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Carat Reviews

Updated October 14, 2017
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Carat CEO, Aegis Media Jerry Buhlmann
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  • Work/life balance is almost impossible (in 24 reviews)

  • Long hours and expection to work weekends (in 28 reviews)

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  1. "Amazing Company"

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Supervisor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is an innovation ad agency, one of the best in the business

    Cons

    None that I can think of


  2. "Mixed feelings"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Carat full-time

    Pros

    Great values, good advancement oppurtunities and lots of training

    Cons

    Depends on the managing team in place. Loved working there for years but then a change in mgmt made it awful...

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Not enough pay for the amount of work, but the people make the environment a great one."

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    Current Employee - Associate Media Buyer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Associate Media Buyer in Atlanta, GA
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Carat full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are really great people that work for this company. Carat pushes for innovation which leads to a creative work environment, you manage your own time, and you can get really great experience.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is almost impossible. They expect you to work 60+ hours a week with no compensation. They pay is terrible and it is very hard to get a raise or promotion. You will not get either unless you ask, and even then you probably will not get it. They are pretty bad about recognizing talent and doing their best to keep them there. They will let talent walk before giving them a promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Know your employees and compensate them for doing well. Most Carat salaries are not livable.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Nice environment but can get lost"

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    Current Employee - Media Planner in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Media Planner in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Carat full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people are great and some want to see you succeed. It's best as anyone can make it depending on the account.
    The company itself has great resources due to its size and sister companies

    Cons

    Sometimes there isn't choice and unknown how the account your on will pan out. But sometimes upper management doesn't care on your growth. After awhile certain things become monotonous and as much as you speak up it gets you nowhere.

    Advice to Management

    Care about your employees and less about what people think about you


  5. "Associate Director, Comms Planning"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities for career development. Usually motivated and intelligent people, not a culture of "we're the best" attitudes which is good. Offices have been redesigned recently and workspace is quite nice

    Cons

    For quite some time now a lot of people have been complaining about salaries (usually always the case in media agencies). Multiple coworkers have been denied merit salary increases when these were way overdue. Blame it on the financial crisis, situation in China, etc...


  6. "AMD"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Carat full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, smart, innovate, people first mentality

    Cons

    Large agency, sometimes hard to navigate unless you proactively assert yourself


  7. "N/A"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Carat full-time

    Pros

    Innovating culture, flexibility, team comradery

    Cons

    No comment at this time.

    Advice to Management

    N/A

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Reputable organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Carat full-time

    Pros

    The value of the Carat name really carries, and employees get the opportunity to work on strong accounts

    Cons

    Raises are only given with promotions, not with merit or time at the organization


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Best Agency in Digital!!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Carat full-time

    Pros

    Loved working with talented and smart individuals.

    Cons

    Some teammates are frequent chatter boxes, but that's what headphones are for (similar experience in other companies).

    Advice to Management

    Some HR staff were not helpful, especially when it came to employee benefits.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Start"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Ad Operations Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Ad Operations Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly people, great perks, lots of snacks in the kitchen, lovely culture

    Cons

    Not enough pay, work life balance might be rough depending on account

    Advice to Management

    Communication is key to keep a team happy


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