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Sapient Senior Consultant Reviews

Updated June 21, 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. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunities and fun culture"

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to grow. Great staffing teams that are willing to try to find you a project you want. Fun environment depending on the office. Company puts a lot into their culture.

    Cons

    Lack of process in some offices. Automated 'self-service' could use improvement (expenses, performance, etc).


  2. "Senior Associate Business Consulting"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Business Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Business Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work and learn, good office atmosphere and flexible work timings. Supporting clients and good salary package in general. Excellent IT support. Boston office is a great place to work. Social responsibility initiatives work for welfare of the society.

    Cons

    Poor employee supporting functions such as Finance, HR and transport department.
    Some accounts are plagued with 'what I say is right' type of management.
    No participation of employee in appraisal system. No clear promotion and growth policies.

    Advice to Management

    Poor support functions let people feel trapped and they have to do everything on their own. Implement a transparent process for appraisal. Need to strengthen the escalation matrix and listen to the grievances of employees.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Diverse experience and great clients to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Business Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Business Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work / life balance
    Smart people and very collaborative team environment
    Great client base
    Expected to make independent contributions

    Cons

    Heavy travel
    No direct reward for work accomplished
    Mentors not vested in playing active role

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to better incentivize employees
    Set expectations of new consultants during onboarding
    Hold mentors accountable


  4. "great place to learn and grow"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate, Business Consulting in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Associate, Business Consulting in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - very smart people
    - great opportunities to learn

    Cons

    - work life balance is an issue


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Avoid this company!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Business Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Business Consultant in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Higher pay than some banks
    - Working on a project means that you will have some down time

    Cons

    - Very individualistic environment
    - Travel is required, even if it doesn't make any sense
    - Mundane work
    - Lack of client interaction
    - No meaningful training or career development
    - Destructive feedback
    - A lot of company politics
    - Sales and marketing are a large part of the job. Powerpoint and Visio are main deliverables. Not sure what kind of value that provides to the client
    - Billing the client is the only thing that matters

    Advice to Management

    - Offer more guidance to the new employees
    - Take employee needs into consideration a little bit
    - Develop better managers. The current managers are not qualified to manage people.
    - Be upfront about the job descriptions during the interview process.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Sapient - Work lots for Little"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exicting work, good clients, nice office.

    Cons

    Management desire to work lots of hours and receive very little upside.
    Approached management asking for additional money.
    Received other offer, did not counter until then, very weak management,

    Advice to Management

    Pay more.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Very fulfilling"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Business Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Business Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Quality clients and good paymasters. There is an opportunity to work with varied clients and the work culture is very good.

    Cons

    Being in the bench is looked down upon, though every measure is taken to put you at a client site. More importance given only for people working for the bigger accounts.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great experience so far"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Business Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Business Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    In my time at SapientNitro I have worked on an interesting variety of challenging projects. I travel often and work a large number of hours so I wouldn't say that the consulting world is for everyone. I will say that if you are looking for a place where hard work is respected and rewarded Sape is a good place to be. The company has done a good job of finding and hiring some good hardworking "type a" personalities. I have only once encountered someone who was not a performer and he was washed out rather quickly. If you are willing to put in the time, manage your own career path and travel, I think Sapient is a good place to be.

    Cons

    Work life balance is an issue for some people. It's not uncommon to spend a large amount of the day in client meetings and large part of your evening working with your team.

    Advice to Management

    Accelerated growth has the risk of watering down a good culture. Continue to diligently vet future hires and avoid taking on staff augmentation type projects. There is also a large disconnect between the teams in the field and the teams in the office.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "It is a fantastic company to work for, but nature of industry means work life balance is shot"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Business Consulting in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Business Consulting in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Company values and culture. Management truly promote and recognize people for upholding company values and they are not just words.
    - Management respect the employees and value talent. Outstanding performance is always recognised.
    - Bonus schemes are equitable
    - Good opportunities to grow as well as work in different areas as part of your growth targets. Feedback is encouraged, though in practice on busy teams, this may not always work.

    Cons

    - Work life balance is poor, although this seems to be the general trend in the technology industry with a 24*7 work cycle.
    - If you are manager or above forget you can enjoy holidays in peace, you have to be available for conf calls and respond to emails. This does mean that you do not truly unwind on holiday.
    - Majority of the delivery staff is based in India. High staff turnover in the country for most companies means Sapient keeps this group more coddled and appeased than local staff. This does lead to delivery and working relationship with client, challenges, as India office may often dictate terms in how a project gets delivered

    Advice to Management

    - Do develop and take care of staff in India, as they are key component of GDD model, but not such that they dictate terms on how projects are delivered. Leadership of projects should always be local to the client.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Recruiters try to hook you in for there own stats. When on-boarding there is no work."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pays well
    good location
    has some upside

    Cons

    Recruiters are like car sales people
    Very stats oriented
    no work on the Global Markets division
    Managers and VPs are very rude, it feels like they are going to war.
    Keep using the stupid phrase "drink the Kool aid"
    work area is very open, you can't even fart

    Advice to Management

    HR department needs to look at there process. They keep on saying that they hire very smart people let someone else be the judge.