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Updated July 26, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work culture and great people (in 22 reviews)

  • Supportive environment to learn in, good work life balance, great brands (in 11 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. Helpful (1)

    "overhyped! don't work here"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    nice view of either city or hudson river from office, high chance of own office with window, hip neighborhood, not a sweat shop like JWT.

    Cons

    Amoral and disgusting behavior rampant and rewarded, worse than normal. Gerry Graf has his clique of favorites- you're either in or you're out. Widely varying salary ranges for people at same level. You get what you negotiate, but men get paid more, like everywhere else. Good work often goes unnoticed. No such thing as performance reviews. There's a tendency to let clients and their gut-wrenchingly awful ideas dominate without even a fight because senior creatives give up easily.

    Advice to Management

    It's a caste system. Senior management, the ones with the bloated salaries,often mention that money is tight. Junior & mid level creatives don't advance. Lots of mixed messages: We're broke, but we're having a $65,000 holiday party. We can't afford raises, but here's a list of people who just got promoted (and given raises). We have a hiring freeze, but here are 3 new full-time creative teams.

    Net conclusion: same bull as everywhere else. Get some work for your book and get out.


  2. Helpful (2)

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

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    • 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....

  3. "Desperately Trying to Survive"

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    • 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?"


  4. Helpful (1)

    "ALL HAIL THE MIGHTY CLIENTS"

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    • 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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Plenty to be desired"

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    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


  6. "Old School. Silos. Sad."

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    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.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Big Name Outside - Big Shortcomings Inside"

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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

    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.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Irrelevant and lacking direction"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Shell of it's former self."

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    • 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.


  10. "Look Elsewhere"

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    • 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


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