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Saatchi & Saatchi Reviews

Updated September 4, 2014
Updated September 4, 2014
109 Reviews
3.2
109 Reviews
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Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide CEO Kevin J. Roberts
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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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  1.  

    Great people, mediocre work, nonexistent culture.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Talented, 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.

    Cons

    No 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 The office itself is extremely outdated and run-down by industry standards.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 ManagementAdvice

    Work 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.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Plenty of work, little to zero leadership from upper management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Producer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Producer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Hours 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.

    Cons

    Limited 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 ManagementAdvice

    Invest 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Account Executive

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi

    Pros

    Get to work with very knowledgeable and experience people.

    Cons

    Behind times a bit.

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  5.  

    Numbers Driven, Corporate Atmosphere

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi full-time

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    This 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Incredibly difficult, incredible experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Large budgets, great brands and incredible work/talent

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great starting place for creative career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Low pay, best talent leaves

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    fun

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi

    Pros

    fun, energetic, learning, cool people

    Cons

    work life balance, long hours

  9.  

    Not so memorable

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Very laid back environment, very nice people

    Cons

    Too many Baby Boomers in a Millenial field

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Surviving on it's name alone...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Creative  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Creative in New York, NY

    I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    S&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.

    Cons

    Like 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 ManagementAdvice

    Realize your employees are your pride and maybe they will show their passion in return.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Saatchi is a great company.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President Production  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President Production in New York, NY

    I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    There is good corporate culture.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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