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Updated November 12, 2018
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Carat CEO, Aegis Media Jerry Buhlmann
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  • "Work life balance is a unicorn --- it does not exist" (in 25 reviews)

  • "Long hours are common for media industry" (in 42 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Director"

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    Current Employee - Associate Planning Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Planning Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Transparent, fun, many opportunities, great culture

    Cons

    Probably the same downsides as most other companies


  2. "Assistant Digital Investment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Carat full-time

    Pros

    It's a great environment and a lot of fun perks

    Cons

    They care a lot about hierarchy level positions

  3. "SEM Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Carat full-time

    Pros

    It was a good work enviornment

    Cons

    Long work hours on some accounts


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Toxic environment with a lot of egos"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Carat full-time

    Pros

    Company events with food and drink from time to time

    Cons

    The environment is political and toxic. Everyone looks out for themselves and there's no recognition. The pay is low and people play favorites. A lot of egos, but not getting a lot done. Lost a lot of business this year. Avoid!

    Advice to Management

    Try to retain good staff rather than play politics
    Fire the big egos, no one likes working with them


  5. "Good Company for Media Careers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Carat full-time

    Pros

    Great Career Expereince
    Opportunities for Growth

    Cons

    Stressful work with low compensation


  6. "Assistant Planner"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great work life balance, great people and culture

    Cons

    low pay, sometimes long hours

    Advice to Management

    internal promotions


  7. "Senior Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, good leadership, great office space

    Cons

    long hours, no family life

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Worst Job I've Ever Had"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They had a communal pantry, which was nice when I didn't get to eat breakfast.

    Cons

    My manager was out of the office 90% of the time- not for meetings, but because she just "felt" like working from home. She would get angry at me for not having things done on time, but would cancel meetings with me, forget to follow up, or take over tasks integral to my work and not update me/blame me when things didn't get done.
    I would spend weeks trying to get a hold of people and then get blamed when they never responded to me.
    They are NOT flexible with school, regardless of what they may advertise. They held it over my head.
    Management does NOT communicate with each other- when I asked for clarification, they would say "you are trying to go around the other manager."
    They are probably some of the most two-faced people I've ever worked with.

    Advice to Management

    Your communication is terrible. It's incredibly disorganized and I can't stress enough how much I felt like no one cared.


  9. "Good Culture"

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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

    Relaxed culture, collaborative, great clients/accounts

    Cons

    staffing is not where it should be, compensation is low compared to industry


  10. Helpful (1)

    "mehh"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Carat full-time

    Pros

    - some really great global accounts
    - beautiful new office

    Cons

    - people culture is non-existent at best, awful at worst
    - turnover rate is insane
    - no organization or direction on career, especially if you're not "a favorite"


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