Carat

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Carat Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
92 Reviews
3.4
92 Reviews
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Carat CEO, Aegis Media Jerry Buhlmann
Jerry Buhlmann
35 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people, promotes internally and great social atmosphere (in 6 reviews)

  • the company has gained a LOT of new business in the past two years (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • No such thing as a work/life balance (leaving before 6/6:30 more than once a week wasn't allowed) (in 10 reviews)

  • Long hours, little pay, no training, extreme disorganization, managers can't manage (in 9 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    I have been working at Carat full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong visionary executive leadership. Integration between Dentsu & Aegis was managed well. Smart, highly motivated people. Upbeat, collaborative culture. Winning lots of new business so opportunities for career growth or relocation to other locations worldwide.

    Cons

    Long hours. Pay no better than other agencies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Decent

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

    I worked at Carat

    Pros

    Hours are great, lots of perks, training is excellent, clear work tasks

    Cons

    feels like a factory, too much respect for old relationships

  3.  

    Great Experience, Great People!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Media Planner in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Media Planner in New York, NY

    I worked at Carat full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Great experience for anyone new to media or fully seasoned
    -The people are by far some of the best I've worked with. Very social and positive atmosphere
    -Potential to move up

    Overall I would recommend Carat to anyone looking to break into media or to gain more experience on larger accounts. Carat is one of the Top Agencies in the space with blue chip accounts and plenty of room to bounce throughout. The people that work here definitely make this a place to call home during the week.

    Cons

    - Long work hours (50-60+ avg.)
    - Compensation could be a but more competitive and pay raises don't come easy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Carat

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

    I worked at Carat full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great job to get going

    Cons

    the pay was low across all departments

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Rewarding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Media Planner in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Assistant Media Planner in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Carat full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The client accounts offer a vast reach of industries, the people are creative and collaboration across the network is invaluable experience that will help you be successful.

    Cons

    Management like to keep their top talent while sometimes not offering advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to employees to gain their insights on how they would like to grow their career.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    This is a great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Carat full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Upper management is wonderful and supportive

    Cons

    I can't think of any

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in your talent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Just 'No'

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Media Planner in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Media Planner in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Carat full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people and great location.

    Cons

    Pay is a joke, processes are broken, work-life balance = nonexistent. Promotions? The only way to get a promotion is if someone leaves, which is an almost everyday situation. Lack of diversity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees and remove people do nothing but add to air.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great team, mediocre company

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

    I have been working at Carat full-time

    Pros

    The teams try their best, and will always help and support newcomers.

    Cons

    Pay is less than industry standards and management is not willing to invest in improving workforce or infrastructure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase salaries and invest in workforce and the high turnover will drop considerably.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great company environment and accolades from an industry standpoint.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Media Director
    Current Employee - Associate Media Director

    I have been working at Carat full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great teams, like the smaller office environment of Santa Monica.

    Cons

    Continuing merging and acquisition of companies losing sight of some smaller, nicer, working environments.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Unrivaled experience for Detroit media strategists

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Media Supervisor in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Media Supervisor in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Carat full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Amazing opportunities for growth & development. Ample access to knowledge about the industry, housing the best in the automotive business (Detroit). Biggest perk? Definitely the flexibility/autonomy to take on new projects.

    Cons

    Poor work environment (office design), work/life balance, lack of community involvement (advertising, client networking, city of Detroit) add up to a pretty dreary work environment. Rows of desks, little area to do anything but sit at your computer all day (400+ people, on two small floors). Silo-ed business practices are also a major downfall.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower your office - consider training for true communications planning, encourage people to think creatively, and make the office a place people want to be.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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