city was located that she wanted to send me to) and are unprofessional in general. • One agent sent a freelancer to several different locations in 1 morning because the client changed it, then got angry and arrogant with him because he was in the subway not realizing that the location was changed. The agent "dismissed" him when he told her he did not get her call about the location change, saying she "didn't want to hear it" when he explained why he didn't receive her call. He was even questioned as to whether he really wanted to work or not (VERY disrespectful), and of course, ended up late to the job, which was all she was concerned with to begin with. • They may send you someplace not realizing that it's a holiday and the workplace is closed. No compensation for your time wasted and agent didn't know that their freelancers were to get paid a minimum for their error. After "negotiating" for 2 hours pay for time wasted, I did not get reimbursement for cost of transportation to get to the non-existent job. • They may send you someplace and not tell you that you have to bring your own laptop, where you end up going home with no compensation for time wasted due to their error. • If a client doesn't pay them on time, they may make you wait to get paid until they get paid first. • There are often jobs available where the freelancer is expected to have the talent and responsibilities of a Creative Director, Sr. Art Director, Web designer, coder, graphic artist and production person, all for $30/hour. • If you are expert/proficient in many areas, they will often decide to pigeon-hole you into one category that may be generally low-paying, not giving the freelancer an opportunity to make a higher hourly rate in another area of their expertise that might be available and pay more. The agents will place you according to what THEY can make fast money off of, with no consideration to the benefit of the freelancer.

    Advice to Management

    Raise the hourly rate for your freelancers to coincide with the cost of living and the freelancer's experience. The NY office needs to get their act together. Train your agents to do their job, to be respectful and professional. Treat your freelancers as professionals, not dispensable cattle. Do not make freelancers wait to get paid according to when your client (company) decides to pays you.



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