Sapient Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
799 Reviews

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is fair, but like any consulting gig that somewhat depends on the project (in 25 reviews)

  • New joinees' orientation activities remind you of the core-values every week (in 46 reviews)


Cons
  • long / crazy working hours quite often puts work /life balance off (in 171 reviews)

  • No work life balance, No work from home facility, very hard to get leaves (in 40 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great boost for career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Consultant  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Business Consultant in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Good responsibilities and skills development
    High base salary
    Self-direction
    Good culture

    Cons

    Requires figuring out career planning and progress

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All good

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Culturally Enrich Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Manager  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Manager in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Sapient full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Company Culture and Values. People who survive live to all core values everyday. Ample Training support and diversity of domains.

    Cons

    Project needs and personal aspirations are sometime challenging. Ample training opportunities but no bandwidth due to project timelines as training time is never separately accounted in estimates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As company is growing we should definitely emphasize more on how to maintain the Culture. Also perks are not very competitive for people within company but are definitely better for people joining from outside.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Confusing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Manager in Boston, MA

    I worked at Sapient as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, informal environment is nice, compensation is competitive, workforce is young / agile, innovative and creative.

    Cons

    Seem to change their minds daily about what the company wants. Left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sapient is no longer a start-up, need to have some clearer direction about the companies goals for it's people and a more sophisticated understanding of the road ahead to make appropriate plans for today.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Former IT

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Enterprise IT  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Enterprise IT in Boston, MA

    I worked at Sapient full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    global company doing interesting work, fairly current with new technology, not afraid to take chances and trusts their people more often than not.

    Cons

    Work life balance is one of the worst, and salary for internal staff isn't kept competitive. The two combined lead you to doing many people's jobs and working very long hours just to keep up with steady state let alone get ahead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your internal staff the same way you invest in your external staff. While your external people are billed staff and are revenue generating, they're a bunch of people banging rocks together in a field without all the hard working internal staff making what they do possible.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    very aggressive and cut throat environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Strategy Consultant  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Strategy Consultant in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    good pay. excellent projects and your relationship with ur boss is critical for success.

    Cons

    overly aggressive. high attrition rate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    connect with employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sapient has a ton of great people, but suffers from the usual corporate trappings you'd expect from a company its size.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    - The ability to "own your own growth" and impact the company on a global scale (if you're willing to put yourself out there and make the effort;
    - Incredibly smart, fun people, most of whom are very good at their jobs;
    - Strong local leadership and strong relationships
    - Great client book and interesting, challenging work

    Cons

    - Offshore development model;
    - Process, process, process (red tape);
    - Focus on margins and client relationships, often at the cost of employee well-being and product quality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people. Invest in your work. Avoid knee-jerk reactions to quarterly results (you're shooting yourselves in the foot in the long run). Invest in your people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fast-paced, dynamic, challenging, and rewarding

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Project Manager  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Project Manager in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    The company has very talented and driven people. Sapient strives to hire individuals who embody the core values of the company, so you're generally in good company at work. There is a lot of freedom to drive your own career here.

    Cons

    Consulting can be demanding and require frequent travel. There can be a lack of structure which requires a comfort with dealing with ambiguity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company with great culture and teams

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager QA  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Manager QA in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Sapient full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Strong Culture of following their core values-Openness, People Growth, Leadership etc.
    Learning opportunities are great internally

    Cons

    Growth and performance process is slow and needs a change

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good but passionless company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Very little hierarchy, success based on performance, collaborative open environment. Nice opportunity to work with people globally.

    Cons

    Very difficult to make personal connections with people, benefits are just ok, overly collaborative environment means its often hard to find owners and make decisions. Sometimes the 'culture and values' highlight hypocrisy in the real world behavior of individuals in leadership roles, which is tough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall good job. But: even if you don't believe it, please pretend that all business units are important. The singular focus on SapientNitro does damage to the other groups.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Worst experience of my life - save yourself and avoid working for this firm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Good hotel rooms for travelers and pretty flexible to work remotely if the weather is bad or their are flight delays.. avoid this firm. they will bill you out at 250k/year-300k/year and pay you 90-110. Only work for them if you can get 200+

    Cons

    overall, this company is nothing like how it is portrayed by the internal recruiters or managers. It's a chop shop consultancy which has zero knowledge of how to treat their employees with respect or dignity. The managers just don't have a business background and everyone suffers as a result. Assignments are chaotic, disorganized, lacks leadership, communication and process. It's almost like the consultants just make things up as they go and the client can easily see this. I would advise even the people i dislike in my life to avoid this firm. it's going to hurt your career at the end of the day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most senior managers, directors and vice presidents just need to be cut or let go to make room for a new generation of managers who can take better control of this sinking ship for shareholder value to be created.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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