Creative Circle NYC is AWFUL - Avoid at all Costs

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JobSeeker in Jersey City, New Jersey

91 months ago

I applied to a position offered by Creative Circle that I was an ideal candidate for. After two weeks, they contacted me and demanded an interview. I say demanded because they said "If you can't come tommorow, don't come at all."

Great.

The interviewer couldn't pronounce the job title and said she had no idea which type of company offered the position. In spite of this, they scheduled an interview for me a month or so later. An hour before the interview, they emailed (not called me) and told me that the Interviewed had canceled earlier that week (where they obviously has forgotten to notify me).

This place is the most unprofessional recruiting company I have ever worked with.
I believe any other agency would have a least been able to schedule an interview.

AVOID AT ALL COSTS.

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nyc in Tampa, Florida

77 months ago

I sent one of their recruiters an email off Craigslist. They had an auto responder still turned on from the previous month. I didn't even bother reading their reply. They SPAM Craigslist all the time with positions and don't reply to people. I am a well qualified person too. It used to be, business knew to at least acknowledge that they read your submissions manually. That way, you knew to keep interest. Don't even bother with Creative Circle. Just another chop shop machine like temp agency.

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That Guy in Brooklyn, New York

69 months ago

They're terrible! They've had my resume for months now and have never called me even though I've seen and responded to several positions I was VERY qualified for. Most recently, I went through the trouble of breaking down the job description line for line with a response of why I'm qualified... Item for item from their job description and still can't get a call from them. All I get is the bounce back automated email and the same BS from their snooty receptionist when I try to follow up on something I've replied for.

They have reposted jobs that had a start date TWO WEEKS PRIOR to the date when they reposted rather than call me when it required skills I have 11 years of experience with, to the letter, word for word. According to the person who answers their phones if I was qualified a recruiter would've contacted me. Yeah right. Either they didn't even see my resume or the job doesn't exist. Why would they continuously repost it rather than giving someone with my experience a call?

I have no doubt that they post fake jobs and spam the job sites to collect resumes and information and fatten their applicant pool to make themselves look better to companies they can potentially recruit for. Many agencies do this and Creative Circle reeks of it.

They suck, they're rude and extremely unprofessional.

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Oh yeah in Hoboken, New Jersey

61 months ago

CC is a waste of time. The recruiters are kids off the street with know advertising, marketing or media knowledge.

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Blue in Kew Gardens, New York

47 months ago

I had a similiar experience with CC. I applied through their eblasts for a position that I thought would be a good match. A recruiter contacted me and said she would pass along my resume to the client. The recruiter emailed me late at night to come in the next morning for the interview and I said I would be happy to go but with a reasonable amount of lead time --- say at least 8 hours! I then received a nasty email saying how unprofessional I was yada yada yada.......they said that the job was now filled and next time I should jump on these jobs. Meanwhile, later that day they sent out the same job posting.......

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jm in Forest Hills, New York

40 months ago

"I had a similiar experience with CC. I applied through their eblasts for a position that I thought would be a good match. A recruiter contacted me and said she would pass along my resume to the client. The recruiter emailed me late at night to come in the next morning for the interview and I said I would be happy to go but with a reasonable amount of lead time --- say at least 8 hours! I then received a nasty email saying how unprofessional I was yada yada yada.......they said that the job was now filled and next time I should jump on these jobs. Meanwhile, later that day they sent out the same job posting......."

Hahaha, I now remember they did something similar. I said, "I have a root canal that morning" and they replied "just go in the afternoon." :/ Thankfully the client had a sense of humor.

But yes, it's obvious the email blast format is their talent-end bait & switch tactic. As I just mentioned in another thread, well-meaning employers are only aware that CS makes their freelance payroll needs fairly easy.

I once corresponded with a very nice person from Flexjobs after discontinuing my membership. I explained that a lot of us in the freelance world still work with 1099s or W4s as opposed to sole proprietorship for certain reasons, and that payroll companies pretending to be recruiters tend to guard these listings. Unfortunately he didn't think Flexjobs would expand in this area, but said it was a great idea. Can you imagine?

