Numbers have not been revealed but all day, we’ve been hearing from multiple tipsters that anywhere from 50-100 staffers have been affected by reductions today at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners. But from what those familiar with the matter tell us, the numbers skew to the lower side and are not in the realm of the Sprint cuts. Anyways, read the San Francisco agency’s co-founder Jeff Goodby’s note that was just sent to staff verbatim:
“You’ve heard the financial reasons for reducing our staff. I just want to talk a bit about the human side of it all.
Please be assured: No one takes this process lightly.
As we often say, advertising is all about people and accounts. David Ogilvy wrote, ‘The assets go up and down in our elevator every day.’ It is so true. We value our people, and our humanistic environment, more than anything.
Strangely, that’s why, when we lose business or have cuts in fee, it is important to react thoughtfully, but expeditiously. Companies that don’t are not prepared for the future, and they don’t serve the people who are still on staff. They endanger present and future jobs.
We are optimistic about our plan to move forward, in terms of serving present accounts and getting new ones, and will share details next week. But we are also thankful for and deeply appreciative of the contributions of people who are leaving.
We will do everything to find them new situations. And if history is any indication, we will find ourselves welcoming some of them back in the future.
Thanks for your patience about all this.
Perhaps JD Beebe can create a follow-up to this?