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Great for college grads, otherwise you'll "walk the dog".

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Former Employee - Senior Information Architect
Former Employee - Senior Information Architect

I worked at Sapient as a contractor for more than a year

Pros

Youthful staff, rock stars at design and development. You will work with amazing people who are experts at their craft (and hopefully are not disenfranchised yet).

Cons

Middle management are glorified order takers and in pursuit of whatever will keep the client happy, regardless of strategy or what's best.

Development management is all about over promises and over budgets. No wonder they are losing work.

Leadership is too busy arguing over resource allocation and promoting books and who knows what else.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Clean out the order takers and start living those values on the walls.

Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Great pay & potential, but not for creatives

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    Former Employee - Creative  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Creative in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Sapient for more than a year

    Pros

    - Pay is great. It probably keeps more people here than any other reason.
    - Weeklong orientation (sometimes at another office) helps get you accustomed to everything.
    - Great coworkers and super-talented people. You'll learn something from more than a few people.

    Cons

    - Client roster is pretty bland. Potential to do cool work is limited.
    - While trying to sell big projects for a client, they barely manage to launch basic projects without issue.
    - Culturally speaking it's still rooted in corporate muck. Inspiring agency environment is a work in progress.
    - Resourcing is by demand and usually not by skillset or career focus, with the possibility of being ripped off a team that you might be finding your groove.
    - Communication breakdown happens often from an operations standpoint. You need to really be self-motivated to get answers to even the simplest things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Grow the talent you have instead of hiring contractors for the interesting work.
    - Practice what you preach about openness, especially when people are let go.
    - Make this year about the people as you proclaimed in January. Too much talent is being mishandled.

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    No opinion of CEO
  2. 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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