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Updated March 24, 2017
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  • work/life balance a struggle at times (in 20 reviews)

  • Long hours due to understaffing (in 29 reviews)

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  1. "Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Culture, people, room to grow

    Cons

    Minimal cons while I worked there


  2. "Faithful employee for 5 years, not a lot to show for it"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - Plenty of clients allow for internal movement
    - Acquisitions make the future look bright

    Cons

    - Conference rooms need work. Constant technology issues.
    - Require near perfection for advancement but higher from external agencies with little vetting, resulting in frustrations

    Advice to Management

    Focus on acquisitions vs. existing clients led to no raises and constantly being kicked out of conference rooms for new business pitches. It's important to keep your existing clients and teams that work on them happy, or we're going to go elsewhere.


  3. "Great place to start"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Carat full-time

    Pros

    great perks, lots of collaboration across agencies

    Cons

    lack of sense of purpose but that's just because it's a huge company, at the lower levels everyone is replaceable


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    "Poor Work-Life Balance, leadership not very ethical"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Carat full-time

    Pros

    Some really great people, collaborative, and cross functionally people want to help each other out; cool industry at first but for me, not for the long haul

    Cons

    Lacks any soul - people have so much to do, there's little stopping even to ask how your weekend was, or how you're doing as a person which is what certain leaders treat you as - a resource vs. an actual person. Along the same vein, pay practices are perceived as unethical, lots of favoritism vs. fact - despite trying to promote the company as a meritocracy, in actuality it's who you know. I would say they're not very forthcoming and honest internally with people or externally with clients (seems like we just promise a lot that we have no idea how we're going to deliver)

    Advice to Management

    Be forthcoming with how the company is doing financially - People would have a lot more respect for honesty. Also, treat your employees how you treat your prospective clients and take the time for them. They'll do a whole lot more for you in return.


  6. "Getting Better"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Overall Good People
    Senior Management from NYC has had a positive influence
    Carat culture is very pro innovation
    Depending on which account you work on clients are pretty respectful
    Work Life balance is really good for an agency

    Cons

    HR is comically poor (Do not expect much and be prepared to recruit your own staff if you not an Exec)
    Some people have been around too long are resistant to new things

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing the Carat culture, worry less about insignificant things that do not matter like when people get in in the morning. It just annoys and alienates people who bring work home and work hard outside of the office.


  7. "Assistant Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, amazing learning opportunities

    Cons

    low pay for long hours


  8. "Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I have been working at Carat full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    nice work environment & culture. Great team

    Cons

    should be more free training resources for employees

    Advice to Management

    better onboarding for new hires


  9. "Great for Learning"

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

    I have been working at Carat full-time

    Pros

    If you need to gain experience this is a great place to start

    Cons

    Hard to move up or get promoted


  10. "Media Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great company with great benefits

    Cons

    Worked at remote office with small opportunity for advancement.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Good agency; needs a bit of improving"

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    Former Employee - Media Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Media Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people were amazing and they had great clients. I had a lot of client facing exposure and responsibilities.

    Cons

    It felt like a sweatshop at times and it was shortstaffed. Senior management unfairly put key responsibility on mid level staff.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees the support they need including process.



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