Saatchi & Saatchi LA Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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  1. Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi LA

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

    Pros

    Amazing work environment and coworkers.

    Cons

    No exposure to main client.

  2. It's been ok

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA

    I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi LA (more than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Feels like change is coming

    Cons

    Things here need to change

    Advice to Management

    Value the work more.

  3. Supervisor

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi LA

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits. Staff is treated well and feel valued. A good place to start an advertising career. Big budgets.

    Cons

    Environment is corporate at times, which makes the job more about process and less about being creative. Many steps for approvals. Not a nimble agency.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Brand Integration

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi LA

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

    Pros

    Top Management is knowledgeable and seem to have great experience managing different teams.

    Cons

    Entire Brand Integration team lacks original thought and offers no creative value. Every conversation is like having a conversation with a rehearsed script.

    Zero personality in the department all around. Music Team females are an absolute nightmare to work with.

    Advice to Management

    Diversity in team, thought, and approach

  6. Helpful (2)

    Backstabbing culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi LA (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Big client with lots of money to spend. Great project opportunities.

    Cons

    If you stay employed here long enough you will be a manager. It doesn't matter if you are qualified or not. Be a yes man, don't rock the boat and you will be there in no time. Many managers will hire mediocre team members and a couple of "workhorse" employees to work on the high profile projects. "Workhorse" employees get burned out and move on to other agencies. Mediocre workers are never challenged but leave work at 5:00, probably wouldn't be able to compete for jobs at other agencies because of lack of work-ethic so they never leave. If you ever work here, get the experience you need, then get out, this place is stale and the politics are thick.

    Advice to Management

    Become competitive and innovative. Stop making your decisions based on who you need to please in the office. Hold employees accountable and lead by example to remain relevant in advertising.

  7. Media Planner

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi LA

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The people at Saatchi are what make the company. The management has some really great leaders that you can learn a ton from!

    Cons

    Its a huge agency, if you are not known for major projects you will get lost in the shuffle.

  8. Helpful (1)

    One office that lives and dies by one client (Toyota)

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    Current Employee - Producer in Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Producer in Torrance, CA

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

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Great speaker series and events. Great night life and access to outside events.

    Cons

    - Long agencies hours with little to no pay. Limited career advancement opportunities.
    - At the time I was there HR was not the most honest about benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Build a true meritocracy and fairly compensate to attract strong talents like the Google of the worlds do.

  9. Great experience for a big advertising agency!

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    Former Employee - Integrated Producer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Integrated Producer in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great team, still friends with many people today. Very open to feedback and comfortable to speak up.
    - Ability to interface with many different teams

    Cons

    - Being part of a global corporation it was hard to make real process change, ie. still on Lotus Notes in 2011
    - Have to take on all work for Toyota even when the project may not be the best fit.
    - the hours can be long

  10. Creative and Positive Culture!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I always felt like I had the option to "do more" if I wanted to. I was encouraged to develop my career and develop relationships across the brand.

    Cons

    The client rules. Big name clients means that you come second, always.

    Advice to Management

    More process could do you some good. You've tried to implement time management and meeting management processes before with no luck. It comes from the top.

  11. Helpful (3)

    Working on huge brand has it perks. Good, but sometimes fake work culture. Upper management sucks - watch out for egos.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi LA 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

    - Great benefits
    - If you love dogs, then this place is for you

    Cons

    - Management
    - Work life balance? What is that?
    - LOTS of hand-holding with client. The move to Plano is going to drastically change the relationship.
    - Personality clashes and egos would
    - Too process heavy
    - The dog policy is nice, but you aren't allowed to bring the dogs into conference rooms. Great for people that have an office.
    - On-boarding for new employees is a cluster. It might be different from department to department, but for the most part, time is not carved out to get new people accurately informed
    - The location is not great. Nothing fun or interesting within walking distance

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