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Saatchi & Saatchi Reviews

Updated Jul 15, 2014
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3.4 107 reviews

80% Approve of the CEO

Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide CEO Kevin J. Roberts

Kevin J. Roberts

(49 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You will rarely stay past 6pm and for the most part, can maintain a nice work-life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Good place to learn, especially when you want to find out about the structures of an international company (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor upper management in corporate office in Midtown (in 9 reviews)

  • Very little new business and lots of money spent on trying to get it (in 5 reviews)

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    Great people, mediocre work, nonexistent culture.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsTalented, awesome, friendly people in all departments - particularly creative. Decent benefits. Summer Fridays. Nice location. New CEO & CCO seem to have a clear vision for success, and are very transparent and straightforward about plans, news, etc.

    ConsNo culture. With all the losses lately, the company has become very uptight. Frequent hiring freezes and an ever-dwindling budget. The office itself is extremely outdated and run-down by industry standards. Relationships with clients often seem strained, as do relationships within the agency itself (between creative, account, and production). Depending on the team, it can feel very much at times like creative vs. account rather than everyone working together to sell an idea. Sometimes account will even UNsell ideas... which isn't very hard considering many of the clients are resistant to anything that seems vaguely innovative.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork to improve relationships between departments and with clients. Establish and promote a company culture; make employees feel PROUD to work at Saatchi. Encourage all departments to defend the work and work together to make it great.

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    Plenty of work, little to zero leadership from upper management

    Producer (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsHours are reasonable when not under deadline pressure. You will rarely stay past 6pm and for the most part, can maintain a nice work-life balance. There is ample opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects. Excellent location in Hudson Square - close to the 1 subway and a short walk to West 4th, plenty of places to eat and local parks.

    ConsLimited ability for growth. Company is frequently on a "hiring freeze" and they do not give cost of living salary bumps on an annual basis. Upper management really doesn't manage. It's a very dysfunctional office, where communication between creative, account, and production departments is very poor. The policies for maintaining this communication on your teams are even more unclear. First media organization I have worked in during my 15+ professional years when I have not learned something from a more senior employee. The "long timers" here seem to be milking the clock until retirement, instead of blazing a trail for the future. In my five years here, I have not received one performance review. Human resources is non existent. They can't even figure out how to pay freelance employees and the only time you see them is when they are laying somebody off or reacting to an employee lawsuit.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in your employees, promote from within, reward your employees instead of threatening them. Embrace new technology. Do not mock past employees during agency meetings. It's juvenile.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Account Executive

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGet to work with very knowledgeable and experience people.

    ConsBehind times a bit.

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    Numbers Driven, Corporate Atmosphere

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat place to learn sophisticated, numbers driven advertising. They work with some of the best marketers in the world in P&G and can teach you how businesses run.

    ConsThis is not a creative agency. It's super corporate, structured and political. The account teams drive the business but ultimately the big clients dictate the work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Incredibly difficult, incredible experience.

    Account Executive (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsLarge budgets, great brands and incredible work/talent

    ConsMany aspects of the agency are stuck in the stone ages, it was also the most stressful job I have ever had.

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

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    Great starting place for creative career

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat starting point for a career, good training program, good vacation time, great learning experience

    ConsLow pay, catty culture, the best talent tends to leave for higher pay

    Advice to Senior ManagementLow pay, best talent leaves

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    fun

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosfun, energetic, learning, cool people

    Conswork life balance, long hours

     

    Not so memorable

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsVery laid back environment, very nice people

    ConsToo many Baby Boomers in a Millenial field

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    Surviving on it's name alone...

    Creative (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsS&S has a very laid back atmosphere. There is a fitness center and rooftop track and it's located in a great neighborhood with great views of the Hudson river. If you play your cards right you can get out of there by 5:30-6:00 on most days.

    ConsLike many old-school agencies, they are way behind in the digital realm. If you're looking for atmosphere, this isn't the place for you – there is none. Bad behavior is generally tolerated and at times even rewarded. Not a lot of room to get ahead as there aren't many opportunities.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRealize your employees are your pride and maybe they will show their passion in return.

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

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    Saatchi is a great company.

    Vice President Production (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThere is good corporate culture.

    ConsBusiness is stagnant right now. But there are new efforts for new business.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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