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Goodby, Silverstein & Partners San Francisco Reviews

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Goodby, Silverstein & Partners Co-Chairman and Creative Directors Jeff Goodby & Rich Silverstein
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Pros
  • lots of smart people, dogs in the office (in 11 reviews)

  • Worked with lots of great people here (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is a continual struggle (in 9 reviews)

  • Token dredful long hours for some departments, while other clowns gets the luxury of complaining about only getting to work from home once a week (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Great but only for awhile"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Strategy Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Strategy Director in San Francisco, CA
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people make this place great

    Cons

    Leadership is sorely lacking in the strategy department


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Talented Agency // Poor Management"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great exposure to interesting clients, as well as talented and incredibly hardworking colleagues.

    Cons

    Management amongst the account teams can be unsatisfactory to say the least. Environment is cliquey and un-professional at times, and folks take themselves way too seriously for the caliber of work they put forth. There is absolutely no work/life/balance, and the agency takes advantage of working employees over time without any additional compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Hire better account managers and less pretentious hipsters - we get it, you live in Oakland, drink craft beers and dislike associating yourself with San Francisco.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Looking back - a good company."

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    Former Employee - Art Director Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Art Director Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Great creative place
    - A lot of talented people
    - Can build your portfolio

    Cons

    - Long hours
    - Typical agency BS


  4. "Great experience, dying agency"

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    Former Employee - Junior Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Junior Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    When I was there - there were some awesome creative directors to learn from. The design director was also extremely talented and caring.

    Cons

    They grew too quickly and their process couldn't keep up. A lot of projects were derailed because client feedback got lost in the system. Was very frustrating to work around.

    Advice to Management

    I think they've done a lot since I've left - analyzing their process and trying to eliminate redundancies.


  5. "Amazing + Creative...comes with baggage"

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    Former Employee - Account Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Creative work, smart people, if you don't sink - you can grow tremendously

    Cons

    Long hours, no opportunity for women (working moms), no clear business priorities driving the culture, lack of prioritization

    Advice to Management

    Take a minute to evaluate the decisions you make about your business.


  6. "The view from the outside differed from the view from the inside."

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    Former Employee - Copywriter in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Copywriter in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The coworkers I got to know continue to be great friends and resources today.

    Cons

    You either get it or you don't. I didn't.

    Advice to Management

    No advice.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Get it on the resume and bail"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    GS&P has enough clout, tenacity and talent to pull off some cool campaigns. But those camps are rare and with the rapid growth at GSP you're more than likely not going to be working on the cool stuff.

    The name still carries plenty of weight in the industry and it does attract smart, talented people. Get it, get it on the resume and bail use it (quickly) to move on to healthier and more vital company.

    Cons

    The senior management has no idea how to scale the success of GSP. What was once a prestige boutique is now a troubled teen struggling (with all the tantrums and drama that implies) with becoming a seasoned adult.

    Advice to Management

    Quit. Please. Too chiefs with no clue how to do anything short of an over expensive :30.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good company culture. Long hours."

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    Current Employee - Interactive Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Interactive Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Bringing dogs to work. Good clients and people to work with.

    Cons

    Limited space and poor management.

    Advice to Management

    Make decisions that benefit every person in the company.


  9. "Client Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Client Accountant in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Client Accountant in South San Francisco, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Super fun, creative environment with great perks

    Cons

    If you're in operations and not on the account side it is not a fun position

    Advice to Management

    Better management training for middle mgmt and operations


  10. "Could have been better, but definitely worth it."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Copywriter in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Copywriter in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    100% of the people there are really good at their jobs. It's great to work with people who know what they're doing.

    Cons

    I couldn't figure out the culture.

    Advice to Management

    I wished I had found a mentor there. I felt somewhat on my own; not really part of a team. (And realize I could have done more to this end.)


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