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Havas Media Reviews

Updated September 19, 2017
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  • Typical agency - Work/Life balance is a laughable concept (in 18 reviews)

  • Sometimes long hours with large workload (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Havas"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Media in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Media in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Havas has a great work environment!

    Cons

    Need more staffing to support teams


  2. "Good and Bad"

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

    I worked at Havas Media full-time

    Pros

    -Great coworkers. I met some really smart, kind individuals here.
    -Awesome snacks, coffee, free food and drinks
    -Great parties, presentations and concerts.
    -You will learn A LOT about the industry, various systems, trends etc...
    -Big name clients.

    Cons

    -Bullying environment from upper level staff. I had the absolute worst experience with my supervisor who was demeaning, lied to me and others without batting an eye, was lazy, unorganized, never took fault for their own mistakes instead threw others under the bus.
    -Chaotic and unorganized processes.
    -No training, you just get thrown right in. Heard from many others that starting here was absolutely miserable for them for that reason as well.
    -Anxiety and stress inducing from all of the above.
    -Work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to those managing staff. Listen to how they treat others and correct bullying behavior. Have one on one chats with your staff to make sure they're happy and things are going as they expected. Train your management to know how to manage people properly. Establish organized and standardized procedures for the work being done and make sure they are carried through all the way.

  3. "Could be great but isn't"

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    Former Employee - Accounts Payable
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people, great agency perks (days off, free snacks, weekly happy hour)

    Cons

    Upper management makes major changes without consulting those actually doing the work. No clear career path for those working on client finance side.


  4. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Given the same workload as current employees

    Cons

    40 hour minimum and maximum


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not enough salary"

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    Current Employee - Media Planner in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Media Planner in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Young People
    A lot of schedule flexibility - depending on your supervisor

    Cons

    Salary is not aligned according to performance and workload
    Workload between planners is not good: some planners work a lot some don't really work at all


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunity"

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

    I have been working at Havas Media full-time

    Pros

    -Lots of collaboration amongst different teams
    -Company is growing quickly
    -Generous vacation package

    Cons

    -More training opportunities are needed


  7. "Toxic office run by incompetent idiots"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Havas Media full-time

    Pros

    Nice office design, snacks in kitchen, happy hour

    Cons

    - Bunch of headless chickens running around
    - Lot of attitude
    - Completely disorganized (embarrassing for any company)
    - High turnover
    - Outdated tech systems (we use IBM as our mail client for crying out loud and forget trying to work from home)

    I have had the misfortune of working at Havas. First of all, everyone is a psychotic mess. One month in and you will already see the chaos in this office. Team leads will be yelling at you for anything at any hour of the day. Even while their team messes up on everything. The ego here is astounding but that's what gets you promoted along with a big mouth. Anyone who is in leadership has gotten there by talking 90% of the time and using the other 10% getting drunk. I question if any of them have actually done any of the real work that lower level people do. There is an irrational level of stress because leadership has a warped sense of expectation and demand too much because it's so difficult for them to say "no" to the clients.

    You should expect to work overtime and be ripped apart for any mistake you do. Everyone will throw you under the bus; the mantra here is "cover your..." (that's what leadership tells us every week) so that you can avoid such a situation. Not sure how Havas is a cesspool of idiots but that's what it is so join the company at your own peril. They pay decent but that's because they know they're a terrible agency who's wholly dependent on 2-4 main clients. Take those clients away, you have no business model and no sustainable management. Pathetic to say the least. It's laughable that this company has stayed afloat for so long, I guess that's their biggest accomplishment.

    Tips for getting through this job: don't give a damn and keep your head low.

    Advice to Management

    Find a new business venture

  8. Helpful (3)

    "So Much Potential"

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    Current Employee - Digital Media Buyer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Digital Media Buyer in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Endless opportunities to learn the industry inside and out

    Cons

    Highly questionable leadership appointments. Adults in charge of leading media teams often succumb to middle school level pettiness. Prevalent fear of accountability and refusal to admit mistakes at every level that fosters deep resentment and friction among colleagues and teams.

    Advice to Management

    Vet your leadership more carefully if you want to retain and build better employees. I see bright eyed entry level people with so much curiosity and potential being discouraged by employees above them at all levels for no other reason than to shift blame and protect their own ego. Show every employee respect, actively listen and be present when teaching, establish honest and open communication, and always treat everyone below you the way you would want to be treated. I love Havas as a company now, but I would never go back and chose to begin my career here strictly because of how entry level employees are treated by mid level employees. I am often hesitant to refer qualified people when there is an opening on my team because the dynamic is so unprofessional, to the point where few team members can work productively together and leadership either initiates or excuses highly destructive behavior during work and on team outings. My advice to management is promote based on merit and demeanor, really look at how the people in charge act on a day to day basis, and correct it if you want to retain talent. Anyone can learn digital media, not just anyone can lead. Be much more picky about leadership. There are so many bright young minds here with endless potential if cultivated the right way. Advocating for this is advocating for the future, and the betterment of Havas.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Havas Media full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunities for growth and exposure

    Cons

    Long hours but that's part of agency life


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Assistant Media Planner"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Media Planner in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Assistant Media Planner in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The office is thoughtfully designed and the main walls are covered in graffiti art
    - Free coffee, snacks, food and alcohol on certain days
    - Casual attire
    - Training opportunities every couple of months with a large group

    Cons

    - The teams are spread thin, not enough staff to cover the amount of work and everyone from entry level to account directors are overworked
    - Not a 9 - 5 position, often required to work outside of it, work life balance is hard to achieve
    - No training opportunities, once you are in the role you are expected to learn or sink
    - Extremely fast paced environment, expect to churn out reports, and client deliverables
    - Upper level management does not acknowledge entry level employees
    - Social community is lacking, people are nice, but there is no camaraderie
    - Promotions are slow and pay is low for the amount of work

    Advice to Management

    - Look at the amount of hours people are putting in and analyze whether teams should have more support
    - Create an official training structure to onboard employees into role
    - Provide training opportunities tailored to each department


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