Sid Lee

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Sid Lee Reviews

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
18 Reviews
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18 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great

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    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Sid Lee

    Pros

    Great accounts. Great teams. Great projects.
    Global outlook and outreach.

    Cons

    salaries are not high enough for the level of stress and performance that is required in such company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Sid Lee USA - Disoriented Colossal Mess by new and old management alike

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sid Lee full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Tons of free drinks and camarderie

    Cons

    No promotion/growth potential, benefits are bad, no 401k contribution, no proper evaluation system

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to exit interviews and stop deceiving yourselves

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Has potential to be a decent shop

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

    I worked at Sid Lee full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great working environment (aesthetically), tight knit group of co-workers. Occasionally throws a good party or event.

    Cons

    Throws everything at even the smallest project leading to premature burn-out. Creative briefs can go on for 7 pages. Was promised breasts during the interview and ended up with feet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With the exception of 1 massively talented individual, no one charged with leading their departments or agency has any experience in the US market. Continually goes through the same motions for every project and pitch and always ending up with the same (negative) result.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    A good place to start out...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sid Lee

    Pros

    If you're young and enthusiastic, this is a great place to gain experience and grow. You can hustle and get put on a lot of work.

    If you take initiative, you can create your own opportunities and they'll respect you for it.

    Cons

    Sid Lee does not like to pay top dollar for talent. If you're looking for a big payday, I'd recommend looking elsewhere.

    Sid Lee does not put creatives' names on award submissions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    good place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sid Lee full-time

    Pros

    nice and interesting colleagues, interesting clients,

    Cons

    chaos, too many hours a week

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    accounting at sid lee - not typical sid lee experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sid Lee full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    accounting 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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Project manager (digital)

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

    I worked at Sid Lee full-time (more than an 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 ManagementAdvice

    Pay better your staff
    Reduce paper work and process

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A small agency that grow up too fast.

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    hollywood filmset

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    Former Employee - Manager in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Manager in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    great 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 ManagementAdvice

    act 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Not adapted for the new times

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sid Lee

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Bad 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 ManagementAdvice

    If 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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