Creative Circle

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Creative Circle Reviews

Updated September 24, 2014
Updated September 24, 2014
72 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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

  • Friendly staff and well informed (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)

  • If you are applying for jobs and not getting them there is a reason (in 2 reviews)

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    This company is dishonest

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Creative Circle as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    There are no benefits to working with a dishonest company that has a history of lying to the Department of Labor.

    Cons

    They lied to The Department of Labor that I worked for them in June of this year when I did not. They did the same thing back in 1997 when Patrick Sternin owned the company. They provide false information to get out of paying unemployment. They have to submit a paystub from June showing that I worked for them which they do not have. My ADP records show I was not paid by them for any job in June. If they submit a pay stub stating I was, they falsified the document. This company has been cited for this before. Avoid them at all costs. If they are willing to lie to the department of Labor then they will lie to you as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can try to fool people looking for a job but once you start lying to a federal agency, that is a felony and you should be shut down. Also, when you email them to get answer in a professional manner and to keep a record of your communication with them, they will not answer the emails but rather call you and get very nasty and personal on the phone. After every conversation with them I had to back it up with an email. They never answer them or address your questions. Their office is staffed with a bunch of young women who have no professional standards who act like this is a sorority instead of a business. The have no idea how to communicate and will not work on your behalf to get clarification from a client. If they decide as a group not to use you for projects they will never notify you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Rockbottom Benefits, Lackluster Clients and Bad Work (When You Can Get It)...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Contractor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Contractor in New York, NY

    I worked at Creative Circle part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Only work here if you're looking for a head-start or if you are desperate. Hell...in this economy, you're usually always desperate.

    Despite people saying the rates tend to be low, my rates were usually not so bad. But there was probably a good reason for that...

    Cons

    People here have said it better than me; working through these agencies doesn't do you any favors when you're a freelancer. You earn a lot more working directly and usually you find better clients who are willing to pay more as well.

    But that's not the main incentive for why I'm leaving this place a review. It goes without saying that the recruiters here really ruin the experience. After placing you, they don't contact you to ask how you're enjoying the assignment or check on their candidates. They care very little about your experience and treat you like a number. I've had recruiters harass other clients away just because they didn't want another recruiter to win a placement fee for their candidates. I've usually been the victim of these recruiters attempts to bury my resume so that others can't submit me. From what I've observed on the net, I'm guessing for recruiters the environment is less family friendly and more intense sibling rivalry.

    Creative Circle typically gets assignments with low end (and low brow) clients. These are clients who do not make enough for even Aquent to represent them through their small companies branch, Vitamin T (The minimum for representation is around 50 Million, and I've seen Creative Circle represent clients that barely make 2 mill). Look, my point is not about how much the client's business is worth, but whether they are good. And usually, they are amateur acts.

    In my experience, I've been placed in office environments with mice problems and no structure, but I've also witnessed how Creative Circle has placed candidates outside of a contractor role, so I have the unique perspective of understanding how they've come to find such bad clients. I worked at a company that had to move out of state due to labor violations who liked to utilize them. My coworker, who was placed through Creative Circle, brought to light the company's litigative history. Not only did they tell her to continue working with them for 3 more months, they also placed more candidates with the company. Just to drive the point home, this same company, that Creative Circle knew had many lawsuits and continued to place candidates with, told their employees to come to work while the roof was on fire (the office was filled with smoke for the whole day). And they just didn't care.

    I've had recruiters from this agency admit to me that they know next to nothing about design and I've had to explain to them how I'm capable of doing the work. These are the same people who you are trusting with your resume to represent you to a client. And yet they don't even know what Photoshop is. Cut out the middle man and do the selling and pitching yourself. You'll probably be more effective in the long run and it'll be obvious to Employers that you know what you are talking about.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really research the clients you are pitching candidates to. Have lunch with these clients, visit their offices, and actually observe whether they run a decent business or a sweatshop. If you can't find it in you to have compassion for candidates, then pretend that you actually care by asking them about their experience after placing them. We're the ones going into the field, having to report back. Temping is not just about serving the client, it's also about placing candidates with a role that's the right fit. Without us, you don't have a business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Complete Waste of Time - Addison, TX

    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Creative Circle

    Pros

    Receive regular job posting emails, but...

    Cons

    ...took months to be contacted and made big promises for quick placement. The only position I've been contacted about was one I did not apply for with a key requirement nowhere on my resume, despite the countless postings I've responded to. Assigned recruiter will not respond to email asking for direction, nor can I get the recruiter on the phone. Feel like I as brought in just to meet numbers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set realistic expectations for candidates. Teach recruiters to follow up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Absolutely Sucks....

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

    I have been working at Creative Circle as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Absolutely none... the worst agency ive been at.

