Saatchi & Saatchi Reviews

Updated March 20, 2015
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  1. No unique "culture" or product - a weirdly bland agency

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a 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
  2. Saatchi Life

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. Saatchi & Saatchi Broadcast Production

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5. Toxic sweat shop with antiquated processess

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Plenty to be desired

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7. 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Revolving Door

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Yardley, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Yardley, PA

    I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi

    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
  9. Useless internship

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

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi

    Pros

    Learned a few things about the business

    Cons

    Wish to be more involved in the creative work

    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    ALL HAIL THE MIGHTY CLIENTS

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Art Director in New York, NY

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi

    Pros

    The office has a GREAT view of lower Manhattan and the Hudson river. There are some genuinely great people who work here that are fun to be around. Befriend the production team that works with S&S. They are the best people you will meet on this planet and they will tell you EVERYTHING you need to know.

    Cons

    The cons depend highly on which account you are work. General incompetency abounds everywhere. Some Creative higher-ups have serious egos and divas. Beware the account bullies that will try to get you to do work that ISN'T YOUR JOB. In the end, Money rules everything, so your GREAT ideas will be shot down in order to keep the clients happy and SAFE.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more solid communication/transparency between all levels of a project.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. dynamic company with many opportunities

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

    I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi

    Pros

    dynamic company with many opportunities, great on a resume, great experience

    Cons

    big company, sometimes overlooked, mediocre salaries, no bonuses/raises

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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