Havas Worldwide Reviews

Updated August 17, 2015
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Havas Worldwide Global Chief Executive Officer Andrew Benett
Andrew Benett
33 Ratings

Pros
  • great people working there but in the end that's not enough (in 7 reviews)

  • good benefits, some nice people (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management is reactive rather proactive (in 10 reviews)

  • no work-life balance, expected to work long hours without compensation (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Solid experience gained from management and peers

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Havas Worldwide full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people, good pay, good environment for young people, in-house "food truck"

    Cons

    Lackluster work, Raises incredibly hard to secure, inconsistent management and company vision

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to mentorship and individual growth


  2. Account Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Havas Worldwide full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company offers a lot of vacation. Relaxed atmosphere that doesn't mind what time you start the day as long as you fulfill all of your responsibilities and commitments.

    Cons

    Difficult to receive salary/increase that sustains the market average.

    Advice to Management

    Additional training and Havas protocol info would benefit all employees.


  3. Account Director

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Havas Worldwide full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Ownership of team and accounts Well established senior leadership team with oversight and guidance for agency

    Cons

    None. Solid agency culture focused on the right areas for company growth and individual development...a great agency on the rise

    Advice to Management

    Keep at it, it's an exciting place to be right now!


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  5. View employees as expendable

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Havas Worldwide full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Cool looking office "Happy hours" on Thursdays Young and hip crowd Free food sometimes High tech office space Friendly people (for the most part)

    Cons

    First of all I'm speaking from an administrative assistants's point of view. I don't know how work is in other departments but this is my opinion. Let me start off by saying the HR department is THE worst in history. This company is cheap and use their freelancers and temps to be fillers. I was lied to by someone in HR by getting hired on as a "temp to hire" stayed on for like 6 months then got let go for no reason. Her last words were "your services are no longer needed." HA. Then come to find out the next day they put someone in my place. But not really my loss in the end. The job was meaningless and not challenging at all. The work I did a homeless man with computer skills could do. If you're looking to become an assistant...STAY AWAY!! This is the worst and most disorganized place I've ever worked at in my life! The "directors" you assist don't even need assistants! They just fill them in to sound good. Apparently 3 other people were "temps" in my position and either quit or got laid off. They go through agencies and lie to people telling them you are temp to hire when they have no intention of hiring you whatsoever. They spend all their money on booze, parties and reimbursements for trips. When I did expenses and witnessed the amount of money that was spent it was ridiculous. There's absolutely have no upward mobility. Honestly them laying me off was a blessing. I did not feel challenged at all. Only thing I regret is not leaving sooner. HR department is full of incompetent people with no regard to respect at all. Probably 2nd on my list of worst companies to work for. What a waste of time.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring "assistants" to do work for people that don't need them! All you're doing is wasting the persons time and money


  6. Sr. Digital Producer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people Difficult to hire good talent Difficult to cut poorly performing talent

    Cons

    A bit archaic in process | most of the team came from R/GA so there's a definite clique going on - so very unlikely you'll receive interesting projects even if you have the talent to run then exceptionally well.

    Advice to Management

    Hire good talent and cut poorly performing talent


  7. EURO in VA

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Havas Worldwide full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun, non typical place to work; office environment is very casual and laid back; snacks and drinks provided by the company; training on new software and technology readily available

    Cons

    Management points fingers instead of working with employees to resolve issues; HR only shows up in the office to deliver bad news or perform a downsize;

    Advice to Management

    need more positive visits from HR; ethics training and enforcement is needed; keep up the good work with making training available


  8. Great People to work with

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Havas Worldwide full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing smart employes, With great skills and a get it done attitude

    Cons

    Management takes forever for anything and HR is basically none existent. New people coming in all the time

    Advice to Management

    get it together


  9. Little room to grow

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Havas Worldwide (More than a year)

    Pros

    Leadership finally getting things sorted and are genuinely a great group of people

    Cons

    questionable hires, some politics (hard to avoid)


  10. Helpful (1)

    Stay away, Disorganized mess

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Havas Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    There are some genuinely talented people here. Somewhat of an agency culture. Nice looking office.

    Cons

    Leadership is a mess with white dudes at the top with their own agendas. Only upper management gets promoted. Everyone is in the dark until changes happen. Not a creatively driven agency. Those talented people? Not being utilized and sitting around bored to death or made to do inane tasks. The nice looking office? Impossible to get any work done in the open plan. Accounts losses left and right. Massive revolving door; the place doesn't inspire loyalty. Why should anyone stay there?

    Advice to Management

    Focus on creativity again. Let your creatives run the agency again.


  11. Great Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Receptionist/Administrative Assistant in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Receptionist/Administrative Assistant in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Havas Worldwide full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company overall. Great perks.

    Cons

    Get all you can get out of the company career wise.



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