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Saatchi & Saatchi Reviews

Updated March 11, 2017
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Pros
  • Supportive environment to learn in, good work life balance, great brands (in 10 reviews)

  • Great people who really care about the work (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours and pay isn't much - but not unfamiliar to advertising (in 16 reviews)

  • Difficult to advance due to upper management have been with the agency for sometime (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Wonderful"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi full-time

    Pros

    Great culture. Wonderful place to learn and build your skills, & everyone is friendly

    Cons

    I can't really think of anything. I've had some pretty bad jobs before. This tops everything.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what's being done, keep the culture thriving


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Great Creatives Struggling Under Poor Leadership"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Creative Director 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

    Great area. Sadly, that's about it lately.

    Cons

    CEO Brent Smart and and CCO Jay Benjamin are in way over their heads. Lost so many accounts and pitches in just the 18 months I was there, none of which were replaced. And just when morale couldn't get any lower, a memo from "management" demanded creatives show up at 9am, work late and ... oh yeah... no raises. It was a great agency at one point and it will be again, when these 2 are replaced. People are running to get out of there.

    Advice to Management

    Just stop. Please. Let people with vision, passion and ideas take over.


  3. "Great Place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi full-time

    Pros

    Good place to learn, open to new experiences for employees

    Cons

    Don't highlight young talent, value experience in years worked.


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  5. "Interactive Designer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    pay, culture, view, gym, benefits

    Cons

    long work hours with no bonuses. working through holidays and weekends without additional PTO


  6. "Managing Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President, Management Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President, Management Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large network. Award winning creative. Opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    Client goals and objectives often become secondary to creative accolades.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on the clients.


  7. "Art director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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


  8. "Systematically Flawed"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi full-time

    Pros

    I've met a lot of amazing and smart people during my time. The structure will quickly teach you to quickly to think on your toes and see who's worth learning from and who's not. There's definitely opportunity to lead and develop in tough environments.

    Cons

    Experience will vary by what team and business you work on. I've worked with smart people, but not for the right reasons. There's no checks and balances with upper management/managers. I was very disappointed by the lack of care and value for their people in general.

    Advice to Management

    Rebuild the structure starting from within versus focusing on the keep up with a facade.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Shell of it's former self."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  10. "Excellent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Good opportunities for junior account people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.



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