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Saatchi & Saatchi Reviews

Updated Jul 17, 2014
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3.4 106 reviews

79% Approve of the CEO

Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide CEO Kevin J. Roberts

Kevin J. Roberts

(48 ratings)

65% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You will rarely stay past 6pm and for the most part, can maintain a nice work-life balance(in 6 reviews)

  • Good place to learn, especially when you want to find out about the structures of an international company(in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor upper management in corporate office in Midtown(in 9 reviews)

  • Very little new business and lots of money spent on trying to get it(in 5 reviews)

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    2 people found this helpful  

    It's a huge stable agency

    Senior Art Director (Current Employee) Torrance, CA

    ProsI was treated fairly well. they try to make it a good place to work. not a lot of pitches. very few weekends. I worked on the Toyota biz. The clients were nice and didn't meddle. rarely even came to shoots.

    ConsPolitics within the groups. Some backstabbing. Too much attitude. This "you have to go get another offer before we'll give you a raise" was BS.
    They constantly flip top management. which just rains confusion and shuffle. They wacked 7 creative directors right at christmas. nice. that made me start to sniff around for something else. they expect loyalty, but offer none.
    How do you remove a guy who was just named Adweek's "West coast agency leader of the year"?

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    No unique "culture" or product - a weirdly bland agency

    Senior Vice President Grooup Planning Director (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsMy director was great - smart, creative, inventive

    ConsUpper management was a mystery - CEO is strange and created this weird "Lovebrands" ideas, which doesn't seem to hold much traction with clients or staff. My group or "silo" team was very cliquish and very rah-rah yuppie - company clones -- a very "un-real" environment

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop a culture that let's people be themselves

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Saatchi Life

    Account Supervisor (Current Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsThe people here are amazing. The Clients are also very easy to work with.

    ConsOffice politics sometimes gets in the way as in most big agencies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNuture and cultivate your employees so the turnover rate is lower.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Saatchi & Saatchi Broadcast Production

    Producer (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsDecent hours and plenty of projects

    ConsNo annual review, no chance for growth, salary compensation among employees not based on achievements

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward achievers, have yearly reviews and the potential for advancement and develop better leadership and communication skills with your employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Toxic sweat shop with antiquated processess

    Senior Vice President (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsI worked with some smartest coolest people in my career

    ConsSenior management, AS, Creative Project managment work in cylos with no support to the teams

    Advice to Senior ManagementSenior managment needs to check the egos and support the teams that make the day to day happen. The current GM of Saatchi and Saatchi Wellness is a numbers guy who makes it clear as he walks the halls how expendable his people are. The current CCO lacks any kind of backbone to lead her people and they walk all over her

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Plenty to be desired

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    Proscome into the office whenever, just get your work done
    you can slack off on your work for the most part - i.e. not much accountability
    big name clients
    there's a lot of beer around
    casual, but definitely people who spend a lot on image (clothing wise)

    Consyou can slack off on your work for the most part - i.e. not much accountability
    they have no sense of what it means to do digital work
    the employee hierarchy is really set up for broadcast and print
    art directors/copywriters/creative directors kind of treat most people like they're beneath them
    there's a lot of beer around
    a weird male/female dynamic going on; not outright sexist but not equal either
    seems like most people there are new (less than 1 year)

    Advice to Senior Managementwork on retaining a long-term staff

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good stepping stone, but don't stay there longer than 1.5-2 years

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsLaid back attitudes. A lot of allowance for personal life as long as you're not on deadline. Flexible hours.

    ConsVery little accountability for work on all levels. Most people just avoid taking any responsibility for work, and management encourages it. People are just making it up as they go along and trying to shift work to someones else or another department. Take initiative at your own risk.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere are too many managers who have been there for 10+ years, are no longer contributing, and are holding the company back. Find out what people's skills are and allow them to move to other departments or pitch in beyond their department role. Restructure executive leadership and hold people accountable for their actions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Revolving Door

    Senior Account Executive (Current Employee) Yardley, PA

    ProsSaatchi looks nice on your resume since it's a big company. Others who don't know may think it's Saatchi in NYC and not the little company of 50 people in Yardley. Money is good. Nice new offices in Yardley, PA.

    ConsPlace is a revolving door. If you stay 3-4 years you'll be one of few. Management can't seem to forecast stable work needs so there are wild periods of hiring and then within a few months - layoffs. Finance and the bottom line is king. You're working on a project one day and they call you in and say they don't need you anymore. Very few of these decisions are performance driven. It makes for an extremely unstable environment, where most except for the upper management chosen few, are always worried about their jobs. It makes it for a difficult environment to be creative when you're always worried when your S&S career can end. Add to that the fact that there is a lot of gossip about each other and very little coordination,collaboration and mutual support between departments. Clients can sense this during pitches which is why this division wins very little new business.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet employees know that if they do a good job-you'll in turn support them and keep them employed during the dry times. Foster a more collaborative environment.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Useless internship

    Intern (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsLearned a few things about the business

    ConsWish to be more involved in the creative work

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    ALL HAIL THE MIGHTY CLIENTS

    Art Director (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThe office has a GREAT view of lower Manhattan and the Hudson river. There are some genuinely great people who work here that are fun to be around. Befriend the production team that works with S&S. They are the best people you will meet on this planet and they will tell you EVERYTHING you need to know.

    ConsThe cons depend highly on which account you are work. General incompetency abounds everywhere. Some Creative higher-ups have serious egos and divas. Beware the account bullies that will try to get you to do work that ISN'T YOUR JOB. In the end, Money rules everything, so your GREAT ideas will be shot down in order to keep the clients happy and SAFE.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere needs to be more solid communication/transparency between all levels of a project.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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