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Creative Circle Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
10 Reviews
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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)

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

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  1.  

    "I wouldn't rely on it"

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    When you first meet with them, they are of-course very encouraging about your prospects. They are professional and courteous. Everyone is very pleasant and helpful. They have a lot of contacts and creative job opportunities.

    Cons

    Seems really difficult to get traction, and I wonder about the strength of their relationships to the companies they place with. They seem at their mercy. I also don't get a strong sense of how much they are advocating for me with a potential client. I had a much better sense of this with other placement agencies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Over-communicate and value transparency.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good for a temp agency

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Chicago, IL
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Once you're in, they seem to do their best to keep you working--especially if you get great feedback from previous assignments. Hourly rates can be really good. Recruiters are easy to work with and are very personable.

    Cons

    It can take a while to get an assignment. It appears that they reuse a small percentage of their freelance pool through their open jobs and it can be difficult to break in. Lots of part-time work. Anecdotal stories from other freelancers report "temp to perm" positions always stay temp. Zero benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hustle and Make Some Side Money

    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Creative Circle part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They pay on time.
    They provide ready, willing, and able clients; this isn't a waste of your time
    .If you hustle for work and make your clients happy, they provide steady work

    Cons

    Pay is lousy-don't count on this being your main source of income.
    Creative takes a huge cut of your fee.
    Creative's recruiters are kids who talk fast, don't really understand the industry, and routinely ignore emails.
    No referral fee for successfully referring candidates

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more experienced recruiters, including men, instead of the young women you currently employ.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Interesting work

    Former Contractor - IOS Developer in Dallas, TX
    Former Contractor - IOS Developer in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    learn from different projects, interesting

    Cons

    lack of communication, projects seems limited.

  6.  

    Professional

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

    I have been working at Creative Circle as a contractor

    Pros

    I was contacted right away after submitting my resume to a recruiter's job ad on craiglist. So far everyone in the company is professional and I am about to start a freelance job soon!

    Cons

    Recruiters are often busy... and they don't really reply right away.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Very hands-off contracting experience with not-the-best communication.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Creative Circle

    Pros

    contractors are considered w-2 employees, so no worrying about paying self employment taxes
    they provide health insurance
    after six months, you get a few paid holidays a year

    Cons

    communication is lacking between the recruiter and the other two parties - the contractor and contractee had different understandings of the exact contracting situtation.
    was contacted by other recruiters for other positions while in a contract and after having been moved to a full-time employee

  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Take caution. Great for temporary job - under certain conditions....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Web Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Contractor - Web Designer in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Creative Circle has a lot of connections and jobs. If you are talented, there were be recruiters trying to find you work left and right. They will pay 30% insurance health premium after 1000 work hours.

    Cons

    If you are making $25/hour, so are they - for doing absolutely nothing. There are other agencies around that offer the same exact jobs for a lot more - I am talking over $20,000 more per year. These agents are so dishonest and out for the interest of themselves only. They know little about the design industry and are poorly qualified for their jobs. This leads to poor placement (over or under qualified candidates for a job), which means a high turnover rate, and all the blame on YOU, the designer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A sense of value, qualifications, and good customer relationship management will give you better reputation in the industry and less turnover rates, for the interest of yourself and good talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nothing gained

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Creative Circle

    Pros

    The recruiter was friendly and professional.

    Cons

    It felt as if the interviews and conversations were beneficial to the recruiter for resource data mining. (They asked you file employment paperwork before the interview.) During the interview, I was told there was a job but it was no longer available. Communication after the interview with the organization was limited. I ended up finding a permanent position on my own a short time later.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Accept resumes, but reserve interviews once actual positions are available. If a recruiter is looking to network, host events where everyone can benefit.

  10.  

    Not outstanding but they get plenty of submissions

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Contractor - Analyst in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Listing almost daily; prompt payments,

    Cons

    More concerned with their commissions than their representatives and focus more on short-term assignments rather than cultivating relationships. No accruable personal days or health benefits no matter how long you've been with the agency. Compensation is always on the low-end of the scale because they specialize in quantity not quality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become better experts in the fields in which you represent therefore you can demand higher minimums from your clients.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Creative Circle, better than being solo

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Freelance Web Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Freelance Web Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Creative Circle part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The freelance positions they locate are with professional agencies. This may lead to better things. They handle marketing, payment and overall communications well. They have found me more work in past year at a higher rate than I was able to myself, which is obviously a good thing.

    Cons

    Agencies see you as an expensive fix for a problem they are not staffed up for. This is because, as a client said to me, "CC adds a pretty good fee on top of your hourly rate". Be prepared to face pressure on this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adding some benefits to the employment contract would be nice and would win my loyalty for the long-term.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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