Sid Lee
3.1 of 5 13 reviews
www.sidlee.com Montreal, Canada 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated Apr 3, 2014

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Jean-François Bouchard

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57% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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accounting at sid lee - not typical sid lee experience

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Sid Lee full-time

Prossid lee's great creative atmosphere, incredible parties
not too much bureaucracy

Consaccounting at sid lee sucks: yearly turnover (100%) and size of accounting dept (28/ 500) were of exceptional proportions for accounting department.

The situation when a qualified (B.Acc. and 1 level CPA) and smart person is just doing photocopies for a really limited and non-qualified (high-school or less) person for 6 months and keeps asking for some accounting tasks is typical example.

Cannot explain it as only if management of department seems to be rather 'pink organigram' than meritocracy based

overtime is not paid. the more you work, the more you are asked. If you stay late because you are trying to finish something for one boss, another pile up with other requests like if you are working in Big4, but with lower salary

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Project manager (digital)

Digital Producer (Former Employee)
Montreal, QC (Canada)

I worked at Sid Lee full-time for more than a year

Pros- cool client
- top creative from all around the world
- tons of responsibility
- super coworker
- great party

Cons- salary !!!!!!! (it's ridiculous how it's low)
- work/life balance
- upper management are disconnected from the reality
- bigger agency = more completed process
- super high turnover
- lots of layoff ..you are NEVER safe

Advice to Senior ManagementPay better your staff
Reduce paper work and process

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A small agency that grow up too fast.

Art Director (Current Employee)
Montreal, QC (Canada)

I have been working at Sid Lee full-time for more than 3 years

ProsA lot of amazing people work there. A lot of clients are willing to go with crazy ideas.

ConsAccounts bros have too much power on projects. Salaries are not really good in comparison with other advertising agencies. Not enough National/international client.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Not adapted for the new times

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Sid Lee

ProsFancy place and fancy brands. Good for cv and if your lucky also good for your portfolio. Talented people around and good ambience.

ConsBad management and no clear feedback. Concept is on second place in the process and try to fix it with visual references. Digital is a tremendous challenge there having all the digital team almost as an independent company instead of working all together.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf you want to be innovative, you need to invest on it, time and money wise. Otherwise you won't have a future in the new communication paradigms

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hollywood filmset

Manager (Former Employee)
Amsterdam (Netherlands)

I worked at Sid Lee full-time for more than 3 years

Prosmany great colleagues. some interesting clients. super informal and definitely a different place than many others. good in marketing themselves.

Consgreat from the outside, pretty empty inside. senior management has become network style and arrogant. politics and upward management play an increasing role. no career planning at all. burning out people structurally. promises get made but not kept.

Advice to Senior Managementact in line with your values, they seem to be just empty words, at least in amsterdam. become more professional in the way your run your company, not just focused on dollars. care more about your biggest asset: people.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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One of the sexiest brands in the advertising world, but has caveats

Art Director (Former Employee)
Amsterdam (Netherlands)

I worked at Sid Lee full-time for more than a year

ProsA few very creative / global clients
Informal

ConsSpace is crap
Disorganised
Management can't manage
You get ridiculously overworked
Super talented people doing very menial work
Negative

Advice to Senior ManagementAct like grown-ups

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great school, but like school, there are definite favourites

Brand Strategist (Current Employee)
Montreal, QC (Canada)

I have been working at Sid Lee full-time for more than 3 years

Pros- amazing culture
- global clients
- great mentorship opportunities

Cons- high stress
- overworked (under appreciated)
- disorganized

Advice to Senior Managementparties aren't necessarily indicative of employee happiness. People who are in management positions dont necessarily know how to manage (however smart they may be)

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Disorganized

Designer (Former Employee)
Montreal, QC (Canada)

I worked at Sid Lee full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat atmosphere to work in, the bistro is great. Projects can be exciting and fun. A lot of creative freedom.

ConsYour social life can be put on hold place of work load. Disorganized management means sometimes you get unreasonable deadlines.

Advice to Senior ManagementSatisfy your employees and your turnover rate will be a lot lower. Less turnover = much higher overall experience in the pool. Happy workers = high performance. Don't overwork your employees or they will start producing mediocre work.

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Overhyped

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Sid Lee

ProsThere's plenty of opportunities to party and get drunk, the culture is very relaxed and depending on your luck, still a good amount of interesting talented people although that number has drastically gone down.

ConsTrying sooo hard to be cool, great at marketing themselves not so much their clients. Pissing contest, frat mentality and recycled work.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop drinking.

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String of broken promises

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Amsterdam (Netherlands)

I have been working at Sid Lee as a contractor

ProsHype. There is a lot of press around this company.

ConsIt's a nightmare. Not organized at all. Copy lines recycled for every client. Doesn't stand up against the client to protect the work. Hardly any work produced in the last 12+ months. When it is, the creative isn't great. Take a long hard look, and ass=k a lot of questions before going to this company.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe MD and ECD are weak and need to be replaced.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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