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Creative Circle Overview

Los Angeles, CA
201 to 500 employees
2002
Company - Public
Business Services
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Creative Circle is a creative staffing agency that connects innovative advertising, marketing, digital and interactive professionals with companies seeking talent on a full-time or freelance basis.

Mission: Creative isn't just part of our name, it's at the heart of what we believe in. That's why we strive to represent some of the industry's most brilliant minds.

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Creative Circle – Why Work For Us?


What We Do

Creative Circle is a creative staffing agency that connects innovative advertising, marketing, digital and interactive professionals with top-tier businesses. We represent the creative industry’s top talent – from production artists to creative directors to UI/UX experts. Our clients are companies of all sizes and industries, who seek freelance and full-time hires. With offices in major cities across the U.S. and Canada, we are strategically located to meet your needs.

Creative Circle was founded by industry professionals, giving us an edge among staffing agencies. Our employees are largely veterans of advertising and marketing: creative directors, account executives, project managers, marketing managers and others with the unique insight that comes only from firsthand experience. In addition to our thorough grasp of each position’s requirements and each client’s needs, as industry insiders, we’re well connected.

Why We’re the Best

As creative industry pros with direct experience in our respective fields, we are subject matter experts. We’ve all been where our candidates and clients are right now, and we know what makes a good creative match.

… for Talent
With our vast network of professional connections, Creative Circle opens doors for job seekers. Our specialized focus and the creative background of our account executives and recruiters gives us the expertise necessary to be successful. We have spent years developing direct client relationships that job seekers won’t get from applying directly. Our access to hiring managers comes predominantly from forming these relationships, and providing consultative and superior client service. Our model allows industry professionals to represent candidates and free them up to do only what they do best – the actual work. Because we truly want to help you succeed, our services are free of charge to candidates.

… for Talent Seekers
Creative Circle recruits the field’s top talent, elite professionals with the ever-evolving skill sets clients want. Our evaluation process is another key element to what makes us so effective and includes a face-to-face interview, an in-depth portfolio review, reference checks, and when needed, skills evaluations.
Many of our candidates are ready to start work immediately, and since Creative Circle assumes employer liability for freelance employees, the hiring process is quick and hassle-free.

Why We Do This

We love the advertising world – the mix of business, creativity, glamour and amazing people. With new technologies and media platforms transforming the industry at breakneck speed, our days are packed with great challenges and surprising discoveries. That same innovative spirit drives us here at Creative Circle. We love our work, and that makes us great at what we do.

 

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Getting thousands of candidates hired every week takes hard work, from targeting potential clients to grooming candidates to getting the talent paid on time. We have over 300 employees in 27 offices, and we pride ourselves on our excellent retention rates. You may come to Creative Circle for a job, but don’t be surprised if you stick around: this is the place to make a brilliant career.

Who Succeeds Here?

Driven, self-motivated and savvy overachievers find a home here. Fierce and fearless types who love working in advertising and marketing jump into careers at Creative Circle, make a great living and have a great time doing it. 

Our Sales Account Executives have a clear mission: to build relationships with businesses that include top advertising agencies, boutique design firms and Fortune 500 corporations. They tirelessly seek new clients, while delivering Creative Circle as an ideal solution, opening doors and closing deals. With no commission cap and a direct correlation between effort expended and financial reward, our Sales Account Executives are in control of their earnings – a great incentive to earn big.

Creative Circle’s Recruiters also make fulfilling careers here. As creative matchmakers, they connect top-tier businesses with talent. Recruiters are quick studies, seeking out and identifying great job candidates by grasping the intangibles that make an ideal professional and personal fit. They also provide a consultative approach to candidates by assessing and providing feedback on résumés and portfolios. Versatile and people-oriented, Recruiters are as skilled at tough negotiations with clients as they are tending to talent.

Along with the paycheck, our Sales Account Executives and Recruiters say that one of the best things about their work is making a real difference in the lives of people they serve. Not only do they get companies access to premier talent that will make them shine, but they help candidates get the work they need with companies of all sizes and types.

Other career opportunities on our client-service teams include Project Managers, City Managers and Regional Directors, all hard-working, passionate people who love what they do.

Learn to Earn

When our employees succeed, Creative Circle succeeds, which is why we offer plenty of internal training. An experienced employee, with a proven track record for success, trains every new hire, and that close mentorship continues throughout each employee’s tenure at Creative Circle. We offer a myriad of opportunities for ongoing development, including lunch-and-learns, workshops, and allowances for continuing education and industry conferences and networking events.

