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

  • Good work culture and environment in Sapient (in 101 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance is not very good (in 314 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "A great company for professional growth, and to learn how big businesses really work."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall great people; great company culture; very good compensation; many offices worldwide mean a lot of possibility to travel.

    Cons

    It can be very political: connecting with the right people within the company is vital; some times the company culture is sacrificed in the name of profits; travel schedules can be brutal.


  2. "Sr Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance. Not cut throat environment

    Cons

    Business Consulting leadership is extremely weak on westcoast. Little / no training . No training budgets.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good Employees, Bad Senior Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Associate Project Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Project Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Sapient is a well-known company with locations worldwide. Sapient has lots of very intelligent employees and most generally are concerned with the success of the company as a whole.

    Cons

    Sapient has plenty of talented employees but management/senior management is a wreck. Employees are generally treated as lemmings, however I thoroughly enjoyed working with my former employees in the Santa Monica office.

    Advice to Management

    Have a real plan for new employees, specifically those who are joining right after college. My fellow college graduates were thoroughly yanked around due to turnover in HR.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "To each his own."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company does fairly well in the market, wins work, and has a respectable reputation.

    Cons

    Consulting shop, not a design/creative shop. Be prepared for the requisite awkward team-building exercises and "networking". Can pull off some interesting visual design, but no real support/process within the organization to drive it to fruition. No user experience strategy to speak of. Promotional path is mysterious, especially for creatives, since management doesn't really understand the creative domain.

    Advice to Management

    Keep making that money! It's all you've got now.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "All about the stock price, by any means necessary."

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    Current Employee - Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people at Sapient are why people stay, hands down. The type of professionals Sapient hires are the best of the best, hands down. If you work at Sapient you have to opportunity to work beside the brightest folks just about anywhere.

    Cons

    Sapient is mismanaged by just about every executive responsible for its stewardship. Most of them have been there way too long (read 10 to 14 years) and have no perspective on how things work in the "real world." They think they do and that is another part of the problems. Sapient used to have a very compelling and strong culture that made it a unique and special place to work. Since the founders have left, those in charge have done everything they can to chuck it out the window, squeeze more blood sweat and tears out of its employees and they have gone about this by any means necessary. Sapient just doesn't get what it means to care about people in the slightest.

    Advice to Management

    They need to bring new blood in. People who can look at the VPs who (truly) don't have any idea what they are doing and help them out. The problem is the same clueless people are responsible for making those choices and they fail miserably because they feel threatened.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Sapient doesn't know what it wants to be"

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    Current Employee - Account Director in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Account Director in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good, non mangement, team members. Santa Monica office has a good location.

    Cons

    Mangement only cares about sales, not if the proper team or process is in place to deliver on what they sold. Will never be a true interactive agency though they try to sell themselves that way. Mangement has only worked at Sapient, therefore, has a very narrow point of view, no perspective on what it would take to become a true interactive agency.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to be an interactive agency, bring in some one from the interactive agency world and empower them to make changes happen.



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