Creative Circle
2.5 of 5 57 reviews
www.creativecircle.com Los Angeles, CA 150 to 499 Employees

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    More like Creative Circle of Pimps.

    Contractor (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementStop 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Creative Circle - The Nightmare

    Art Director (Former Employee)

    ProsThey 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.

    ConsI'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 Senior ManagementYou 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    THERE IS NO WORSE PLACE TO MAKE A LIVING EXCEPT MCDONALDS

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsThey pay you every other week.

    ConsThey 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 Senior ManagementJust sell to someone who wants to build a real responsible creative staffing biz.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    No tact

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCreative 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.

    ConsCreative 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 Senior ManagementThe 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    BAIT AND SWITCH - 20% LOWER RATES

    Graphic Designer (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsThere is nothing good for you here.

    ConsI have freelanced for 6 years in Seattle. So obviously my path has crossed with CC at one point of another. I've worked with agency's large and small, in-house too, have worked with every other talent agency in the city. I've worked with maybe hundreds of other contractors at this point, and we contractors dish on which agencies to work for.

    NEWS FLASH: It's common knowledge in the freelance community that it's standard for your agents to blatantly lie to contractors so you can take a bigger chunk of the pie.

    I worked with you years ago on a small contract gig. Had an interview, contract offer and agreements of rate and start time, two days later get a call from your agent that you guys messed up and confused the rates. On top of a already terrible rate, I was supposed to take the hit for your mistake, not you?

    FUNNY THING, every time I meet a contractor that says they came from you guys, I share my story, and they have a look on there face...because the same exact thing just happened to them. Weird, huh.

    ADVICE: Anyone looking for talent should stay clear. Anyone experienced has learned there lesson once already from working with them, you'll likely only have a shallow pool of fresh grads.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop teaching your agents to misrepresent your clients, contractors, jobs and rates.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The worst

    Graphic Designer (Former Employee)
    Phila, PA

    ProsThe only pro here is that I left.

    ConsThe lack of attentiveness to the creatives who are intimately lining their pockets is mind-blowing. I spent precious time and money following their lead on placements only to find out that not only was it not a good match, very specific info had not been communicated between me and the hiring client. Ad they blamed it on the other guy. No accountability for blowing it because they don't care. They just shuffle you around with no consideration. Stay far away.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake care of your talent like people, not cattle.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Creative Circle is the Worst

    Graphic Artist (Current Employee)
    Phila, PA

    ProsNone zero zilch negative numbers

    ConsThere is no reason to contact Creative Circle if only because their complete lack of communication with the artists they recruit for placement is the same as never having contacted them in the first place

    Advice to Senior ManagementReturn phone calls and emails and do not boast of leadership and effectiveness while demonstrating incompetency and mediocrity

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Always disappointing

    Freelance Project Manager (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsThey give you hope that you might get a job.

    ConsYou don't get jobs. They don't call you back. I have been treated rudely several times. From being ignored, to getting serious attitude when they found out I was looking for work on my own as well as working with them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecruiters should learn the difference between a print producer a project manager and an account manager. Oh and 40$ per hour doesn't mean 20$ per hour.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The most unprofessional agency I have ever worked with

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsThere is not one nice word I can say about this branch of the company

    ConsSO MANY THINGS TO SAY: They used a "new to the business/job" person, who got me complete with a confirmation email. Then they made a move that I did not ask for or approve of, that cost me the position. The location and all its employees would not own up to the mistake. Even those in upper management. So I asked to not work with that rep. They did get me work, eventually and I got good reviews. But now I apply and and contact my representative, I get one word responses "apply to jobs you see online" Really? For that I found the response to be abrupt and rude. When I pointed this out, they accused me of being unprofessional, because they say there was bad language said to a rep. back in the summer. However they won't tell me what it is I said or provide proof. Then had the nerve to tell me they won't go forward working with me. REALLY???? You guys dont do your job and I get cut... UNBELIEVABLE!! Maybe it is a blessing for me.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRealize that freelancers are your money makers. Treat them with respect and keep in contact with them on a regular basis. Own up to mistakes made.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Bait & Switch Recruiter

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsIf you're looking for freelance work with no long-term stability or benefits and don't mind being duped into applying for fake jobs, this may be the recruiting agency for you.

    ConsThe company Creative Circle, LLC is a bait & switch recruiting agency. They post highly desirable job postings and then, if they even bother to email you back, they email back to say their 'client has changed their mind' and then Creative Circle will provide you with a completely different job to apply for that is not nearly as exciting as the original post.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEnsure your staff are posting legitimate job postings, ensure your staff follow-up with job seekers with correct & complete information & instructions in professionally formatted emails.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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