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Updated February 20, 2017
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  • work life balance is not very good (in 307 reviews)

  • In most of the projects there is no work life balance but the leadership tries to fix it (in 69 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sapient full-time

    Pros

    Diverse culture, great and creative people

    Cons

    Might be an issue if you are not ready to travel


  2. "Drink in the coolaid..."

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    Current Employee - Director Technology in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Director Technology in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Love the highly motivated people that work here. People who work here are the best the industry has to offer. There is allot of emphasis on client delivery and adding value to clients

    Cons

    can be an environment where only the fittest survive. There are plenty of opportunities, however with that comes an unhealthy work life balance. Be prepared to put ~50-60 hours as your new baseline. Risk of burn out can be high on certain projects.

    Advice to Management

    listen to employees and how they view the organization. Share organizational change with employees. Improve hiring and look for people with skills that match the staffing profiles on projects.


  3. "Great"

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

    Pros

    Really great place to work!

    Cons

    No real cons to think of

    Advice to Management

    No real advice to think of


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great digital strategy and implementation firm with a very insular management culture."

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    Former Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sapient full-time

    Pros

    There are smart, committed people here that know their space. There is also a substantial breadth to the type of work they deliver.

    It's a data-driven firm that tries, and for the most part succeeds, at intersecting digital, systems integration, IT strategy, digital strategy, and client management discipline.

    Cons

    Below market salaries. Sapient pays 10-20% below market consistently. Sapient asks you to "buy into" their culture and markets that as a key differentiator. Having worked at multiple consulting firms in my career, I don't buy this argument. Pay your people what they're worth. Have a great culture, and that's a good retention tool, but pay them their value.

    Management is insular. There is definitely an "us" - long-time Sapienters who were there from the early days, and a "them" - new people to the culture. As someone who was a director-level at Sapient, there were many times that you felt left out or dismissed because you weren't here in those early days. In a word: hubris.

    Advice to Management

    Open up. The management here is "inbred" - there is not much in the way of new thinking. They are NOT open to new ideas from the "new guard'...and they shouldn't fear it or dismiss it. Points on the marketing of openness, but points deducted for the reality of it.


  6. "An employee friendly company to work with"

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    Current Employee - Associate QA in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Associate QA in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Sapient (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    1. Employee friendly
    2. Fun activities and outings
    3. Open culture

    Cons

    Long working hours in few of the projects


  7. "Sapient Arlington"

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    Current Employee - Associate Creative Director, Experience Design in Dunn Loring, VA
    Current Employee - Associate Creative Director, Experience Design in Dunn Loring, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, autonomy, open space office, and lots of events and cultural opportunities. Happy hours and other stuff to keep the young entertained.

    Cons

    Lack of project variety, staffing is limited, confusing organization structure. Direct supervisor does not understand supervisee domain. Lack of value on professional experience.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your employees more to understand what is going on. People are unhappy for the lack of choice. Need better and more personal staffing process. Right now, it's a black box based on PMs personal opinions. The process is not fair as is.


  8. "Information Architect"

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

    I worked at Sapient full-time

    Pros

    Super awesome group to work with. Overall loved all aspects of my job. I liked how you manage your own time and responsibilities. No one micro manages. Sapient is great at hiring very good people

    Cons

    Worked for government services. Client work was not very interesting or cutting edge like Sapient Nitro.

    Advice to Management

    none


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Ugh it was a lousy experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    It managed to evolve and excel over a long period of time. You have to give the credit to the top leadership who was in charge all those years.

    Cons

    on the ground, pretty toxic culture. my guess is it takes a strong middle management layer to carry on the good spirit of an established company. that wasn't the case at Sapient. lots of aspirational young kids and a few extremely good leaders at the very top. If you don't belong to either group, it is hell.


  10. "Open culture and employee friendly policies"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sapient (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very employee friendly, Open culture

    Cons

    Sometimes there are Location constraints, but sometimes they are unavoidable.


  11. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Nice Learning curve and latest technologies

    Cons

    very fast phase and high pressure since consulting world



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