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Saatchi & Saatchi Reviews

Updated October 12, 2014
Updated October 12, 2014
111 Reviews
3.3
111 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)

  • Long hours, hard work, there is no bonus scheme which is a little annoying as i think it would motivate people to do even better work (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Saatchi & Saatchi is a LOVEMARK

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    Former Employee - Creative Director
    Former Employee - Creative Director

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi full-time (more than an 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
  2.  

    I thought it was very good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Actor/Performer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Actor/Performer in New York, NY

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi as a contractor (less than an 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
  3.  

    Great place to work

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    • 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
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's a huge stable agency

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    • 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
  6.  

    No unique "culture" or product - a weirdly bland agency

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    Current Employee - Senior Vice President Grooup Planning Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President Grooup Planning Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    My director was great - smart, creative, inventive

    Cons

    Upper management was a mystery - CEO is strange and created this weird "Lovebrands" ideas, which doesn't seem to hold much traction with clients or staff. My group or "silo" team was very cliquish and very rah-rah yuppie - company clones -- a very "un-real" environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a culture that let's people be themselves

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Saatchi Life

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    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    The people here are amazing. The Clients are also very easy to work with.

    Cons

    Office politics sometimes gets in the way as in most big agencies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nuture and cultivate your employees so the turnover rate is lower.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Saatchi & Saatchi Broadcast Production

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    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent hours and plenty of projects

    Cons

    No annual review, no chance for growth, salary compensation among employees not based on achievements

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward achievers, have yearly reviews and the potential for advancement and develop better leadership and communication skills with your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Toxic sweat shop with antiquated processess

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    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY

    I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi

    Pros

    I worked with some smartest coolest people in my career

    Cons

    Senior management, AS, Creative Project managment work in cylos with no support to the teams

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior managment needs to check the egos and support the teams that make the day to day happen. The current GM of Saatchi and Saatchi Wellness is a numbers guy who makes it clear as he walks the halls how expendable his people are. The current CCO lacks any kind of backbone to lead her people and they walk all over her

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Plenty to be desired

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    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good stepping stone, but don't stay there longer than 1.5-2 years

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

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi

    Pros

    Laid back attitudes. A lot of allowance for personal life as long as you're not on deadline. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Very little accountability for work on all levels. Most people just avoid taking any responsibility for work, and management encourages it. People are just making it up as they go along and trying to shift work to someones else or another department. Take initiative at your own risk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are too many managers who have been there for 10+ years, are no longer contributing, and are holding the company back. Find out what people's skills are and allow them to move to other departments or pitch in beyond their department role. Restructure executive leadership and hold people accountable for their actions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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