 

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The Creative Circle Community


Creative Circle thrives only when our people do, so we honor our organizational values of openness, teamwork and integrity. We work in an energetic and positive environment that is professional and supportive. Our jobs are challenging, and since we know it’s natural to stumble, we give our people the time and mentoring they need to grow into their success. And we reward that success, promoting healthy competition with contests and other incentive programs, as well as recognition awards. We also like to celebrate our successes and hard work with happy hours and other fun events. Everyone at Creative Circle shares common goals – goals we achieve with teamwork.

Creative Circle in the Community


Our community spirit extends beyond company walls and into our neighborhoods. The Chicago office participated in the Cycle for Survival event, benefiting rare cancers, for example, and every Monday, the Phoenix office does a 5K. Many of our individual employees are involved with charities of their choice, and the company supports their efforts with paid time off dedicated to supporting non-profit ventures.

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What people are saying about us

Employees

The caliber of the talent and top-name ad agencies is amazing.

It's hard work (especially the first year), but if you work really hard, use the tools in place and take advantage of the coaching, you will have a rewarding and successful career at Creative Circle.

-Lauren, Sales


This is my dream job! After coming in for my interview, I couldn't imagine working anywhere else. I met with the whole team and one after another told me how passionate they were about their work and how much they loved working here – you don’t hear that much nowadays. I wanted to be a part of a team that was passionate and dedicated to their company. 

Secondly, I love being able to make a difference in people's lives – they’re so thankful every day for our help, and that really makes a difference in my own attitude.

-Katie, Recruiter


I love that my job has tangible results that are really life changing for candidates.

My work doesn't get easier, but I get better at it. Creative Circle is a great place if you consistently want to challenge yourself, and putting in a little extra effort is worth it. Although it's hard work, it's rewarding work with fantastic earning potential.

-Amy, Recruiter

 

Candidates 

Finding a job in this economy isn't easy, Enter Creative Circle. These guys are pros: they know what kind of talent you need to have in order to succeed in this economy. They are awesome. During our interview they told me right away how I should present myself and my work to potential employers. Now, 29 days later, I've been offered several freelance jobs and contract jobs, and have even found the full-time design position I set out to find when I started with them.

-Kelly, Designer

 

First of all, I'm listed with several ad agencies, some of which even sought me out instead of the other way around. Creative Circle continues to be the absolute best of the bunch. They literally sent me off to a new job within 10 minutes of my initial interview. If that's not amazingly quick service I don't know what is.

-Shayne, Graphic Designer


 

An interview with Creative Circle is not what you'd expect. The whole process unfolded much more like a workshop for my résumé and online portfolio. They offer an incredible service. If you're looking for good work in the marketing, advertising, entertainment and multimedia industries, look no further. Creative Circle works for you to place you with a reputable company where you'll certainly thrive.

-James, Copywriter

Clients

If you are looking for top talent, complete a Talent Request form or call the office nearest you. Whether you need help on a project today or a month from now, long- or short-term, with offices in major cities throughout the U.S. and Canada, we are strategically positioned to meet your needs.   

Talent

If you would like to be represented by Creative Circle, complete our Applicant Information form . If you look like a good fit, we’ll schedule phone and in-person interviews with a recruiter. After that, you’ll receive emails and phone calls about positions that best fit your background. You can also review some of our current openings here.

Internal

If you are interested in an internal position with Creative Circle, review our available jobs here.

Where We’re Located

Creative Circle has offices across North America covering the following areas: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Ft. Lauderdale, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New Jersey, New York, Orange County, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Raleigh-Durham, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Stamford, St. Louis, Tampa, Washington D.C. and Winston-Salem.
Visit www.creativecircle.com/contactus to find the office nearest you.

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    I have been working at Creative Circle full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Have a mailing list with frequent job opportunities
    - Helpful and responsive when you reach out

    Cons

    - Not entirely transparent on contracts
    - Portal to manage, submit, and review job/contract info is poor and hard to use.
    - Benefits could be better but they do offer them

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    Came in with high expectations that they might of been able to help me land a job. Sadly, I found that they are just a glorified temp agency.

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Creative Circle Awards & Accolades

  • America's Best Professional Recruiting Firms, Forbes, 2017
  • Largest Marketing/Creative Staffing Firms in the U.S., Staffing Industry Analysts, 2016
  • Largest Marketing/Creative Staffing Firm in the U.S., Staffing Industry Analysts, 2015
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