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Goodby, Silverstein & Partners Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated 7 June 2014
Updated 7 June 2014
55 Reviews

3.4
55 Reviews
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Goodby, Silverstein & Partners Co-Chairman and Creative Directors Jeff Goodby & Rich Silverstein
Jeff Goodby & Rich Silverstein
24 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Excellent people and great Creative Directors (in 4 reviews)

  • There are some great people working here who genuinely try to fight for work that's different (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours, no opportunity for women (working moms), no clear business priorities driving the culture, lack of prioritization (in 9 reviews)

  • Work/life/balance can suffer at times but that's life at any ad agency (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    The luster is gone

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

    Pros

    Hard working people. Very good about trying to represent the best work.

    Cons

    Lots of politics. Promoted the absolutely WRONG people to senior creatives who killed the culture of the agency. Many at the agency still living in the past glory. Layoffs and defections have left the place soulless and in a tailspin. Too many hacks and bullshitters at the agency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to the basics. Get rid of the worst apples

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Looking back - a good company.

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    Former Employee - Art Director Intern  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Art Director Intern in San Francisco, CA (US)

    Pros

    - Great creative place
    - A lot of talented people
    - Can build your portfolio

    Cons

    - Long hours
    - Typical agency BS

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great people, great company, a little outdated...

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    Current Employee - Communications Strategist  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Communications Strategist in San Francisco, CA (US)

    Pros

    -the people
    -the talent
    -the feeling of 'togetherness'
    -the work
    -the clients (big brands)
    -resume builder

    Cons

    -badly run
    -management is weak
    -CRAZY discrepancies in salary. Hard working, valuable people not paid enough, whilst a lot of higher ups or certain titles get paid a fortune.
    -Terrible employee retention strategies
    -disorganized
    -not enough attention in the right places
    -politics and favoritism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I love you guys, but you need to work on employee retention. We are losing amazing talent due to silly reasons. We need better leadership here.

    I love Jeff and Rich, though. What amazing people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Long hours and little recognition, but amazing creative agency!

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    Former Employee - Interactive Producer  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Interactive Producer in San Francisco, CA (US)

    Pros

    Amazing people to work and collaborate with, dog-friendly culture, work with large clients on amazing advertising campaigns

    Cons

    Account teams can be cut throat, not very good comradery across teams, people don't seem happy within the org which leads to a bad work environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have regular check ins with your teams and find ways to improve teamwork and collaboration on projects. Be sure that people are incentivized to work hard and have clear paths to grow within the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Junior Art Director

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    Current Employee - Junior Art Director  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Junior Art Director in San Francisco, CA (US)

    Pros

    Amazing place to learn and grow. Lots of opportunity.

    Cons

    Losing great talented people during layoffs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall great learning experience, mentored, and included - given real responsibility as an Intern.

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA (US)

    Pros

    Flat organization, collaborative, very easygoing atmosphere. I felt like I could ask questions without penalty, and felt encouraged to explore ideas which were valued. Nice respectful and ego-free environment. Ego was not applauded. Everyone was nicer than any office I've been in.

    Cons

    I found the city difficult to afford. It's in a great part of town but housing would need to be over 30min away if I were going to move there, because I'd be hired as a junior at this point in my life. As a senior manager or director it would be easier at higher compensation. The upper staff have no issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing. I can't express how pleased I was with the leadership at GSP.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great experience, dying agency

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    Former Employee - Junior Designer  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Junior Designer in San Francisco, CA (US)

    Pros

    When I was there - there were some awesome creative directors to learn from. The design director was also extremely talented and caring.

    Cons

    They grew too quickly and their process couldn't keep up. A lot of projects were derailed because client feedback got lost in the system. Was very frustrating to work around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think they've done a lot since I've left - analyzing their process and trying to eliminate redundancies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great opportunity to experience a highly creative agency

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    Former Employee - Account Director  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Account Director in San Francisco, CA (US)

    Pros

    Very creative, lots of opportunity to grow and experience a culture that values taking creative risks.

    Cons

    Youth-oriented culture is both a plus and a minus; depends on where you are at in your life.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great experience for early career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

    Pros

    - Great name on resume
    - Passionate employees (important for doing great work)
    - Lots of energy
    - An agency that former employees come back to (or at least it was when I was there)
    - Great benefits

    Cons

    - Digital department was disorganized in early days I was there
    - Long hours when trying to prove yourself (but 'welcome to advertising', right?)
    - You can get winded from the short walk up the hill

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sinking faster than the Titanic

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    Current Employee - Interactive Producer  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Interactive Producer in San Francisco, CA (US)

    Pros

    Lets be honest here, the name is great to have on the resume. Plus, it isn't the worst place to work, its actually pretty cool (in a limited context.) The office itself is pretty cool.

    Cons

    Place is a circus. Over worked, under-paid. Some "top-dogs" heads are stuck in the past from when GSP actually did good work, they need to come back down to earth because -here in reality land - people are jumping off this sinking ship. Those who actually made an impact - are gone due to either BOTH of the lay-offs this year (that was fun) or they themselves recognized the shenanigans and peaced-out for their own good. I cannot stress enough how much this place does NOT care about its employees. Its tough to watch sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Oh, there's management?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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