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Sid Lee Reviews

Updated May 16, 2017
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  1. Helpful (13)

    "Has potential to be a decent shop"

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sid Lee full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great working environment (aesthetically), tight knit group of co-workers. Occasionally throws a good party or event.

    Cons

    Throws everything at even the smallest project leading to premature burn-out. Creative briefs can go on for 7 pages. Was promised breasts during the interview and ended up with feet.

    Advice to Management

    With the exception of 1 massively talented individual, no one charged with leading their departments or agency has any experience in the US market. Continually goes through the same motions for every project and pitch and always ending up with the same (negative) result.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Should have better support/structure for big network"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sid Lee full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great design department and pedigree
    - Generous maternity leave
    - You can negotiate a 5% to 10% bonus before you are hired
    - Senior leadership is locked into 5 year deals from the selling of the company to the Japanese Kyu

    Cons

    - Lack of structure. Still figuring out rapid growth.
    - Senior leadership is heavily male skewed
    - Poor structure. Not adept to handle big growth.
    - Slow production timelines except on Facebook. Not a good place to build your book.

    Benefits - Despite being part of a big conglomerate, there is:
    - No 401k match
    - Limited vision care
    - Poor health care plan

    Advice to Management

    Invest in people, with time, training and salary.


  3. Helpful (19)

    "NYC office - a complete farce"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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

    Pros

    solid reasons to work at sid lee ny:

    - if you've run out of other places to work
    - if you've given up on genuinely innovative, inspiring creative work and prefer meetings and concepting-by-committee
    - if you're hoping to experience being laid off at least once in your life

    there are a few really good people here, but they look like they have one foot out the door.

    Cons

    Everything you've read regarding the NYC office here remains true in July of 2015 with no improvements.

    - a serious dearth of actual work and results - search for what theyve done, this will speak for itself
    - inability to attract or hold on to clients and brands who want to actually produce great work
    - cannot seem to win business
    - staff are treated as disposable (particularly in light of the above point)
    - employee culture is moving increasingly to a 'boys club' mentality. would not recommend as a friendly environment for women
    - assumed long hours and insane workload are romanticized by 'we work hard to get s#%t done!!!! yeah!!!!' agency manifesto garbage
    - an extremely lay-off happy and hire-happy CEO who seemingly has no regard for doing these things with dignity or grace
    - profits are reviewed weekly making every single timesheet submission an exercise in nerves and pressure for every employee at all levels
    - talks a lot of talk about operating in a transformative or innovative way to inspire their clients. could honestly do with reflecting these powers inward as the agency becomes soulless, boring and mired in process
    - the awkward quaint politeness of the french canadian hq imbues the entire global network and creates a very strange work culture, particularly in the 'no bulls^%t' hustle and grind of nyc.
    - zero loyalty to employees. in my time i saw one of the first few nyc employees laid off with no real justification.
    - this agency has a really hard time attracting good creative talent on account of the significant creative lay offs they have done in the past. the lack of good ideas and good spirit is felt at every point through the process.

    i would strongly avoid joining sid lee unless you are presented with zero other options and have a large bucket of money to fall back on should you lose your job at random. this shop will not win awards, it will not produce good work, it will continue to become bogged down in work driven by the clients (not the agency) and thankless pitch and small project work. good luck.

    Advice to Management

    if you want to be transformative, try less to be a bootleg droga5


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  5. "Nice overall"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sid Lee full-time

    Pros

    Good treats, nice events, fun people

    Cons

    unorganized and unclear instructions to projects


  6. "Creative lead"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Sid Lee full-time

    Pros

    Global accounts.
    Through the line thinking with creative assets and production at your fingertips, access to all media and specialists as part of the core Sid Lee team wwide.
    Not your run of the mill agency, focused on craft. Always opportunities to inter move with agency.

    Cons

    Disorganized. Sometimes in over their heads.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your creative leads, not always the money.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "No room to grow"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Art Director
    Former Employee - Art Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Sid Lee full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great clients. Great colleagues with amazing talents.

    Cons

    No room to grow. Disorganized

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of your employees


  8. Helpful (11)

    "Sid Lee USA - Disoriented Colossal Mess by new and old management alike"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sid Lee full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Tons of free drinks and camarderie

    Cons

    No promotion/growth potential, benefits are bad, no 401k contribution, no proper evaluation system

    Advice to Management

    Listen to exit interviews and stop deceiving yourselves


  9. "Strategy"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A real family of awesome, talented people. Variety of interesting clients, and the (slight) ability to influence what sort of work you get staffed on.

    Cons

    "You must enter at least 5 words for Cons"


  10. "Director of talent recruitment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Talent Recruitment in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Director of Talent Recruitment in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Sid Lee full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great culture company, ability to grow and have fast opportunities, mentors, leadership on projects, trust between employees, benefits, work balance, bistro, sports activities, training, etc.

    Cons

    Fast pace, organic changes, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Young managers in training


  11. "You'll learn a lot"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Creative Director in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Creative Director in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sid Lee full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You hear a lot of things about working at Sid Lee. Good and bad and they are all true. The trick is to not be precious, about your ego nor your work. Work hard and be enthusiastic and good things will happen.

    Cons

    It's a bit place so it can be hard to get noticed or heard. However the cream tends to rise to the top.

    Advice to Management

    More women in creative leadership.


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