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Goodby, Silverstein & Partners San Francisco Reviews

Updated November 15, 2017
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Pros
  • Goodby's reputation is deserved in that it has extremely smart people (in 9 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Work-life balance is a continual struggle (in 11 reviews)

  • long hours and not a lot of fun (in 14 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. "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.

  3. "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


  4. "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.


  5. "The Agency to Work For"

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    Former Intern - Strategist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Strategist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners as an intern

    Pros

    Renowned ad agency that really gives interns an excellent chance to gain valuable experience in the real world. Had a great time working with my team and famous clients.

    Cons

    Tight deadlines and the occasionally difficult work life balance. Success of project really is dependent on team and client.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Solid Ad Agency"

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    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. "Great shop to get stuff done"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    The leadership is geat. The office is fun and full of laughs. Despite Goddby's success, it still feels very down to earth.

    Cons

    Sometimes it's hard to get stuff pushed through. But that's advertising, right?

    Advice to Management

    More work form home days would be nice.

  8. Helpful (5)

    ""As I rained blows upon him, I realized there had to be another way."—Frank Costanza"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I couldn't have possibly asked for a more talented team to work along with. Some amazing AMs and a great group of people in copy editing. The day you get an offer letter—even better, the day you get laid off or resign.

    Cons

    A Bruce Lee kick to your health and freedom. Trying to work with certain accounts can be harder than navigating the ocean without GPS. Remember high school, remember all the cliques, drama, and gossip that you thought you left behind as a kid? Well fret not, welcome to grade 13. Only thing changed are the vending machines now offer beer. The awful reality that things are constantly changing at the last minute and nothing is ever organized. Obnoxious email of the month contest, resulting in try hards spamming your inbox. Some extraordinary lazy, rude, and inept assistant/account managers. Some AAM/AM really should just be called secrataries given their role as a yes man. The position of project manager doesn't really exist here, in order save on cost. Insert some buzz words: nimble, robust, cutting-edge, transform, ground breaking, quick and of course SYNERGY. 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. The revolting leopard print couch on the 5th floor. The 6th flloor was recently rented out to another company and some portion of the 5th floor. Altough not a con, it is an obvious indicator of how the company is doing financially. One big client is helping keep the lights on for the company.


  9. "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!


  10. 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.


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