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Havas Media Reviews

Updated February 21, 2018
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Pros
  • Young environment and lots of consistency and ability to have work life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • The working environment is enjoyable and the people there were always there to help me out when I needed it (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance can sometimes be a challenge in busier times, but that is the media industry you have to accept that (in 24 reviews)

  • No work life balance on rubbish money (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Assistant Broadcast Buyer"

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

    I have been working at Havas Media full-time

    Pros

    Awesome perks, Snack Kitchens, Flexibility of working from home, Casual attire, Vacation days

    Cons

    Not paying employees enough although amazing company


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Havas Media full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, great office space and location in Boston, great benefits/paid time off

    Cons

    Changes in leadership often led to inconsistencies in priorities. The number of different business units within the company, and the ultimate global leadership, can make things confusing and frustrating, especially for experienced media professionals who have worked at other shops

    Advice to Management

    Keep the lines of communication open, make sure everyone understands and is fully on board with company priorities, from office leadership down to assistant levels

  3. "Great environment, must push for growth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Havas Media full-time

    Pros

    Heavily backed/funded company; lots of tools/resources; global reach

    Cons

    May need to push and advocate for yourself to get the recognition you deserve


  4. "Media Planner"

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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

    Really fun social place with a lack of boundaries. People are collaborative in many instances and the company tries to make sure to maintain an enjoyable atmosphere with lots of events, etc.

    Cons

    At the root of it all, this is simply not a place that values people's growth or cares about nurturing a professional environment. Besides being a social atmosphere with a lot of fun people and events, everything else is virtually garbage. There are tons of employees that should've been fired ages ago and get away with little to minimal knowledge, and working with the internal teams is arduous, ineffective, but coincidentally mandated. Virtually nobody above the supervisor level has any knowledge of digital media, and the company literally doesn't care. I've never seen such ineffective leadership, such toxic treatment of subordinates, not to mention promotions left completely up to circumstance. There's been a mass exodus of their best and brightest following the worst executed transition of all time - department heads have no context as they bicker amongst themselves due to directives issued from France. They have won virtually no business in ages and think silly awards justify a lack of any innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Stop creating a million specialty teams and make sure senior employees understand the landscape better than their assistant planners


  5. "Not Disclosed"

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

    I worked at Havas Media full-time

    Pros

    I cannot name even one

    Cons

    This company was a misery to work for. They do not promote growth and they do not treat their employees well. Also long days and not the most creative company although they market themselves as being such

    Advice to Management

    Having beer on tap does not make your culture great! Definitely invest more in your employees and help them grow


  6. "Advertising Operations Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Advertising Operations Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Advertising Operations Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun office space, lots of free food and drinks. They give a lot of time off and they have some really cool benefits like travel and education money for things you're passionate about.

    Cons

    Cliquey work culture, little room for advancement. They tend to overwork people because of poor planning on other teams parts. Entry level compensation is GARBAGE and they don't give raises, even for good performance, unless you get moved up to management.

    Advice to Management

    Focus less on the office environment and more on your employees. Provide better training, don't just drop people in and expect them to figure things out. If someone emails you about something you said you were going to do, be courteous and email them back, don't just ignore them because it's convenient for you.


  7. "Media Planner"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Havas Media full-time

    Pros

    You got to learn a ton.

    Cons

    underpaid. no training at all. you're pretty much on your own.

  8. "Typical Media Agency"

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

    I worked at Havas Media full-time

    Pros

    Young environment and lots of consistency and ability to have work life balance.

    Cons

    Lack of organization and structure, lots of clicks and promotions given to those that do not deserve it. Terrible insurance and benefits. Boring work.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Quality drastically changed over the years"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun people, great work perks (thanks to negotiating with top notch vendors), some teams are well built and staffed accordingly.

    Cons

    No work life balance (expect to stay past 6pm, no questions asked, most nights), leadership is aggressive (lots of swearing, putting people down), don’t even bother to question authority.

    Advice to Management

    Get a President who doesn’t exude anxiety and put his stress onto others. The Boston would be a completely different (and better) place with a calm authority.


  10. "Salary"

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    Current Employee - Department Head - Operations in Bogota, NJ
    Current Employee - Department Head - Operations in Bogota, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Scopes - Accounts - Client Service

    Cons

    Egos - Communication - planning - jdkls

    Havas Media Response

    Jan 8, 2018 – Global Chief Talent Officer

    Thanks for your feedback. We are glad to hear you are having a good experience. Feedback from employees is very important to us, so please share with your management the opportunities you see for... More


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