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Call Me Ishmael in Plainfield, New Jersey

36 months ago

Wow. Many thanks for the heads up. Any suggestions where employers can find legit versions of Creative Circle to reach no-nonsense professionals, both on the talent and HR sides?

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AnnoyedUnemployedandFrustated in Mount Vernon, New York

36 months ago

Call Me Ishmael in Plainfield, New Jersey said: Wow. Many thanks for the heads up. Any suggestions where employers can find legit versions of Creative Circle to reach no-nonsense professionals, both on the talent and HR sides?

Artisan is hands down, the most professional.

I would recommend Aquent as well, but their new Vitamin T branch is God Awful and Aquent seems to be going down hill.

Sadly, I'm not sure who else I could recommend. I think Atrium is the second in command, followed by Adecco. All three of those agencies just so wonderful and professional, and they don't utilize the same tricks other agencies use. So stick with those alternatives, if you can.

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Call me confused in Long Island City, New York

35 months ago

I don't know what these advertising recruiters are doing, but I'm working with The Creative Group, Aquent, Vitamin T, Artisan, and many other B2B recruiters as well.

I have a great book and have also have a wealth of B2B experience.

But when I email these people--no one ever replies. Even when my skills are a perfect match.

An acquaintance told me all she ever got from them is a "0 hours worked" paystub--though she's never worked for them.

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aro12 in Selden, New York

32 months ago

If you really don't want a job at all--by all means go with creative circle.

All they do is e-mail you jobs all day. There is absolutely no follow through with recruiters there. They are completely pointless and completely unprofessional.

This place is a huge waste of time.

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ks in New York, New York

25 months ago

I was contacted by a rep at Creative Circle after answering one of their ads, and they began to find me freelance work very quickly. My experience has been very positive so far.

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DC13 in Bronx, New York

11 months ago

I've been working with CC for 3 years. They are perfectly legit and work with a number of significant agencies in various creative industries. That said, they are not an agency that a person should rely on as their sole income--in fact, they will tell you that, if you go in for an interview. I receive a decent amount of work from them that often fills in gaps in my personal freelancing schedule (which is nice because I'd usually rather make something than nothing.) They also pay very fast, generally within 10 days. So, for what it's worth, from someone who has actually worked for them as opposed to just sending a resume or responding to a few job listings, they are a great, low commitment opportunity for extra income.

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Roberta in Astoria, New York

11 months ago

How strange. That has been my experience. as well I work with all the majors--Creative Group, Aquent, Vitamin T, and others--and I have received not one response from these folks. I don't get it. How do they stay in business? -Equally confused in Long Island City.

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DC13 in Bronx, New York

11 months ago

Roberta in Astoria, New York said: How strange. That has been my experience. as well I work with all the majors--Creative Group, Aquent, Vitamin T, and others--and I have received not one response from these folks. I don't get it. How do they stay in business? -Equally confused in Long Island City.

Hm, I'm not sure. I know that they are usually a last minute resource for creative staffers, but I also view it as a low investment scenario. For instance, if I send 3 two-sentence cover letters and a resume attachment for every job I get from them, but that one job pays $500 to $3000, what do I care? It took 15 min of my time and I got work. My point is that is that it may not be a great agency, but it's practically zero commitment for what's essentially a personalized job listing feed.

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Roberta in Astoria, New York

11 months ago

I beg to differ. You're not getting it. You got jobs. I got nothing; not even a response. Answering their emails is a complete waste of time.

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temp in New York, New York

6 months ago

I've done some work for one company (and they were great), but CC has only gotten me 3 weeks work total in more than a year. I get emails from them all the time, and a recent one demanded a FLAWLESS (CC's caps) resume, pay was $20/hour. I have an impeccable resume, but won't work for that low a rate. How much does CC keep? My most offensive interaction with them: They were desperate to place someone with a client next day, my resume was tailor-made for this one-day emergency assignment. CC rep said he would send resume and call back. In seconds, he called and asked how old I was. Another phone call from him a couple minutes later: He said the job was cancelled. Draw your own conclusions.

