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Siegel+Gale Reviews

Updated June 11, 2018
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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
  • "Maintaining work-life balance can be challenging, especially in the 4th quarter" (in 9 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Passionate People / Strong Perspective"

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

    I have been working at Siegel+Gale full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    For the most part, the teams here are exceptionally passionate and talented. Of course, there are some pockets of dead wood and/or disengaged employees, but the culture eventually weeds those out and they move on (which is necessary in my opinion).

    The branding landscape has changed significantly from even 3 years ago, and S+G has been (smartly) reshaping its capabilities to be at the forefront of that evolution. There's still much more to do, and while some legacy offerings have been disbanded, new teams have been brought in to enhance the offerings to clients. I do think S+G is well ahead of some of its traditional competitors in that regard.

    Its philosophy on Simplicity is a differentiator to the market.

    Cons

    As with any work environment, office politics exist here as well.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the mission to evolve. Get rid of any detractors and negative staff. Increase collaboration between global offices.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Aging dinosaur fast going extinct"

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

    I worked at Siegel+Gale full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Not everyone was a terrible person.

    Cons

    -Siegel+Gale is an aging dinosaur fast going extinct in the modern media age.

    -The majority of their clients are also long irrelevant brands, so don't expect exciting work.

    -Senior executives are far past their prime, spending more time fighting over the scraps of this dying carcass than managing people or producing good work.

    -Layoffs have happened annually like clockwork for the past few years, and will likely continue until Omnicom shuts them down or folds them into another company.

    -The Omnicom benefits were the worst employer benefits I have ever had.

    -Unethical behavior is notorious among the c-suite. Don't wear open-toed shoes in the office, unless you plan on being asked to dinner by one of the CEOs...

    Siegel+Gale Response

    Apr 24, 2018 – Chief Talent Officer

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We take it very seriously and believe it merits further conversation, but with limited information that’s challenging to do. We encourage you to... More

  3. "Great for later in your career, not great for junior talent to grow"

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

    I worked at Siegel+Gale full-time

    Pros

    It's a great place to learn about branding, where you can find strong mentors and get exposure to very interesting work for F500 clients. Rigorous strategic research and approach, with opportunities to develop interdisciplinary thinking. A few clear star leaders.

    Cons

    - Lack of transparency around compensation and growth trajectories make it a difficult place to grow a career.
    - Very hierarchical and ego-driven on certain teams, and while entrenched leadership may claim to support growth of junior talent, this often doesn't show in their actions.
    - Lack of vision and leadership at the helm, many upper management leaders who are complacent and comfortable. Wouldn't describe it as a fresh or forward-looking place.
    - Diversity is not nurtured or rewarded.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Cookie cutter office space lacks diversity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Siegel+Gale full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The office snacks are great

    Cons

    The LA office is very cliquish, if you don't fit the cookie-cutter mold you'll be shunned and left out of certain events.


  5. Helpful (2)

    ""Great people, great work..." as they say"

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    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Siegel+Gale full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic group of talented and motivated creatives that rally around the brands they help build, grow and evolve. Good work culture and environment. People are consistently good across all practices working on both Fortune 500 brands and new start ups. Culture of inclusion and collaboration.

    Cons

    Little room for (slow) growth when a star shines in a department or practice. Great planning, but lousy execution to SOW/SOP and timelines. Good work "appreciated" but not rewarded. "Simple and Smart" does not need to equal hard.

    Advice to Management

    Look at people, not numbers (hard for a company owned by Omnicom). Listen more to your movers and shakers, not your intrenched practice leads (though still respect them).


  6. "great work place environment"

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

    I have been working at Siegel+Gale full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    greta place to work. Love the people. Smart. Nice. Unstoppable

    Cons

    I have nothing bad to say

    Advice to Management

    none


  7. Helpful (11)

    "Negative Environment for Women"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some really wonderful, smart, talented people here. The legacy and ethos (simplicity) are both great.

    Cons

    There are severe ethical issues here, especially with senior leadership, and particularly experienced by women. These things are well known but generally aren't addressed; when issues have become public, the company protects senior leadership rather than the employees who have been harassed.

    Company resources are also used to benefit senior leadership. The company doesn't encourage fresh or creative ideas, which take more time and money to create, instead repeatedly churns out the same thing. In order to remain relevant you need to encourage diversity, creativity and new ideas.

    Advice to Management

    You need to immediately address the behavior of upper management to avoid serious issues in the future. In order for S+G to be successful you need to cull senior leadership, address the unsafe work environment for women, install leaders who will build a modern and diverse work environment, and encourage more creative work.

    Siegel+Gale Response

    Nov 9, 2017 – Chief Talent Officer

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We take it very seriously and believe it merits further conversation, but with limited information that’s challenging to do. We encourage you to... More

  8. "Executive"

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    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The firm wins super-interesting and varied assignments for high profile clients. The teams here are so smart it's just cool to see how their minds work. The Simplicity philosophy provides a starting point for any project.

    Cons

    I don't think this is a con, but they are extremely business focused. Probably as a result of being owned by Omnicom.

    Advice to Management

    Keep staying close to the work.

    Siegel+Gale Response

    Sep 19, 2017 – Chief Talent Officer

    Thank you for your feedback. We are proud of the work that we do and the culture of excellence that we have created.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Terrible place to work"

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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

    Talented, smart people. Some of the work is quite interesting and challenging. Office is well designed.

    Cons

    Executive management behaves poorly--doesn't walk the talk. Questionable ethics. The motto is "nice, smart and unstoppable". Many people who have worked there will tell you that the "nice" part simply isn't true.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people with respect. Communicate honestly.

    Siegel+Gale Response

    Sep 6, 2017 – Chief Talent Officer

    Thank you for your feedback. Our values are important to us, so it’s disappointing to hear your experience contrasted with the work environment we are committed to creating. As for senior leadership... More


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Associate Director, Brand Communication"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Siegel+Gale full-time

    Pros

    - A lot of opportunity as long as you make it happen
    - The ability to learn about different industries and companies
    - A collection of smart, nice and unstoppable co-workers

    Cons

    - Travel can be demanding
    - Pace is fast and some people sink
    - A general feeling that if you're not running around with your head cut off, you don't have enough to do

    Advice to Management

    - More of an emphasis on work/life balance would be welcome


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