SS+K

  www.ssk.com
  www.ssk.com

SS+K Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
8 Reviews
4.8
8 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Brad Kay
5 Ratings

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    The Goldilocks of Agencies

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SS+K full-time

    Pros

    Having worked both at the super trendy/sweatshop/frat house type agency, and at the old school, leave at 5pm and make boring work type agency, SS+K is an oasis where great work is made by grown-ups who check their egos.

    Great clients, interesting work (especially if you're a bit bored of the "what should this TV campaign say?" type brief, and looking to do more unusual projects). Coworkers are truly lovely people (which every workplace will claim, but after a few months you realize that it's all not just a facade here), and the partners are participatory and supportive, but not possessive of the agency and it's trajectory.

    Cons

    The office is a nice space, but doesn't have that modern-designed-by-a-brand-name-architect feel that many agencies have. And since we're a small crew that's often in and out for shoots, it can be a bit quiet day to day.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    The people, the work and the culture are top-notch!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SS+K full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    A great place to learn, collaborate, get experience working across marketing functions, grow or transition your career ... people here come from all corners of marketing and it shows in the comprehensive approach the team takes to its work. Everyone's perspective is valued and you'll learn a ton just from working with this cast of characters.

    Meaningful work for clients who are real game-changers in their fields.

    The partners are really involved in the accounts - it's impressive. There aren't any egos getting in the way, just hearty discussion on how to make really smart, effective work. In general, the people here are really down-to-earth. It's a roll-up-your-sleeves, everyone's-opinion-matters work environment.

    A really great work-life balance is possible here. Refreshing to find in this industry.

    Cons

    Especially during training and onboarding, there's a lot of ambiguity here. If you're a real self-starter, though, you'll take that as a growth opportunity. People are always willing to help, answer questions, etc.

    The vacation and time-off policies could probably be better. The incentives here are still pretty basic and traditional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Consider ways to help new team members "get" SS+K faster, especially in the training and onboarding phase.

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Positive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at SS+K full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The versatility in clients makes for interesting and different types of work. SS+K is a great place to start you career. Everyone at the company is very friendly and driven. Also has a great work-life balance.

    Cons

    At times the structure is too siloed and there can be a disconnect between the account team and the creative team. Sometimes it seems like SS+K caters too much to the client, which can stifle creativity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5.  

    Great company, great environment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SS+K

    Pros

    Everyone is super nice, the partners are extremely approachable and active, and they treat everyone with respect.

    Cons

    As with almost any advertising job, sometimes the work/life balance was a bit tipped, but they made up for it with the general company culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing

  6.  

    A feel-good job in advertising - it exists!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Digital Strategist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Digital Strategist in New York, NY

    I have been working at SS+K full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Incredible range of clients, from political campaigns, and feel-good non-profits through to award-winning work with HBO - this place never gets boring. There are no egos here - everyone leaves you to do your work in peace. Incredibly smart crew who are always willing to put their trust in you.

    Cons

    Still a pretty traditional office environment in terms of benefits and vacation, however the working hours are super reasonable for the industry, so you rarely have a late night.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's time to revamp the website and bring what's great about this place to prospective employees. Most people find this place through friends, but the very best elements of why this place is awesome aren't on show.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great people!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY

    I worked at SS+K full-time

    Pros

    The people you work with
    Partners are very involved and active on a day to day level
    Partners are committed to their employees
    Everyone is really smart and driven

    Cons

    Not set up to do truly great creative work, company is more rooted in strategy
    Typical to the agency world, work comes at the price of catering to the client

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to start your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Art Director in New York, NY

    I worked at SS+K

    Pros

    -Management is easy to talk to
    -Small family culture
    -Good hours
    -Everyone is respectful and treats others that way

    Cons

    -Projects vary from small to large
    -Not all projects advertising

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes top management needs to be refreshed

    Recommends
  9.  

    Positive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at SS+K

    Pros

    interesting mix of clients and opportunities to work with multiple types of media, they really try to create an open culture where all ideas can be presented.

    Cons

    senior management was not well aligned so messages to staff differed by department. There is difficulty is selling new ideas, the account team needs t be more connected to the creative in order to be able to support and sell creative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure your senior staff is really engaged and offer them more opportunities to present and own accounts. Strategy in particular needs to support their staff more and let them own accounts.

    Recommends

SS+K Photos

Sweet view at night!
Sweet view!

+ Add Photo

Work at SS+K? Share Your Experiences

SS+K

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.