Goodby, Silverstein & Partners Reviews

Updated January 30, 2015
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Goodby, Silverstein & Partners Co-Chairman and Creative Directors Jeff Goodby & Rich Silverstein
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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
  • You WILL work long hours at times (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. Anonymous

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    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    Great leadership, Jeff Goodby is a strong creative force and a real stand up guy.

    Cons

    Normal amount of agency politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Top-level

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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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    A place where creative and strategy truly sync up.

    Cons

    Not a place to skate by. This place is what you make it - must be confident to "do you" - churning out status quo work won't get you noticed by the people that will bring you into future projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. Great creative environment.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners

    Pros

    Fun projects for high profile client. Good amount of diversity.

    Cons

    Overworking and overuse of resources

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Best experience in terms of creativity and fun!

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    Former Intern - Account Management in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Account Management in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Open space, creative teams and always looking to pick other people's brains for breakthrough ideas on campaigns. Despite their being a relatively young company, they have managed to produce some of the world's greatest ad campaigns of the 21st century, which is why they are able to combine both a fun and loving workplace while still remaining very professional and goal-driven for every account.

    Cons

    High turnover, but doesnt' matter as long as you show your passion and dedication for innovation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. I'd go back

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    Former Employee - ACD in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - ACD in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    It can be a fun place. It's possible to get great work from GSP.

    Transparent. They do a pretty good job of keeping people in the know of what the company's doing, goals, etc.

    Very fair pay.

    Cons

    Very difficult to move up. You are seen as the same person you walked in the door as, even after many years pass.

    Constant layoffs are ruining the atmosphere. It's really hard to take a chance when there's layoffs looming every 6 months—most people have been "playing it safe."

    Recently have been taking junk clients to pay the bills.

    Starting to be account run. This happens when you're too afraid to scare the client so you just do whatever they say.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Incredibly disappointing. I expected more.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    There are some amazing and talented people in the building across all departments.

    Still looks good on your resume.

    Above average pay and benefits.

    If you're willing to play politics, you'll do well here.

    Cons

    There's an insane amount of micro-managing from the main players in the company which hampers people from doing their job properly - especially on pitches. I've never seen anything like it.

    Senior management are out of touch but shout until they get their way. This is a tv-centric company trying desperately to create the illusion that they get digital. They don't.

    Stop hiring 'saviours' and reward the good people you seemingly don't notice. They hire with a fanfare then put them in front of a firing squad when it doesn't work out. A scattergun approach to hiring and firing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust in the capabilities of the people you hire. You have seasoned talent with solid track records, yet you feel the need to interfere - mainly when projects are almost done. I'm looking at you Rich.

    Organise yourselves more. Don't wait till the night before a pitch to have your 'big idea'. It never works and kills morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Great Place, Allows you to grow.

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    Current Employee - Ad Operations Team Leader in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Ad Operations Team Leader in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    I really enjoyed all my time here, they let you work your own way, and let you grow with the larger team. The perks are great, it's really the work that drives the environment and that's why the people are there. To make great work. I really enjoyed my time at GSP.

    Cons

    The management style works great for the agency when it's at its smaller sizes. When it grew to near 1000, the management style was a bit too loose for the size.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep on keeping on.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners

    Pros

    benefits, leadership, training, culture, facilities

    Cons

    management, location, people, pay, distractions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

  10. The luster is gone

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lots 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get back to the basics. Get rid of the worst apples

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Looking back - a good company.

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    Former Employee - Art Director Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Art Director Intern in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    - Great creative place
    - A lot of talented people
    - Can build your portfolio

    Cons

    - Long hours
    - Typical agency BS

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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