Creative Circle Reviews

Updated April 13, 2015
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  1. Graphic Designer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Creative Circle

    Pros

    They are a busy recruiting firm with plenty of work available.

    Cons

    It's hard to apply for work through anyone other than the one rep that is assigned to you.

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice to have more feedback from clients and occasional portfolio/resume reviews.

  2. Care about people and employees

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

    I have been working at Creative Circle full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great salaries, really care about the people who work for them

    Cons

    Might be getting too big too fast

  3. good people

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

    I have been working at Creative Circle

    Pros

    lots of mails for job

    Cons

    company office looks good and nice people.

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  5. Graphic Designer

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They will go to work for you with many well known and well paying clients. There was rarely a time I didn't have worked lined up and they really met my field of work.

    Cons

    Everyone had to make money and and their cut is standard. it's the companies you contract for that might not realize the extra they have to pay for quality talent.

  6. Helpful (3)

    Great way to get started

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Graphic Designer in Seattle, WA
    Current Contractor - Graphic Designer in Seattle, WA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working with Creative Circle is a great way for designers who are just starting their careers to get experience and meet people. Huge opportunity to grow and develop as a professional! Lots of different little jobs means lots of diverse experiences. It's a great way to learn new skills and practice old ones.

    Cons

    Eventually, you might want to settle down. Creative Circle offers almost all temporary jobs - very few full time, permanent jobs. This means you have to be flexible and willing to pick up where another designer left off, or leave a project for another designer to pick up. If you decide you'd like to work somewhere permanently, you can't work with any company that found you through Creative Circle, unless that company pays CC a fee. This can leave you in an awkward, in-between spot.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Decent Company for Freelance

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Junior Graphic Designer in Dallas, TX
    Former Contractor - Junior Graphic Designer in Dallas, TX

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you're good at what you do, and the clients are happy with you, Creative Circle will keep you busy.

    Cons

    Some of the contract work required using your own equipment.

  8. Helpful (5)

    Great source for supplemental work

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Contract Design Professional in Dallas, TX
    Current Contractor - Contract Design Professional in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Creative Circle as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    • Good ability to match opportunity to skills/designer.
    • Steady source of variety of possible opportunities, along with spot projects to add to fill up a schedule.
    • Highly communicative and supportive office staff.

    If you're looking for a variety of short-term design opportunities to fill in around other more steady gigs, or if you're a new designer looking for assignments to build a portfolio, you'll do well with CC. I suspect those that grumble about their relationship with Creative Circle are the types that are most comfortable in a more structured work environment. CC expects you'll be able to do certain things like handle your own schedule, and conduct dealings with the client in a professional manner. To that point, my experience has been you get back what you put in. Share updates regularly, do high-caliber work, enhance your reputation with the CC recruiters and in a relatively short period of time, they'll be supplying you with a steady array of gigs aligned to your skills, or even putting you up for full time roles that are a comfortable fit. SImply stated, employ good work ethics, and be selective about the assignments you take on.

    Cons

    Pay level per hour or salary-based are low, but assume that's also often by client insistence.
    Hard to add many more cons - I've gotten pretty much I was looking for as far as ancillary contract projects.

  9. Helpful (2)

    In good Hands

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Freelance Graphic Designer in Dallas, TX
    Current Contractor - Freelance Graphic Designer in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Creative Circle as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I have been a freelance graphic designer for Creative Circle since back in 2010. I started in California then moved to Texas. They made the transition very easy and no paperwork fuss. They have always been able to set me up with assignments that are relevant to my area of expertise as well as get me a competitive rate pay. Friendly staff and well informed.

    Cons

    It takes a while sometimes depending on the area you live in, to hear anything back from them. It's not that there aren't jobs available its just they have such a large network you really have to work hard to make sure you rise so that you can be discovered for my opportunities.

  10. Good experience - good benefits, entry level salary but awesome commission opportunities.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

    I worked at Creative Circle full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    No nights or weekends or many emails outside of the work day. Guaranteed commission bonus offered for the first year of employment for AE's and Recruiters. Casual dress.

    Cons

    As an AE, it takes a solid 6-9 months to really get ramped up, but the commission guarantee helps a lot. Open office environment - can be difficult to focus or hear clients/candidates on the phone when you're sitting next to someone who is also on the phone. Environment can be a little too structured for some.

  11. Great for Creative Professionals to begin their Career!

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

    I worked at Creative Circle full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This is creative staffing agency really focused on finding you work! The leadership and recruiters really do their best to place you at great companies who wouldn't even consider talking to you. At first I was skeptical, but after meeting with the team they have, it was a great experience. The key part is to be open about what comes your way.

    Cons

    Once you are part of the team, you are given a handful of recruiters who are always giving you job leads. Some recruiters contact you everyday, and sometimes 2-5 times a day (which does become annoying if you are already working somewhere, because you can't pick up every phone call).

    Advice to Management

    Some recruiters talk too fast and always want a "right-now" answer without letting a person think about their decision.

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