Havas Life Reviews

Updated 30 Jul 2020

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17 Ratings
  1. Helpful (3)

    "An excellent environment to learn and build your skills"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

  2. "A truly toxic place to work"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Thames Ditton, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The area around the site is nice. That's about it.

    Cons

    I worked in the Sciterion part of the company and it was the most toxic place I have ever worked. Training does not take place when you start, apart from a brief induction, but you are not offered help by more senior members of the team with even basic processes. Staff are micromanaged to the point where account executives and senior account executives are not allowed to send a single email outside the building without it being checked by an account manager or higher. Mistakes are dissected in a way designed to break you down and leave you like that without teaching you how to fix them. People in the office are afraid to speak in anything louder than a whisper, despite this being a “communications” company. Lower staff are not allowed to talk to senior directors or higher. An example of this was when it was just me and one of the senior managers were left in the office (it was around 6 pm), and I had a question regarding the legal terminology of a contract which I had to draft with no help. I asked the senior manager the question and was done in under 30 seconds. This was brought up no less than four times, including in a meeting about how my probation period was going (I had only been there a few weeks) and how I should never disturb this person, no matter what. If you are liked by the higher ups, you’ll be fine. If you are not, then don’t get comfy!

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  3. "Big company but very busy"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The social aspect is really encouraged here and there is a lot to get involved in.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be difficult at times! There is a traditional work hierarchy here so which makes it slightly difficult to communicate with people ‘higher up’. As a junior member, you don’t get much of a chance to contribute.

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  4. "Work life balance"

    3.0
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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

  5. Helpful (2)

    "Can feel a bit like a graveyard of ambition"

    2.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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  6. Helpful (6)

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

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    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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  7. "Great opportunity to learn, grow and make a positive impact"

    4.0
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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!

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  8. Helpful (5)

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

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    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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  9. Helpful (2)

    "Working Environment"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    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.

  10. Helpful (3)

    "Mixed feelings"

    2.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

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