Saatchi & Saatchi LA Reviews | Glassdoor

Saatchi & Saatchi LA Reviews

Updated May 19, 2017
74 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-time Part-time

3.7
Star Star Star Star Star
Rating Trends Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Kurt Ritter
11 Ratings

74 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date

Pros
  • Great work life balance, great people (in 12 reviews)

  • Great people, excellent experience (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Toyota moving to Texas, leaving agency behind (in 3 reviews)

  • Just like every agency, during peak season, work/life balance can be challenging (in 3 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "A huge agency that feels very intimate"

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

    I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi LA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Love working at Saatchi & Saatchi LA aka SSLA. It's a great company and has alot of great benefits like summer skip days (you get 3) in addition to your regular vacation time. We have agency party through out the year, 401k matching benefits, good health insurance. During the holidays, we get paid days off from Dec 24th through Jan 1st or 2nd depending on where Monday lands. Everyone here are super talented and is very friendly. Has good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Just like every agency, during peak season, work/life balance can be challenging. But compared to all of the great agency benefits, working with a bunch of talented co-workers...I'd say it's not really a con for me.


  2. "Web Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Web Analyst in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Web Analyst in Torrance, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi LA (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Nice environment in an old building

    Cons

    - The staff are not as professional as I thought.
    - Very bureaucratic and lengthy processes.
    - They heavily rely on Toyota and Toyota's moved to Texas recently so it seems that they might be facing some difficulties in future.

    Advice to Management

    Ad agencies are people-driven businesses, show some respect to people's life


  3. "Good culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi LA (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work with smart people who are respectful of each other
    Get to get deep into the work because of a long-term client
    Nice culture

    Cons

    Location is a bit far
    Can have a vibe of a traditional agency
    Office isn't the coolest space

    Advice to Management

    Remain transparent in leadership decisions
    Maintain the culture of collegiality and friendliness
    Have more office-wide events


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. "It's the agency life"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi LA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You have a big team with very specialized skills. It's easy to focus on what you're good at and bounce ideas off each other. They have monthly agency meetings to help bring the team together and talk about awesome projects going on in the company. The company holds fun small events often, like a ping pong tournament, Olympics, and other socials to help engage with the community. The company promotes your growth in you career. They will help pay for any educational program you take related to your job, up to 2k a year.

    Cons

    They're located in Torrance. For many, that's a fairly long commute, but that's typical of LA.


  6. "Excellent Culture & Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi LA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Very team oriented
    - Excellent clients
    - Encouraging of PTO
    - Couldn't ask for better leadership/mentorship
    - Great work/life balance

    Cons

    - A lot of process

    Advice to Management

    Management in my department is excellent with having an open door policy. They have been with the company for quite sometime and really listen to and care for their teams. Keep up the good work. It pays off in the quality culture and work.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Embarrassing Work, Great Hours"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The hours. Unless you are in production you will never work the insane hours of most other agencies in LA. Half the agency walks in at 10 and leaves before 6.

    Also, new creative leadership is great.

    Cons

    Micro management by leadership.
    Too many people involved in projects so nobody takes responsibility.
    Half the agency is dead weight - would have been fired at any other agency.
    Entire departments are incompetent (media. so-called social).
    Process is a monster that kills creativity, innovation and spirits.
    The output of the strategy department and the creative department is weak.
    Culture of fear. Everybody is afraid of management and the client. This affects the work.
    The location: a horrible parking lot in Torrence.

    Note: Everyone who positively rated this agency has no creative ambition what so ever. They are just happy with mediocracy, as long as it pays the bills.

    Advice to Management

    Please, take a role in a board of advisors, and give new fresh blood a chance to make the agency great and competitive again.


  8. "Not Bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Art Director in Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Digital Art Director in Torrance, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Generally nice people and decent work gets produced. You get to work on Toyota. Reverse Commute for most people. Torrance has great food

    Cons

    You generally only get to work on Toyota unless you get lucky and they have a pro-bono project. Location - Torrance is kind of a bummer.

    Advice to Management

    Get organized. Don't be afraid of your client.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Culture Rules"

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

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

    Pros

    Intelligent people (mostly) roam the halls of SSLA. Work-life-balance is reasonable here depending on the discipline you work in. Account yes, production/delivery not so much.

    Cons

    For an "integrated agency" supporting a major automotive client, it doesn't operate to its fullest potential as a truly integrated agency. Digital for instance is the red headed step child, forgotten soul, publishing afterthought ideas content and creative. Digital should lead the way.

    Advice to Management

    This is an automotive reliant agency, don't recruit imbecile's who lack category experience and come in slinging their New York City guns.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great work place."

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great people as a whole , great environment to work. A lot of events for employee's. Generally management cares about the employee. If positions open up you can apply for them across departments, but if you are really needed in your current position it's hard to be let go.

    Cons

    Low pay unless you are in management. Raises are not on a regular. Pay can be different for same position amongst employees. Which seems more or less based on who you know.


  11. "Great Place to Start"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people. Friendly work environment. Lots of talent to learn and grow from. It's a good time to get hired here because a lot of people are leaving (see "con" section as to why). So if you're looking for a break, this might be the one you need.

    Cons

    One client, Toyota, who is moving to Texas. So future is bleak if they can't get new clients in. Plus they are in Torrance, which is out of its way to nearly everyone. Finally, it is owned by a large conglomerate so any major changes are SLOW to implement.


Showing 74 of 84 reviews
Reset Filters