Saatchi & Saatchi Reviews

Updated March 20, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Saatchi is a great company.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President Production in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President Production in New York, NY

    I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There is good corporate culture.

    Cons

    Business is stagnant right now. But there are new efforts for new business.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Poorly Run from the top in Midtown

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi

    Pros

    Great, creative people and fun personalities.
    Loose work atmosphere.
    Casual Fridays.

    Cons

    Poor upper management in corporate office in Midtown.

    Very little new business and lots of money spent on trying to get it.

    Middle management has no say in anything and gets told what to do by corporate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to get everybody to like you and start managing like you should.

  3. 1 person found this helpful

    An old battleship, not a rocket

    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

    > Big, legacy clients who aren't going anywhere-- meaning relative job security
    > Everyone basically has their office (sometimes with great views)-- if you ever need a Don Draper nap, just close and lock your door
    > Each department is respected -- creative, planning, account do listen to each other
    > People are generally nice and open-minded
    > There are some really talented people esp. the strategic planners, but it is inconsistent-- you still have ivory tower planners, too
    > Competitive pay-- no bonus though
    > There's still a "mystique" about the name "Saatchi"-- doesn't hurt the resume
    > Great lunch places in the West Village

    Cons

    > Let's be honest here: It's a 1980's TV agency. There is zero digital capability here. If you want to do award-winning, non-traditional work, you will be very frustrated here
    > Absolutely no sense of agency culture. Each account is so big, that the teams work independently without ever needing to talk to each other-- it's an agency of strangers spread across 3 floors, pin-drop quiet at times
    > Old-boys club at the top-- the guys in it think it's cool, everyone else just think it's toxic. Literally, there are old account and creative people who have been there for decades, but instead of being wise, they're just outdated, insecure and tone-deaf
    > Lovemarks is a hoax. It's a new shiny business device that is never applied in the actual day-to-day work-- it is openly ridiculed in the office
    > Client-base is made up of marketing technocrats who hate creative risk and love having meetings
    > Many people who love complaining "about how busy they are"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on one thing you want to be known for and just go for it. Creative awards? Effectiveness? Blue-chip stability? It certainly ain't Lovemarks. Your employees are ready to believe in something-- anything.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. A truly global company to build ad agency experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice working environment, young and fun people, pretty good pay when you are up to middle level management position.

    Cons

    Like most agency, a huge amount of work everyday. It takes too long, normally 3-5 years to go up to middle level positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. One of the best places to get started

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

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

    Pros

    happy hours
    company party
    laid-back environment
    fitness center
    great location

    Cons

    rapid turn-over rate
    unstable
    lack of diversity
    crazy hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase diversity, male/female ratio

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 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
  8. Saatchi & Saatchi is a LOVEMARK

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Creative Director
    Former Employee - Creative Director

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

    Pros

    The general spirit is very positive and friendly.

    Cons

    Can't remember specific cons that would benefit others.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. I thought it was very good

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Actor/Performer in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Actor/Performer in New York, NY

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    I have to say I was well paid

    Cons

    I thought I was treated like a number

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe you could try a little warmth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Group Account Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Group Account Director in New York, NY

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great talent, great resources, great accounts

    Cons

    I do not see any cons at S&S

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    It's a huge stable agency

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Art Director in Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Art Director in Torrance, CA

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

    Pros

    I was treated fairly well. they try to make it a good place to work. not a lot of pitches. very few weekends. I worked on the Toyota biz. The clients were nice and didn't meddle. rarely even came to shoots.

    Cons

    Politics within the groups. Some backstabbing. Too much attitude. This "you have to go get another offer before we'll give you a raise" was BS.
    They constantly flip top management. which just rains confusion and shuffle. They wacked 7 creative directors right at christmas. nice. that made me start to sniff around for something else. they expect loyalty, but offer none.
    How do you remove a guy who was just named Adweek's "West coast agency leader of the year"?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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