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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

I worked at Carat

Recommends
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Good compensation & work environment

Cons

Long hours, poor senior management

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    Unprofessionalism and disrespect at its finest...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Carat

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The agency has won a ton of new business in 2010 and into 2011 within several different areas, so there is variety in the types of accounts you can work on. Office is located near Grand Central so there are several subway lines nearby.

    Cons

    - Work hours are hideous and there is absolutely no work/life balance. Veterans of the agency tend to be cliquey and it's difficult to be liked/appreciated if you go against the grain. Sr. Leadership exodus late Q4 and early Q1 has caused teams to have to "step up" even more than they already do with no one to turn to for advice or guidance.

    - No bonus' and no time off during the Christmas holiday - which was shocking especially that 2010 was the best year on record for the agency

    Advice to Management

    - Hiring Sr Leadership should be a high priority.

    - A mentorship program should be implemented to help lower level staff grow.

    - Unprofessional, disrespectful and rude behavior should be addressed and not tolerated.

  2. Not a bad place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Carat

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Carat is a good place to start your career, as they have a strong integrated media practice, and senior leadership will invest to get teams up to speed. Additionally, they are big on moving people laterally (not promoted) if they want to try something new.

    Cons

    Carat was a great place to get started, but the opportunities to advance beyond one or two levels were limited. The company was more inclined to hire externally than to promote from within.
    Additionally, the company reeked of a need to upgrade their technology. The claims of having a digital practice were laughable as most of the equipment/technology was 10 years or more behind. The biggest frustration would come from the computer crashing several times a day or the printers out of service (had to print because limited people had laptops).
    Senior leadership (directors, etc.) were ill quipped and not well trained. Most were brought in externally, and had to be coached by employees as to how to do their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in the people, and please invest in the technology. The digital space is highly competitive, with technology allowing other companies to do their core competency more efficiently. In order to stay at that level, you need to invest in resources for your staff, such as better computers, etc.
    Additionally, please stop hiring senior management that needs to be trained by the current staff. Please create some kind of training program. What is currently happening is that people put themselves up for promotion, then there is a hire externally. The employee that applied for promotion had to then train their boss, which leads to disgruntlement with no option but turnover. Please create training programs internally.

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