Carat Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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Carat CEO, Aegis Media Jerry Buhlmann
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Pros
  • Great people and great location (in 6 reviews)

  • Lots of new business wins and a fresh new office makeover (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Work / Life balance is non existent (in 10 reviews)

  • Understaffed, at times can lead to long hours when something urgent is due (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Media Planner

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Carat full-time

    Pros

    Lots of autonomy and ability to constantly learn more about the digital media landscape (which is always changing)

    Cons

    Media only agency, so act as account manager at times because the creative is done elsewhere

    Advice to Management

    Be open to having one on one meetings with each team member on a weekly basis in order to give immediate feedback and cater to each member's learning style


  2. Media Supervisor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Carat (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent hours, great collaboration with multiple internal teams, snackbar on premise, prime location if you like midtown

    Cons

    People aren't so nice, tend to be a bit cliquey


  3. Media Planner

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    Current Employee - Digital Media Planner
    Current Employee - Digital Media Planner
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great company culture, great clients, vendor benefits

    Cons

    Long hours, lower pay than other places so high turnover

    Advice to Management

    Pay to keep quality employees around


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  5. Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice offices and they have a great receptionist

    Cons

    Horrible leadership who are in it for themselves


  6. Media Planner

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    Former Employee - Digital Media Planner in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Digital Media Planner in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Carat full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company as a whole is wonderful and very transparent. The CEO and senior leadership really want to make the company a great place to work. The benefits are also great with great vacation time and holidays. Location is also very convenient.

    Cons

    The actual teams can be cliquey and hard to fit into. It definitely varies by team, but there isn't an effort from management on teams to make sure the team is working as a whole. They are strange with sharing information about team updates that directly affect you.

    Advice to Management

    Just because someone is good as a planner does not mean they know how to manage as a supervisor or AMD. Management training is not the same thing as making sure someone knows how to transition to a management role.


  7. Assistant Media Planner

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    Current Employee - Assistant Media Planner in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Assistant Media Planner in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Carat full-time

    Pros

    Really positive and uplifting environment. A great place to learn from the ground up. Chevrolet team is very unified and friendly. I love coming to work everyday.

    Cons

    Pay schedule is wonky. Bi-weekly would be better.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing.


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    Started out great, turned sour

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    One of the best things about Carat are the people. I can truly say I've met some of my best friends at my job. I learned a lot on my initial team as an Assistant Media Planner. I had an amazing supervisor who taught me more than I thought I could learn in a year.

    Cons

    I moved up in the company and onto a different team. Needless to say almost all of the team members are too inexperienced for their new positions, and most of them don't know much about the brand. The higher-ups made the rest of the team feel incredibly small.


  9. Assistant Communications Planner

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Carat full-time

    Pros

    Good culture with lots of opportunity for growth

    Cons

    Does not pay very well for entry level


  10. Carat Atlanta

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Carat (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible, work life balance, not strict on coming and going.

    Cons

    Political-do not give reasons as to why you won't be promoted.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Meat Grinder

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    Former Employee - Assistant Media Planner in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Media Planner in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Carat full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Cool perks from media vendors, some cool people work here

    Cons

    Carat is a revolving door. If you are into low pay, 6-7 day work weeks, long hours, and corporate politics this is the place for you. Little-to-no training, very few managers care about your professional development.

    Advice to Management

    Act like you actually care about your employees



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