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Siegel+Gale Reviews

Updated February 9, 2019
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Pros
  • "You will learn the S&G methods well" (in 22 reviews)

  • "you meet truly smart, nice and unstoppable people who are passionate about their work" (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "Some of the more senior staff / higher ups can be less understanding of work/life balance and take on more than the staff can accommodate" (in 12 reviews)

  • "No cons, all good, thanks again" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Siegel+Gale full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Super exciting, everyone is supportive, and its overall a great place to work at.

    Cons

    no real cons other than the low vacation day allotment

    Siegel+Gale Response

    Dec 18, 2018 – Chief Talent Officer

    Thanks for your feedback


  2. Helpful (1)

    "worst of the worst."

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    Current Employee - Graphic Design Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Graphic Design Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Siegel+Gale full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay -that’s about it.

    Cons

    Everything else. terrible leadership, toxic environment, no creativity, fear based, shallow people, vicious and finger pointing culture. No work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Hire talented creatives who actually knows how to see and build. Encourage/trust your employees to make decisions and take risks.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Well..."

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    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Siegel+Gale part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice building but not much else

    Cons

    Gossip and toxicity, grueling hours


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Limited Growth; Toxic Culture"

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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
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Siegel+Gale full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Exposure to large brands (though the company's portfolio is skewed towards enterprise/B2B brands, not consumer-centric ones)

    Cons

    - Toxic Culture: Office politics overpowers meritocracy. HR turns a blind eye to special hires that are friends of the CEOs during the interview process, and has even given interviewees a "heads up" to make exceptions for special hires. This not only sends the idea that favoritism influences decisions at the company (which it does), but it also skews people's expectations around special hires, undermining their abilities (e.g. "Person A was hired only because...") and can result in mean-spirited gossip. In a similar vein, employees are less inclined to praise coworkers' strengths and more inclined to talk about their weaknesses/shortcomings behind their backs.

    - Limited career growth: There is no structure around career management. The only required "check-in" between managers and direct reports happens 2 times a year. The performance review process is outdated and lacks in comparison with new practices (e.g. 360-degree feedback, peer review processes). Furthermore, there seems to be no initiative or incentive for upper management to invest in the growth or development of their reports or teams. The work also does not vary as you get promoted, making promotions purely nominal (i.e. they are a title change only).

    - Limited Collaboration: While there are many different teams at S+G, there is no cohesion across them. People are expected to stay in their lane (feedback on projects is given within a vertical, not across), which limits opportunities for the company to achieve innovative results. (E.g. Strategy and Design should be sitting down with Marketing and Sales to figure out what our offering is -- we're selling "services", what's our differentiator? Talk to the brains/people who are delivering the work.)

    - Company misalignment: The goals of the company are understandably sales-driven. However, there are never conversations about how each function can contribute to sales. Teams do not set objectives or measurable goals that align with the company goals.

    Advice to Management

    - Invest in talent
    - Train managers
    - Take responsibility
    - Make everyone at the company leave their egos at the door


  5. Helpful (1)

    "A welcoming environment full of creative people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Siegel+Gale full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Mostly positive and social people, in my role the work isn't too stressful and varied enough to be exciting. Plenty of events to switch up the day-to-day routine

    Cons

    Some of the more senior staff / higher ups can be less understanding of work/life balance and take on more than the staff can accommodate

    Siegel+Gale Response

    Dec 18, 2018 – Chief Talent Officer

    Thanks for your feedback


  6. Helpful (6)

    "All hours all the time"

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    Former Employee - Senior Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Designer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Siegel+Gale full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great quality of design and strategic thinking.

    Cons

    On a daily basis you are told to meet unreasonable deadlines that compromise the quality of the work (and your health) simply because someone told the client it could be so or because the client stomps their feet. The culture throughout the organization is one that expects you to work until 2am on a regular basis. Every morning you see some message posted to slack at 2am or overhear an employee share how they had trouble getting him at 1:30.

    It’s unfathomable how parents wih young kids find it acceptable to work in an environment like this. Where is the work life balance? This culture has existed from the top down for years.

    Advice to Management

    Simple is smart? Try a more efficient hierarchy and decision making process. Also maybe don’t be afraid to say no to a clients unreasonable timeline once in a while?


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Not simple, not nice"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Siegel+Gale full-time

    Pros

    You'll meet some great people, but those are the lower tier that end up leaving or not being in the thick of things.

    Cons

    No training, very poor management, incredibly disorganized. They laid off a bunch of people a couple of years ago for poor performance and got better since, but it doesn't seem like that'll last for long.

    Siegel+Gale Response

    Dec 18, 2018 – Chief Talent Officer

    Thanks for your feedback. We work very hard to offer high quality training opportunities.

  8. "Smart and Nice!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Siegel+Gale full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Challenging projects and great people to work with.
    Company culture is excellent, S+G is a great place to be.

    Cons

    No cons yet in my experience

    Advice to Management

    Embrace Innovation.
    Create a mentoring program, you have a lot to share with others

    Siegel+Gale Response

    Jun 26, 2018 – Chief Talent Officer

    Thanks for the feedback!


  9. "Siegel+Gale NYC"

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    Current Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Siegel+Gale full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    –Great place to work with very talented teams in all departments
    –Directors have a very clear vision of what they want to see in each project, but also trust the designers to make good decisions on their own.
    –Work/life balance is very good compared to many other design agencies/studios in NYC
    –Encouraging & fun company culture
    –Project management is respectful of designer's workload and don't have unrealistic expectations of people's bandwidth

    Cons

    No cons yet in my experience


  10. "Great experience so far"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Siegel+Gale full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Joining the S+G team has been a very positive experience. Intelligent, talented and welcoming colleagues all around. Interesting projects for large clients. Management style allows for a good amount of autonomy while also providing helpful feedback.

    Cons

    None so far really. I will say that the salary listed on Glassdoor for my position was considerably more than the offer, but I was still happy to accept the offer.