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Saatchi & Saatchi Reviews

Updated February 28, 2015
Updated February 28, 2015
120 Reviews
3.3
120 Reviews
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Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide CEO Kevin J. Roberts
Kevin J. Roberts
57 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)

  • Pressure and long hours to work (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good opportunities for junior account people

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

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

    Pros

    Agency is smaller than you would think, makes it easy to get to know people (the ones that stick around anyway). Relatively small account teams on just about every piece of business means you'll be busy but probably get real opportunities/responsibilities. Leadership is generally pretty accessible and transparent about where the agency is headed. Good account people can move up quickly.

    Cons

    High turnover agency-wide. New (2014) creative leadership are taking their time to backfill empty positions. Creative resources dept is not helpful and is the biggest obstacle to anything getting done on time. Regular training program does not exist - ad hoc training sessions seem to pop up at random, but there's seemingly no cadence. A handful of "experts" with fabricated C-suite titles have been brought in - it is not clear whether these people actually work on any client business. Office renovations have been promised...no sign of their execution. The space is very 1970's right now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fully staff the creative department. Overhaul the creative resources department. Provide more regular training, especially for junior level employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Average

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

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

    Pros

    Salary, health benefits, nyc location

    Cons

    Too large, too frantic, pressure

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Irrelevant and lacking direction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

    Pros

    Very nice location
    Above average wages
    Holidays

    Cons

    CEO made a lot of promises that haven't been kept.
    Low morale
    Lose client after client
    Below average work creatively

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many promises were made when the "new" CEO, over 18 months ago, too over. But instead of following through, things became even worse, and it comes across as arrogance. You keep on firing quality staff if they aren't part of the boys club, or they aren't attractive enough if they are women. We notice! I would like to see global leadership take over and remove the local leadership, to save the agency.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    okay

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

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi

    Pros

    Free coffee, good intern pay

    Cons

    Traditional agency, not a lot of room for creativity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    great company

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

    I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi

    Pros

    the people are very respectful

    Cons

    some nights are very long hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work, great people, a little low on energy but an effort is being made to improve.

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

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

    Pros

    The people are great - egos are hard to come by here which is rare in advertising. Everyone is always having a lot of fun which makes the days go by in a snap. The CEO also has a great energy and is exactly the kind of leader Saatchi needs right now.

    Cons

    Saatchi just really needs a big pitch win - it's been a while since we've had a significant win which is effecting the energy in the agency a bit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do the things you can to retain people, even if it isnt money

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good peope

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

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

    Pros

    Good, smart, hard working people who care about one another. Leadership is composed of solid, approachable individuals who have a clear vision as to where the agency needs to go and the obstacles to getting there. Leadership and most everyone genuinely seem to care about the people and the work. This is not an ad agency where you'll find a bunch of egotistical blowhards who fly off the handle.

    Cons

    Due to its size, Saatchi can feel like a slow moving, archaic agency of olden times. It's something everyone realizes and wants to desperately improve. If you don't have a solid mentor, you're out of luck because that's the only way you'll really get solid training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that people receive solid training!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Internship Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    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
  10.  

    Hard work; treats high performers well

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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
  11.  

    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 (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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