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Saatchi & Saatchi Reviews

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. "Starting Opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi full-time

    Pros

    Get to work for pretty good brands

    Cons

    Does not have the best culture


  2. "Senior Account Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi full-time

    Pros

    Great work culture and great people.

    Cons

    Part of a wider network which can be limiting.

  3. "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!


  4. "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.


  5. "Saatchi & Greatness"

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    Current Employee - Associate Creative Director in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Associate Creative Director in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Respects creativity and inspires staff

    Cons

    Not great on pay and reviews

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing


  6. "Challenging but fun - Saatchi Shanghai"

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    Former Employee - Creative Director in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Creative Director in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company culture, good and fun people, champions creativity, cherish talents, nice office, cool bosses, you get something out of the experience, making an effort to keep up with the ad evolution, good perks and benefits.

    Cons

    Insane overtime, tough and demanding clients, some politics, a bit too old school although they are making an effort to evolve,


  7. Helpful (2)

    "'One size fits all' culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi full-time

    Pros

    I met some truly intelligent people. But they were far from the ones on stage during company meetings.

    Cons

    You are either part of the group or you're not. Senior management fails to recognise anyone who doesn't take the time to sugar-coat them. Forget any raise or promotion if you don't share a pint with them and laugh at their jokes.

    While they will tell you they work on a culture of diversity and openness, the daily corporate culture is one of fear, intimidation and homogeneousness, fuelled by some of the senior managements' personal agendas.

    This place will never be a great creative agency, for they punish different thinking on a continuous basis.

    Advice to Management

    Looking to increase your creative output?

    - Put creatives back in charge instead of the suits that currently run the place
    - Let strategists & planners help creatives instead of serve suits with daily drivel
    - Reward different thinking and never shut it down
    - Get to know and appreciate your employees. All of them.

  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 (1)

    "Great creative place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people, fantastic ECDs and CDs.

    Cons

    Politics like you get at any agency.

    Advice to Management

    Less cliques, and those you think are 'ones to watch' really aren't. Especially if Alan Sugar has already 'fired' them.


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