Sapient
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Updated Jul 6, 2014
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80% Approve of the CEO

Sapient President & CEO Alan J. Herrick

Alan J. Herrick

(455 ratings)

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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Work life balance is fair, but like any consulting gig that somewhat depends on the project"
    in 24 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 164 reviews
  • "No work life balance, No work from home facility, very hard to get leaves"
    in 38 reviews
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    Worst planning and unethical behaviour

    Senior Associate Technology - L1 (Current Employee)
    Bangalore (India)

    ProsCab facility is provided for even for the candidates for interview.

    ConsWorst planning. I got cleared in 4 rounds of interview. HR sent congratulations mail that I have cleared all rounds of interview. But after 2 days they rejected my offer saying they were looking for different position. I have never seen any company changing the requirements after interview process got over.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlan well before scheduling interviews

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Worst company ever

    GSS Department (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsThe drinking every Friday free on the business and being able to work from home on occassions

    ConsNo career growth, poor managers, poor leadership, awful internal processes and systems, very hire and fire attitude, for UK appalling polotics (if your not a yes person forget it)......

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook at the managers, listen to all the feedback and action on it - stop running a business based on weak leaders - you need strong managers and to restructure the internal admin teams - employ people with education and experience not neither - invest in decent systems!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Butter up your manager, otherwise you have no future in this company. You will learn that boss is always right.

    Senior Associate, Program Management (Former Employee)
    Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    ProsGood salary- Will pay you more than what is being offered by other companies. ( But it will become irrelevant once you spend some time in this company and will get frustrated.
    Nice office -
    Cab service

    Cons-Good to start your career here. Most of the senior people are old timers in this company who runs the show. New joiners will be treated like slave.
    - Sr Management not ready to listen anything against older employees , Lot of favouritism.
    - hire and fire policy - because they hire you in a hurry
    - Lot of discrimination between regular & contractual employees
    - People don't have etiquettes. Sr People start shouting on others on the floor itself. Very very unprofessional behaviour.
    - Managers create lot of dependency on themselves to save their job. ( They are boss not leaders)

    Advice to Senior Management- Skip level meetings are just show off . No benefits. People even don't dare to speak to Sr people in Skip level meetings because they know nothing is going to happen.
    - Most of the managers in the company are doing nothing.
    - Core values are not just for putting up on the wall. People need to deeply feel about them and follow them.
    - Ask hiring manager to explain the work in detail while hiring. Work is that good what is being communicated while interviews.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    "Tiring work with unbelievably unprofessional, politics, No Rewards"

    SAL1 (Former Employee)
    Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    ProsGood salary.
    Join only if you are nomad and only need money.

    ConsThey make YOU feel as if you are joining Google in Induction, its standard is not even close to indian MNCs.
    Lots of politics, cant grow on your own.
    Credit is given to people who has good PRs with mangers, others only work hard and get -ve ratings in turn.
    Very short tenured projects 2-5 months only. Once u are out of it you get bad ratings and hence no scope of growth.
    Managers in this company requires behavioral training. Talk as if they are talking to their servants.
    Core values of the company are good to hear but ARE NOT IMPLEMENTED at all.
    No process followed as a result the developers and testers suffers and are asked to work on weekends which goes waste as its not streamlined and every thing is adhoc. FORGET your PERSONAL LIFE.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet your processes streamlined and hire some professional people to create a good work culture.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    place only for freshers. Monotonous life. Not a place to be for wise, logical,authentic, intelligent people

    Team Lead (Former Employee)
    New Delhi (India)

    ProsPros – Good infrastructure,Brand name ,Salary hike(but only once ), provides cab while interview, useless interview - not related to what your background is or what you will be taking up in future.

    you wil see too young crowd and too old people. either your unaware (fresher) and may want to hold on to 1 company in beginning and start a career Or you are too used to Sapient that you wont be able to adjust in other lac of companies outside.

    they have core values - its all on papers.. nothing is seen positive.. all negative face of each core values.

    ConsCons – No work life balance, force you to work on Saturday, Sunday and even on public holidays no comp off no over time, no flexi timing, senior- management relax and enjoys and L1 and L2 works late night and sacrifices their health . no learning as you don’t have that time for R& D, they are not interested in innovation but how to bill more to their clients .To much micro management every tasks is allocated time in hours not more than 1-2 hours rarely you can complete the tasks so you have to work late and manager will say "finish all your tasks and than only you can go home ." Too much updates from senior managements . you will get dinner only when you stay at lst 10 pm . even then they wil take up 1 hr to decide and then we have to finish it in 15-20 min.
    mostly the team in which you will work are lacking in training and non efficient workers so you will have to took that load also .projects are not more than 3 months duration .So in a year you might be working on 4 different projects and you have to stretch late night .you will surly see this type of mail "skip the lunch, finish all tasks, Saturday and Sunday working, update your leaves in tracker if approved than u can take leave . " Too much meetings as senior managements will brush up their com skills and than u have to work late night .

    So many unnecessary documentation. Funny is it that, you may end up having 20 GB repository for 3 month project. several documents will be repeated or mutated.

