Goodby, Silverstein & Partners

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Updated June 17, 2015
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Goodby, Silverstein & Partners Co-Chairman and Creative Directors Jeff Goodby & Rich Silverstein
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20 Ratings

Pros
  • Excellent people and great Creative Directors (in 4 reviews)

  • Creative work, smart people, if you don't sink - you can grow tremendously (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours when trying to prove yourself (but 'welcome to advertising', right (in 9 reviews)

  • Senior creatives don't empower the lower level creatives to create fresh work (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Talented Agency // Poor Management

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Account Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great exposure to interesting clients, as well as talented and incredibly hardworking colleagues.

    Cons

    Management amongst the account teams can be unsatisfactory to say the least. Environment is cliquey and un-professional at times, and folks take themselves way too seriously for the caliber of work they put forth. There is absolutely no work/life/balance, and the agency takes advantage of working employees over time without any additional compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Hire better account managers and less pretentious hipsters - we get it, you live in Oakland, drink craft beers and dislike associating yourself with San Francisco.


  2. Project Manager Director

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager Director in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people overall. They truly care about their employees. You honestly create bonds and connections for life.

    Cons

    Leadership priorities are all over the place. There are too many account people that haven't had the right training. They also expect the account team to know how to manager the clients and project manage the work.


  3. Top-level

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

    Continue


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  5. Incredibly disappointing. I expected more.

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Best experience in terms of creativity and fun!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  7. I'd go back

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  8. Great Place, Allows you to grow.

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    keep on keeping on.


  9. The luster is gone

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Looking back - a good company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    - Long hours
    - Typical agency BS


  11. Long hours and little recognition, but amazing creative agency!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Interactive Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Interactive Producer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing people to work and collaborate with, dog-friendly culture, work with large clients on amazing advertising campaigns

    Cons

    Account teams can be cut throat, not very good comradery across teams, people don't seem happy within the org which leads to a bad work environment

    Advice to Management

    Have regular check ins with your teams and find ways to improve teamwork and collaboration on projects. Be sure that people are incentivized to work hard and have clear paths to grow within the company.



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