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Updated Jul 29, 2014

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3.5 78 reviews

96% Approve of the CEO

Carat CEO, Aegis Media Jerry Buhlmann

Jerry Buhlmann

(26 ratings)

72% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Vice President Carat (Former Employee) New York, NY

    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 Senior Management- 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)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Hard work, but worth it if you love Media

    Withheld (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsThe 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire more planners to compensate for the high workload.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company to work for.

    Associate Media Director (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat work-life balance. Great culture.

    ConsSmaller offices don't get as much acknowledgement

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to grow business in all offices

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great to work here and learn!

    Assistant Communication Planner and Digital Acitivation (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThe 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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Decent place, lacks motivation

    Media Buyer (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsLaid-back, great vacation time, good name recogintion

    ConsNo real room for advancement

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    director of global operations

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosvery good and dynamic environment

    Consnot good work-life balance and difficulty to keep up with trends

    Advice to Senior Managementfocus more on people

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Strategic company

    Associate Communications Planning Director (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsReally high focus on insights and strategy, great people

    Consvery fast growth, need more staff

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great vision

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGreat company to work in. Great vision and very innovative. Company is embracing digital.

    ConsNot enough structure and too many accounts doing their own thing. The company has a great vision but lack the internal structure and support.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTPTB do not recognize all the talent they have and relies on individual leaders to "figure things out" on their own. They continue to win new business but each account is structured differently which is quite frustrating

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    My job changed several times until my position was eliminated without warning.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Detroit, MI

    ProsMy paycheck and benefits were great. Very talented and experienced staff. Located in downtown Detroit in a building with great views of the city from all angles on the 22nd and 23rd floor. Vendors brought great tchotchkes. Beer always in the refrigerator!

    ConsLimitations on job duties. No access to support teams. Lack of managerial support. Unstable and chaotic work environment. Miscommunication or lack of communication was the norm.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave people do the jobs they were hired to do, and give them the freedom to excel. As a communications company, do a better job of communicating.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great accounts but long hours required.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsReceived some flexibility like working from home 1 day a week.

    ConsLong hours. Very challenging for any working parent with a long commute.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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