    Not getting new projects so putting more pressure on employees to work on more than one project at a time to earn more profit

    Worst for QA/Testing professionals

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdvice to Senior Management – Control your managers, share profit with technical workers rather than non technical managers ,Treat your employees like human being they are not machine .

    Managers are at lst not knowledgable. its like munshi sitting on the galla only worried about money. not about people. Why do you call yourself People company??

    Get a good understanding of Project Management Domain not just fighting like cats/dogs within

    Approve of CEO - why.. does he even know what is going on?

    They also take session once a year and connect with lower level people. do you theink they can even speak up ? and if they do.. they are considered having showing negative atitude.

    Double faced company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Life at sapient (get ready to become slave )

    Senior Associate of Technology Level II (Current Employee)
    Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    ProsNo work life balance ,Good infrastructure,Brand name ,Salary hike(but only once ), very easy interview ,provides cab while interview

    ConsNo work life balance, force you to work on Saturday, Sunday and even on public holidays no comp off no over time, no flexi timing, senior- management relax and enjoys and L1 and L2 works late night and sacrifices their health . no learning as you don’t have that time for R& D, they are not interested in innovation but how to bill more to their clients .To much micro management every tasks is allocated time in hours not more than 1-2 hours rarely you can complete the tasks so you have to work late and manager will say "finish all your tasks and than only you can go home ." Too much updates from senior managements . you will get dinner only when you stay more than 11 pm . mostly the team in which you will work are lacking in training and non efficient workers so you will have to took that load also .projects are not more than 3 months duration .So in a year you might be working on 4 different projects and you have to stretch late night .you will surly see this type of mail "skip the lunch, finish all tasks, Saturday and Sunday working, update your leaves in tracker if approved than u can take leave . " Too much meetings as senior managements will brush up their com skills and than u have to work late night .

    Not getting new projects so putting more pressure on employees to work on more than one project at a time to earn more profit .

    Advice to Senior ManagementControl your managers ,share profit with technical workers rather than non technical managers ,Treat your employees like human being they are not machine .

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Small company, small goals, small thinking, small people.

    Senior Associate TRM L2 (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsEmployee centric policies are a tad better than most of the similar body-shop companies, especially for travelers. Definitely much better than the Indian IT companies like Infosys/TCS/HCL...etc

    ConsOh...where do I begin?!? Bad quality of work, negative growth. It's too small a company to have standard processes to operate. Policies change every season, so you end up not benefitting from the expired policy. The internal teams (non revenue generating) are highly inefficient, and HR tops the list. Highly unskilled people all around. As for the IT, there's an entire range from highly skilled to highly unskilled. Most, not all, of the top management is any Tom, Dick or Harry who was around when Sapient was in it's infancy, so not many qualified individuals there. Most just piggy-backed on the very few "true leaders" and are now sitting on top for really not doing much. As in most body-shopping companies, IT is the labor, so treated accordingly...although the largest and only revenue making department. A developer is expected to make sure the administrative tasks are taken care of - like pay-roll, travel, extensions, PID allocations, team on-boarding, etc...then what really does Project Management do here. Core Values to fool the employee - they are only good for the firm in every sense, not really for the individual. Here, the client is GOD, actually more than GOD, no matter how unethical or wrong. Your growth/oppurtunity is not based on your demonstrated skills, but the current client, project budget, and your immediate supervisor. Somehow, in my almost a decade long association with this company, the majority of people I come across are highly dis-satisfied, underpaid, doing some crappy work because Sapient can sell you for any level of work as long as someone is paying for it. Technically, most clients are never satisfied with the low quality of deliveries made by Sapient. They are somehow good at making good connections at top level which probably helps them get more and more projects, and surprizingly the client is willing to pay more than double of what he would pay any othet succh body-shop.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLack of strong leadership; Learn some real management, respect the labor, and labor laws...OR just let the techies manage, they'll still do it better than you.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Joining for Higher CTC, Forget about your personal life.

    Senior Associate (Current Employee)
    Banga (India)

    ProsFlexible timing( anyhow you have to work 16hrs avg a day )

    Cons> No Knowledge training when u r assigned a project, straight to the project hell from day 1

    >You have to work like a robot which is in a factory.(even it will get some time off)

    > Staffing Partners think like without them sapient wont run.(EGOs all time)

    >Requirements will change weekly (sometimes daily) and you have to rework that along with your day work.

    > Hell No Work Life Balance

    (Below is very Famous in Sapient)

    > You're appreciated daily and they tell u r a "ROCKSTAR" only to get the work done.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFirst learn how to set deadlines for project, then you guys can discuss abt committing a project. To keep up ur profit chart, dont pull down the employee Life.. We're not a tissue paper to use and through.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    it was very bad

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosthey pay you a hike of 40 %

    Cons1) very bad work pressure.work life balance becomes zero.
    2)they put in new technologies and then expect you to perform right from the first day.This becomes very stress ful.
    3)People are very rude and arrogant.no body will help you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to do business before getting into it.

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    sassy company

    Associate (Current Employee)
    Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    ProsNone, people are tired if working overtime here, health problems are rampant

    Consnearly everything here is cunningly designed to exploit employees, they either have BP problems or social connection cut off.

    Advice to Senior Managementsensibility is surgically removed from their brains

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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