Saatchi & Saatchi Reviews

Updated July 29, 2015
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  1. fun

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi

    Pros

    fun, energetic, learning, cool people

    Cons

    work life balance, long hours


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great starting place for creative career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi full-time

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

    Pros

    Great starting point for a career, good training program, good vacation time, great learning experience

    Cons

    Low pay, catty culture, the best talent tends to leave for higher pay

    Advice to Management

    Low pay, best talent leaves


  3. Helpful (3)

    You're just a number.

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work opportunities. Nice atmosphere.

    Cons

    No career development. Lack of upper management leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to those who make the work and less about those who get the money.


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  5. Great Work, Leadership and People

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Brand Strategy Manager in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Brand Strategy Manager in Torrance, CA

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible, Great Work, Great Leadership

    Cons

    Salary, Compensation and Promotion Plan/Schedule for Internal Employees

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. Helpful (1)

    Senior Art Director

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked with very nice colleagues.

    Cons

    Boring work and too much of it.

    Advice to Management

    Give your staff a raise!


  7. Helpful (1)

    Surviving on it's name alone...

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    S&S has a very laid back atmosphere. There is a fitness center and rooftop track and it's located in a great neighborhood with great views of the Hudson river. If you play your cards right you can get out of there by 5:30-6:00 on most days.

    Cons

    Like many old-school agencies, they are way behind in the digital realm. If you're looking for atmosphere, this isn't the place for you – there is none. Bad behavior is generally tolerated and at times even rewarded. Not a lot of room to get ahead as there aren't many opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Realize your employees are your pride and maybe they will show their passion in return.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Supervisor

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi

    Pros

    Great place to work. Treatment of employees is terrific. Casual at atmosphere that's creative and promotes collaboration.

    Cons

    Difficult to get promoted into higher ranks due to people never leaving.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing!


  9. Helpful (1)

    Saatchi is a great company.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is good corporate culture.

    Cons

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


  10. Helpful (1)

    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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (1)

    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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