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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Mixed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    - Met a lot of interesting and smart people over the years, but also a few oddballs
    - A few strategic projects that have been very interesting (but these are not common)
    - Work hours are not as bad as other firms (largely dependent on the team and project)

    Cons

    - Leadership seems unapproachable, especially to junior level people. Never really seemed like they cared; quite the opposite reaction to more senior level hires.
    - Bench/beach environment in the home office reflects the overall stale relationships and structure of the firm. Most people feel uncomfortable talking to each other.
    - Pay is sub-par if trying to work your way up. You will only get paid if you are coming from a higher salary. This promotes turnover and exits.
    - Lots of account managers will refuse to eat travel costs just to boost their margins. You then have localized benches instead of a regional pool. (which means missed opportunities for people sitting on the bench and a lot of mismatches) It feels like different companies instead of different offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - There are too many expensive senior level people who aren't selling and don't actually deliver the work. You have an upside down triangle (with too many guys at the top) and it presents a stale working environment.
    - Increase the incentive structure for junior/mid level employees to actually stay with the firm. (bonuses are a farce and aren't even given to associates) They are the ones delivering and it's a lot cheaper to grow talent than to buy it. Hire younger people to bring energy into the office.
    - Fix those margin structures. Employees should not be sitting on the bench just because an account lead in another office refuses to eat travel expenses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Former IT

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

    I worked at Sapient full-time (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
  3.  

    Overall, Great experience over last 10 years. Great set of people

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

    I have been working at Sapient full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Open Culture, Great opportunities, take care of people

    Cons

    not great for work life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great opportunities, great clients, great culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sapient full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities for self-motivated people to work on large public projects. Excellent atmosphere for honest communication and growth. Great HR and support.

    Cons

    Not everyone is supportive of work/life balance. Some egos tend to rise to the top on personality instead of skill.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drops in junior performance may indicate friction with senior staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work. Tons of Opportunities. Red Tape and internal processes are the achilles heel of this great company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Tons of Opportunities. Great people, great culture, great work.

    Cons

    Internal processes and operational processes are archaic, inefficient, daunting--dare i say absurd? depressing?
    You will be endlessly pestered about time cards, the hours you bill, project allocations. This happens on a weekly basis.. you twill not escape it!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Still working through the ambiguity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Sapient full-time

    Pros

    Everyone is nice for the most part, Work-life balance seems good. A lot of young people

    Cons

    Leadership is still learning their way

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sapient sets its people up for success. Amazing culture.

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

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

    Pros

    Values its people. Builds a culture for the long term. Work life balance is fair, but like any consulting gig that somewhat depends on the project. Not driven by short term thinking. Dedicated to doing what is right for the project. Very values driven. Sounds hokey in this day and age, but true.

    Cons

    401 plan stinks. Long vest, low match. Tends to promote slowly, which isn't terrible (you can't unpromote someone). Still a business and will make tough business decisions when necessary, but that's normal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on the current path.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing people, supportive environment. Lots of opportunities to learn if you're not afraid to work for it!

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

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

    Pros

    Great culture, quality people, an environment that fosters honesty and growth, lots of opportunities for learning. You're never told no - instead you are always offered the opportunity to take on more responsibility, and are encouraged to work with others to enable the success of the company. Leadership is great with communicating the overall vision and growth of the company.

    Cons

    Compensation/benefits is not as competitive as other places.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep living the core values, and the open lines of communication! The level of trust at sapient is great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Smart, talented and driven people

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

    I worked at Sapient full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong culture. Smart, talented people who want to deliver the best product. Multi-disciplinary teams. decentralized management.

    Cons

    Long hours, travel, less than optimum life balance

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company with great culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Program Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    People are given a chance to take risks and learn from mistakes. Feedback process is very robust. Company values openness and promotes creativity.

    Cons

    Hard to maintain work life balance. Late working nights is very common.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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