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Updated Jul 26, 2019

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Meh"

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

    I worked at Havas Worldwide full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great & talented people to work with. I worked under a couple of great supervisors who taught me their way of producing but also allowed me to develop my own technique with their guidance.

    Cons

    No transparency b/w upper management and employees. For example, the CCO quit or was forced out, and yet it was never announced by top management - only gossiped about by employees. There was a lack of structure which added to a lot of chaos and stress throughout the year. Very hard to get a substantial raise. If you start at an entry level position, you are given raises based on percentages - rather than merit.

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    Advice to Management

    Step up and treat your team like a team. It's not always necessary for employees to know everything that is going on but it is your place to keep us in the loop on necessary changes within the company - especially within your department.

    Havas Worldwide2018-01-17
  2. Helpful (5)

    "Yet another negative review"

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    Former Employee - Mid-Level Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Havas Worldwide full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Some great/awesome/amazing team members behind the work (and who actually DO the work) -A cast of characters with a lot of talent, energy and sense of humor. I developed some great relationships built on candor, friendship, respect and professionalism

    Cons

    -The office finds itself frequently in a position where it bites off more than it can chew, which limits the agency’s potential to effectively grow. Just because revenue went up and new business was won doesn’t constitute organizational maturity -Actual management takes a backseat to the mentality of “just get it done” -Upper management is pretty much absent until a problem grows so large that they are then pulled in to help come up with knee-jerk solutions. -Lack – in fact absence – of process -Resource management practices were frustrating and often out of sync with the day-to-day realities -Strategy, while well thought, would often be side-lined to simply carry out whatever new idea of the week the client had

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    Advice to Management

    Move the president to be in charge of winning new business - and just that - and remove her of any managerial duties.

    Havas Worldwide2019-07-26
  3. Helpful (3)

    "Amazing Coworkers, Difficult Upper Management/HR"

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    Former Employee - Senior Designer/Art Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Havas Worldwide full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I really enjoyed my coworkers, from Jr. Art Directors and Studio Designers to Account Teams and Associate Creative Directors. Very kind and understanding, even when working on multiple projects under incredibly tight deadlines. Very supportive work environment from the majority of lower to mid-level employees.

    Cons

    The higher up the chain you go, the more difficult it is to have decent, personal interactions with upper management. Being promoted from within the company is very difficult, as is securing a decent raise (even in regards to cost of living raises). Getting a straight answer from upper management about your future with the company is laughable. I know several people from different teams (creative, account, studio, etc.) who were misled about their roles and future opportunities with the company. For example, one Senior Art Director was asked to move to a different city/state to help with a smaller creative team on a short-term basis. He/She was told the move would only be 3 months, and at the conclusion of his/her time there he/she would be promoted to Associate Creative Director. Ultimately, this individual was forced to stay with the smaller team for approximately 8 months, and upon moving back, was informed that there would be no promotion/raise. Essentially, they were misled/lied to/strung along by several members of upper management (Creative Directors, Group Creative Directors, HR).

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    Advice to Management

    Don't make promises you don't intend on keeping. It makes for an uneasy, cutthroat work environment where no one really knows what track they're on - increased frustration/anxiety all around. It's a good thing the majority of your employees are good, supportive people. Take note and try to replicate their empathy/understanding.

    Havas Worldwide2018-05-22
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Chicago Office"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Havas Worldwide full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There are some great people in Chicago. The size is big enough to get stuff done, but not too big.

    Cons

    Management is on a mission to look cool and that’s about it. This place wastes so much time, energy and money on doing pointless things so upper management can have stuff to talk about on their own social media. Super junior kids with large Instagram followings get promoted really quickly while hard working talented people work nonstop for no recognition.

    Havas Worldwide2018-04-29
  5. "Senior Strategist"

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    Current Employee - Senior Strategist in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great culture at the agency.

    Cons

    Lots of politics between upper management and lower

    Advice to Management

    Stop mistreating people, they can tell.

    Havas Worldwide2017-04-24
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Only a good place for upper management"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Havas Worldwide

    Pros

    Nice office. Snacks. Good people from the ACD level and below.

    Cons

    Far too much focus is placed on awards. Nothing they are doing in regards to new business is working. Constant rounds of layoffs with little-to-no communication which creates a panicked and negative atmosphere. Poor office morale. Upper management can be flat-out cruel to employees which is not motivating and not conducive for good, creative work. HR is useless and also poor at communication. Lastly, the worst healthcare coverage I've ever experienced.

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    Advice to Management

    Communicate with employees and treat them like adults. Listen to the employees who raise issues and address them accordingly. Stop focusing solely on how to advance your own career. You need to mentor and encourage the more junior staff. Focus on how to elevate current clients/work while also striving to win new business. New biz is important, but don't forget who is currently paying the bills. I think Havas WW is missing a respect level among its employees that would largely increase office morale (because a beer keg, magic kitchen and post-it war isn't going to solve all your problems).

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    Havas Worldwide2016-09-20
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Digital Media Planner"

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

    I worked at Havas Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    - Fun work environment. A lot of activities with agency and team. - The people are very nice and are willing to work with you to see you succeed

    Cons

    - Long Hours - Experience depends on your team. I ended up on a team that created a very hostile work environment, and HR did little to mitigate. - Due to high turnover and slow staffing workloads and hours seamed to overwhelm a lot of the staff. - Due to high turnover, there are many quick promotions and creatig a upper management with very little experience.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in a true new employee training module. Also, provide upper management with management training classes.

    Havas Worldwide2015-11-17
  8. Helpful (7)

    "strategy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Havas Worldwide full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The company goes to great lengths to entertain its employees. From parties to exhibits to speakers, something is always being done.

    Cons

    For all the ways the organization entertains its employees, it fails to recognize what staff really needs to be successful. The MO of the agency is to staff up for new business and then completely ignore them once they've been won. Upper-management views the agency as a personal playground for the betterment of their social networks, and many hiring decisions are made based on social presence, even in the absence of true skill.

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    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to be the coolest New York agency in Chicago. It's not a good look, and it's completely transparent. A culture of "kiss the ring" will continue to drive employees away.

    Havas Worldwide2015-10-19
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Stay away, Disorganized mess"

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

    I worked at Havas Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    There are some genuinely talented people here. Somewhat of an agency culture. Nice looking office.

    Cons

    Leadership is a mess with white dudes at the top with their own agendas. Only upper management gets promoted. Everyone is in the dark until changes happen. Not a creatively driven agency. Those talented people? Not being utilized and sitting around bored to death or made to do inane tasks. The nice looking office? Impossible to get any work done in the open plan. Accounts losses left and right. Massive revolving door; the place doesn't inspire loyalty. Why should anyone stay there?

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    Advice to Management

    Focus on creativity again. Let your creatives run the agency again.

    Havas Worldwide2015-07-11
  10. Helpful (4)

    "QA Engineer"

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    Former Employee - QA Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Havas Worldwide full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -One of the largest Advertising agencies in N.A. -get to work with some of the most brightest people you'll meet -free beer every Thursday

    Cons

    -No raises/promotions or almost impossible to get one. I worked here for 3 years without a penny raise to my salary. -Upper management are idiots. -rumors. Gossip. People throwing others under the bus. - project managers are NOT technical...most of them are not bright at all. -even one of the head members of HR was looking for employment elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Open up lines of communication to everyone. Yes, Shawn Lyons, I'm looking at you.

    Havas Worldwide2015-02-28
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