The Creative Group Overview

Headquarters Menlo Park, CA
Size Unknown
Operated By Robert Half
Founded 1995
Type Company - Public
Industry Business Services
Revenue $2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
The Creative Group (TCG) is a leader among creative and marketing staffing agencies. We specialize in connecting talented, creative professionals with companies looking to hire interactive, design, marketing, advertising and public relations talent on a project, contract-to-hire ... Read more

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The Creative Group – Why Work For Us?


The Creative Group is a leader among creative and marketing staffing agencies. We specialize in connecting talented, creative professionals with companies looking to hire interactive, design, marketing, advertising and public relations talent. As the creative and design staffing division of Robert Half, we offer flexible solutions to meet companies' project, contract-to-hire and full-time employment needs. Through our parent company, we also have the resources to support organizations' temporary and full-time staffing needs in the areas of technology, accounting, finance, administrative and legal.

The Creative Group is a creative and design staffing agency that is well-connected to the communities we serve. We have built valuable relationships with top industry organizations, including AIGA, the American Advertising Federation, Graphic Design USA, HOW and Rhode Island School of Design. We also have an exclusive relationship with The Wall Street Journal. For this reason, working with The Creative Group gives companies and individual professionals a unique advantage over other creative and marketing staffing agencies.

With creative and design staffing agencies located in major markets across the United States and Canada, The Creative Group is proud to serve as a respected community partner in the cities where we live and work. 

Robert Half
The Creative Group is a division of Robert Half. Our specialized staffing divisions place professionals in the finance and accounting, information technology, legal, administrative, and marketing and creative industries. Robert Half also is the parent company of Protiviti, a leading provider of independent internal audit and business and technology risk consulting services.


As a creative professional, you deserve to be in creative jobs producing award-winning work for innovative companies. The Creative Group can help you do just that by matching you with projects tailored to your specific expertise and preferences. We pride ourselves on helping you find graphic design jobs and marketing jobs that suit both your skills and your personal goals. Our trained staffing managers understand your passion for your work and do their best to find creative jobs that are the best fit for you.

There are so many benefits of working with us. We offer career resources, including tips for writing a resume and cover letter and portfolio recommendations to help you land the best creative jobs available. We also provide feedback and advice on interviewing for marketing jobs and graphic design jobs, and we offer a variety of informative books, guides and webcasts for those seeking specific creative jobs. Read testimonials from job seekers just like you who have benefitted from The Creative Group's resources and connections.

As a temporary professional working with The Creative Group, you are eligible for our benefits package, which includes:

Free Online Training 
Free access to our extensive Online Training program upon registration.

Group Health, Life and Disability Insurance* 
Access to insurance packages, including health plans that meet the individual mandate requirements of the Affordable Care Act. These packages provide you a wide range of benefit options, including medical, prescription drugs, dental, vision, term life with accidental death benefit and short-term disability plans. Coverage is available to both you and your eligible dependents. The cost is conveniently deducted from your weekly paychecks on an after-tax basis. 

Voluntary Benefits Program*
The Creative Group provides you with access to various coverages including auto, homeowners, renters, long-term care and pet insurance.

Enables you to make pre-tax deferrals through payroll deductions to save for your retirement. Contact your staffing managers for details on eligibility.

Holiday Pay* 
You can receive additional pay on designated holidays after you work a minimum number of hours with The Creative Group.

Tuition Reimbursement 
In school or thinking about enrolling? The Creative Group can help you foot the bill. Program pre-approval is required.

Referral Bonuses 
Know a friend who might be interested in working with The Creative Group? Refer a friend and you may be eligible to receive a cash bonus.

*Only available only in the United States. Please note that all benefit plans and products may not be available in every state.

Tracy Emken

Tracy Emken, Princeton, N.J.

"Robert Half understands the importance of recognizing employees for their dedication and achievements. Excellence is rewarded here. I've never had an employer that made me feel this valued, empowered or motivated to succeed."





Brian Hitchen

Brian Hitchen, Sydney

"The company, and in particular my managers at the time, really supported me … They provided training and mentoring, and I emerged a better supervisor as a result, with skills that still serve me well today."





Mark Hopkins

Mark Hopkins, San Ramon, Calif.

"Robert Half has supported my career development by giving me the opportunity and the training to explore new career paths. This cannot be overstated because it's allowed me to grow and evolve professionally."





Nikki Roberts

Nikki Roberts, San Ramon, Calif.

"Since joining Robert Half, I have held seven different roles, ranging from finance to IT, and I've worked in multiple countries."






Neil Owen

Neil Owen, London

"I started my career with Robert Half as a resourcer in London, focusing on recruitment in banking and capital markets. With hard work and support from management, I steadily advanced. I'm now a director and feel lucky to be in a position where I can help others reach their goals."



At the heart of our business are people – our employees, our clients, the job candidates we place, and those who make up the communities in which we live and work.

Our philanthropic program, called Leading by Example, includes matching gifts, volunteerism, national partnerships and other outreach initiatives.

We host an annual suit drive to provide disadvantaged job seekers with professional attire and holiday drives, which benefit Dress for Success and Boys & Girls Clubs, respectively. We also support a number of youth-oriented, health and workforce development nonprofits through our other national partnerships and grants programs.

Read our corporate citizenship report to learn more about Robert Half's ongoing commitment to the people and businesses we serve through our diversity, education, professional development and environmental stewardship programs.

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    "Fantastic recruiter!"

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    The recruiters were fantastic, and they even got me a raise during my contract.


    None that I can think of.

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    Keep hiring such great recruiters!

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at The Creative Group (Chicago, IL) in January 2016.


    The manager wanted me to come in an interview for either a recruiter role or an account manager role. When I got there, security called up, and no one had any idea that I had an interview that day. Supposedly the manager I was scheduled to meet with was in a meeting. Finally the recruiter I had been talking to said it was okay for me to come up. I waited for a little while until they could find someone else to talk to me. I talked to another manager where we just did small talk and I essentially just asked questions to him. Then after about 30-40 minutes, I finally had a chance to speak to the manager I was scheduled to speak with. It was also pretty informal and she seemed very keen on selling me to join the staff. She acknowledged that they don't put much money into providing perks or even having a nice office, because they want their employees to have hire commission. She then wanted me to come and shadow the recruiting floor later in the week, and she told me she'd give me a call the next day to set up a time. I never received a call the next day or the day after, and the recruiter I had been in contact with never reached out either. I called my recruiter a few days later to tell her I was no longer interested in internal positions, and only interested in external positions. She still has yet to contact me about any positions. They seem to be very numbers driven, and the office itself feels like the 70s. I'm not interested in staffing at this point, and this kind of environment is the reason why.

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The Creative Group Awards & Accolades

  • World's Most Ethical Companies, Ethisphere, 2013
  • Greenest Big Companies, Newsweek, 2012
  • World's Most Admired Companies (Robert Half International Inc.), Fortune Magazine, 2015
  • Best Places to Work in the Bay Area (Robert Half International Inc.), San Francisco Business Times and the Silicon Valley Business Journal, 2015
  • World's Most Admired Companies, Fortune Magazine, 2014
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