Carat Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
82 Reviews
3.7
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Carat CEO, Aegis Media Jerry Buhlmann
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29 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • the company has gained a LOT of new business in the past two years (in 5 reviews)

  • have the opportunity to learn a lot about the media industry (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • No sense of work/life balance, leaving at 6 o'clock is almost unheard of (in 6 reviews)

  • Long hours, little pay, no training, extreme disorganization, managers can't manage (in 8 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Unrivaled experience for Detroit media strategists

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    Current Employee - Media Supervisor  in  Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Media Supervisor in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Carat full-time for more than a 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
  2.  

    A great place in a company doing great things.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Carat full-time

    Pros

    Strong leadership / Sticks to core values / Great business momentum

    Cons

    None for right now - still learning and growing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep believing in developing leadership!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Vice President

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    Former Employee - Vice President Carat  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President Carat in New York, NY

    I worked at Carat full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Great Vision.
    - Lots of Top Tier clients
    - Dedicated hardworking people
    - Fun atmosphere
    - Each team group the teams are close. Family like atmosphere

    Cons

    - Not enough resources
    - Management / Client Leads care about bottom line and not the people, therefore some are unwilling to honestly admit that they need to either have client fund for more bodies or pushback on deliverables and scope
    - Promotions only handed out only if someone leaves or, moves off to another account, or if you transition to a new account
    - lack of centralized systems and process
    - not enough digital expertise

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Help all teams have more visibility and accountability around scope and actuals. Staff teams appropriately based on workload or pushback on clients to readjust scope
    - Support teams and help find resolution to figure out how to reward and promote people when deserved regardless of scope and funding.
    - Don't agree to work if not scoped
    - scope work correctly. Have clear contracts on deliverables and responsibilities and stick to it.
    - staff more digital experts or provide proper training for all levels
    - invest in technology, Analytics and operations (the team most often under appreciated, undervalued and unfunded)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Stay away

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Carat full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Getting your foot into media

    Cons

    Long hours, HR is useless, you are judge on the amount of hours you put in. The more you put in, the better the employee you are. The salary? Laughable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase compensation and employees. Media has this stigma of long hours, create a better worklife/balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Hard work, but worth it if you love Media

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    Former Employee - Withheld  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Withheld in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Carat full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The people are smart, kind, and great to work with, and there is a lot to learn if you're ready to put in the effort. The perks are fantastic, and the company is putting in the effort to improve an already strong culture. Great room for career growth.

    Cons

    Many areas are understaffed and the pay is somewhat low for the higher roles. Late hours and working weekends are common.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more planners to compensate for the high workload.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Media Director
    Current Employee - Associate Media Director

    I have been working at Carat full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great work-life balance. Great culture.

    Cons

    Smaller offices don't get as much acknowledgement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to grow business in all offices

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great to work here and learn!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Communication Planner and Digital Acitivation  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Communication Planner and Digital Acitivation in New York, NY

    I have been working at Carat full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The People. I love my team. High work ethics, intelligent. Gain their trust and you'll be learning some intense items, just the way I like it. Very relaxed atmosphere and we joke around after hours about life. I have only been here for a short while, but I'm loving every moment learning and understanding the background of the media world

    Cons

    first few weeks was a bit stressful. There wasn't a clear understanding of regulations/ rules, but that was something minor that was cleared up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would try to promote inter group interactions between different verticals. While there is some interactions, its only need to basis

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Get in, get out

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Carat full-time

    Pros

    -Great "opportunity" in that your resume will look fabulous afterwards, and you will never work on budgets that big probably ever again
    -If you're on the right team, life is great. Some managers really care about their teams and their well being
    -Big budgets, aka work perks from the reps

    Cons

    -No such thing as a work/life balance (leaving before 6/6:30 more than once a week wasn't allowed)
    -oftentimes worked til 9-8, (skipped lunch) drove home, kept working
    -Was told by my superior that "it was my own fault for making dinner plans with friends on a work night" in a joking (but sarcastic and truthful) manner
    -Revolving door syndrome, therefore my team was ALWAYS understaffed yet I was expected to hit deadlines with a fraction of the team needed to do so (while other teams in the agency had half the workload, twice the staff, and left at 4:30 if their boss was cool with it)
    -Starcom favoritism/cliqueness meant random people with less experience were promoted because they were tight with their boss, yet reviews for everyone else were months late (with a joke of a raise and no promotion as deserved)
    -basically if they didn't like you, you weren't getting promoted and they would make up reasons why
    -Instead of confronting issues in a proactive, positive manner, management would send catty emails CC'ing higher ups and throw you under the bus
    -Felt like high school (bullying, favoritism, immaturity) but with free food

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show some appreciation/respect for people who work their butts off for you. Don't ruin their outlook on corporate America (or their self confidence for that matter) because you can't properly distribute workload and don't seem remotely concerned about team morale or their lives outside those prison walls.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Decent place, lacks motivation

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    Current Employee - Media Buyer  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Media Buyer in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Laid-back, great vacation time, good name recogintion

    Cons

    No real room for advancement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    director of global operations

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    very good and dynamic environment

    Cons

    not good work-life balance and difficulty to keep up with trends

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus more on people

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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