Sapient Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
785 Reviews
3.3
785 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 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    A study in contrasts

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sapient part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    On the one hand, there are lots of smart people here and the pay is decent. Everyone is unfailingly nice, polite, etc. And any excuse for an alcohol party will do!

    Cons

    On the other hand, resources are used inappropriately and the "hoteling" atmosphere is really strange. It doesn't seem to bother anyone that there are not enough desks or even space for the people working in the Chicago office. The system is nightmarishly bureaucratic and you will spend hours doing your first timesheet and tracking down that first check. That's because the person you think is your supervisor actually isn't. There is a different "approver" (I never even met mine!) for each person's timesheet. How this makes sense, I have no idea. The real work is never really explained because you'll never get an orientation or a personal sit-down with your manager. You're just supposed to intuit what needs to be done. Despite all the talk about teamwork, no one works in tandem. There are endless meetings that just take up too much time and that results in people working until late into the night and bragging about it the next day. The worst are the theme days where people are asked to wear purple or a team jersey or a costume...That was ok for grade school but aren't we adults now?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate better. Give each employee a place to put their stuff. Onboard new employees so they know what they're doing. And get rid of HireRight as the background checker! They f everything up!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    very aggressive and cut throat environment

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    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
  3.  

    Great Place To work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Manager in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    Fun and Creative environment. Bonus if offered. Vacation time amount is fair. Benefits are competitive. Salary Increase / Raises are offered

    Cons

    There really are not any cons to working here. There really are not any cons to working here. There really are not any cons to working here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to grow.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sapient full-time

    Pros

    Amazing client challenges to work on.

    Cons

    Unless you are in the cool club, you won't get advanced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep current with titles and salaries as people grow faster at sapient then industry norm.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Mixed. Great place to start a career.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Sapient full-time

    Pros

    Good culture
    Smart and driven people
    Client commitment
    Great benefits

    Cons

    Rely too heavily on culture
    Limited mobility at mid levels
    Cliquishness

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strive to be a true meritocracy; personal relationships are important but shouldn't drive how rewards and opportunity is meted out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work if you like to travel

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    Former Employee - User Experience Designer  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Sapient full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great projects, smart people, great locations

    Cons

    long hours, not great pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if you say you do user centered design - don't let tech run the project

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Consulting Manager

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    Former Employee - Manager, Business Consulting
    Former Employee - Manager, Business Consulting

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

    Pros

    The company provides employees with more independence than others but this is mostly due to lack of infrastructure and employee support. So, if you are an experienced consultant you will do much better than if you are not.

    Cons

    Although Sapient is a mid size company it is organized into several separate companies which makes each company operates like a very small business providing less opportunities for individual growth and quicker lay-offs when business is down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people and infrastructure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    "Golden Handcuffs"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good pay, flexible work hours

    Cons

    Egos. There is bit of an old boys club, those who have worked at Sapient for a long time and drink together so they are promoted and get to be decision makers. There is a lot of lipservice to "openness, client delivery excellence and people growth" But in reality it is more about making money than doing quality work or giving people opportunities to grow in their craft.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lose the egos and practice what you preach. Bring the right people to the table and respect those who bring experience and knowledge outside of Sapient.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 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.

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    • 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
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    the worst ponzi scheme i have ever joined

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    none. they hire experienced folks, but do not listen to them. they demonstrate no leadership, so the projects often waste the clients time and money

    Cons

    they treat their workers as serfs or worse they have no original ideas choosing to follow the marketing herd. they don't value people, promoting posers who learn how to brown nose with the senior management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    slavery was outlawed in the USA over a century ago, you should stop trying to revive it. your brand is a joke

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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