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SS+K Reviews

Updated March 1, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Positive"

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

    I have been working at SS+K full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The versatility in clients makes for interesting and different types of work. SS+K is a great place to start you career. Everyone at the company is very friendly and driven. Also has a great work-life balance.

    Cons

    At times the structure is too siloed and there can be a disconnect between the account team and the creative team. Sometimes it seems like SS+K caters too much to the client, which can stifle creativity.


  2. "A feel-good job in advertising - it exists!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Strategist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Digital Strategist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SS+K full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Incredible range of clients, from political campaigns, and feel-good non-profits through to award-winning work with HBO - this place never gets boring. There are no egos here - everyone leaves you to do your work in peace. Incredibly smart crew who are always willing to put their trust in you.

    Cons

    Still a pretty traditional office environment in terms of benefits and vacation, however the working hours are super reasonable for the industry, so you rarely have a late night.

    Advice to Management

    It's time to revamp the website and bring what's great about this place to prospective employees. Most people find this place through friends, but the very best elements of why this place is awesome aren't on show.


  3. "Great people!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SS+K full-time

    Pros

    The people you work with
    Partners are very involved and active on a day to day level
    Partners are committed to their employees
    Everyone is really smart and driven

    Cons

    Not set up to do truly great creative work, company is more rooted in strategy
    Typical to the agency world, work comes at the price of catering to the client


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  5. "Good place to start your career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Recommends

    Pros

    -Management is easy to talk to
    -Small family culture
    -Good hours
    -Everyone is respectful and treats others that way

    Cons

    -Projects vary from small to large
    -Not all projects advertising

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes top management needs to be refreshed


  6. "Positive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends

    Pros

    interesting mix of clients and opportunities to work with multiple types of media, they really try to create an open culture where all ideas can be presented.

    Cons

    senior management was not well aligned so messages to staff differed by department. There is difficulty is selling new ideas, the account team needs t be more connected to the creative in order to be able to support and sell creative.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure your senior staff is really engaged and offer them more opportunities to present and own accounts. Strategy in particular needs to support their staff more and let them own accounts.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Consulting"

    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 SS+K full-time

    Pros

    Great variety of clients and projects. No big egos. A true willingness to help and advise -- if you seek help and advice. Independent, self-starting environment. Involvement of executives in all aspects of accounts and projects. Friendly, welcoming, and talented agency culture. Overall, an agency that is good at lots of different marketing/advertising areas -- strategy, creative, etc.

    Cons

    Sometimes there's a shortage of resources, especially in creative and production, for the amount of work. Lack of project management role and department means account team needs to handle project management -- which can sometimes mean micromanagement of various departments and tons of follow-up.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to bring on broader, longer contracts with clients. Expand creative talent by recruiting more folks. With new office space, continue to foster agency culture.


  8. "Great culture but has drawbacks"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SS+K full-time

    Pros

    A lot of responsibility for young employees

    Cons

    Lack of support, resulting in long hours and quick burn out

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees and try to hire more low to mid-level people rather than only VPs


  9. "A company in transition"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SS+K full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work for high profile clients

    Cons

    Can be disorganized and thrown together. They are better at winning business than servicing it. Often felt like it didn't matter if employees did a good job or a poor one - results were the same.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the people driving the accounts; get rid of the people coasting


  10. "Awesome Creative and Marketing Agency"

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

    Pros

    Incredibly talented people, working on big clients and projects. The partners built the business and everyone is like family

    Cons

    Not a knock on SSK but the agency model is a bit broken in terms of strict adherence to billable hours model.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working on amazing things


  11. "Intern"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Gives interns a decent amount of responsibility, take the work they do very seriously, work with variety of clients, overall good place to get introduction into world of marketing, communications, etc. (in its both interesting and dreadful aspects)
    fancy free lunches with your team and the partners

    Cons

    Pretty scattered in terms of assignments. A lot of "here, do this!"--could make it hard to feel like you were really working towards something or knew what to expect on a day-to-day basis.
    A lot also depends on what team/client you are working with. I personally felt really disconnected from my team and never ended up getting an official onboarding process. Made it feel like my work was unrecognized and didn't matter much. This was enhanced by everyone seeming so busy that they didn't have time to even answer a simple question.
    Also, they could have paid way more for a fancy advertising place in NYC that regularly goes out to expensive lunches.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure people are valued and lighten up the atmosphere a bit. You're not an ER--you're an ad agency!


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