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Goodby, Silverstein & Partners San Francisco Reviews

Updated January 25, 2017
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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 9 reviews)

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

Cons
  • I've heard that work/life balance as a full-time employee can be tricky to navigate, but I experienced zero cons (in 7 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 Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Tons of really smart people

    Cons

    Pay is below the industry average in account management

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. Great transparency and you make it feel like a big family


  2. "Hard work but someone had to do it"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Creative Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Creative Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very creative work environment and co-workers

    Cons

    Debilitating and stressful environment...thrown to the wolves

    Advice to Management

    Get your crap together


  3. "Creative Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Creative Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Creative Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work, people, office, location, experience.

    Cons

    No cons other than the place feel too big.


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  5. "Great place to learn"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They know how to do it.

    Cons

    It's advertising. They really like awards.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Solid Ad Agency"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Operations Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Operations Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Fun culture, talented people, good reputation.

    Cons

    Like with any ad agency, expect long hours, and job security dependent upon agency keeping the account. My experience specifically with GSP I found very little management involvement because the team was so large and the "bosses" were always too busy to be very engaged. It was sort of sink or swim with training.

    Advice to Management

    Things may have changed since I left but if you have a head of Operations, don't load up their plate with so much that they don't have time to even properly manage their team.


  7. "The Funhouse"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    -Great people
    -Great management!
    -Very creative environment!
    -Legendary holiday parties
    -Prestigious clientele
    -Great pay
    -Great perk

    Cons

    -Horrendous work/life balance
    -Some office politics, but that can be said about any company really.
    -Creative favoritism leave many feeling isolated.

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing favorites, it doesn't do anyone any good. Hire selectively - quality over quantity!


  8. "I'd go back"

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    Former Employee - ACD in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - ACD in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It can be a fun place. It's possible to get great work from GSP.

    Transparent. They do a pretty good job of keeping people in the know of what the company's doing, goals, etc.

    Very fair pay.

    Cons

    Very difficult to move up. You are seen as the same person you walked in the door as, even after many years pass.

    Constant layoffs are ruining the atmosphere. It's really hard to take a chance when there's layoffs looming every 6 months—most people have been "playing it safe."

    Recently have been taking junk clients to pay the bills.

    Starting to be account run. This happens when you're too afraid to scare the client so you just do whatever they say.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, great company, a little outdated..."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Communications Strategist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Communications Strategist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -the people
    -the talent
    -the feeling of 'togetherness'
    -the work
    -the clients (big brands)
    -resume builder

    Cons

    -badly run
    -management is weak
    -CRAZY discrepancies in salary. Hard working, valuable people not paid enough, whilst a lot of higher ups or certain titles get paid a fortune.
    -Terrible employee retention strategies
    -disorganized
    -not enough attention in the right places
    -politics and favoritism

    Advice to Management

    I love you guys, but you need to work on employee retention. We are losing amazing talent due to silly reasons. We need better leadership here.

    I love Jeff and Rich, though. What amazing people.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great opportunity to experience a highly creative agency"

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    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Very creative, lots of opportunity to grow and experience a culture that values taking creative risks.

    Cons

    Youth-oriented culture is both a plus and a minus; depends on where you are at in your life.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great experience for early career"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great name on resume
    - Passionate employees (important for doing great work)
    - Lots of energy
    - An agency that former employees come back to (or at least it was when I was there)
    - Great benefits

    Cons

    - Digital department was disorganized in early days I was there
    - Long hours when trying to prove yourself (but 'welcome to advertising', right?)
    - You can get winded from the short walk up the hill



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