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Updated November 8, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work culture and great people (in 23 reviews)

  • Supportive environment to learn in, good work life balance, great brands (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours and late nights constantly with no job security (in 20 reviews)

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

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  1. "Nice people no raises good benefits"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "OK"

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    Former Freelancer - Associate Creative Director in New York, NY
    Former Freelancer - Associate Creative Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Met some great, fun, creative and talented people.
    Good name on resume.
    Got some good work out of the job.
    A real sense of team, at least within the creative department.
    Lots of happy hour drinks.
    Love the CEO (of SSNY) and her attempt to boost the morale of the company.

    Cons

    Met some horribly manipulative, disrespectful and dishonest people as well.
    Hard clients. Very account driven agency. No creative support.
    Long hours and late nights constantly with no job security.
    No promotions, raises or bonuses.
    Despite leadership constantly trying to boost morale, it's failing miserably at it.

    Advice to Management

    Try to reverse everything listed in the Cons section.

  3. "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


  4. "No place to grow professionally"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Juan, PR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Juan, PR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    no dress code, no definite lunch hour break

    Cons

    Never got a raise in 10 years, overworked, long hours, poor management, seems if you're connected with friends in the upper stratosphere you'll be set even if you pretend you're working, mobbing

    Advice to Management

    hire true professionals


  5. "Stuck in Past"

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

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi full-time

    Pros

    Good location. Has brand name

    Cons

    Leadership is dismal. Once a proud agency, now the JV team of advertising. Creative department in constant disarray. Just recenty parted CEO destroyed senior leadership by taking everything on himself

    Advice to Management

    Clean house at the top. New CEO is not the answer, she's part of the old guard. Bring in real advertising pro's and stop being cheap about hiring good talent.


  6. "ACD"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are non pros to working here

    Cons

    This is one of the worst run, most failing places I have ever worked.

    Advice to Management

    Merge with another agency


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Falling apart"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    a great legacy agency in the industry

    Cons

    ignoring big problems only does more damage

    Advice to Management

    Fire people who are doing more harm than good

  8. Helpful (3)

    "A Disorganized Fiasco"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benefits and my pay was excellent as an employee onsite with the client (I hear they're not as great if you work from the office).

    Cons

    The disorganization on the team was embarrassing to witness and to be associated with. It seems even unfair calling it a team since it was really just a group of people serving the same client but at complete odds with each other. There was no teamwork to speak of. No professional development. No work/life balance. Management was unsupportive, and they were clearly navigating a sinking ship. I would strongly caution anyone about taking employment here. I was promised a lot of great sounding things that never materialized.

    Advice to Management

    Humble yourself. Your arrogance comes across to the client. Also, cultivate teamwork. Feeling undermined by your team when you're trying to manage difficult and complex projects is disheartening and infuriating.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Poor management"

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

    Pros

    many of the people were genuine and there were fun occasional perks. Office was you g

    Cons

    Long hours for low pay, poor management, lack of respect for employees and personal life, very unprofessional leadership and senior leaders.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people to create good work. Everyone including management could use serious professional development


  10. "Art Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, fun work environment. The team is a lot of fun and comprised of very smart people.

    Cons

    Terrible misogynistic management. Complaints are not taken seriously, male counterparts are favored in every sense of business, and women are called sexist names when asked to sell work to a client. Work was mediocre at best because of all the yes-men.

    Advice to Management

    Don't make people go to HR once a month. Provide opportunities for creatives to be creative rather than recycling the same crap once a month.


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