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Updated September 22, 2017
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  • Great culture & work life balance" (in 62 reviews) (in 71 reviews)

  • Work culture is good if you work in Sapient office (in 114 reviews)

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  1. "Sapient is pretty cool."

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    Current Employee - Associate of Technology, L2
    Current Employee - Associate of Technology, L2
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    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Sapient is teeming with smart *and* cool people. It's not uncommon for employees (or "people" in Sapient lingo) to hang together outside of work. You'll have no trouble meeting friends if you relocate.

    Oh, the work is cool too.

    Cons

    Sapient culture isn't for everyone and some people may feel like it is pointless. For example, they don't say "employee" at Sapient. They say "people." There is no "HR department." There is a "People Strategy Organization" though.They have a particular note-taking style that everyone learns. They make extensive use of whiteboards and they have daily meetings. Sapient has a "personality." It won't be the same as other companies. You have to "drink the Kool-Aid", so to speak.

    All those points really aren't negative, but some people might not like that type of environment.

    IMPORTANT: I have heard that the salary isn't as competitive at Sapient and that "nobody stays at Sapient for the money - it's the people." That is one of the reasons I came to this site!

    It also sucks if you are sent to work at a client site - no foosball table or game room, different people to work with (who usually aren't as cool as your Sapient pals nor as good looking! LOL!)

    Advice to Management

    RAISE THE STOCK PRICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  2. "Sapient is a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Miami, FL
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Sapient is very flexible when it some to your work schedule, if you need to work from home for whatever reason you are allowed to do that. Also, compared to other jobs in Miami, Sapient pays rather highly. The culture of the people is very diverse, and its kind of like a family.

    Cons

    I find the advertising industry to be very stressing, with high valued placements, picky clients, and insane turn around times.

    Advice to Management

    To take more time to go over with their team their strengths and weaknesses

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Sapient - great company where everyone owns their own career"

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    Current Employee - Associate Creative Director in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Associate Creative Director in Atlanta, GA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Autonomy - you truly own your career

    Cons

    There are high expectations for everyone. You'll be asked to do things outside of your core competencies. But great opportunity for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Know what you're selling and where the industry is headed


  4. "Sapient is the place where your dreams can be realized in a challenging atmosphere, where creativity is encouraged."

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    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very open communication. Feedback is key and growth is really up to you. If you want to get somewhere, work towards your goal.

    Cons

    Fast paced work. Challenging but a lot of the employees are very smart and will help you through each step of the process.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work, limited increases in base pay"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate Business Consulting in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Business Consulting in Washington, DC
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart and motivated people driving real results for clients. Very strong focus on mentorship and career growth. Well defined processes and frameworks.

    Cons

    Pays well to acquire talent but not to retain talent. Lets really good people walk out the door and pays mediocre people more money to join. The company misses the influence of Stuart (co-founder), who used to spend a lot of effort making sure the company was a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more to top talent


  6. "A great place to intern."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami Beach, FL
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Sapient is a great place for aspiring creatives to intern. Interns are exposed to the ins and outs of working in a creative advertising agency. The work atmosphere is great, and interns are given the opportunity to work on actual global campaigns. No coffee runs.

    Cons

    Interns are expected to perform some menial tasks, such as tracing images for scamps. However, to even be given the opportunity to work on global campaigns as an intern is amazing!

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. It seems like a great to work full time. Thanks for the opportunity!


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Dynamic, creative, driven

    Sapient is a fantastic place to work if you enjoy the digital marketing and/or consulting industries - it is driven towards both excellence in the marketplace and in client satisfaction. The values are deeply held and culture is taken very seriously.

    Cons

    Career paths are changing away from general consultancy (a downside for people focused in that area) and travel can be hard to control (depending on the client engagement). Not a great place for people who are not willing to 'own' their own growth....Sapient will let you grow if you are driven towards it.

    Advice to Management

    Re-energize the committment to the strategic context

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate Tech L2 in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Tech L2 in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities for career growth
    Opportunity to choose (and refuse) assignments
    You aren't in danger of being laid off when your between projects (In the past, I have personally been on the bench for over a month while waiting for a project)
    And the #1 reason to work at Sapient: The people. Everyone I've met at Sapient will tell you that they are friends with the people they work with. I haven't found that at other companies.

    Cons

    Some other large consulting companies offer better benefits (larger contribution to 401k, larger bonuses, paid overtime, etc). Sapient tends to offer comparable base salaries, but doesn't go out of their way to compete on additional benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a simpler bonus structure. The current method of calculating the annual bonus is needlessly complicated and tends to be frustrating


  9. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Architect in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Architect in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Open, transparent and non hierarchical culture
    - resposibilities assigned based on impact you make, not on title
    - get to work with big clients on some of the most complex work
    - no glass ceiling

    Cons

    - not a place if you cannot deal with ambiguities
    - highly matrixed structure, things are not always black and white
    - work hard, party hard culture, not the place you want to retire

    Advice to Management

    - get staffing to develop rounded views and not just singular focus on utilization
    - allow individuals to develop specialization in areas


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great customer focused company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the most creative and bright minds to work with.

    Cons

    Also some not so great growth oriented issues to deal with in jr people.

    Advice to Management

    Hire smarter not more people.


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