Goodby, Silverstein & Partners

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Goodby, Silverstein & Partners Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated Mar 31, 2014

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3.5 37 reviews

88% Approve of the CEO

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

Jeff Goodby & Rich Silverstein

(16 ratings)

72% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people, great company, a little outdated...

    Communications Strategist (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    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 Senior ManagementI 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great opportunity to experience a highly creative agency

    Account Director (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience for early career

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Brand Strategist (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe 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.

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

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    Account Manager (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsGSP has a great culture

    ConsYou WILL work long hours at times

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Brand Strategy (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsThey 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.

    ConsUnfortunately 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Assistant Account Manager (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    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 Senior Management*improve mentorship

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Incredible people, traditional approach

    Senior Brand Strategist (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

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

    ConsA 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 Senior ManagementEmpower some new blood and experiment in new forms of partnership with clients.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work.

    Brand Strategy Director (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsSmart people who are also really nice.

    ConsYou do mainly TV here.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Challenging, Great Office Culture. Work Hard, Play Hard

    Senior Communication Strategist (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsPeople 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.

    ConsNot 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 Senior ManagementHolding 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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