Goodby, Silverstein & Partners
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www.goodbysilverstein.com San Francisco, CA 150 to 499 Employees

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Goodby, Silverstein & Partners Co-Chairman and Creative Directors Jeff Goodby & Rich Silverstein

Jeff Goodby & Rich Silverstein

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72% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    The luster is gone

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsHard working people. Very good about trying to represent the best work.

    ConsLots of politics. Promoted the absolutely WRONG people to senior creatives who killed the culture of the agency. Many at the agency still living in the past glory. Layoffs and defections have left the place soulless and in a tailspin. Too many hacks and bullshitters at the agency.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet back to the basics. Get rid of the worst apples

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Long hours and little recognition, but amazing creative agency!

    Interactive Producer (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsAmazing people to work and collaborate with, dog-friendly culture, work with large clients on amazing advertising campaigns

    ConsAccount teams can be cut throat, not very good comradery across teams, people don't seem happy within the org which leads to a bad work environment

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave regular check ins with your teams and find ways to improve teamwork and collaboration on projects. Be sure that people are incentivized to work hard and have clear paths to grow within the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Sinking faster than the Titanic

    Interactive Producer (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsLets be honest here, the name is great to have on the resume. Plus, it isn't the worst place to work, its actually pretty cool (in a limited context.) The office itself is pretty cool.

    ConsPlace is a circus. Over worked, under-paid. Some "top-dogs" heads are stuck in the past from when GSP actually did good work, they need to come back down to earth because -here in reality land - people are jumping off this sinking ship. Those who actually made an impact - are gone due to either BOTH of the lay-offs this year (that was fun) or they themselves recognized the shenanigans and peaced-out for their own good. I cannot stress enough how much this place does NOT care about its employees. Its tough to watch sometimes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOh, there's management?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fun for a while, but overall disappointing

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    Pros- There are some great people working here who genuinely try to fight for work that's different.
    - People are, for the most part, very smart, fun, and attentive to their responsibilities. - I've met a lot of individuals that I'd call true friends, who I hope to have in my life in the future.
    - Rich and Jeff are nice guys and aren't unreasonable so long as you aren't afraid to speak your mind.

    Cons- Senior creatives don't empower the lower level creatives to create fresh work.
    - Senior creatives often come in to review last minute without knowing anything about the projects history and then "explore" new ideas, without considering how this affects the budget, the client's experience, and the internal groups involved with each project.
    - Cronyism and nepotism apparent in most all departments.
    - Boys club mentality in many groups.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you want to turn things around, you need to get a 360 degree viewpoint of why things are going poorly. Don't say you "know" about certain issues, then do absolutely nothing that implies you remember those issues.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    4 people found this helpful  

    The hidden side of a massive, successful agency

    Creative (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsGood pay, good clients, and a well-repsected agency within the ad community. Lots of great ads coming out of that place.

    ConsLong hours, disorder, lack of structure, poor sense of community, crowded. People seemed stressed and all the projects I was on had a chicken-with-head cut off order to them, bad deadlines. The building is packed with people because it has grown so large and most people don't seem to know each other that well.

    While there are a lot of big name clients, there are also a ton of shitty projects getting assigned–the kind of work that doesn't get showcased anywhere but is just part of getting paid.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSeriously consider whether growing so big is the best thing for the culture of the place. Rather than create a crappy atmosphere with a churn and burn mentality, try to foster a place where creatives feel like they have an interest in the place and projects and each other.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Put in your time

    Art Director (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsGreat on the resume. Makes careers. Smart people. Good projects.

    ConsLots of politics. Tough to get put on good projects. Big egos.

    Advice to Senior ManagementScale down.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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