Sapient

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Sapient Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
835 Reviews
3.3
835 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 28 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Work life balance, sometimes promotions don't go with the level you are performing (in 188 reviews)

  • No work life balance, No work from home facility, very hard to get leaves (in 46 reviews)

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  1.  

    Fun working environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    This was a very fun working environment

    Cons

    Only temporary position I was filling in for, I wish it had been permanent

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate TRM L2 in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate TRM L2 in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Employee 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

    Cons

    Oh...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 ManagementAdvice

    Lack 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Possibilities of progression are there

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    On paper...the core values, free to be you, creative environment

    Cons

    Some of the employees tend to get a little beside themselves.....feel themself above you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value everybodys contribution

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A job not a career.

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    Former Employee - Program Manager
    Former Employee - Program Manager

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

    Pros

    Less travel if you work for Sapient Government Services (GS).

    Cons

    - Sapient is a subcontractor to most of their government projects and report directly to the prime contractor which could translate to limited and less exciting work.
    - Short project duration if your work for Sapient Nitro so less opportunities for learning and advancement.
    - For those who are looking for consulting experience fresh out of college, I recommend one of the big 4 consulting companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Offer growth and learning opportunities to employees and be less focused on making quick profit taken on small subcontracting project whichs are not aligned with the company's core competencies. The management team needs to be more focused and strategic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Wonderful company

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    Former Employee - Manager, Business Intelligence
    Former Employee - Manager, Business Intelligence

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

    Pros

    Interesting and creative work. Unique brand. Sharp Folks!

    Cons

    At the time, they had decided to focus squarely on their SapientNitro and Creative Marketing business, which meant that lower margin work was left behind.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sapient

    Pros

    Some of the best and most talented people work here. Pay is good, great benefits, vacation time is awesome,

    Cons

    Red tape, upper management needs to communicate better with the staff. Not much room to grow in certain departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication is advised. Cut through some of the red tape, and the work will flourish!

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work, pays well, long working hours though at times

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    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 8 years)

    Pros

    1. top notch creative and technology work - digital agency work
    2. great working environment - caring people, challenging assignments, push to excel
    3. good compensation package - compared to other similar employers

    Cons

    1. long / crazy working hours quite often puts work /life balance off
    2. lot of travel - especially if you are not in one of few major cities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need a better work-life balance policy for employees with young family (kids)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company overall- will throw you into the deep end if you're good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sapient full-time

    Pros

    The culture is awesome, even if it is being diluted as the company grows

    Cons

    There is a lack of structure in the way the business is run that makes it feel small

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Digital Agency with open culture

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    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

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

    Pros

    - Very open
    - Operates like a flat company. Everyone is very approachable
    - Very professional
    - Very consulting approach
    - Frequent promotions for top performers
    - Very competitive salary for lateral hires

    Cons

    - Huge salary discrepancy between lateral hire and people who have grown within Sapient

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Nurture the talent which will make this a great company. Don't lose focus on the employees as you grow bigger.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good job to learn basics in presentations and professional communication

    Former Employee - Project Manager in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Learn how to build the perfect PowerPoint deck and facilitate customer workshops

    Cons

    While I learned a lot of superficial skills (hours debating what type of font to use on a ppt slide), there was very little critical thinking on the substance of the problem and very little was ever accomplished for the client. That was also the clients less than sincere interest in change. So it was a dog and pony show.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let employees move around more to find projects that fit them.

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