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Updated March 9, 2017
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Pros
  • Great culture & work life balance" (in 62 reviews) (in 66 reviews)

  • Good work culture and environment in Sapient (in 104 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance is not very good (in 321 reviews)

  • In most of the projects there is no work life balance but the leadership tries to fix it" (in 71 reviews) (in 73 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sapient full-time

    Pros

    Interesting projects, top clients and great culture

    Cons

    communication of the business strategy and company goals could be improved


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    "Things not really the same"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Confidential in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Confidential in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities to develop your skills
    Great people
    Good flexibility around working from home if you need to

    Cons

    Salary does not keep up with the market
    Promotion process isn't clear
    Too much politics
    Since Publicis took over can see the culture changing for the worse

    Advice to Management

    Just think about who you want in the business and why. The good ones will leave soon and you won't be able to back fill as easy as you think.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Run for the few"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay is ok, not brilliant. A lot of disparity even within the same titles though.
    Flexibility

    Cons

    The company is run for the benefit of a few people. They do not embrace other ways of doing things. If you come from a lot of experience you will be expected to forget it and do what you are told. Massive amount of politics, if you do not fit into their mould then forget it.Senior people are hired and then expected to take junior roles.
    Client services are the only people that are listened to, do not for one minute try to be realistic about projects or apply your experience, they will sell them for ten dollars and then blame the project when they lose money.
    There is no leadership

    Advice to Management

    Lead. What is Sapient - a consultancy run by delivery people who are client facing or an agency run by terrible client services and design-types but without the culture? Cannot be both it doesn't work. Stop talking, do something.


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  5. "First graduate job."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of travel, a high quality of people and talent, high tech projects, ability to work on pre sales projects and pitch to clients. Trusting environment.

    Cons

    No formal tech training. Incredibly high work hours. Can be a stressful environment at times. Workshops are brutal on the hours.

    Advice to Management

    Not enough r&d


  6. "Excellent Company to Work For"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - QA Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - QA Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Latest Technology, Exposure to Client s

    Cons

    You need to own your own career and showcase it


  7. "great place to be"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company treats its employees well. Sapient will provide new challenges if you want new challenges. Leaders seem to live by the company's core values. Flexible hours are available.

    Cons

    When in pitch mode, you may work some very late hours. Recently bought by Publicis. It's too soon to tell whether or not the company culture will change.

    Advice to Management

    Need more women in senior roles. It's hard to imagine that there is only one woman in all of Europe that is qualified and experienced enough to be a vice president.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great learning experience!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate PS in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate PS in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of training, support and structure around personal development due to the size of the company there are plenty of opportunities to be exposed to new experiences.

    Cons

    It's a large company and you can tell, it takes a while to make changes due to the various approvals required.

    Advice to Management

    Creating a local community is important and people value their opinion being heard. Sometimes 'feedback' is encouraged from senior leaders but does not seem genuine so those at the lower levels are less likely to speak up.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Nice place to work for a grad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Technology in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Technology in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice compensation and advantages, buddy system, drinks on friday night, nice place to network.

    Cons

    Some may have long hours. Have to work with offshore teams.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Big dreams, small delivery"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager Design in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager Design in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Underneath a layer of really weak management is a great team of talented people.

    Cons

    Sapient pays lip service to innovation and agency culture and being "a new breed of agency" but ultimately it's a smoke screen for safe, consultancy, tech company thinking. The leadership are robotic and uninspiring. It's a greasy greasy pole. So many great, inspirational, talented people forced out by the politics.

    Advice to Management

    Stop managing up and start managing down.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Awful, if you have a choice, steer away from Sapient"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager Technology in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager Technology in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sapient full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Worked with some very dedicated and smart folks

    Cons

    Lack of experience in leadership teams. Most of the senior management lacks experience both from a technical perspective as well as from project management/governance perspective. On the sales side, the focus of the sales team is to get a deal signed irrespective of the cost/timeline and then they crush the delivery team to meet those deadlines. Delivery team at Sapient consists of an army of graduates who are given no/minimal training and are expected to work 80 hour weeks. Within 3 months these graduates are promoted to Associate and subsequently in a years time they are promoted to become track leads.


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