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Good company, needs some integration

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Former Employee - Manager
Former Employee - Manager

I worked at Sapient full-time

Pros

There are some really smart people that work here and they earn the trust of some great clients. One can gain exposure to large clients and work on some complex projects. There is a lot of strategic thinking and people are expected to take responsibility for their own work.

Cons

There seems to be quite a variance between the different offices. The leadership, quality of work and overall vibe seems to be more polished in some rather than others. At times, it could feel like two totally different companies depending on the team you were working with. It could also be frustrating to work in an office that seems more like the wild west, when you are exposed to other offices that seem to have it "more together."

Expect to work long hours, just like at any agency. In some cases, there is no end in sight. They use a resourcing tool and there were times I was 200% allocated -- which doesn't make a ton of sense.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Assess the office dynamics, review resourcing allocation management.

Recommends
Approves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Mixed

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

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

    Pros

    - Met a lot of interesting and smart people over the years, but also a few oddballs
    - A few strategic projects that have been very interesting (but these are not common)
    - Work hours are not as bad as other firms (largely dependent on the team and project)

    Cons

    - Leadership seems unapproachable, especially to junior level people. Never really seemed like they cared; quite the opposite reaction to more senior level hires.
    - Bench/beach environment in the home office reflects the overall stale relationships and structure of the firm. Most people feel uncomfortable talking to each other.
    - Pay is sub-par if trying to work your way up. You will only get paid if you are coming from a higher salary. This promotes turnover and exits.
    - Lots of account managers will refuse to eat travel costs just to boost their margins. You then have localized benches instead of a regional pool. (which means missed opportunities for people sitting on the bench and a lot of mismatches) It feels like different companies instead of different offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - There are too many expensive senior level people who aren't selling and don't actually deliver the work. You have an upside down triangle (with too many guys at the top) and it presents a stale working environment.
    - Increase the incentive structure for junior/mid level employees to actually stay with the firm. (bonuses are a farce and aren't even given to associates) They are the ones delivering and it's a lot cheaper to grow talent than to buy it. Hire younger people to bring energy into the office.
    - Fix those margin structures. Employees should not be sitting on the bench just because an account lead in another office refuses to eat travel expenses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Former IT

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    Former Employee - Enterprise IT  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Enterprise IT in Boston, MA

    I worked at Sapient full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    global company doing interesting work, fairly current with new technology, not afraid to take chances and trusts their people more often than not.

    Cons

    Work life balance is one of the worst, and salary for internal staff isn't kept competitive. The two combined lead you to doing many people's jobs and working very long hours just to keep up with steady state let alone get ahead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your internal staff the same way you invest in your external staff. While your external people are billed staff and are revenue generating, they're a bunch of people banging rocks together in a field without all the hard working internal staff making what they do possible.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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