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SS+K Reviews

Updated September 5, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Consulting"

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    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.


  2. "Good people, future uncertain"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SS+K full-time

    Pros

    The hours and vacation policy are great. The company is small so you get to know everyone right away. It is the opposite of a cutthroat environment, everyone is supportive.

    Cons

    There are many in management who can't really delegate so the work goes through the ringer of differing opinions before going to the client. You have a lot of projects that tend to fizzle out before anything gets made, or they become much smaller. The people really are great, but the downside to being at a small shop is that it can be hard if you don't fit in. There are still cliques that leave people feeling left out. There can also be a lot of drama/yelling, most of it unnecessary. No project management or planning departments.

    Advice to Management

    Let the talented people who work for you do their job and do your best to stay out of the way.

  3. "great place to start"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    as a copywriter intern right out of college, SSK was a great place to dive into a lot of different types of work. Worked directly under the CCO, who has tons of experience in the industry and is a wizard in many ways. Seemingly a great place for mid-level and senior creatives to come in and make immediate impact.

    Cons

    creative department is very thin right now - virtually no one above the junior level besides the CCO, who has to preside over every piece of business and doesn't have many people to delegate to. The office space itself is a little weird - the floor is split between SSK and a few other strategy/research/programming companies under the M&C Saatchi label.

    Advice to Management

    hire more creatives


  4. "Amazing People, Management Struggles"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SS+K full-time

    Pros

    SS+K has clients that matter, like Planned Parenthood and Emily's List. You get to make an impact through your work and it can feel like a liberal paradise. The people are really amazing.

    Cons

    No process. 7 partners make it hard for the simplest decision to be made. A lot of great ideas get killed because of too much partner micro-management.


  5. "Great culture but has drawbacks"

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    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


  6. "A company in transition"

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    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


  7. "Awesome Creative and Marketing Agency"

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    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

  8. "Intern"

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    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!


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Studio"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SS+K part-time

    Pros

    Amazing people and great work environment. Everyone was incredibly friendly and nice - worked together and never made anyone feel inadequate or inferior.

    Cons

    There really were no cons to working at SS+K. It's a fantastic company and I would recommend it to all.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing - your work is great and so are all of your employees.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "The Goldilocks of Agencies"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SS+K full-time

    Pros

    Having worked both at the super trendy/sweatshop/frat house type agency, and at the old school, leave at 5pm and make boring work type agency, SS+K is an oasis where great work is made by grown-ups who check their egos.

    Great clients, interesting work (especially if you're a bit bored of the "what should this TV campaign say?" type brief, and looking to do more unusual projects). Coworkers are truly lovely people (which every workplace will claim, but after a few months you realize that it's all not just a facade here), and the partners are participatory and supportive, but not possessive of the agency and it's trajectory.

    Cons

    The office is a nice space, but doesn't have that modern-designed-by-a-brand-name-architect feel that many agencies have. And since we're a small crew that's often in and out for shoots, it can be a bit quiet day to day.


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