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Goodby, Silverstein & Partners San Francisco Reviews

Updated May 7, 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 11 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Work-life balance is a continual struggle (in 10 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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    Current Employee - Communications Strategist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Communications Strategist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Everyone is willing to listen, work together, and learn from one another. A great environment.

    Cons

    Truly happy here, no complaints.


  2. "Traditional creative agency, poor personal experience"

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

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

    Pros

    - Creative atmosphere unlike any other
    - Motivated and passionate coworkers make late nights productive
    - Partners aggressively fight for great work, inspiring hustle
    - Producers and designers among the brightest and best
    - Traditional work is stellar
    - Dogs everywhere

    Cons

    - Lack of a diversity
    - Sink or swim mentality runs deep through agency culture
    - Lack of support from HR/Employee Relations on account staffing issues
    - Work/life balance is nonexistent, was told to "check-out" in-person daily
    - Advancement (vertically/laterally) is hard to come by, the agency feels like a revolving door

    Advice to Management

    - Support and educate mid-tier management on mentorship
    - Embrace digital work fully
    - Pay jr staffers fairly

  3. "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


  4. "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


  5. "Great!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Creative Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Current Intern - Creative Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great agency environment, the people are nice and you're in the midst of all the creative madness.

    Cons

    Sometimes you might feel forgotten.


  6. "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


  7. "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.

  8. "Great Agency - amazing people and work"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Whip smart people
    - Great client roster
    - Entrepreneurial with an open door policy

    Cons

    - Can be difficult to move between accounts in down cycles


  9. "Internship Review"

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    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Amazing people, fun office, a lot of opportunity for exposure to big clients and interesting projects

    Cons

    Low pay, you really have to put yourself out there to get yourself on projects. Summer internships are very short, so it's important to start introducing yourself and offering a hand right off the bat if you want to make meaningful connections.


  10. "Awesome Environment"

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    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very cool people, Relaxed environment.
    Weekly/monthly meetings to keep company goals in focus.
    Really good food

    Cons

    Occasional long nights. High turnover


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