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Saatchi & Saatchi Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
108 Reviews

3.2
108 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)

  • Very little new business and lots of money spent on trying to get it (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    I thought it was very good

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    Former Employee - Actor/Performer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Actor/Performer in New York, NY

    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
  2.  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Group Account Director  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Group Account Director in New York, NY

    Pros

    Great talent, great resources, great accounts

    Cons

    I do not see any cons at S&S

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's a huge stable agency

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    Current Employee - Senior Art Director  in  Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Art Director in Torrance, CA

    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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  5.  

    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

    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
  6.  

    Saatchi Life

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

    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
  7.  

    Saatchi & Saatchi Broadcast Production

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    Current Employee - Producer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Producer in New York, NY

    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
  8.  

    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

    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
  9. 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

    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    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
  11.  

    Revolving Door

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive  in  Yardley, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Yardley, PA

    Pros

    Saatchi looks nice on your resume since it's a big company. Others who don't know may think it's Saatchi in NYC and not the little company of 50 people in Yardley. Money is good. Nice new offices in Yardley, PA.

    Cons

    Place is a revolving door. If you stay 3-4 years you'll be one of few. Management can't seem to forecast stable work needs so there are wild periods of hiring and then within a few months - layoffs. Finance and the bottom line is king. You're working on a project one day and they call you in and say they don't need you anymore. Very few of these decisions are performance driven. It makes for an extremely unstable environment, where most except for the upper management chosen few, are always worried about their jobs. It makes it for a difficult environment to be creative when you're always worried when your S&S career can end. Add to that the fact that there is a lot of gossip about each other and very little coordination,collaboration and mutual support between departments. Clients can sense this during pitches which is why this division wins very little new business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let employees know that if they do a good job-you'll in turn support them and keep them employed during the dry times. Foster a more collaborative environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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