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    Pretty good job

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    Former Employee - Interactive Developer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Interactive Developer in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Fun work environment, okay (contract) compensation, growing company, smart people, great client work, cool location, lively environment (in creative, the rest is a cube farm)
    The culture at the office was pretty cool - kind of like a locker room mentality at some points, other times it was like a classroom. Departments are close knit and teams can be too.

    My direct managers were actually great. They were down to earth and extremely talented and their jobs, which is a 'must have' in my working situations. I actually prefer that my boss knows how to do my job better than me - so that he or she can properly advise me, pass on knowledge, assess skill levels, and go to bat for me some cases. They were very cool.

    Departments are close knit and teams can be too. People are smart and work hard at Sapient, but like any job some people become complacent. Full timers forget how good they have it. Contractors hustle to be involved in projects or are overworked and sometimes thrown under the rug.

    Cons

    Lack of Training. While full-timers enjoy subsidized parking spots, gym membership, training events, and other benefits - contractors get none of that. The work life balance as a result is moderate. You can spend your week commuting to Copley or pay the difference, which is ample.

    Catty culture at times. People gossip at every office, this one is no different. Some people have the creative chip on their shoulders you see at a lot of agencies but most people are laid back and non-judgemental, at least up-front.

    SapienNitro may actually have been growing too fast for my comfort. With new people and projects being added, it was becoming hard to get comfortable in this changing environment. When I started my department had about 6 people and grew to 19 before I left. I was in a more junior role but I wanted to learn and grow. The company, however, needed more experienced people right then and there, and didn't have the resources to train and ramp up as fast as it needed to hire. I got lost in the shuffle of new, talented, and more experienced people. It would have been cool if I could have been introduced to more projects and been able to contribute on a higher level, but I was assigned to reoccurring tasks for a client that took up most of my work week and left little availability to effect other projects. When that work for the client slowed down, so too did their need for an associate at my level.

    Departments are close knit and teams can be too. People are smart and work hard at Sapient, but like any job some people become complacent. Full timers forget how good they have it. Contractors hustle to be involved in projects or are overworked and sometimes thrown under the rug.

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    My managers were highly capable creatives, but they worked less on creative work because they were over worked staffing people to projects. They were barely having any time to work on their own projects because they were needing to focus on running a large growing team rather than training developing associates.

    Help people succeed at their job. Give them chances to work on new projects. Don't hold them back; find work they are suitable for across the vast spectrum of ongoing client work in the Sapient network. Push back against managers in other department that hide their intentions or become less considerate of working conditions . Stick together and watch over your department

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