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  • Great culture & work life balance" (in 62 reviews) (in 69 reviews)

  • Work culture is good if you work in Sapient office (in 107 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Learn and Leave, Execs make their money on you anyway"

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    Former Employee - Director in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Director in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sapient (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of great client work comes based on the brand (history) of Sapient and good marketing (some stretch of truths).

    Cons

    Little respect for the actual producers of the outcomes. The exec team has a great history of making sure they make their money but when contributors ask for something or get recognized elsewhere, they cry like babies that you are leaving and owe them something (yes, you are taking profits they make on you away by leaving but won't pay you to stay)

    Advice to Management

    No advice to management they are all making out like bandits in the model. They don't need any advice, it's the poor saps that work everyday to make clients successful who need advice "go find a better opportunity and get rewarded both in money and satisfaction"


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Technology in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Technology in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sapient full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great culture
    Great Opportunities to grow

    Cons

    Worst compensation in the market
    Some bad leaders are spoiling the name
    Need a godfather to survive

    Advice to Management

    Make your rules applicable to everyone. When it comes to promotions there is a great disparity between deserving vs ones having godfathers

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Glossy exterior, biggest disappointment of my career. Happily working for company which values experience and new ideas."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sapient full-time

    Pros

    Aggressive recruiting for experienced hires. Training opportunities look great (often canceled or no time due to project demands). Salary commensurate with experience. Coffee mug is nice.

    Cons

    Once inside, outsourced business model all the way. Poor candidate placement. Project Leads with no concept of positive communication, effective team dynamics nor Business understanding. No positive action from mgmt for team in distress. New ideas silenced, must commit to our-way-only approach. Poorly defined and timed deliverables built from cookie-cutter methodology are prioritized over Business needs. Open & Mentoring policies touted in Boston seem nowhere to be found.

    Advice to Management

    Reign in Leads with no people skills. Engage experienced folks or why do you hire them? Many Leads need training for harassment, discrimination, group leadership. Pay attention to what's really going on at sites. Frustrated clients should receive products skillfully sold. Employees shouldn't be fearful every day. Corp values you rave about should be true, valuable hires out the door for too many reasons. Clients need flexible, creative Leads and solutions, not rigid recipe-followers. Build projects/teams based on respect and collaboration. Hostile environments allowed at expense of employees & clients?


  4. "Mixed Bag"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sapient full-time

    Pros

    Intelligent and smart co-workers
    Encourages all consultants to be well versed at visuals, presentations, facilitation skills
    Wide variety of consulting work.

    Cons

    Arrogant leadership
    Mob mentalities here in Houston - either you are in or you are out.
    Some consultants speak and work in hindi(its indian headquarters based in gurgaon, India)
    No work life balance. Let's put it this way..... Sapient employees' facebook friends are their linkedin connections.


  5. "Amazing work, Amazing people"

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    Current Employee - Director in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Director in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with (the ones that have been here a while), new ones still earning their chops.

    Cons

    A LOT OF WORK! As clients come to Sapient expecting high quality, it takes effort to make that happen and in some cases, it gets hard to balance.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.. transition faster to longer term engagements.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Working at Sapient"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Increasing (slowly) business
    - Lot of help from peers
    - Diversity

    Cons

    - Promotions based of personal connections
    - Sr. management lacks industry wide experience
    - Changing business strategy

    Advice to Management

    A good firm for new comers, but not much for experienced consultants


  7. Helpful (1)

    "If your in the inner circle life is great."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They pay well. They are large and there for more resilliant than smaller companies. They offer access to an internal library for free.

    Cons

    They are not team oriented. They often reward one person for the work of many. You will advance quicker by hanging out at your bosses house or marrying into the family then actually working at the client site.

    Advice to Management

    Make it less obvious that advancement is not based on merit but on connections. Actually practice the core values. Utilize people in the roles they were hired for. Do not hire developers and place them in Business Consulting roles.


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