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Pros
  • Supportive environment to learn in, good work life balance, great brands (in 10 reviews)

  • Great people who really care about the work (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours and pay isn't much - but not unfamiliar to advertising (in 17 reviews)

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

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  1. "No place to grow professionally"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "ACD"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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

    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


  3. Helpful (3)

    "A Disorganized Fiasco"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


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  5. "Art Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • 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
    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Doesn't hold up to it's reputation!"

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

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

    Pros

    Saatchi — has a great name in the industry...

    Cons

    ...but the truth — it's old, outdated, and lacks employee culture of any kind.

    Advice to Management

    Find upper management that actually wants to engage with their employees and create a sense of community. One good about this company (besides the name) — you get to go home early because no one cares about what you're doing.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "You're just a number."

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

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

    Pros

    Good work opportunities. Nice atmosphere.

    Cons

    No career development. Lack of upper management leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to those who make the work and less about those who get the money.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Art Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked with very nice colleagues.

    Cons

    Boring work and too much of it.

    Advice to Management

    Give your staff a raise!


  9. "Toxic sweat shop with antiquated processess"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I worked with some smartest coolest people in my career

    Cons

    Senior management, AS, Creative Project managment work in cylos with no support to the teams

    Advice to Management

    Senior managment needs to check the egos and support the teams that make the day to day happen. The current GM of Saatchi and Saatchi Wellness is a numbers guy who makes it clear as he walks the halls how expendable his people are. The current CCO lacks any kind of backbone to lead her people and they walk all over her


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good stepping stone, but don't stay there longer than 1.5-2 years"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Laid back attitudes. A lot of allowance for personal life as long as you're not on deadline. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Very little accountability for work on all levels. Most people just avoid taking any responsibility for work, and management encourages it. People are just making it up as they go along and trying to shift work to someones else or another department. Take initiative at your own risk.

    Advice to Management

    There are too many managers who have been there for 10+ years, are no longer contributing, and are holding the company back. Find out what people's skills are and allow them to move to other departments or pitch in beyond their department role. Restructure executive leadership and hold people accountable for their actions.


  11. "Useless internship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Learned a few things about the business

    Cons

    Wish to be more involved in the creative work


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