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Saatchi & Saatchi Reviews

Updated September 4, 2014
Updated September 4, 2014
109 Reviews
3.2
109 Reviews
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Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide CEO Kevin J. Roberts
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51 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Internship Experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi as an intern

    Pros

    The culture is amazing, everyone is so nice and willing to show you the ropes.

    Cons

    No entry level positions available

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Hard work; treats high performers well

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Strategic Planning Executive  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Strategic Planning Executive in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Nice work environments, competitive salary, deeply talented co-workers

    Cons

    Advertising is tough, the industry is in turmoil, and transitions to better digital media support are rough for traditional agencies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better pairing of creative and strategy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Awesome Company

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

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

    Pros

    Teams are full of awesome people
    Laid back management (account specific)
    Good job security
    Excellent work/life balance

    Cons

    Seniority is more highly rewarded than merit
    Not a whole lot of room to grow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some younger talent into more decisive positions... innovation is the key to remaining at the top of the advertising market.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great people, mediocre work, nonexistent culture.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Talented, awesome, friendly people in all departments - particularly creative. Decent benefits. Summer Fridays. Nice location. New CEO & CCO seem to have a clear vision for success, and are very transparent and straightforward about plans, news, etc.

    Cons

    No culture. With all the losses lately, the company has become very uptight. Frequent hiring freezes and an ever-dwindling budget. The office itself is extremely outdated and run-down by industry standards. Relationships with clients often seem strained, as do relationships within the agency itself (between creative, account, and production). Depending on the team, it can feel very much at times like creative vs. account rather than everyone working together to sell an idea. Sometimes account will even UNsell ideas... which isn't very hard considering many of the clients are resistant to anything that seems vaguely innovative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to improve relationships between departments and with clients. Establish and promote a company culture; make employees feel PROUD to work at Saatchi. Encourage all departments to defend the work and work together to make it great.

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Plenty of work, little to zero leadership from upper management

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    Current Employee - Producer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Producer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Hours are reasonable when not under deadline pressure. You will rarely stay past 6pm and for the most part, can maintain a nice work-life balance. There is ample opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects. Excellent location in Hudson Square - close to the 1 subway and a short walk to West 4th, plenty of places to eat and local parks.

    Cons

    Limited ability for growth. Company is frequently on a "hiring freeze" and they do not give cost of living salary bumps on an annual basis. Upper management really doesn't manage. It's a very dysfunctional office, where communication between creative, account, and production departments is very poor. The policies for maintaining this communication on your teams are even more unclear. First media organization I have worked in during my 15+ professional years when I have not learned something from a more senior employee. The "long timers" here seem to be milking the clock until retirement, instead of blazing a trail for the future. In my five years here, I have not received one performance review. Human resources is non existent. They can't even figure out how to pay freelance employees and the only time you see them is when they are laying somebody off or reacting to an employee lawsuit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees, promote from within, reward your employees instead of threatening them. Embrace new technology. Do not mock past employees during agency meetings. It's juvenile.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Account Executive

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi

    Pros

    Get to work with very knowledgeable and experience people.

    Cons

    Behind times a bit.

  8.  

    Numbers Driven, Corporate Atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi full-time

    Pros

    Great place to learn sophisticated, numbers driven advertising. They work with some of the best marketers in the world in P&G and can teach you how businesses run.

    Cons

    This is not a creative agency. It's super corporate, structured and political. The account teams drive the business but ultimately the big clients dictate the work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Avoid

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Creative Director  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The office is in a good location.
    No one cares about you, which means you can not turn up and it won't cause waves.

    Cons

    All talk and no action.
    Culture of people protecting their backs.
    Top brass is a club.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How about some planning heads that care about the office? Start being open minded to other people's perspectives. The teasing of past employees is a really bad look as well, makes you seem petty.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Big Name Outside - Big Shortcomings Inside

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi

    Pros

    If you'd like to have a big name on your resume this is the place to be. Also, the salary is very good compared to other smaller places. On more frivolous aspects, you get to have a wonderful city view. Besides these I cannot think of anything else positive.

    Cons

    This place is old school traditional advertising. Anyone with ideas outside the constraints of TV and print is most likely going to have a hard time flourishing in this environment. No sense of teamwork, the people that I worked with during my term had their own agenda and were not shy to step on others to get it across. The meaning of team work was only applicable when things went right. The workflow was absurdly obsolete, higher management got involved when they needed not to be creating obstacles and layers of unnecessary delays. Lack of diversity on higher roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of old dinosaurs with closed minds and don't be afraid to embrace new technology, trends and ideas. Believe in your employees and adapt to new efficient processes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    No wonder its never on a best agency list......

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    Current Employee - Free Lance Designer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Free Lance Designer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Easy work, low expectations, you will RARILY stay late

    Cons

    I have worked in various offices in other big named agencies across the city but this was easily the most dysfunctional office I have ever witnessed. There is no consistency in management. There are many managers that not only do not have a degree but also have never taken a management class during their 20 years at the company. Shirking is encouraged, talent is not utilized, and there is NO young blood. Doomed to fail.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire managers that don’t just have experience but also have learned to motivate employees. I have heard several upper level management talking negatively about employees in front of other employees! Also recognize young talent lord knows Saatchi needs it, instead all the young people just leave

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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