Saatchi & Saatchi Reviews

Updated February 28, 2015
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Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide CEO Kevin J. Roberts
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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

    Good opportunities for junior account people

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    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. Fun, passionate, underpaying

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

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

    Pros

    Passionate people
    Friendly and fun atmosphere
    Great clients & projects

    Cons

    Salary is quite low (generally so in the ad industry in Germany)
    High employee rotation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in attracting and retaining best talent in the mid and long term

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Irrelevant and lacking direction

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    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. Der schlimmste Arbeitgeber bei dem ich bisher gerabeitet habe!

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi

    Pros

    Ein stylisches Office und das Gefühl in einem namenhaften Unternehmen zu arbeiten.

    Cons

    Schlechtes Gehalt, viele Überstunden, schlechtes Miteinander, keine Hilfestellungen.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. Average

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    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
  7. okay

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    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
  8. great ad agncy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi

    Pros

    great ceo. very inivative. cool pepole

    Cons

    long hours. pay in not great

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more banefits

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. great company

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

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    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
  11. Account Manager

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Auckland (New Zealand)
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Auckland (New Zealand)

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi (more than a year)

    Pros

    Big brand, great fun, learnt a lot

    Cons

    A lot of work and not enough hours in the day. Reactive business

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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