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Saatchi & Saatchi Reviews

Updated May 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Supportive environment to learn in, good work life balance, great brands (in 11 reviews)

  • Great people, fantastic ECDs and CDs (in 19 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. "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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great experience, opportunity and brand exposure.

    Cons

    i didn't have much to complain about, overall great experience


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Shell of it's former self."

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


  3. "Excellent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people, good benefit. Awesome creative people

    Cons

    I have nothing bad to say

    Advice to Management

    Be open


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Good opportunities for junior account people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Agency is smaller than you would think, makes it easy to get to know people (the ones that stick around anyway). Relatively small account teams on just about every piece of business means you'll be busy but probably get real opportunities/responsibilities. Leadership is generally pretty accessible and transparent about where the agency is headed. Good account people can move up quickly.

    Cons

    High turnover agency-wide. New (2014) creative leadership are taking their time to backfill empty positions. Creative resources dept is not helpful and is the biggest obstacle to anything getting done on time. Regular training program does not exist - ad hoc training sessions seem to pop up at random, but there's seemingly no cadence. A handful of "experts" with fabricated C-suite titles have been brought in - it is not clear whether these people actually work on any client business. Office renovations have been promised...no sign of their execution. The space is very 1970's right now.

    Advice to Management

    Fully staff the creative department. Overhaul the creative resources department. Provide more regular training, especially for junior level employees.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Irrelevant and lacking direction"

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    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work, great people, a little low on energy but an effort is being made to improve."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Strategic Planner in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Strategic Planner in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are great - egos are hard to come by here which is rare in advertising. Everyone is always having a lot of fun which makes the days go by in a snap. The CEO also has a great energy and is exactly the kind of leader Saatchi needs right now.

    Cons

    Saatchi just really needs a big pitch win - it's been a while since we've had a significant win which is effecting the energy in the agency a bit

    Advice to Management

    Do the things you can to retain people, even if it isnt money


  8. "great company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    the people are very respectful

    Cons

    some nights are very long hours


  9. "Good peope"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Producer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Producer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good, smart, hard working people who care about one another. Leadership is composed of solid, approachable individuals who have a clear vision as to where the agency needs to go and the obstacles to getting there. Leadership and most everyone genuinely seem to care about the people and the work. This is not an ad agency where you'll find a bunch of egotistical blowhards who fly off the handle.

    Cons

    Due to its size, Saatchi can feel like a slow moving, archaic agency of olden times. It's something everyone realizes and wants to desperately improve. If you don't have a solid mentor, you're out of luck because that's the only way you'll really get solid training.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that people receive solid training!


  10. "Hard work; treats high performers well"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Strategic Planning Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Strategic Planning Executive in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice work environments, competitive salary, deeply talented co-workers

    Cons

    Advertising is tough, the industry is in turmoil, and transitions to better digital media support are rough for traditional agencies.

    Advice to Management

    Better pairing of creative and strategy.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome Company"

    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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Teams are full of awesome people
    Laid back management (account specific)
    Good job security
    Excellent work/life balance

    Cons

    Seniority is more highly rewarded than merit
    Not a whole lot of room to grow

    Advice to Management

    Get some younger talent into more decisive positions... innovation is the key to remaining at the top of the advertising market.


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