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Saatchi & Saatchi Reviews

Updated November 24, 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. "Look Elsewhere"

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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
    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


  2. "Glad I came, will be glad to leave"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunities, excellent creative leadership on many accounts

    Cons

    Horrendously understaffed, little to no support, nonexistent digital department

  3. "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


  4. "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


  5. "Good People"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi full-time

    Pros

    Good people who come together to do good work and treat each other respectfully. Solid relationship with a stable client means job security in an otherwise volatile industry.

    Cons

    Cumbersome, outdated systems keep you mired in process, leaving less room for creativity. Horribly location. Saatchi LA is in Torrance. In a mall parking lot.


  6. "Account Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager

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

    Pros

    Big name in 4A; excellent client resource; great people to work with

    Cons

    not so many training opportunity to touch digital communication; client always asks for more; not competitive compensation and benefits

    Advice to Management

    invest more on the internal training


  7. "Director"

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    • Senior Management
    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

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

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


  9. "New Business Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great people, great work environment, fast paced , and create culture

    Cons

    long hours, very competitive, hard to move up


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

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    • Senior Management
    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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