Goodby, Silverstein & Partners
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www.goodbysilverstein.com San Francisco, CA 150 to 499 Employees

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

Jeff Goodby & Rich Silverstein

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    Junior Art Director (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsAmazing place to learn and grow. Lots of opportunity.

    ConsLosing great talented people during layoffs.

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

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    Overall great learning experience, mentored, and included - given real responsibility as an Intern.

    Intern (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsFlat organization, collaborative, very easygoing atmosphere. I felt like I could ask questions without penalty, and felt encouraged to explore ideas which were valued. Nice respectful and ego-free environment. Ego was not applauded. Everyone was nicer than any office I've been in.

    ConsI found the city difficult to afford. It's in a great part of town but housing would need to be over 30min away if I were going to move there, because I'd be hired as a junior at this point in my life. As a senior manager or director it would be easier at higher compensation. The upper staff have no issues.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNothing. I can't express how pleased I was with the leadership at GSP.

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

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    fun, friendly, good culture

    Motion Graphics Artist (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    Prosgreat culture, good clients, people are nice, dog friendly, good balance of life and work, good location

    Consprojects are not so interesting sometimes. hard to find some real cons, very good in general

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    One of the best agencies in the world

    Senior Art Director (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsExcellent people and great Creative Directors. The chance to do career work and make great connections.

    ConsCan be a bit political. Sort of stuck between creative botique and large agency.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fantastic!

    Intern (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    Pros- the culture
    - the people
    - the work

    Cons- work hours, but it was all well worth the time in great company!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Wonderful Place

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsAn incredible work environment, mainly because of the intelligent and hilarious peers you work with. The agency, while not a tiny and nimble little shop, still has a lot of openness and agility. It uses its established status well and likes to reinvent itself. Sure, it might seem like that process isn't happening as quickly as it could - but it is nice to see that it is happening at all, and you can easily be a part of it at any place in the agency.

    ConsLong hours, a sense that work is never done... never done... Also - you've got to make it on your own. It isn't a teaching agency, so no one can really expect hand-holding or coddling.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't let people just burn out. There is, of course, a ton of young talent that is just dying to work at the agency... but make sure that everyone at all levels still feels that they are indispensible. There is a great sense of comraderie day to day - there really is - but when all is said and done everyone should feel valued in their contribution.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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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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