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Saatchi & Saatchi Reviews

Updated October 31, 2014
Updated October 31, 2014
112 Reviews
3.3
112 Reviews
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Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide CEO Kevin J. Roberts
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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Avoid

    • 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 full-time (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
  2.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an 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
  3.  

    Big Name Outside - Big Shortcomings Inside

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    • 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

    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
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  5.  

    Old School. Silos. Sad.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The view on the 16th floor.

    Cons

    85% of the people are out for themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize your employees are important.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    very old ways of thinking at LA office

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi full-time

    Pros

    I got great experience doing everyone's work, but no mentoring or room for growth.

    Cons

    I was doing everyone else's work and didnt get any sort of recognition for it. Everyone that works there has gotten lazy because they've had only one account for so long

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire smarter people.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Plenty to be desired

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

    I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi

    Pros

    come 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)

    Cons

    you 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 ManagementAdvice

    work on retaining a long-term staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    ALL HAIL THE MIGHTY CLIENTS

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

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more solid communication/transparency between all levels of a project.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Desperately Trying to Survive

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

    You can be totally autonomous because Creative Director, Con Williamson, doesn't care about you. Come and go as you like. Nice view.

    Cons

    This is a sinking ship. Same team who has won no business in past several years is still in charge? Why? They obviously don't know what they're doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace people who are not effective, namely all of upper management. Can anyone say "insolvent?"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Would have been sweet if I was a dude...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Interactive Producer in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Interactive Producer in Torrance, CA

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi

    Pros

    Worked at the LA office for a year...

    Cool working space
    Free coffee machine
    Close to cheap lunch places

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    Cons

    Account Management runs things with little consideration to Interactive. Very little knowledge in the digital space combined with politics and overloaded process resulted in a poor work environment and constant chaos.

    People in general are not great to work with, not friendly, and the tension is high. Don't expect a good work/life balance...you won't get it here.

    There is absolutely no training in the "Saatchi Process" which is quite convoluted and difficult to navigate. Be prepared to be thrown to the wolves.

    Projects were assigned with little regard/reasoning to a person's skillset and abilities. Very random...

    You'll probably do great here if you're a guy and don't mind rubbing elbows with management. Your work quality doesn't matter...just schmooze your way to the top!!! It's the American Dream!!! If you're a chick, be ready to pad the guys' egos or else you'll be miserable here. It's a very "fend for yourself" place with little consideration to comradery and collaboration.

    Beware...this place is turning into Crispin 2.0 (even with many former CP+B players), which means a lot of smoke blowing, little organization, and ideas created to win themselves awards (not satisfy the client or the consumer). If you're a female, beware...they think less of you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of all the smoke-blowers, politics, and back stabbing here! Saatchi could be a really great place to work be the tension is really, really high. There are many other agencies that just, do it better....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    overhyped! don't work here

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

    I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi

    Pros

    nice view of either city or hudson river from office, high chance of own office with window, hip neighborhood, not a sweat shop like JWT.

    Cons

    Amoral and disgusting behavior rampant and rewarded, worse than normal. Gerry Graf has his clique of favorites- you're either in or you're out. Widely varying salary ranges for people at same level. You get what you negotiate, but men get paid more, like everywhere else. Good work often goes unnoticed. No such thing as performance reviews. There's a tendency to let clients and their gut-wrenchingly awful ideas dominate without even a fight because senior creatives give up easily.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's a caste system. Senior management, the ones with the bloated salaries,often mention that money is tight. Junior & mid level creatives don't advance. Lots of mixed messages: We're broke, but we're having a $65,000 holiday party. We can't afford raises, but here's a list of people who just got promoted (and given raises). We have a hiring freeze, but here are 3 new full-time creative teams.

    Net conclusion: same bull as everywhere else. Get some work for your book and get out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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