Havas Worldwide Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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Havas Worldwide Global Chief Executive Officer Andrew Benett
Andrew Benett
30 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. Great People to work with

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. EURO in VA

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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


  3. Stay away, Disorganized mess

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Havas Worldwide full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


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  5. Great Company

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    • 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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Stay away!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - beautiful office space - free snacks - big name client roster - free drinks on thursdays - potentially decent salary - good stepping stone

    Cons

    - large and lumbering company, shows in their process - not a good place for a creative person - late hours, or get the side eye... - no internal promotions (except for c-suite) - losing accounts regularly - desperate to find naive talent - impersonal, lots of cliques and social tribes There are so many great companies in New York doing smart and relevant work! The advertising industry is full of dinosaurs, and this place is slowly becoming a fossil.

    Advice to Management

    - Try making your process a bit leaner, maybe you won't lose pitches to startups so often. - Let people have a work/life balance, and maybe you won't have disgruntled employees. - Evolve your way of thinking


  7. Helpful (2)

    Definite Pros and Cons

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Havas Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Fun environment, many down to earth people, lots of creative minds

    Cons

    promotions/raises are not consistent and recognition on hard work is limited


  8. Helpful (2)

    Hack Central

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Havas Worldwide full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Once upon a time, this agency was able to attract top-shelf creative talent with huge sums of money and dreams of turning this sinking ship around. Those days are long gone and the Dos Equis campain (the only feather in their cap) is getting long in the tooth. The creative team that created it is long gone as well. This place is now run by sycophants and hacks jockeying for window offices.

    Cons

    This place is what happens when large holding companies run an agency by the numbers. All the work is done by over-worked juniors while overpaid execs are sitting in their comfy offices and showing up to industry events to take all the credit. The ECDs are all a bunch of old dinosaurs (from the Euro era) clinging onto their meaningless titles as their careers go down the drain. This place should have shut down years ago as they can't seem to hold onto clients that caught onto the fact that there is no creative talent willing to stay here. Guess what? No creative talent, no agency. The CEO doesn't know how to make ads and his butt-kissing underlings don't either.

    Advice to Management

    Start giving credit where credit is due. Create new award-winning campaigns and retire the Dos Equis Most Interesting Man while it's still on top. Replace all your ECDs and people who have been there longer than 10 years. Cut salaries at the top and raise them for creatives in the trenches.


  9. Very Good

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at Havas Worldwide (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Worldwide communication network good place to work, benefits and pay

    Cons

    Worldwide communication network good place to work, benefits and pay, nice team


  10. Project Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Havas Worldwide

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

    Pros

    Cool people to work with. Lots of creative work being churned out.

    Cons

    Work life balance was terrible. People staying all night working on pitches week after week. Got burnt out in less than a year.


  11. Good company, but growth is stagnant

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

    I have been working at Havas Worldwide

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Beautiful and Modern office -Free breakfast on Mondays -free drinks on Thursdays -Young/millennial type crowd -casual atmosphere -good work/life balance

    Cons

    There's no real sense of hierarchy. Also the company can be a little disorganized as far as training is concerned. So many "directors" but not a clear sense of direction. I guess open office space is a new trend but the downside is that there is no privacy. The work I do is also not challenging. A homeless man with some type of computer skills can do what I do. I don't really get the sense that internal promotion is a thing here either. Their "temp to perm" department is horrible in the sense that they keep someone a temp for like 6 months. Which is a red flag at best.

    Advice to Management

    Give a better sense of direction for your employees



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