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I have an interview at Saatchi and Saatchi Wellness this week. Any tips, tricks or thoughts on the agency?

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Depends on the account. Avoid Pfizer team like the plague. Good work life balance to the point of being boring. Awesome perks like discounted massage and cheap barista-made drinks. Hands down the most boys-club, sexist place I’ve ever worked, but in a “friendly” way. Having Kathy as CCO makes a lot of the men think the agency is “above” that. Negotiate hard when you’re going in because raises and promotions are very slow to happen.

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not a good career move. but they’ll do a great job convincing you it is. Also-high turnover, everyone miserable and it’s a back stabbing environment.

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CW1 -Agree w all. My core exposure was on the Pfizer account. Still feel the PTSD from that period.

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Pfizer is so damn insufferable.

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CW1, are we talking about the same S&SW? I love the place, and it's the most diverse, non-sexist place I've freelanced at. Gay, straight, old, young, and the most ethnically diverse workforce out there. Not sure about Pfizer, but I've worked in a bunch of groups and white males are def in the minority.

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I still have PTSD from the Pfizer account. Most toxic environment and everyone miserable, disempowered and dysfunctional. Getting a headache just thinking about it.

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