Goodby, Silverstein & Partners

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Goodby, Silverstein & Partners Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated November 13, 2014
Updated November 13, 2014
60 Reviews
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60 Reviews
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Goodby, Silverstein & Partners Co-Chairman and Creative Directors Jeff Goodby & Rich Silverstein
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28 Ratings

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
  • 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.  

    Best experience in terms of creativity and fun!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Management in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Management in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners as an intern (more than an 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
  2.  

    Great Place, Allows you to grow.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Junior Art Director

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    Current Employee - Junior Art Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Junior Art Director in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Amazing place to learn and grow. Lots of opportunity.

    Cons

    Losing great talented people during layoffs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

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

    Pros

    Flat 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.

    Cons

    I 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 ManagementAdvice

    Nothing. I can't express how pleased I was with the leadership at GSP.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    fun, friendly, good culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Motion Graphics Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Motion Graphics Artist in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    One of the best agencies in the world

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Fantastic!

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

    I worked at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners

    Pros

    - the culture
    - the people
    - the work

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Wonderful Place

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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

    Pros

    An 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.

    Cons

    Long 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 ManagementAdvice

    Don'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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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
  11.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    I 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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