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Publicis Sapient External Referral Program


The Publicis Sapient External Referral Program (the “Program”) is used to provide an incentive for external people (“Referrers”) to bring new talent into Publicis Sapient (“Publicis Sapient” and/or “We”) by recommending people (“Referrals”) who are subsequently hired and successfully employed.

Referrer Eligibility Criteria

Residents of India, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, or Germany who are eighteen (18) years of age or older and legally authorized to work in India, the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, or Germany are eligible to participate in the Referral Program. Individuals working on a W-9 or contractor basis for Publicis Sapient may also be eligible for the external referral bonus. Current Publicis Sapient employees*, current Publicis Sapient UK clients, third-party recruiters, and recruitment agencies/vendors are not eligible for this program.

The Referrer will not be eligible to participate in the Referral Program if the submission of a Referral could possibly, in Publicis Sapient’s sole discretion, constitute a conflict of interest or violation of any non-solicitation obligation.

The Referral Program only applies to Referrals hired into Publicis Sapient India, United States-, Canada-, United Kingdom-, or Germany-based, full-time positions at the Senior Associate** career stage or above. The Referral Program is not applicable to individuals hired through Publicis Sapient’s graduate or campus hiring programs or to individuals hired into temporary, seasonal, cyclical, contract, Associate, Junior Associate, or intern positions.

Referral Payments (“Referral Payments”) are only available for Referrals who are professionally and/or personally known to the Referrer. By participating in the Referral Program, the Referrer guarantees his or her Referral is aware of the submission.

Referral Payments are not available for any Referrals who already exist in Publicis Sapient’s Recruiting Database. In the event that Publicis Sapient receives multiple Referrals for the same individual, only the Referral (whether from an internal or external source) that was submitted into the Recruiting Database first will be eligible for the Referral Payment, subject to the other terms and conditions of the Referral Program1.

Referral Payments are subject to all applicable laws. Publicis Sapient will not make Referral Payments where such payment would violate any law, rule, regulation or standard. In the United States, Federal, State and Local Government employees may not be eligible for Referral Payments in some cases. Publicis Sapient Government Services, Inc., and OnPoint Consulting, Inc. are subsidiaries of Publicis Sapient Corporation and are federal United States government contractors. Any Referral Payment is subject to the rules applicable to United States government employees regarding gratuities set forth in the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch. 5 C.F.R. §§ 2635.102(k), 2635.203(d).

*Current Publicis Sapient employees should review the Internal Employee Referral Program.
**For India-this program also applies to Referrals hired at the Associate career stage.

How it Works

India, United States, Canada, United Kingdom: Referrers submit their Referrals and the required details by clicking “refer a friend” on the job advert page of the applicable job.

Germany: Referrer must get their Referrals to submit their own information and confirm Publicis Sapient can use and store their information in the Recruiting Database.

Once the above-referenced information is submitted, a Referral connection between the Referrer and the Referral is activated in Publicis Sapient’s Recruiting Database for a six-month period. If the Referral is hired into the recommended position or a similar position, subject to Publicis Sapient’s sole discretion, within that same six-month period, the Referrer will be eligible for a Referral Payment. The Referrer will only be alerted if their Referral is hired.

Referral Payment Amounts

The Referral Payment amount is INR 10,000/ 1,000 USD/1,000 CAD/1,000 GBP/1,000 EUR, respectively* (Gross, subject to tax) for each hired Referral, for which necessary tax & supplier documents will be issued in due course. Any applicable government and local taxes on the Referral Payment(s) are the sole responsibility of the Referrer. In India, the referrer is responsible for issuing tax invoice under GST law as applicable. Prior to payment, documents requested must be submitted.

Notwithstanding the above paragraph, Publicis Sapient makes no specific representations as to the taxability of the Referral Payment.

Awards are payable after newly hired Referral has been employed for a minimum of 90 days. Payment will be initiated after the Referral has completed at least 90 days of employment.

All hiring decisions will be made at the sole discretion of Publicis Sapient. Publicis Sapient may modify or cancel the Payment Amounts or Referral Program at its discretion without prior notice or further obligation.

We encourage Diversity Referrals.

Publicis Sapient is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to employ and promote all qualified persons without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, military service, any application for military service or any other category or characteristic protected by applicable law.

*Referral bonuses are paid based on the location where the candidate is hired, converted into your local currency if necessary. For example: “I live in Boston and refer a Manager in the UK." In this case, you would receive the bonus for that position in the UK, converted to US Dollars.

Short Privacy Notice

How We Use Your Personal Data:

  • For recruiting reasons such as sourcing or processing your application
  • Any data will only be used to efficiently occupy vacancies and to find skilled workers. Personal Data will not be used for a different incompatible purpose without your consent.
  • Your personal data will be saved in our Applicant Tracking System and Candidate Relationship Management System
  • Sapient Corporation is regarded as the Controller and any local Publicis Sapient agency as joint controller.

What Personal Data We Collect:

  • Referrers: Name and e-mail address
  • Referrals: Name, e-mail address, phone number, recommendation, relationship to referrer, and resume

Who is Using Your Personal Data:

  • The Publicis Sapient agencies (Sapient Corporation in the US, Sapient Limited in the UK, Sapient GmbH in Germany, Sapient Consulting Private Ltd. in India, Sapient Canada Inc. in Canada)
  • The agency for whom you are referred is regarded as the Data Controller

How to Access & Control Your Personal Data:

  • Send us an email to
  • We take the protection of data privacy very seriously. All Personal Data collected will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be used as set out in this Privacy Notice. The applicable data protection laws shall be respected in full.

Where is your Personal Data processed?

Your personal data may be accessed by recruiters and interviewers working in the country where the position for which you are referred is based, as well as by recruiters and interviewers working in different countries within Publicis Sapient, such as the US and India which are not considered to have the same level of data protection as in the EU. However, we ensure all data transfers comply with applicable legal requirements. Should you wish to know more about how data is protected or wish to request a copy of the contractual protections please contact


1. A submitted Referral is canceled if inactive in the Recruiting Database for a six (6)-month period. If a Referral is resubmitted after cancellation and subsequently hired, the Referrer who resubmitted the Referral will be awarded credit for the Referral, subject to the other terms and conditions of the Referral Program.


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As part of our dedication to an inclusive and diverse workforce, Publicis Sapient is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity without regard for race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion. We are also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at or you may call us at +1-617-621-0200.

EEO is the law.

Pay transparency information can be found here.