Goodby, Silverstein & Partners

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Goodby, Silverstein & Partners Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated March 31, 2014
Updated March 31, 2014
56 Reviews
3.5
56 Reviews
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Goodby, Silverstein & Partners Co-Chairman and Creative Directors Jeff Goodby & Rich Silverstein
Jeff Goodby & Rich Silverstein
25 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Excellent people and great Creative Directors (in 4 reviews)

  • There are some great people working here who genuinely try to fight for work that's different (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours, no opportunity for women (working moms), no clear business priorities driving the culture, lack of prioritization (in 9 reviews)

  • Work/life/balance can suffer at times but that's life at any ad agency (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great people, great company, a little outdated...

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    Current Employee - Communications Strategist  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Communications Strategist in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -the people
    -the talent
    -the feeling of 'togetherness'
    -the work
    -the clients (big brands)
    -resume builder

    Cons

    -badly run
    -management is weak
    -CRAZY discrepancies in salary. Hard working, valuable people not paid enough, whilst a lot of higher ups or certain titles get paid a fortune.
    -Terrible employee retention strategies
    -disorganized
    -not enough attention in the right places
    -politics and favoritism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I love you guys, but you need to work on employee retention. We are losing amazing talent due to silly reasons. We need better leadership here.

    I love Jeff and Rich, though. What amazing people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great opportunity to experience a highly creative agency

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Director  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Director in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very creative, lots of opportunity to grow and experience a culture that values taking creative risks.

    Cons

    Youth-oriented culture is both a plus and a minus; depends on where you are at in your life.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great experience for early career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Great name on resume
    - Passionate employees (important for doing great work)
    - Lots of energy
    - An agency that former employees come back to (or at least it was when I was there)
    - Great benefits

    Cons

    - Digital department was disorganized in early days I was there
    - Long hours when trying to prove yourself (but 'welcome to advertising', right?)
    - You can get winded from the short walk up the hill

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Once Stellar Agency...Been a 'Sinking Ship' for Years

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    Former Employee - Brand Strategist  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Brand Strategist in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Smart, creative, driven people. Great mentors. High expectations from clients and peers. Great resume builder.

    Cons

    Founders can't get out of the way. Run by TV-centric, comedy writers who don't get digital.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The glory days are over. Accept it. Stop acting like it and be scrappy again. Read: ditch the silver platter.

    "Creatives" aren't justifying their demi-god status - they're not coming up with integrated ideas that people care about, so accept creative ideas from all of the smart people in your building. Jeff and Rich need to trust the people they hire and not micro-manage every account to death.

    I don't know how you'll fix your recruitment problem, but it's not going to start with taking on more bloated, vision-less clients.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Account Manager

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    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    GSP has a great culture

    Cons

    You WILL work long hours at times

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Assistant Account Manager

    Former Employee - Assistant Account Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Account Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -flexible hours
    -SMART and driven individuals
    -Founders work at the office
    -time off and working from home
    -family feeling among your team

    Cons

    -work/life balance
    -account team can be a bit intense and overbearing
    -unrealistic expectations for project timelines
    -sink or swim mentality…no one is going to hold your hand here
    -layoffs prevalent
    -employee retention is low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    *improve mentorship

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    The people will always inspire you, the work is great though not always as dependable

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    Former Employee - Brand Strategy  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Brand Strategy in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They focus on big brands that want to do big work and aren't afraid to say no, so a great environment to do some high profile work. Their focus on the quality of the output (whether it's a deck, a poster in the elevator or a TV spot) is unparalleled.

    Cons

    Unfortunately they've lost their way a bit in the next generation of digital experience and don't have a consistent approach to the work across teams. Stability is always a question in the agency game and unfortunately they've been losing ground there.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Incredible people, traditional approach

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    Current Employee - Senior Brand Strategist  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Brand Strategist in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Incredibly strong creative and strategy departments, with some of the smartest and interesting people in the biz.

    Cons

    A little traditional in their thinking, despite their strong investment in digital (production). Creative rules over everyone else, and it's hard to bring anything truly innovative to bear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower some new blood and experiment in new forms of partnership with clients.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Brand Strategy Director  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Brand Strategy Director in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Smart people who are also really nice.

    Cons

    You do mainly TV here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Challenging, Great Office Culture. Work Hard, Play Hard

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Communication Strategist  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Communication Strategist in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    People really have fun working together. In general you play as hard as you work. The office environment is super casual and great work is well rewarded. Booze in the office, lunch trunk visits and summer concert events keep things light. During my time, there was a great office culture with a parody Daily Show created by employees which really helped fuel the company spirit. Holiday party is always off-the-hook.

    Cons

    Not exactly the most attractive of client lists and the creative department gets away with murder with their laziness because they are the Kings and Queens of the agency. Office politics is a mess like any other company but the egomaniac creatives definitely make it worse. One of the "pros" mentioned regarding a Daily Show was actually not 100% approved by the partners so boo on them for not recognizing the huge amount of office culture it injected to the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Holding creative in higher regard does not breed a strong team ethic. One, it takes every department to succeed and two, it makes your creative teams lazy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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