Carat Reviews

Updated Aug 5, 2020

To filter reviews, or .
3.3
57%
Recommend to a Friend
80%
Approve of CEO
Carat CEO, Aegis Media Jerry Buhlmann
Jerry Buhlmann
115 Ratings
Pros
Cons
  • "sometimes can be long hours, lack of company outings but we get enough perks with partners anyways(in 47 reviews)

  • "Terrible work/life balance if not located in Detroit or not on one of the more favorable teams(in 31 reviews)

More Pros and Cons
  1. "Great collaborative work environment"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Associate Media Planner in New York, NY

    I worked at Carat full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Passionate employees who really care about the work Lots of volunteering opportunities for employees who want to stay connected outside of work as well

    Cons

    The "if you're not staying late, you're not working hard enough" mentality can be a thing, but it really depends on which team you're on.

  2. "Assistant Media Buyer - Adverising"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Media Buyer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Carat full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Awesome company to work for right out of school

    Cons

    Lots of work at Carat


  3. "Swing and Miss"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Media Planning in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Carat full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good people to work with, blue chip clients, solid base to create springboard from and build resume.

    Cons

    Upper management not in touch with department needs, management does not anticipate staffing needs which leads to regular turnover and issues with client service. Very reactionary versus proactive measures. Not a shop to put a stake in the ground for longterm employment.

    Continue reading
  4. "company grew too big and without culture"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Carat full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    good people and work hours

    Cons

    low levels of communication from leadership to employees

  5. "Good Start"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Associate Media Buyer in New York, NY

    I worked at Carat full-time

    Pros

    Agency experience is always good to have

    Cons

    Typical agency experience. Long hours low pay

  6. "Great company"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Media Planner in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I worked at Carat full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Learning experience, advancement opportunities, benefits

    Cons

    Salary is low, competitive culture

  7. "Great culture with diverse talents"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - General Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Carat full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Access to expertise from different fields across our sister companies

    Cons

    Extremely competitive & require skillsets to manage politics

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Incompetent analytics management leading a large account. AVOID AT ALL COST!"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analytics 
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Carat full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Met a few good people

    Cons

    The company tries to save $$ at hiring and tech. This analytics team has the highest percent of lower tier talent I have seen in the industry. They made a few qualified hires but they all left within a year because the team failed up. Extremely high turnover in analytics because current leadership cannot attract and retain talent. Incompetent leadership (AD and up) who spend all time BS and play politics to pretend they are not useless, which leads to toxic culture, micromanaging and gaslighting at the worst. Extremely behind in tech. You will see junior level employees are expected to be data engineers, data architects, analysts, BI engineers, automation flow developers, PPT pros all rolled into one with ZERO support from management. At the end of the day they still have to use Excel because leadership is incompetent to lead tech advancement.

    Continue reading
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Worst Company with bureaucracy, no one is hard working"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analytics in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Carat full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There is no single pros for this company at least my team

    Cons

    - Bureaucracy - Toxic team culture and no one work on to fix that - Low salary with less change for you to prove yourself since management level never want to make team better - Hiring process is a mess without a standard of certain position, manager only care about getting more labor to do basic work so they can have the feel of controlling, HR is ignorant - Your team's function might be underestimated if client expect nothing on you, and manger only care about his own instead of team's value

  10. "Digital Activation"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Associate 

    I have been working at Carat full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The team chemistry is very impressive

    Cons

    Can get lost in the shuffle

Found 424 reviews