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Saatchi & Saatchi Reviews

Updated October 16, 2018
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Pros
  • "Supportive environment to learn in, good work life balance, great brands" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Great work culture and great people" (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • "long hours, poor managers, mission confused" (in 21 reviews)

  • "The arrogance of upper management is something to behold" (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Amazing company to work for!"

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

    I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I love the sense of company culture at Saatchi & Saatchi. Management tries to keep morale high.

    Cons

    Sometimes the management is only concerned about big picture and let's things slide in the meantime.


  2. "Senior Copywriter"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior CopyWriter in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior CopyWriter in New York, NY

    I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The hours are good and some of the people are nice. You get to produce a lot of work. Not that most of it is that great.

    Cons

    The quality of creative is not great. Also, there is a lot of mismanagement. It's too bad because it doesn't have to be like that it the creative directors stood up for the creative more.

    Advice to Management

    Grow more of a spine and stand behind the creative work. Put more pressure on the account directors to provide comprehensive briefs.

  3. "Help Needed for Office Atmosphere and On-boarding 375 Hudson"

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

    I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi full-time

    Pros

    the people are nice, good area in the city (375 Hudson), good agency name to have on resume

    Cons

    the current working environment is not good, we have the worst floor in the building, its been in construction for months, the onboarding/orientation process was also very unusual, it was basically just yourself and the HR rep in her office going over a packet of benefits and then you having to figure out the rest for your self, I also didn't get a complete overview of my position and role responsibilities until a month after I started.

    Advice to Management

    please help the office at 375 Hudson, its in bad condition, there are also limited or no supplies (napkins, ice, simple things..) improve the on-boarding and orientation process, I would have expected more from a worldwide and well known agency.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Strategic Planner"

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    Former Employee - Senior Strategic Planner in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Strategic Planner in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great folks to worth with, excellent pay

    Cons

    long hours, poor managers, mission confused

    Advice to Management

    Use Account Managers with more experience


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Nice people no raises good benefits"

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    Current Employee - Business Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Business Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice teams, no raises or reviews, short work hours

    Cons

    Not much room to advance, agency can’t win new business, lots of management turnover

    Advice to Management

    Give people a reason to want to stay especially with awful new digs


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great people bad management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really great co-workers met some genuinely talented and smart individuals

    Cons

    Old agency thinking
    too much focus on TV instead of digital
    no job growth

    Advice to Management

    invest in the future of advertisement by elevating digital to the same standard as TV spots


  7. "Non-Management Employees Have Little Say"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Guaynabo, PR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Guaynabo, PR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked independently, so I scheduled my own week. Didn't have someone micromanaging me or asking what I was doing. Just because I was left to my own devices to learn a ton of new things, I was able to advance professionally and apply my skills to figure out things on my own.

    Cons

    Poor management (mixed direction, unclear about changes)
    Focused on profit and not overall health of the team

    Advice to Management

    There are SO MANY talented people out there who can really deliver amazing Digital Advertising and turn your company very profitable. Pay attention to the rockstars!

  8. "Overall just fine"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The resources are unmatched and there are some really great people

    Cons

    Too many layers and lots of process, which can interfere with creativity

    Advice to Management

    Management would benefit from trusting the younger and more junior staff members more often and offering a more freedom.


  9. "Disorganized mess"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good work and life balance

    Cons

    Very disorganized, some accounts are very poorly managed


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to start out, very traditional"

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    Current Employee - Account Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Account Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is a great place to start out where you will inevitably learn agency process and touch on a lot of content in various mediums. My team specifically allowed me stretch my legs and own/work on more than many others in my position. Pretty good work/life balance.

    Cons

    The agency can be too traditional and rigid in process. Big company = slow moving. I feel it lacks collaboration where people feel like they can pass off a problem onto someone else if they don't feel like it's 'their problem'. Very hierarchical; people tend to stay in their swim lanes. Lacks a great office culture and outdated technology.

    Advice to Management

    Update technology, every single person deserves a laptop. Promote a better culture within the office; one of collaboration and excitement.


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