Havas Worldwide Reviews

Updated August 17, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Stay away!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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


  2. 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


  3. Helpful (2)

    Hack Central

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    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.


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  5. Very Good

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Havas Worldwide (More than a year)

    Pros

    Worldwide communication network good place to work, benefits and pay

    Cons

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


  6. Project Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    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.


  7. Great atmoshpere

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits and perks. Relaxed atmosphere. The office is very open concept and collaborative.

    Cons

    Sometimes hard to determine hierarchy.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Beware of Internships and ad sharks

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Traffic Coordinator in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Traffic Coordinator in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and summer fridays

    Cons

    I started as an intern who had just graduated, upon my arrival from another state, I was told that there was no longer room in the department I was meant to be in and what my degree was in. They didn't bother to move freshmen/soph interns around and just dropped me with a new agency. When hiring time came up I was overlooked for those roles and when i did get hired in a differ role and department my supervisor was pretty prejudice and homophobic. HR can't really look out for you and the environment is not worth the stress. I would not reccommend this to recent graduates.

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate management and send them to LGBT and racial sensitivity training as well as work hard to build th youth culture in your company. We are the new wave of creativity


  9. Extroverts only

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Havas Worldwide full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good IT support, equipment and software for creative work. Competent studio and production departments. Hours and time off generally excellent, overtime is paid in some positions. A little diversity in staff.

    Cons

    Open office plan is over-bright and loud, the assembly line of desks is factory-like. The location is bleak and far from anything you might want during your lunch hour. You will never get a raise. If you do a good job quietly you'll get increasingly worse assignments.


  10. Helpful (2)

    The glass is half full, and sometimes there is no glass

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Creative Director-Art in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Creative Director-Art in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people are the best asset of the company, a great culture, and free drinks on Wednesdays. Occasionally you'll get a creative brief that really sets you on fire...

    Cons

    The open plan space is a NIGHTMARE...super long tables that don't promote creativity, just anger. There's no where to think in the building. The buildings sits right off the nasty end of Canal Street, at the entrance to the Holland Tunnel...ick. There's no one to go a just grab lunch...sometimes Seamless takes foreverrrrrrr.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to see the talent you have under your roof, and try and make working conditions there not feel like people are working on a factory floor...


  11. Helpful (1)

    Cost-Cutting Accounting drives this place

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You have access to some real old-school advertising people (however those are slowly, slowly getting edged out.) This company was actually started by advertising classic, Jerry Della Femina and so some of that energy still reverberates, although almost totally put out. Nice building.

    Cons

    Agency seems to have lost its way with bringing in people who do not understand conceptual advertising but are more from the digital world. The benefits are horrible. Wait, let me put it in the right accent: HARR-UB-ELL. Bad. Totally cost-cutting accounting benefits. You'll never see a raise unless you threaten to quit. Don't be old or old and female. Agency is agist and sexist to the extreme.

    Advice to Management

    Don't put your eggs in one basket. Care for your employees. Stop treating them like widgets that you can just throw out. Don't be so cost-cutting accounting; start thinking about what value you give to clients. Cut some of those big salaries of the guys at the lead.



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