Goodby, Silverstein & Partners

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Updated April 8, 2015
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  1. Long hours and little recognition, but amazing creative agency!

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    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.

  2. Helpful (1)

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

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

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

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

    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 Management

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

  3. Great experience, dying agency

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Junior Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Junior Designer 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

    When I was there - there were some awesome creative directors to learn from. The design director was also extremely talented and caring.

    Cons

    They grew too quickly and their process couldn't keep up. A lot of projects were derailed because client feedback got lost in the system. Was very frustrating to work around.

    Advice to Management

    I think they've done a lot since I've left - analyzing their process and trying to eliminate redundancies.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great opportunity to experience a highly creative agency

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

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

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

    Pros

    Very creative, lots of opportunity to grow and experience a culture that values taking creative risks.

    Cons

    Youth-oriented culture is both a plus and a minus; depends on where you are at in your life.

  6. Great experience for early career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

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

    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

  7. Helpful (2)

    Sinking faster than the Titanic

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Interactive Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Interactive Producer 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

    Lets be honest here, the name is great to have on the resume. Plus, it isn't the worst place to work, its actually pretty cool (in a limited context.) The office itself is pretty cool.

    Cons

    Place is a circus. Over worked, under-paid. Some "top-dogs" heads are stuck in the past from when GSP actually did good work, they need to come back down to earth because -here in reality land - people are jumping off this sinking ship. Those who actually made an impact - are gone due to either BOTH of the lay-offs this year (that was fun) or they themselves recognized the shenanigans and peaced-out for their own good. I cannot stress enough how much this place does NOT care about its employees. Its tough to watch sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Oh, there's management?

  8. Helpful (1)

    Once Stellar Agency...Been a 'Sinking Ship' for Years

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    Former Employee - Brand Strategist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Brand Strategist in San Francisco, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Smart, creative, driven people. Great mentors. High expectations from clients and peers. Great resume builder.

    Cons

    Founders can't get out of the way. Run by TV-centric, comedy writers who don't get digital.

    Advice to Management

    The 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.

  9. Helpful (4)

    Fun for a while, but overall disappointing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

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

    Pros

    - There are some great people working here who genuinely try to fight for work that's different.
    - People are, for the most part, very smart, fun, and attentive to their responsibilities. - I've met a lot of individuals that I'd call true friends, who I hope to have in my life in the future.
    - Rich and Jeff are nice guys and aren't unreasonable so long as you aren't afraid to speak your mind.

    Cons

    - Senior creatives don't empower the lower level creatives to create fresh work.
    - Senior creatives often come in to review last minute without knowing anything about the projects history and then "explore" new ideas, without considering how this affects the budget, the client's experience, and the internal groups involved with each project.
    - Cronyism and nepotism apparent in most all departments.
    - Boys club mentality in many groups.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to turn things around, you need to get a 360 degree viewpoint of why things are going poorly. Don't say you "know" about certain issues, then do absolutely nothing that implies you remember those issues.

  10. Amazing + Creative...comes with baggage

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Director in San Francisco, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Creative work, smart people, if you don't sink - you can grow tremendously

    Cons

    Long hours, no opportunity for women (working moms), no clear business priorities driving the culture, lack of prioritization

    Advice to Management

    Take a minute to evaluate the decisions you make about your business.

  11. fun, friendly, good culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Motion Graphics Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Motion Graphics Artist in San Francisco, CA

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

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

    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

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