Sapient Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
806 Reviews
3.3
806 Reviews
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Sapient President & CEO Alan J. Herrick
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is fair, but like any consulting gig that somewhat depends on the project (in 27 reviews)

  • New joinees' orientation activities remind you of the core-values every week (in 49 reviews)


Cons
  • long / crazy working hours quite often puts work /life balance off (in 184 reviews)

  • No work life balance, No work from home facility, very hard to get leaves (in 45 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sapient full-time

    Pros

    Strong culture, investment in people growth, and openness

    Cons

    Work life balance can be challenging.

    Recommends
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    People are our biggest asset but they are let go every Friday.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sapient

    Pros

    - Exposure to good clients and work
    - Flexible hours

    Cons

    - Frequent layoffs. People are recruited and are let go without working on any project
    - Top management keeps on tossing new buzz words, which sound catchy but majority of them are vague and confusing
    -Work life balance is always a question

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -If People are your asset then please treat them like that.
    -Dont change things mindlessly. You can pilot them before making it organization level changes.

  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Hectic Work Culture, Like all other agencies, but does allow flexible hours, be your own manager

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    Current Employee - Senior Interactive Developer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Interactive Developer in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Open to ideas, encourage you to self manage, Flexible work hours.

    Cons

    No Job security - frequent lay-off for financial reason, putting employee careers on stake.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cut Corners, Make Money

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sapient full-time

    Pros

    There are spaces for big names on your resume, but you won't get to do anything with those big names.

    Cons

    Unconditional loyalty. You're just a moving cog.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set a real expectation that you're there to shut up and color.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    pretentious at best

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Sapient full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to climb upward if you kiss butt and don't have a family or life outside the organization. Lots of intelligent people to learn from.

    Cons

    Unless you drink the Sapient Kool Aid, you will be expunged from this group like a virus. Definitely not for the faint of heart, or those who desire low pressure work environments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Culturally Enrich Company

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    • 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 (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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Confusing

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    Former Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Manager in Boston, MA

    I worked at Sapient as a contractor (less than an 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Incredible Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager Interactive Program Management
    Current Employee - Manager Interactive Program Management

    I have been working at Sapient full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Company Culture, Values, Leadership, Co-Workers, Office Environment, Work-life balance, Benefits, + More.

    I have worked for SapientNitro for a year now and it has been a great experience thus far! Everyone is extremely talented, brilliant, and nice - and you will learn a ton if you decide to work here. Work-life balance is pretty good, but expect to have occasional late nights/ early mornings. As with any Ad-Agency, everything is very fast pace and extremely hands on. Sapient wants you to succeed, and leadership often checks in to see if you need anything.

    Cons

    Every day is different: although SapientNitro has an overall great work-life balance, there are definitely times where you will have a million things pile up at once. I wish there was a way to distribute tasks more evenly throughout the week. Again, this only happens about once every three weeks, but it's definitely a burden when it does (cancel dinner plans, stay late, etc.).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing - it's been great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great for college grads, otherwise you'll "walk the dog".

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    Former Employee - Senior Information Architect
    Former Employee - Senior Information Architect

    I worked at Sapient as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Youthful staff, rock stars at design and development. You will work with amazing people who are experts at their craft (and hopefully are not disenfranchised yet).

    Cons

    Middle management are glorified order takers and in pursuit of whatever will keep the client happy, regardless of strategy or what's best.

    Development management is all about over promises and over budgets. No wonder they are losing work.

    Leadership is too busy arguing over resource allocation and promoting books and who knows what else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean out the order takers and start living those values on the walls.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great pay & potential, but not for creatives

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    Former Employee - Creative in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Creative in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Sapient (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Pay is great. It probably keeps more people here than any other reason.
    - Weeklong orientation (sometimes at another office) helps get you accustomed to everything.
    - Great coworkers and super-talented people. You'll learn something from more than a few people.

    Cons

    - Client roster is pretty bland. Potential to do cool work is limited.
    - While trying to sell big projects for a client, they barely manage to launch basic projects without issue.
    - Culturally speaking it's still rooted in corporate muck. Inspiring agency environment is a work in progress.
    - Resourcing is by demand and usually not by skillset or career focus, with the possibility of being ripped off a team that you might be finding your groove.
    - Communication breakdown happens often from an operations standpoint. You need to really be self-motivated to get answers to even the simplest things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Grow the talent you have instead of hiring contractors for the interesting work.
    - Practice what you preach about openness, especially when people are let go.
    - Make this year about the people as you proclaimed in January. Too much talent is being mishandled.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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