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Havas Media Reviews

Updated August 15, 2018
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  • "No work life balance - depends on the department you work for" (in 27 reviews)

  • "No work life balance on rubbish money" (in 8 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. "Great Place to work"

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

    Pros

    Great people, great company to work for

    Cons

    Poor communication between teams often

    Advice to Management

    Create more communication between teams

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun environment, hard working people

    Cons

    Can take a while to move up


  4. "Great for the most part"

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

    I have been working at Havas Media full-time

    Pros

    great perks
    great culture
    some good leadership

    Cons

    reward complacency, do not pave the way for rising employees
    Low pay with minimal raises/bonuses throughout the year


  5. "Proper vision within a chaotic landscape"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Havas Media full-time

    Pros

    The people are the best part of the job.
    Good work ethic throughout.
    Cool Office space.
    Smart, Challenging colleagues.
    Easily Accessible and approachable management

    Cons

    It takes a long time for things to get pushed through. Sometimes a bit all over the place with shaping the companies vision/direction, which is seemingly changing based on the news of the week.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "When it's good, it's great. When it's bad, it's terrible."

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    Current Employee - Social Media Supervisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Social Media Supervisor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are hard working, very smart, and incredibly supportive. The free snacks are nice and Bar 8 every Thursday night is a fun perk. Exposure to big clients and other benefits such as a huge discount on Citibike, corporate discounts on Equinox and other gyms, free Ubers and take-out after 8pm, tuition reimbursement, etc.

    Cons

    There are some ridiculously incompetent people working at Havas. This tells me that the hiring process is nowhere near difficult enough and that as long as you can talk the talk, there's a place for you at Havas. There are many leaders there who barely lift a finger and their account is essentially being run by the junior staff members who are expected to do all of the work. The teams within Havas lack continuity and there seems to be a different internal protocol for every client rather than a uniform, centralized process. Growth opportunities are also limited. Being promoted seems to be an arduous and exasperating process in that you have to practically plead with upper management to move to the next level. Upper management is also not transparent at all and does not do a good job of communicating with or engaging the junior staff. Issues like turnover are just never addressed and therefore, nothing really ever changes.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent. Show your staff that you are invested in them and value them by rewarding them and recognizing their accomplishments. Use all-hands meetings not to just review a great campaign or a new product feature, but instead to recognize a recent team member's accomplishment (small or large) or foster connections with the team by doing team building exercises. Little things go a very long way to show your team that they matter.


  7. "Analytics Associate Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    There are a few good people

    Cons

    Nepotism has caused senior roles to be filled by very incapable salesmen.

    Advice to Management

    Take complaints against your SVPs seriously as the bullying culture has a tendency to drive away smarter team members. Review the capabilities of your directors and compare it against the industry.

  8. "Assistant Planner"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Havas Media full-time

    Pros

    Convenient office location in the heart of Tribeca/Soho area

    Cons

    Terrible coworkers and clients. Very superficial people.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "finance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    free snacks and nice office

    Cons

    terrible work/ life balance for low pay, outdated tech systems, less than stellar upper management

    Advice to Management

    stop overworking good employees and motivating them to leave


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Horrible"

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    Current Employee - Social Media Strategist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Social Media Strategist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people
    Plenty of opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Rampant miscommunication between teams
    Outdated technology
    Horribly inefficient


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