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Saatchi & Saatchi Reviews

Updated Jul 17, 2014
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3.4 106 reviews

79% Approve of the CEO

Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide CEO Kevin J. Roberts

Kevin J. Roberts

(48 ratings)

65% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Awesome Company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

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

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great people, mediocre work, nonexistent culture.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsTalented, 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.

    ConsNo 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 The office itself is extremely outdated and run-down by industry standards.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 Senior ManagementWork 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.

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    Plenty of work, little to zero leadership from upper management

    Producer (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsHours 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.

    ConsLimited 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 Senior ManagementInvest 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A place with many talented people

    Account Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsGood place to learn, especially when you want to find out about the structures of an international company. You get the possibility to collaborate with internationally known clients.

    ConsAt the end, the client decides about the final outcome of the work. But this might be the problem of most creative jobs.

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    Good place to learn

    Senior Account Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsYou will be handling different accounts, you will be given bigger responsibilities than your role, you will have to challenge yourself continuously to prove your progress, you will learn a lot.

    ConsLack of upper management, lack of attention to employees, really difficult to grow within the same office and to get a salary raise.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe a guide rather than a boss.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGet to work with very knowledgeable and experience people.

    ConsBehind times a bit.

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    Business Executive

    Business Executive (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsVery nice environment and people

    ConsYou can get really pressured when you have deadlines to meet.

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    Great place to start and learn.

    Copywriter (Former Employee) Moscow (Russia)

    ProsCompany culture, fun, great people around

    ConsSalary could be a bit higher

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Avoid

    Creative Director (Current Employee) New York, NY

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementHow 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.

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    Art Director

    Art Director (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsCool Team, cool clients, cool jobs, cool office, cool chef, i can just nice things say, everything was okey.

    ConsI can't remember any cons. Maybe sometimes we weren't up to date about some intern changes.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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