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Havas Worldwide Reviews in New York, NY

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
121 Reviews

3.0
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Havas Worldwide Global Chief Executive Officer Andrew Benett
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people and direct supervisors (in 6 reviews)

  • There are some great people who work here (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management doesn't know or care to know what goes on day to day (in 8 reviews)

  • Communication is extremely poor between upper management and the "worker bees" (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great

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

    Pros

    A lot of room to expand within the company

    Cons

    The extremly long work hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure to evenly distribute workload

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Best company party!!

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

    Pros

    You have the freedom to do what you need to get the job done without feeling obliged to stay ridiculously long hours.

    Cons

    The management style is not great in that people who don't know how to manage end up in management positions and the company is generous with certain things but tight-fisted about other things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people in your company that work hard and everyone likes because they will give you an honest assessment of the good and bad things about the company and sincere proposals for fixing the bad things.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great people and on the way up

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

    Pros

    Everyone at Havas Worldwide is great. The office space is really nice and modern with the open floor seating plan which helps you to meet others you may not work with.

    Cons

    Large work load though that could just be the team

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bait and Switch

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    Most of the people are nice, and have a lot of heart. The creative is good. Nicely located in tribeca

    Cons

    Liars. Bait and Switch. A traditional agency, that is trying to evolve into digital, but are not set up for that type of medium and it's very inefficient and frustrating. Their process is stone age. Open lay-out with terrible music playing on speaker ALL DAY AND NIGHT, literally. I've worked through the night a few days in a row and the music never shuts off. It's hard to concentrate among the music and the 5 feet of table space you get for a desk. Account driven. Last minute work all the time. Disorganized, and would rather stay that way because it "works" rather than breaking out of their comfort zone and joining the rest of evolved agencies in this city

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give a damn about your employees, and learn to manage your clients. You are going to lose your best talent if you don't.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Strange

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

    Pros

    You can do literally nothing and no one will care

    Cons

    CEO would regularly send out emails demanding that people work harder, put in more hours, help with new biz which had all the subtlety of the horns sounding on the titanic. Yet there were many days when I had nothing to do and was told to just bill it to new biz - no wonder they had financial troubles. Sr peeps on my team delegated everything to jr staff and then spent hours facebooking, online shopping and gossiping. You could easily see on their computer screens that they weren't working. what a joke

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    wake up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A sinking ship...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Middle Management  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Middle Management in New York, NY

    Pros

    - Some great co-workers
    - Funky office space
    - Easy commute (at least for me...)

    Cons

    - Upper management cares little for its employees, little to no support
    - Upper management is reactive rather proactive.
    - Behind the times with regards to software, hardware, management style.
    - Low compensation / salary
    - Pitiful raises and sparse bonuses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Running a company is more than just worrying about the bottom line. Client needs are just as important as employee needs. Just saying "YES" every time the client wants something, is no guarantee that the client will stay, or even like you. Try building partnerships. (You aren't serving fast food...)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Over worked and underpaid

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

    Pros

    good benefits, some nice people

    Cons

    no work-life balance, expected to work long hours without compensation. No raises, not even cost of living

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acknowledge hard workers

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Havas Worldwide New Business intern

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - New Business Intern  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - New Business Intern in New York, NY

    Pros

    Learned a lot
    Friendly team
    People are very dedicated and smart

    Cons

    Crazy work hours (as an intern you can leave when you want but you are missing a lot while gone).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    PR company entrepreneurial and quirky

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President, PR  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President, PR in New York, NY

    Pros

    Did great great work, ran my own show, got strong encouragement and definitely loved the exposure to clients who treated me like I was a real advisor. Havas PR has GREAT clients. And with pro bono mixed in you get great experience.

    Cons

    The agency feels disorganized at times and lives in the shadow of massive health brands but this didn't change award winning outcomes. So its more a con day2day than a big deal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Solve the consumer healthcare divide

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Started With Potential, Ended With Disapointment

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

    Pros

    I accepted the gig at Havas hoping that the company had been through the worst of it and that they were on the upswing... I was wrong. I was attracted by the new office space and the opportunity to be apart of the rebuild and part of something fresh and new. I really liked my boss and thought there was a genuinely friendly office culture.

    Cons

    But within months my boss was let go, the agency lost major pieces of business, and all of our new business efforts were not proving fruitful. A feeling of dread overtook the office as round after round of layoffs occurred. Inexplicably, the young vital talent and rock solid veterans who IMHO were the core of a rebuild were being let go, while the old (and well paid) guard remained. I'm afraid there may be a couple more years yet of pain before things start to get better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better talent assessment and management will be necessary to affect the rebuild of your agency. Remember, young minds fresh ideas!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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