Creative Circle

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Creative Circle Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
76 Reviews
2.7
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32 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • I continued to find freelance jobs on my own and ignored the company postings (in 4 reviews)

  • Good option for those seeking freelance work (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • These aren't full time positions by any means, and they don't pay what you can get dealing directly with clients (in 5 reviews)

  • If you are applying for jobs and not getting them there is a reason (in 2 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place for freelancers

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

    I worked at Creative Circle part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Always kept me in work.

    Cons

    I don't have anything bad to say about them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    A Complete Waste of Time - Addison, TX

    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Creative Circle

    Pros

    Receive regular job posting emails, but...

    Cons

    ...took months to be contacted and made big promises for quick placement. The only position I've been contacted about was one I did not apply for with a key requirement nowhere on my resume, despite the countless postings I've responded to. Assigned recruiter will not respond to email asking for direction, nor can I get the recruiter on the phone. Feel like I as brought in just to meet numbers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set realistic expectations for candidates. Teach recruiters to follow up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Absolutely Sucks....

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

    I have been working at Creative Circle as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Absolutely none... the worst agency ive been at.

    Cons

    Have been with them for over a year..they got me to sign some papers and never heard from them again.
    They send out endless spam for jobs that most likely dont exist because they have more freelancers then work available. I applied for countless jobs never to here a peep from them.. and I have excellent experience.
    Most jobs posted are to work at spur of the moment, either next day or within the week for a few days. It's a grinder mill type of operation. Avoid this place if you can, they are better opportunities available elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Rates getting lower and lower!

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

    I have been working at Creative Circle as a contractor

    Pros

    They work with a lot of high-profile clients and can help you get in the door directly with these companies so you avoid the black hole of the Applicant Tracking System so many big companies rely on these days.

    Cons

    The rates are getting painfully low. Positions that paid $25-30 an hour five years ago now pay $18-22. It's shameful and degrading. And this is all because CC gets a big cut of what you're making. If you are getting $25 an hour that means CC is probably getting $50 an hour so you only get half or less of what the client is paying CC.

    If you are entry level or just out of college, go for it, but otherwise, look elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop driving down the rates for the talent! With so much talk about minimum wage going up to $15 an hour, you can't expect to keep offering mid to senior level positions that only pay $18 or $22! If anything, your rates need to increase to at least $30 an hour and up for professionals!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great team - VERY nice people - they try their best to keep their talent pool working

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Presentation Specialist, Writer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Presentation Specialist, Writer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Creative Circle as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The recruiters are incredibly nice. They do their best to keep you working. If a client complains, they don't jump on the client side- they talk to both parties and take into consideration multiple sides.

    Cons

    Sometimes they book you on jobs for which you're not the best fit - client gets upset, job is stressful for talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep being great!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Zero communication skills

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Creative Circle as a contractor

    Pros

    I haven't found any yet.

    Cons

    Similar to another reviewer, I've been ignored. A recruiter will email me to call her asap regarding a job that starts tomorrow/next week. When I call back, I usually end up leaving a message because the recruiter isn't available. I wait a couple of hours/days. When I call back a second or third time I can usually make contact. This does the trick, but why should it be this difficult?
    Next, the recruiter tells me about a position for which I'm definitely qualified. She gets my info, says she's sending it to the client and will call me back. And then she doesn't. Would be respectful to get a call or an email either way. CC recruiters' communications style is vague and apathetic at best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your employees in the basics of communicating with talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Avoid, if possible

    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Freelance Deaigner
    Former Employee - Freelance Deaigner

    I worked at Creative Circle as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Only pro might be if you're just starting out in design

    Cons

    In my experience - east coast to west coast - and from other designers I've spoken with, this agency is useless. The low rates offered are insulting and overall, Creative Circle just doesn't hold up to the professionalism and quality of treatment and respect found in many other design recruiting agencies today.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be respectful of designers. Perhaps consider a company name change as your company apparently has little honor for creatives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hustle and Make Some Side Money

    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Creative Circle part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They pay on time.
    They provide ready, willing, and able clients; this isn't a waste of your time
    .If you hustle for work and make your clients happy, they provide steady work

    Cons

    Pay is lousy-don't count on this being your main source of income.
    Creative takes a huge cut of your fee.
    Creative's recruiters are kids who talk fast, don't really understand the industry, and routinely ignore emails.
    No referral fee for successfully referring candidates

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more experienced recruiters, including men, instead of the young women you currently employ.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great

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

    I have been working at Creative Circle

    Pros

    Very helpful, friendly, positive, encouraging

    Cons

    I didn't experience any cons with this company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Wonderful

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

    I have been working at Creative Circle part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Many opportunists arise from this company

    Cons

    Freelance is never a steady job. It gets bumpy at times. Not the companies fault.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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