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Saatchi & Saatchi Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Supportive environment to learn in, good work life balance, great brands (in 11 reviews)

  • Great work culture and great people (in 21 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 (2)

    "senior Project Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people / Awesome location / Great benefits

    Cons

    Financially controlled by Publicis in France


  2. Helpful (3)

    "A Disorganized Fiasco"

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    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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Strategic planner"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Supportive environment to learn in, good work life balance, great brands

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted

    Advice to Management

    Have a more structured promotion system


  4. "Art Director"

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    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.


  5. "Look Elsewhere"

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    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


  6. "Billing coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Billing Coordinator in Queens Village, NY
    Current Employee - Billing Coordinator in Queens Village, NY

    I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi (Less than a year)

    Pros

    easy work to complete and do-able deadlines

    Cons

    know your team
    lack of growth
    hidden department

    Advice to Management

    stop making up rules


  7. "sr. art director"

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    Current Employee - Senior Art Director in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Art Director in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good benefits. good life/work balance

    Cons

    not a lot of creative work

    Advice to Management

    remember that you are a creative agency

  8. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing client and great creative place to work.

    Cons

    Turn-over was high, as is expected in the industry


  9. "Still A (White) Boys' Club, Not Breaking Any New Ground (or glass!)"

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

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

    Pros

    - Location and views are awesome
    - My creative team was incredible, my favorite part of the job was collaborating with them
    - Lots of opportunity to meet colleagues through socials such as Friday pizza and happy hour
    - There is a drive to do more, to do different. It isn't harnessed to its full potential.
    - Most of the people I met and worked with were genuinely nice, helpful and collaborative

    Cons

    - Lots of meeting and talking about work, less time actually doing the work
    - No real push back or challenge to client briefs
    - Missed opportunity to lead the thinking with the client in true partnership, instead most people think like the client. Where's the added value?
    - There is a tight political clique that is hard to break into if you aren't male, white

    Advice to Management

    Mix it up a little, match the talk with the walk. Bring in fresh perspectives on the lovemark, which is foundational to your agency.


  10. "Account-driven, not creative driven agency"

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    Former Employee - Producer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Producer 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

    Hours are reasonable, colleagues are friendly, environment is professional yet creative.

    Cons

    No departmental leadership, little room for growth and promotion, no annual reviews, poor communication between departments, and inability to land new business or keep current business. Agency is account-driven, not creative driven. This is a recipe for failure int today's environment.

    Advice to Management

    Be confident and lead, not follow. Upper management is too worried about losing their jobs instead of focusing on landing new business, taking risks with current business and excelling.


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