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Havas Life Reviews

Updated 28 Sep 2019

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2.7
48%
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Havas Life CEO Dorothy Gemmell  (no image)
Dorothy Gemmell
15 Ratings
  1. Helpful (3)

    "An excellent environment to learn and build your skills"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thames Ditton, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Havas Life full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lovely friendly atmosphere Opportunities to get stuck in regardless of level Some great and inspirational seniors leaders to learn from Nice perks and benefits Excellent socials and events organised by the company A nice family feel and vibe

    Cons

    Location can be difficult for some

    Havas Life2019-04-01
  2. "Work life balance"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Havas Life full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great work life balance Colleagues tend to get along very well

    Cons

    Synergy between different departments could be better

    Havas Life2019-09-28
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Can feel a bit like a graveyard of ambition"

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    Former Employee - Writer in Thames Ditton, England
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Havas Life full-time

    Pros

    *Nice offices *Some good people; overall friendly atmosphere *Work is reasonably varied

    Cons

    *Salaries are not competitive and stagnant *No career development or progression for any non-accounts employees *Reports of abusive behaviour are not taken seriously if made against senior staff *Team directors micromanage every part of a project, making a lot of hard work ultimately redundant *Culture of fear when it comes to client interaction - account handlers are reluctant to approach clients for... clarification of basic details when it comes to briefs or feedback, meaning that writers and creatives are by default tarred with the blame if a client is unhappy with work

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    Advice to Management

    *Hold your senior staff to the same level of scrutiny and accountability as junior staff *Provide development opportunities for all staff, not just account handlers *Trust the people you hire to do good work and let them get on with it

    Havas Life2019-08-11
  4. Helpful (6)

    "Beware the UK team - burning through workers while senior management sit back"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thames Ditton, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Havas Life full-time

    Pros

    - Some bits of free food - Generally nice office - Some genuinely nice people to work with - Office location is clam and quiet

    Cons

    - Location is also dull and awkward for commuting due to unreliable train services and traffic - No consistency with salary, with rare pay rises being awarded tactically opposed to hard work - Senior management are difficult to work with – finger-pointing and blame culture will prepare you to cover yourself quickly - Culture of staying late to keep face, making it uncomfortable to leave work on time -... Transparency is preached but not practised - information (such as key team members leaving) is only shared when convenient for senior management - Little to no career guidance or training - you'll simply be thrown in the deep end - A member of senior management is widely known to be rude, condescending and distressing to other members of the team – causing many people to leave the company due to stress – multiple meetings with HR did not resolved this as bringing money in is valued over employee well-being - All of the above gives the feeling you are another number in the system clocking in and out - Unbelievably high turnover rate (especially in the UK team)

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    Advice to Management

    Listen when issues are repeatedly raised and take more care for your employees' mental health.

    Havas Life2019-01-29
  5. "Great opportunity to learn, grow and make a positive impact"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Havas Life full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Great office culture - Management really cares about making the business successful - People are humble and willing to help each other - Great opportunity to learn on the job

    Cons

    Business units need to collaborate more...but that's the same for all the companies I've worked for with multiple units!

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be transparent with your staff, it makes a huge difference.

    Havas Life2018-11-30
  6. Helpful (4)

    "Awful place to work, both in HLM and Sciterion"

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    Former Employee - Medical Writer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Havas Life full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Biscuits, some of the people who work there, free toast

    Cons

    - The pay is most definitely not competitive. In fact you have to fight tooth and nail for a meagre increase, which is still below market value - Promotion is based on who you get along with - Writers - they do not take into account your PhD. A post-doc is just as valuable as someone fresh out of their undergrad degree. You also get paid the same as them - Very hierarchical - senior management can do no wrong... and whatever they say goes, as their opinions are more valuable than yours. As such, you do not learn to grow as a writer as you don't have any project ownership - Very accounts led - writers have to bend over backwards to please them - The training (or what they call 'training') is abysmal - You're expected to be a mind-reader with many people there, for a communications agency there isn't much communication

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    Advice to Management

    You know all of this based on the countless exit interviews, considering there is a high turn-over of people

    Havas Life2018-12-04
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Working Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Havas Life part-time

    Pros

    Such a hardworking but fun environment. I felt so proud today the way the team pulled together. Work aside, later today another team of us are walking for such a worthy cause. Looking out at the view from the office sums up my work location. Love it!

    Cons

    A bit more recognition for those who support us in the background.

    Havas Life2018-06-06
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Mixed feelings"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Havas Life full-time

    Pros

    lovely people, great perks, right next to the river , nice laid back workplace

    Cons

    office is an odd location can get a little boring, lack of training provided , bit too much gossip , culture bullying, some seniors aren't the friendliest

    Advice to Management

    don't gossip so much

    Havas Life2018-05-16
  9. Helpful (11)

    "Don't work here!!!! Unless you want your confidence destroyed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thames Ditton, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Havas Life full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice offices, lots of biscuits and nice coffee machines.

    Cons

    Where to start? A huge blame culture, naming and shaming, bullying is practically encouraged. Really is a 'them' (senior management) and 'us' (the workers). Poor pay, much loved than average. Staff turnover represents a revolving door, people leave one week and replacements join the next. Don't put yourself through this.

    Advice to Management

    Address the culture and respect your staff.

    Havas Life2017-10-25
  10. Helpful (8)

    "Demi Gods and Minions"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Havas Life full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There are barely any pros besides a few good people and some nice events. Hope the good guys get out; agencies are modernising now. It doesn't have to be this way.

    Cons

    The senior leaders are scarily arrogant and out of touch with how modern businesses works. Seriously, I have never encountered anything like it. It's the 50s at Havas Life Medicom. For some reason they think they are doing us a favour simply by giving us a job. Crazy hours, pressure, rudeness and all for pretty poor pay. High turnover and a level of misery across junior workers. A two tier approach in which bosses... are gods and the rest of us are treated as lowly worker bees. So glad that I'm leaving.

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    Advice to Management

    If you aren't out of business soon for trying to pressure us for results instead of inspiring us, my suggestion is that you change the management team.

    Havas Life2017-09-03
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