The Wunderman Network Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
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  1. It's a great place, if you're in a revenue generating position.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at The Wunderman Network full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The amount of Time Off is fantastic, inflow of new technologies, innovative 'green' office and some great perks like free food.

    Cons

    Lack of wage increase for over 3 years.
    If you are not in a revenue generating position you can forget about any extra training.
    Flip flopping management with promise action but then not follow through.
    Huge turn over rate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Worked in account services for major client

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    Current Employee - Accounts in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Accounts in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at The Wunderman Network

    Pros

    Very smart hard working folks

    Cons

    No on boarding, sink or swim mentality -- high churn and difficult to get to know others.. Very project specific with little interaction with other divisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more detail on job description and get new hires some training

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Good for your resume but you may need therapy after

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    Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA

    I worked at The Wunderman Network full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Used to be a great legacy agency reputation with top tier clients.

    Cons

    Extreme soul-sucking political environment with a lot of self-congratulating senior management. Forget trying to have any career path here, the majority of people are contractors and have one foot out the door. Senior management is completely powerless to make any real decisions. Current GM is largely ineffective and a lot of bad behavior happens as a result. A culture of bullying and snark is encouraged and HR's role is pretty much non-existent. The CEO flies in for the occasional client meeting, attends 15 min of a town-hall and exits quickly before any unwanted questions or employee interactions happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create an agency culture that inspires creativity and that clients want to work with. Stop managing like you are above ethics and start caring about your people and the craft of advertising again. Start hiring employees and communicate with them regularly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. No respect for support staff

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at The Wunderman Network full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Casual atmosphere. Centrally located offices.

    Cons

    No raises - there were talented staff who had gone several years without a raise and left because of it. Support staff were utterly disrespected and it was not uncommon to have an assistant responsible for supporting a dozen people without even being told who they were supporting. Focus is more on meetings than actually getting anything done. There were meetings to plan meetings and meetings to discuss the last meeting - it would be funny if it weren't true. Pay is very low and only those interested in not doing much seem to last. I left after less than a year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat support staff with some respect and COMMUNICATE with subordinates about expectations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at The Wunderman Network full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    You will work with clients that push you to your limits and force you to think and prioritize. The team of people in the office are highly creative and gifted thinkers.

    Cons

    It's a mess, no one is willing to step up and take responsibility. No one manages client relationships, expectations are out of whack, and business development doesn't exist. The action being created is wheels spinning faster and faster. Smart people are leaving this place at an unsustainable pace and a lot of knowledge is lost. Management seems perfectly happy with the shrinking staff given the lack of revenues. The office is exclusively dependent on one giant retainer (hint: software company) and it's shrinking fast because leadership has let the relationship go stale. No new clients are coming in because Wunderman Seattle has a deserved reputation for being expensive and slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Feel shame. The first step is admitting there's a problem, be open, honest and transparent about what's going on. The monthly Town Halls have become a joke since they focus on meaningless happy news and new snacks, while glossing over very obvious problems. Stop rewarding yourself with giant promotions when you tell the rest of us no raises and promotions are coming. To be honest the best thing you could do is resign and spend more time with your families because you've let the Wunderman Seattle family down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    Sweatshop with no management to back you up

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    Current Contractor - Project Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Contractor - Project Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at The Wunderman Network as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Learning experience
    Great team dynamic

    Cons

    You work more hours than one can handle for little pay.
    Management does not care about their team and does not mind throwing you under a bus.
    They pride themselves on creative work but with the timelines give its not even feasible.
    Timelines given to creative teams and development teams are not even realistic.
    The amount of project sets teams up for failure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening to those under you as we know how the process flows internally and externally.
    Go away with the egos.
    Be a little considerate to non management as we are the ones putting in the majority of hours to make things go smoothly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Not a good choice for developers since they don't let you write code.

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    Former Employee - Developer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Developer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at The Wunderman Network full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    They're generous with the PTO.

    Cons

    It's just a staffing company with a marketing focus. They don't actually consult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the politicking and give the developers some real IT resources.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Terrible place to work. People here have no idea what their doing. HR is slow getting back to you.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at The Wunderman Network

    Pros

    the location is good. Great places to eat at.

    Cons

    DO not work at Seattle WUnderman. People are fake. They take advantage of their contracted employees then fire you when your contracts ends. My boss never knew what she was doing. She was always talking about her personal problem and wanted my opinion (awkward).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to what your employees need. Keep an open communication with them. Stop bringing in your personal problem tow work. Stop making things the office environment so uncomfortable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Digital? Yes. Innovative and fun? No.

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    Former Employee - Account Management in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Account Management in Seattle, WA

    I worked at The Wunderman Network

    Pros

    If you work here you will get a ton of digital experience and familiarity with Microsoft and also meet a few people with good character.

    Cons

    - Sr. leadership is poor to set goals and clear objectives for their team members and if goals are set they are never revisited so no clear career path is laid out or adhered to. - Professional growth is stymied by manager turnover as each new manager sets new expectations. - There is no work/life balance. - Senior managment does nothing to manage the client's expectations and mid to lower level employees have to burn the midnight oil to "make projects right" and to "come under budget" even though all of the budget has already been spent. - The creative product used to be sharp and actually creative but now work is pushed out the door just to have it be done. - Employee turnover overall is very high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acknowledge that there are institutionalized problems within the organization and that the only way that the deep rooted problems will get fixed is to have the difficult conversations with your own people rather than holding all agency "pep rally" meetings. The memory of a "pep rally" meeting at 945PM on a Thursday night is the last thing in people's minds when they are still at the office working towards an unrealistic deadline with a unrealistic budget.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. Wunderman

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at The Wunderman Network

    Pros

    It is a global company

    Cons

    Too hierarchical, senior management don't listen to employees, not a fun ad agency to work at, low moral.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See above.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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