Aquent Reviews

Updated March 11, 2015
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  1. Overall experience is bad

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in East Moline, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in East Moline, IL

    I have been working at Aquent full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Although the company don't have any new projects the company is hiring new people especially fresh graduate students

    Cons

    Poor management because managers don't look after employees and don't consider their opinions. overall people are not friendly, company doesn't have any new projects, company gives you poor salaries

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management people need some training

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful

    Great opportunities if you like change and learn fast

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    Current Employee - Freelance Graphic Designer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Freelance Graphic Designer in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Aquent

    Pros

    I've been able to keep my portfolio diverse, design in many industries, and make a good living as an Aquent contractor. There's some flexibility in when and where you work and the money isn't bad. The benefits are pretty good for temp work and the agents are amazing people who are invested in your career.

    Cons

    Sometimes there isn't work, sometimes you have to take jobs that aren't a picnic, fewer and fewer companies are hiring contractors out of temp positions so you may have years of temp contract work without being offered a job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back some of the pre-2008 benefits. People who do this work for years should be able to earn sick time and some vacation pay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful

    Great for the in between FT jobs and also long-term contracts.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Aquent as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great clients, top-notch clients. Decent pay and health benefits. The online system is very good. They also offer some free training.

    Cons

    No vacation. They used to have it after a certain number of working hours but took it away. Some of the agents can be very unresponsive. They seem to be very inconsistent with the level of engagement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider doing vacation time again.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Solid Company, Confused Leadership

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

    I worked at Aquent full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Smart, passionate employees.
    Flexible work schedule (including telecommuting)
    Fair salary
    Willing to give employees opportunities
    Managers listen to feedback and try to adjust if possible

    Cons

    Frequent change in strategy / direction from upper management
    Approval and feedback is slow - everyone wants a say in every decision
    Despite more responsibility, there is a limit you can hit with your career

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep decisions / forecasts well-thought-out, and final. Every change in direction is a dent in confidence for your employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    "Set it and forget it" mentality

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

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

    Pros

    I've worked as "talent" for over a year.

    I work with some incredibly talented people in my current assignment. If nothing else, Aquent excels at finding talented, dynamic people and placing them in environments where they can excel.

    Cons

    Zero vacation/paid time off - this means that you take a financial hit for every company holiday, sick day, personal day, sick day, etc. Benefits are available, but at an astronomical cost if you're not single and need more than incredibly limited basic coverage.

    "Set it and forget it" : sure, some agents will attempt to maintain contact through office visits, occasional talent lunches and events; however, they fail when tasked with providing something more tangible. Ask for a raise/performance bonus or if you'll ever be hired in? You might as well be asking them to conquer Rome with nothing more than a handful of wet noodles, and don't expect to hear anything but standard corporate b.s. double-speak in response.

    Also plan to expect incredibly different treatment as "agency" vs. "employee." Employees at the company where you're assigned will receive bonuses, raises, and other "perks" while agency people can expect none of this. Employees are family; "agency" people are the third-cousin twice-removed that everyone begrudgingly accepts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Vacation time/PTO. Affordable and decent benefits packages. Re-evaluation of compensation after one year.

    It's the little things that make the biggest difference, and often mean the difference between keeping and losing the talent you claim to value so much.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    Aquent really cares about it's talent and employees

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aquent full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Incredible benefits - medical, dental, vision, vacation. Aquent is truly concerned about it's employees and contractors. Contractors have the option of great medical benefits through Aquent as well. People are very passionate about achieving their goals. Knowledgeable managers, VPs & SVPs.

    Cons

    Not sure about senior level managements level of commitment. We hear from our President from time to time but not the CEO. I think if John was a bit more involved with higher level discussions with companies we do business with, we would be much further ahead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hi John - please get more involved with higher level discussions with our top companies that we are trying to establish a stronger partnership with. It will go a long way! If you really want us to land the big fish, should we use the biggest, shiniest lure?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Didn't really work for me

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aquent

    Pros

    If you have a lot of experience in the few things they advertise, you'd probably get a lot of work.

    Cons

    The agents are not interested in developing talent at all. Though my technical reviewer said that the agent would give me suggestions for buffing up my resume for current client requirements, she refused to answer my questions about skills I might try to acquire to make me a more attract candidate.

  9. 1 person found this helpful

    You really should be looking at Aquent

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

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

    Pros

    AMAZING Health Benefits! BEST I've had and they pay you for every hour you work towards them.
    Great stable of clients they work with Staples, TJX, Hasbro, CVS just to name a few. GREAT hourly rates close to what you might get if you freelance on your own.

    Cons

    Many candidates so can be hard to be identified by the recruiters at first, but as noted, once perform well you are looked out for.

    Recommends
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Great place to work - good people and a relaxed atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aquent

    Pros

    The people are fantastically smart and dedicated. There are simply no office politics (none that I saw) and people are very helpful and caring toward one another.

    Cons

    Not much communication from above; it was hard to know what the overall company vision was

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Good pay, benefits, and placement

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Digital Producer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Contractor - Digital Producer in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Aquent as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Aquent found a nice job for me in my field at a good pay rate. They also offer benefits like a regular employer.
    My agent regularly checked in with me and was readily available for questions. Since a bunch of Aquent contractors were at my company, they took us to lunch a few times, which was really nice, as well as scheduled coffee check-ins.

    Cons

    I did not experience any cons.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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