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Saatchi & Saatchi Reviews

Updated May 5, 2017
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Pros
  • Supportive environment to learn in, good work life balance, great brands (in 11 reviews)

  • Great people, fantastic ECDs and CDs (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours and pay isn't much - but not unfamiliar to advertising (in 18 reviews)

  • Difficult to advance due to upper management have been with the agency for sometime (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Look Elsewhere"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    a few really smart people and big accounts to boost your resume
    the experience really depends on the clients you work on
    exposure and opportunity to work with C-level execs on a daily basis

    Cons

    some employees are egocentric and difficult to work with, no formal reviews, lack of process and understanding of responsibilities across teams, no work/life balance, overworked and exhausted staff, insanely high turnover and no backfill on junior and mid-level positions that suffer the most

    Advice to Management

    Hire junior and mid-level employees, add formal review process, reward those that perform well or you will continue to lose them


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Shell of it's former self."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Social Media Manager in Hazlet, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Social Media Manager in Hazlet, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great location on the borders of the village, tribeca and SOHO.
    Otherwise, meh.

    Cons

    A plethora of new CEOs in short period, and still no leadership.
    What constitutes lthe current eadership is misguided

    Advice to Management

    Apologize for what you've done.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Irrelevant and lacking direction"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very nice location
    Above average wages
    Holidays

    Cons

    CEO made a lot of promises that haven't been kept.
    Low morale
    Lose client after client
    Below average work creatively

    Advice to Management

    Many promises were made when the "new" CEO, over 18 months ago, too over. But instead of following through, things became even worse, and it comes across as arrogance. You keep on firing quality staff if they aren't part of the boys club, or they aren't attractive enough if they are women. We notice! I would like to see global leadership take over and remove the local leadership, to save the agency.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Big Name Outside - Big Shortcomings Inside"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you'd like to have a big name on your resume this is the place to be. Also, the salary is very good compared to other smaller places. On more frivolous aspects, you get to have a wonderful city view. Besides these I cannot think of anything else positive.

    Cons

    This place is old school traditional advertising. Anyone with ideas outside the constraints of TV and print is most likely going to have a hard time flourishing in this environment. No sense of teamwork, the people that I worked with during my term had their own agenda and were not shy to step on others to get it across. The meaning of team work was only applicable when things went right. The workflow was absurdly obsolete, higher management got involved when they needed not to be creating obstacles and layers of unnecessary delays. Lack of diversity on higher roles.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of old dinosaurs with closed minds and don't be afraid to embrace new technology, trends and ideas. Believe in your employees and adapt to new efficient processes.


  6. "No wonder its never on a best agency list......"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Free Lance Designer in New York, NY
    Current Contractor - Free Lance Designer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy work, low expectations, you will RARILY stay late

    Cons

    I have worked in various offices in other big named agencies across the city but this was easily the most dysfunctional office I have ever witnessed. There is no consistency in management. There are many managers that not only do not have a degree but also have never taken a management class during their 20 years at the company. Shirking is encouraged, talent is not utilized, and there is NO young blood. Doomed to fail.

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers that don’t just have experience but also have learned to motivate employees. I have heard several upper level management talking negatively about employees in front of other employees! Also recognize young talent lord knows Saatchi needs it, instead all the young people just leave


  7. "Old School. Silos. Sad."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The view on the 16th floor.

    Cons

    85% of the people are out for themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Realize your employees are important.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Plenty to be desired"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Pros

    come into the office whenever, just get your work done
    you can slack off on your work for the most part - i.e. not much accountability
    big name clients
    there's a lot of beer around
    casual, but definitely people who spend a lot on image (clothing wise)

    Cons

    you can slack off on your work for the most part - i.e. not much accountability
    they have no sense of what it means to do digital work
    the employee hierarchy is really set up for broadcast and print
    art directors/copywriters/creative directors kind of treat most people like they're beneath them
    there's a lot of beer around
    a weird male/female dynamic going on; not outright sexist but not equal either
    seems like most people there are new (less than 1 year)

    Advice to Management

    work on retaining a long-term staff


  9. Helpful (1)

    "ALL HAIL THE MIGHTY CLIENTS"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The office has a GREAT view of lower Manhattan and the Hudson river. There are some genuinely great people who work here that are fun to be around. Befriend the production team that works with S&S. They are the best people you will meet on this planet and they will tell you EVERYTHING you need to know.

    Cons

    The cons depend highly on which account you are work. General incompetency abounds everywhere. Some Creative higher-ups have serious egos and divas. Beware the account bullies that will try to get you to do work that ISN'T YOUR JOB. In the end, Money rules everything, so your GREAT ideas will be shot down in order to keep the clients happy and SAFE.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be more solid communication/transparency between all levels of a project.


  10. "Desperately Trying to Survive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You can be totally autonomous because Creative Director, Con Williamson, doesn't care about you. Come and go as you like. Nice view.

    Cons

    This is a sinking ship. Same team who has won no business in past several years is still in charge? Why? They obviously don't know what they're doing.

    Advice to Management

    Replace people who are not effective, namely all of upper management. Can anyone say "insolvent?"


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Would have been sweet if I was a dude..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Interactive Producer in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Interactive Producer in Torrance, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Worked at the LA office for a year...

    Cool working space
    Free coffee machine
    Close to cheap lunch places

    20wordscompleted.

    Cons

    Account Management runs things with little consideration to Interactive. Very little knowledge in the digital space combined with politics and overloaded process resulted in a poor work environment and constant chaos.

    People in general are not great to work with, not friendly, and the tension is high. Don't expect a good work/life balance...you won't get it here.

    There is absolutely no training in the "Saatchi Process" which is quite convoluted and difficult to navigate. Be prepared to be thrown to the wolves.

    Projects were assigned with little regard/reasoning to a person's skillset and abilities. Very random...

    You'll probably do great here if you're a guy and don't mind rubbing elbows with management. Your work quality doesn't matter...just schmooze your way to the top!!! It's the American Dream!!! If you're a chick, be ready to pad the guys' egos or else you'll be miserable here. It's a very "fend for yourself" place with little consideration to comradery and collaboration.

    Beware...this place is turning into Crispin 2.0 (even with many former CP+B players), which means a lot of smoke blowing, little organization, and ideas created to win themselves awards (not satisfy the client or the consumer). If you're a female, beware...they think less of you.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of all the smoke-blowers, politics, and back stabbing here! Saatchi could be a really great place to work be the tension is really, really high. There are many other agencies that just, do it better....


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