Saatchi & Saatchi LA
3.5 of 5 20 reviews
www.saatchila.com Torrance, CA 150 to 499 Employees

Saatchi & Saatchi LA Reviews

Updated Mar 12, 2014
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3.5 20 reviews

                             

67% Approve of the CEO

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Kevin Roberts

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76% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great People, Creative Projects

Editor (Former Employee)
Torrance, CA

I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi LA as a contractor for more than a year

ProsI worked with many of the producers and creatives at all levels and found everyone to be talented, passionate and down to earth. Sara Seibert was a joy to work with!

ConsNot all the editing suits were running the same applications which made it difficult to work quickly at times. Data storage/vault was not well organized which made it difficult to find and pull video.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A funeral parlor for ideas

Associate Creative Director (Current Employee)
Torrance, CA

I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi LA full-time for more than a year

ProsUmm...Money? Available parking. Japanese food in area.

ConsDisastrous creative leadership has broken morale. Kafkaesque "process" forces creatives to endlessly rework ideas/decks/scripts/everything until "blanded" into nothing. A type of late-Soviet mentality has taken over where "leadership" pretends to want ideas and creatives pretend to provide them.

Advice to Senior Managementlook in the mirror. it's all your fault.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Current Creative Leadership Is Inexperienced

Associate Creative Director (Current Employee)
Torrance, CA

I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi LA full-time for more than 3 years

ProsBenefits and pay are good.

Lots of potential to do great work for a great client.

ConsHaving spent the entirety of their creative careers at exactly one other agency, the current creative leadership at SaatchiLA lacks the world-class experience that is required for a brand as large and complex as Toyota.

Creative leadership does not have the vision—or reputation—required to inspire great work and boost morale.

Creative leadership has a lowbrow taste-level.

Creative leadership lacks courage.

Agency morale seems very low.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf it were my company, my money, my job and my marriage that were going down the tubes I would find people better suited for the job.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great family atmosphere

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I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi LA

ProsEveryone is working towards the same goal, so it's a very supportive environment

ConsThere's many people who have been there for a long time, so there's a lot of complacency.

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Morale crashing as endless process stifles work and sucks time

Art Director (Current Employee)
Torrance, CA

I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi LA full-time for more than a year

ProsMoney is fine, benefits good

ConsSaatchi LA used to be known as a nice place to get fine work out and still have a life. Now, the "process" has expanded so much that creatives are endlessly reworking ideas according to the whims of other departments. Leadership in the creative department is non-existent and the atmosphere is lifeless.

Advice to Senior ManagementShake things up. you are in decline.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great people, process and client for a large agency

Digital Idea Manager (Former Employee)
Torrance, CA

I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi LA full-time for more than 3 years

ProsSSLA provides a lot of exposure to process. The business and creative come together pretty well, with a great emphasis on evolving digital production. Toyota is their only client, but a really good one, and the strength in the partnership can be felt regularly.

ConsCan be a bit stuffy and it takes a long time to produce programs in some cases.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Work hard, play hard

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi LA full-time

ProsI enjoyed the time that I spent at Saatchi, there's a lot you can learn and pick up on while working there. The Toyota brand offers a lot of opportunities to come up with great ideas, creative and innovation, which Saatchi does a great job of pushing.Overall the culture was good and the people you work with are passionate and want to achieve great things. When I was there creative ruled.

ConsCan end up working long hours and taking on many projects. You learn and pick up on a lot, but can tend to burn out at times. But hey it's an agency, if you want to do good work, sometimes you have to burn the midnight oil.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Place With Great People

Analyst (Former Employee)
Torrance, CA

I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi LA full-time for more than a year

ProsThe company and client is great

ConsThere are some long nights, but that is every agency

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Very frustrating place to work.

Project Manager (Current Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi LA full-time for more than 3 years

ProsBig account, lots of days off.

ConsLocation and the office is terrible. Agency is a yes-man to the client.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to learn!

Assistant Media Planner (Current Employee)
Torrance, CA

I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi LA full-time for less than a year

ProsVery knowledgeable employees, great company culture, emphasis on team work, fun client

ConsLow pay, demanding work load, need to pick up new skills quickly

Advice to Senior ManagementGive some credit to the lower level employees

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