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M&C Saatchi Reviews

Updated June 16, 2017
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Pros
  • I've loved working at M&C Saatchi (in 5 reviews)

  • Great work life balance, best in the industry (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, salaries could be higher (in 9 reviews)

  • Accounts can be understaffed meaning there is little work life balance (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "A rare people-first agency..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President Director in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President Director in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at M&C Saatchi (More than a year)

    Pros

    I worked in the LA office for two years, and loved my time there. Management goes out of their way to value the people working hard every day, and not just for their work but as individuals.

    Cons

    It's a lean, mean office so be prepared to work hard. This is not so much a criticism as a reality. Even VP's and Directors need to have a 'roll up the sleeves' mentality.


  2. "Silver Lining"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at M&C Saatchi full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Very relaxed office environment and small, intimate setting.

    Cons

    The company is based in the UK and therefore, there is a huge disconnect with hiring processes, compliance, and billings.

    Advice to Management

    There should be the correct management roles overseeing hiring, office, and departments.

  3. "Smart people, great team, occasionally forgetful of the PEOPLE that make up the TEAM"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at M&C Saatchi full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Really smart people - strategically superior than the majority of agencies out there - an environment of professionals who are ALL IN and fully committed to the agency brand - great work is created here and shortcuts and messiness are not tolerated - that alone makes M&C a client's dream because they do not have to worry about the details - M&C lives by the details

    Cons

    A bit stiff on occasion - at times there is the tendency to ignore the fact that culture and the appreciation are both very important parts of an organization and can lead to or detract from its ultimate success

    Advice to Management

    Listen to everyone - good ideas come from everywhere - and laugh a bit - and appreciate the commitment people have to the M&C Saatchi brand - that type of commitment is rare and precious


  4. "Kind people, friendly work environment, smart team"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Art Director in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Art Director in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at M&C Saatchi full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Small, friendly, smart, understanding, fun, good balance, nice environment, good location. Had a great time working here.

    Cons

    No opportunities to do giant, impactful campaigns if that's what you're looking for. No digital department in house because of the size.

    Advice to Management

    None. Great experience.


  5. "Creative team oriented place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at M&C Saatchi full-time

    Pros

    Great, collaborative environment to work with amazing clients

    Cons

    Not a lot of cons in my experience so far


  6. "good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at M&C Saatchi full-time

    Pros

    Good Mgmt team to work with

    Cons

    Needs lot of effort to stick around

    Advice to Management

    be good


  7. "Freelancing in advertising"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Had great processes in production and account management. The team were very experienced in running the account but that was mainly due to the fact that they all came across when the agency won the account.

    Cons

    Tighter budgets than when the account was at the previous agency.

    Advice to Management

    Trying to undercut other agencies to win new business leaves no money left to actually run the account.

  8. "Great Company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great Environment, everyone gets along. Great work life balance, best in the industry.

    Cons

    Growing at a rapid pace, needs to develop process


  9. Helpful (1)

    "A tough but rewarding agency."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at M&C Saatchi full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some excellent people to work with. Lots of opportunities if you're smart enough to spot them & are prepared to put yourself forwards.

    Cons

    Top-heavy management can cause a lot of tension. Lean teams - long hours. Low pay compared to other agencies. The 'sink or swim' culture is quite aggressive.

    Advice to Management

    Be cautious of focusing too much on the numbers & targets. Below management there is a sense that the people running the agency are only concerned with hitting targets & getting their bonuses. Teams feel over-worked, under-paid and unappreciated.


  10. "nice place, long hours"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Art Director in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Art Director in London, England (UK)

    I worked at M&C Saatchi full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    you get some big big names in your book if you are lucky

    Cons

    long hours, takes over your life

    Advice to Management

    listen more to the troops!


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