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  1. "Greatest Decision On Both Ends"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have been on both sides of Havit. I was with a client company and now an employee. Seeing Havit's work ethic, creativity and plethora of ideas come to life I wanted to be apart of a group that can literally turn an overlooked or undiscovered business into something so outstanding it wins awards. Proof is in the 13 Addys won in 2017. I joined this team of dedicated and driven people with ideas and creativity that could make your head explode. Management offers work from home days when necessary, lunch and learns and truly lead this powerhouse of a small company. There is nothing basic about Havit.

    Cons

    Loyal and interested in employees, open communication, stocked kitchen, free coffee, local restaurants in walking distance, dress down days and lots of laughs. oh. wait....those aren't cons? hmmm.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on keepin' on because it's only getting better.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Just No"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Havit Advertising as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good Clients, interesting projects, other interns were nice.

    Cons

    Extremely low pay, not a lot of respect for interns, disorganized culture, overall poor experience.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Account Managers Run"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Metro accessibility

    - Fun & hard working group of team members

    - Clean air

    - 401k (supposedly)

    Cons

    - Extreme lack of account management support which is especially apparent with the coddling of the creative team

    - Unprofessional management which is 1) intermittently absent 2) quick to cast judgments and place blame 3) instill feelings of worthlessness

    - High turnover (Hint: ask during your interview to speak with a FORMER employee within the last year.)

    - No culture and very little work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    If you want to retain your book of business, act like you really want to be an agency. Also, just show up for work and occasionally appreciate the account managers.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Look Elsewhere"

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

    I worked at Havit Advertising full-time

    Pros

    - Office is a short walking distance from a Metro station.
    - The client roster is interesting, although much of the work is project-based and short-term.
    - Summer work-from-home Fridays.

    Cons

    - High employee turnover rate.
    - Low employee morale.
    - Unprofessional management.
    - Unsupportive management.
    - Absent management that disappears for hours at a time during the work day.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps actually be interested in running an agency instead of running employees into the ground.


  5. "Great group of people"

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

    I worked at Havit Advertising full-time

    Pros

    It's a great management team that cares about the individuals that work there. Much more of a family atmosphere and better hours than other ad agencies. Exciting work with an opportunity to face new challenges, if you wish.

    Cons

    Be prepared to be challenged. In a good way.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "If you like working for less than minimum wage, this place is for you!"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Havit Advertising as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice office, legit clients, decent projects, and a good amount of opportunity to make a tangible impact on assigned accounts.

    Cons

    The pay (a stipend paid at the end of the internship) is well below minimum wage - like a third of minimum wage actually. Not sure if what they're doing is legal - not for credit, not really educational in nature, and barely paid, but they seem to have been doing it for a while. Located in Georgetown, so not the easiest to get to unless you're willing to pay sky high rents in Georgetown or Foggy Bottom. Took a loss on this internship experience (the stipend didn't even cover rent, food, and transit costs while I worked for them). Take it if you're desperate and need something to pad your resume, otherwise, run away.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your interns like human beings, or don't hire them at all.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good first internship"

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    Former Intern - Account Management Intern
    Former Intern - Account Management Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Havit Advertising as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A great place to start out if you're looking to get some hands on experience after your junior year; if you secure summer housing at Georgetown, the commute is a breeze and it's relatively cheap rent for the area. Great staff and leadership, cool projects in the experiential/activation/digital spaces.

    Cons

    Not sure their program is 100% legal; it's not for credit, and I received a single stipend check at the end of the summer that averaged out to less than minimum wage for the time I had put in over the total internship. Still, take it if you are desperate. Great leadership to learn from.