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Christina in Brooklyn, New York

3 months ago

Hello there,
Thank you for sharing your experience.
I was actually recruited to Creative Circle this past summer and like you said before depict the numerous emails I still couldn't get a job. By any chance do you know any website that's more legitimate than CC. I really want to get a job on a creative field.

Thank you

JobSeeker in Jersey City, New Jersey said: I applied to a position offered by Creative Circle that I was an ideal candidate for. After two weeks, they contacted me and demanded an interview. I say demanded because they said "If you can't come tommorow, don't come at all."

Great.

The interviewer couldn't pronounce the job title and said she had no idea which type of company offered the position. In spite of this, they scheduled an interview for me a month or so later. An hour before the interview, they emailed (not called me) and told me that the Interviewed had canceled earlier that week (where they obviously has forgotten to notify me).

This place is the most unprofessional recruiting company I have ever worked with.
I believe any other agency would have a least been able to schedule an interview.

AVOID AT ALL COSTS.

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jshepa13 in New York, New York

2 months ago

DC13 in Bronx, New York said: I've been working with CC for 3 years. They are perfectly legit and work with a number of significant agencies in various creative industries. That said, they are not an agency that a person should rely on as their sole income--in fact, they will tell you that, if you go in for an interview. I receive a decent amount of work from them that often fills in gaps in my personal freelancing schedule (which is nice because I'd usually rather make something than nothing.) They also pay very fast, generally within 10 days. So, for what it's worth, from someone who has actually worked for them as opposed to just sending a resume or responding to a few job listings, they are a great, low commitment opportunity for extra income.

Yep. I'm with you. I have used Creative Circle off and on for several years, and to that end I think they are a very good recruiter. They have gotten me quite a bit of work. It does help to know one of their personal emails though. They receive a lot of resumes, so if you can get a personal contact they are just more likely to remember you and call you for work. I was referred by someone I went to school with and that's how I ended up with an interview with them. Aside from that though, it's also about being really fast to respond to their job emails. I usually try to respond within the hour. It's just a numbers game.

Surprised at all of the responses on this site. I mean this is just my experience of freelancing in NYC. You have to be quick, and yes you will send your resume out with no response a lot. You just have to be persistent. And no, recruiters won't hold your hand. They won't call you again if the client isn't interested, and sometimes a client will have an unreasonable demand to interview you right away or something. It's not necessarily CC's fault.

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jhdrew777 in Edison, New Jersey

1 month ago

Well, I'd never really dealt with the Creative Circle until they officially contacted me. They called me in for a position that they had in North Jersey.

I went in for what I thought was an interview in their Teaneck, NJ office. It was strange, being that there were only two people in the entire office. It was pretty clear to me from the odd silence that they didn't do much there.

Basically, someone in one of their offices, likes your work and has a genuine client, they will get you in the door or an actual position. If no one is working with you, no one will ever answer the resumes you submit via email.

There millions of people trying to get work in a particular field. These companies are basically killing the industry for creatives. Most of the jobs you apply to or for are ridiculous, pay horribly, and last for a few days. You'd be better off setting your own prices and advertise on Craig's List and Facebook.

Most of these "creative" jobs at all of these so-called freelance recruiters play the dozens off of resumes they scan from job boards. Trust me, if you're an artist, and no one discusses your portfolio work, piece by piece, then don't bother with them.

In any creative position, your work history has little to do with your talent and skill set. This is why we have portfolios and websites to demonstrate that as creatives we know our craft. If recruiter can't sit down and discuss your work - then why bother. It's insulting to you as a person and to your craft to even pursue work with any of these companies. As creatives we need feedback and critique in regards to our work. If I have to jump thru stupid hoops to get feed back from invisible bosses - then what's the point.

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