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Updated March 12, 2019
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Aquent Co-Founder and CEO John H. Chuang
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Pros
  • "Great work-life balance - Management is very enthusiastic about supporting you and your career" (in 52 reviews)

  • "Aquent offers great benefits and 401k" (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • "As with many staffing agencies, there is no paid time off" (in 17 reviews)

  • "No cons so far with the company" (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Great staffing agency"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager/Recruiter in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager/Recruiter in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aquent full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work. Constant learning. Not micromanaged. Holistic. Does not have the competitive culture of some other staffing agencies. Good reputation in the industry.

    Cons

    Compensation is not as high as some other staffing agencies but it's a trade-off.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication with staff and better long-term planning


  2. "Awesome place to work"

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    Current Employee - Junior Software Engineer in Asheville, NC
    Current Employee - Junior Software Engineer in Asheville, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is very friendly and keeps a level head basically all the time. The crew is fun to work with. The office is relatively distraction free if you desire that kind of thing. They like to use the latest technologies when the fit is right. They are very open to feedback from all employees, even the junior devs. Benefits are awesome. Work/life balance is great!

    Cons

    Avoiding technical debt may not be a high enough concern.

  3. "Okay not great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aquent full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Okay but not great at least for me

    Cons

    No upward mobility, not for me


  4. "Unorganized company that has incredible people (and potential)"

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    Former Employee - Agent
    Former Employee - Agent
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Aquent full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great flexibility and work/life balance
    - Incredible employees
    - Pretty good clients who respect the industry (this is highly dependent on team!)

    Cons

    - Ever changing management, bonus structure, tech changes, and bogus proprietary tools that are dated!
    - Weird perks that are difficult to take advantage of (learning funds that need to be approved by 2 different levels, unlimited time off but if you take time off it hurts you financially)
    - Limited upward mobility
    - Disconnected marketing and product team
    - Management does not listen to feedback (or doesn't care?)

    Advice to Management

    Get some change management counsel
    Stop owning this "change is everything!" motto, and act like a company that values it's employees


  5. "Ok"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aquent full-time

    Pros

    They had great benefits and good people to work with.

    Cons

    Didn't pay employees what they are worth.


  6. "Good company overall"

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    Current Employee - Account Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aquent full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Empathetic, good place to work

    Cons

    Pay is really under market

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  7. "Well-organized, professional place to work"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Asheville, NC
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Asheville, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly-skilled dev team, excellent code base and infrastructure, no drama

    Cons

    Management is not yet on board with remote or partial-remote work days. But the office environment is respectful and distractions are minimal.

  8. "Pros & Cons"

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    Former Employee - Tech Lead
    Former Employee - Tech Lead
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aquent full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Best work environment
    Work life balance

    Cons

    Salary not up to the market


  9. "Good Place to Work At"

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    Current Employee - Front End Developer in East Moline, IL
    Current Employee - Front End Developer in East Moline, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Created a two month training program for front end development

    Cons

    The location of the office is in the middle of nowhere


  10. Helpful (3)

    "It's not what it used to be"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aquent full-time

    Pros

    Hard to say, so many of the great things at Aquent are changing. It used to be very different from other sales organizations, it wasn't cutthroat and super stressful. The work-life balance is awesome, and the opportunity to use the company's beach houses in Florida and Hawaii is great if you can get it.

    Cons

    I left because I was disappointed by the changes and decisions being made by management. I can't speak for the whole company, but my team in particular was going through a lot of changes, and I continue to hear things are getting worse. One must look at these changes and wonder if the company is in financial distress. Or perhaps they are getting ready to sell? It's simply not the same, people are dropping like flies and most my friends still there are all looking. It almost seems like they knew this would happen and are ok with it. It's a total turnover for cheaper people. Clients should beware, new people interviewing need to dig deep and ask tough questions about what's going on. Not a place I would recommend to anyone at this point. You can be stressed elsewhere and make much better money.

    Advice to Management

    I don't think anything said here will make a difference. Many people are complaining and I don't think they care.