Havas Worldwide Reviews

Updated August 24, 2014
Updated August 24, 2014
123 Reviews

3.0
123 Reviews
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good for people who are happy staying where they are

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

    I worked at Havas Worldwide full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, nice new office

    Cons

    Hard to get promotion/raise, expect to work hard and not get much in return. If upper management doesn't stick their neck out for you, then you'll stay the way you are for many years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure that the people who do the work get recognized and appreciated.

  2.  

    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

    I have been working at Havas Worldwide full-time for more than 5 years

    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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Poor leadership and direction!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Director  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Director in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Havas Worldwide as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice people who work hard! Good clients. Fun atmosphere. Operations trying to create a employee community through fun activities and social.

    Cons

    Lack of direction from manager and no integration with other offices. Too many internal upper management issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out what you want to be when you grow up! You are a traditional ad agency trying to do digital without a process or plan in place!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Havas Worldwide full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Causal business environment , A laid back and fun environment . Open space seating. Team driven, good life/work balance, summer Fridays, Monthly employee party.

    Cons

    More vacation days, need to have equal distribution of work among team members.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good Leadership and very approachable

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good for freelance people, staff not so sure

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Havas Worldwide full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They use a ton of freelancers, when needed. And, over all the people are nice. Wednesday is wine and beer night. With snacks. But you better get there early, the well runs dry by 6:15 at times.

    Cons

    There seems to be a lot of wheel spinning. You may produce something. You may not. You have stay on the case for your own good. Super slow about raises and performance reviews. Work life balance is good, so good in fact your work could suffer when you realize you haven't produced anything in year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management needs to connect to the staff and office culture beyond a breakfast or two.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good people, disorganized management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Havas Worldwide full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A lot of very smart and talented people who will do what it takes to get the job done. Very generous PTO policy. Decent benefit - Health, dental, vision etc. Little perks like being able to expense your parking and meals on late nights, casual and friendly environment - and lots of parties in the office.

    Cons

    Frequently comes down to getting the job done by whatever it takes , but the organization doesn't seem to learn from past mistakes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Worst decision of my life

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Havas Worldwide full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Location is nice and there are some really nice people here and there.

    Cons

    C-level doesnt seem to care. Agency is a complete mess.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start paying attention to the team and the work and stop blaming the middle management for your incompetence.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Best company party!!

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    • 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

    I have been working at Havas Worldwide full-time for less than a year

    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
  10.  

    Strategic account team work and clients who allow for true agency partnership

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Havas Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Most dedicated, hardworking, non whining team I have ever worked with - we try to enjoy what we do!

    Cons

    Management and process can be a challenge, but find every agency has it's issues.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Fine if you don't care about what you work on

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Digital Production Artist  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Digital Production Artist in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    It's generally not a bad environment for a studio person. Pretty typical advertising world stuff. Studio do get paid overtime so we have that going for us. The people are pretty cool to work with and that does make a huge difference.

    Cons

    New business is an absolute disaster. Worst I've ever had to experience. It's like they are literally surprised every time there is a pitch. Outside of one major account there is no process or organizational structure.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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