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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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.  

    Great experience, dying agency

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    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great opportunity to experience a highly creative agency

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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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great experience for early career

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    • 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)

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sinking faster than the Titanic

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    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Oh, there's management?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Fun for a while, but overall disappointing

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Amazing + Creative...comes with baggage

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Account Manager

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    GSP has a great culture

    Cons

    You WILL work long hours at times

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    The people will always inspire you, the work is great though not always as dependable

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Brand Strategy in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Brand Strategy in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    They focus on big brands that want to do big work and aren't afraid to say no, so a great environment to do some high profile work. Their focus on the quality of the output (whether it's a deck, a poster in the elevator or a TV spot) is unparalleled.

    Cons

    Unfortunately they've lost their way a bit in the next generation of digital experience and don't have a consistent approach to the work across teams. Stability is always a question in the agency game and unfortunately they've been losing ground there.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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