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Sapient Reviews

Updated June 25, 2017
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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)

Cons
  • work life balance is not very good (in 328 reviews)

  • In most of the projects there is no work life balance but the leadership tries to fix it" (in 71 reviews) (in 76 reviews)

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  1. "Finance aAssociate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Great working environment and team

    Cons

    odd shift timings and extreme work pressure


  2. "Drink in the coolaid..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. Helpful (2)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. "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


  5. "Sapient Arlington"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "Open culture and employee friendly policies"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. "Lovely"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Best Place to work in Consulting

    Cons

    None that i can think of at this time

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

  8. Helpful (2)

    "The pay is great"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sapient full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The best part about working at Sapient was the paycheck.
    There are also some very smart and talented people you have opportunities to work with.

    Cons

    They tout Openess as a cultural value, but it is quite the opposite. Never express any opinion to or in front of "leadership" that is contrary to the positive spin they put on everything. VERY political and judgmental environment where everything you do is under constant intense scrutiny. You need a thick skin to work here.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Lovely people and good work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developer in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Developer in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are wonderful and very competent and engaged
    Ideal culture and humble management
    Great benefits
    Unlimited sick days
    Interesting work
    Good balance

    Cons

    Parking is expensive! Twenty words are required so I'll say the very close parking garage can be expensive!! Parking parking!

    Advice to Management

    None, great so far


  10. "Excellent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Work
    Good and Talented people

    Cons

    Work life balance
    too much client oriented


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