    Cons

    Have been with them for over a year..they got me to sign some papers and never heard from them again.
    They send out endless spam for jobs that most likely dont exist because they have more freelancers then work available. I applied for countless jobs never to here a peep from them.. and I have excellent experience.
    Most jobs posted are to work at spur of the moment, either next day or within the week for a few days. It's a grinder mill type of operation. Avoid this place if you can, they are better opportunities available elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Zero communication skills

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Creative Circle as a contractor

    Pros

    I haven't found any yet.

    Cons

    Similar to another reviewer, I've been ignored. A recruiter will email me to call her asap regarding a job that starts tomorrow/next week. When I call back, I usually end up leaving a message because the recruiter isn't available. I wait a couple of hours/days. When I call back a second or third time I can usually make contact. This does the trick, but why should it be this difficult?
    Next, the recruiter tells me about a position for which I'm definitely qualified. She gets my info, says she's sending it to the client and will call me back. And then she doesn't. Would be respectful to get a call or an email either way. CC recruiters' communications style is vague and apathetic at best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your employees in the basics of communicating with talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Horrible. Do not use them.

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

    I have been working at Creative Circle

    Pros

    There might be a 1 percent chance you will get a job

    Cons

    Rude management, low pay. They don't know how to sell you to the client. Unorganized and unprofessional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get another job. You guys suck.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    More like Creative Circle of Pimps.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Contractor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Contractor in New York, NY

    I worked at Creative Circle as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    The only positive thing I can say is, if you are desperate for work, they might,
    might find you something.

    Cons

    The first red flag was right after I signed up with them. My recruiter, without getting my permission, called my business references--but not to ask about me per se, but to help CC drum up more business! Needless to say they (my business contacts) did not appreciate it...at all! The second red flag: Their e-mail blasts system of giving out assignments. There is no appreciation for a job well done by contractors. We all have to get the next gig by responding to e-mail blasts advertising assignments (i.e. send in a response along with nine gazilla other contractors. If I wanted to live this way, I would have been an actor.) The third red flag: These people are stone cold PIMPS! They get a huge cut of your pay (upwards of 50%!). No loyalty on their part at all--it doesn't matter how talented or responsible you are. Creative Circle? More like Creative Circle of Pimps.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being so damn greedy and pay your contractors what they are worth--especially the talented, responsible, and hardworking ones. Reward loyalty and hard work. Treat contractors as individuals and not cattle.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 9 people found this helpful  

    Creative Circle - The Nightmare

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

    I worked at Creative Circle as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    They have offices everywhere that very clean with modern furniture to paint the facade that their success will somehow play a part in the future of your career.

    Cons

    I've worked with over 12 agencies coast to coast and this one was THE WORST at retuning calls, matching you with the proper jobs, and most of all fighting to get you a good rate. They pay the least and flood your box with listings that you can find on your own on INDEED.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have a decent brand and your offices look great but it doesn't take ANYone long to see you lack of professionalism. Return calls, give your workers better rates and answer questions directly instead of dancing around them. Nobody is interested in playing games.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    THERE IS NO WORSE PLACE TO MAKE A LIVING EXCEPT MCDONALDS

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Creative Circle as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    They pay you every other week.

    Cons

    They are so disorganized and inexperienced, they totally muck up the freelance market by signing up all of this talent they keep spinning on hope for jobs that usually do not exist. They do not even have a real job order and will run massive Craigslist and Commarts listings for talent then use that response to go to a hiring manager to show them they have the creative firepower when they need it. Totally bogus. And the recruiters never spent a day in an ad agency or design firm in their life. Just out of school, wannabe Wolves of Wall Street using you like fresh meat to make the sale then on to the next. Your book gets chopped to shreds. You get sold for cheap and paid even worse because they take half of the billable rate. And they could care less if you're happy with the rate, the opportunity. With anything. For them, it's always "next". If your fresh out of school. Don't work for them. They will just run down your name and tie you up from working direct. And there's no senior manager at their central office to complain to or find accountable. They want to be hidden. The real management of Creative Circle. No wonder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just sell to someone who wants to build a real responsible creative staffing biz.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    No tact

    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Creative Circle

    Pros

    Creative circle was once pretty good a long time ago and I wish I could think of a pro but when you've grown as large as Creative Circle and have lost your way then it's hard to think of anything.

    Cons

    Creative circle has always been one of those placement agencies where you wonder if they truly care about their talent or is it more so a "just get'em in there" profit turning mentality.

    Today I received one of their automated emails, that never seem to have a live person at the end, that advertised a position they are trying to fill. And in that email, after the salutation, "Dear so and so" it said in bold:

    *Not you, but you know someone who may be interested? Please pass along to anyone you think may be a fit.**

    Really? This is how you are going to entice me to pass along your info to my contacts? Creative Circle you're so crass and I have had enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The clients pay the bills but your talent is your product. Treat enough of us poorly and as a commodity rather than a person, and you soon won't have any decent talent left.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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