Wunderman (New York)

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Wunderman (New York) Reviews

Updated April 18, 2014
Updated April 18, 2014
77 Reviews

3.1
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Wunderman (New York) Chairman and CEO Daniel Morel
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people, supportive atmosphere, dedicated employees with good work ethics (in 7 reviews)

  • You can have complete work/life balance here (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Most Senior management gone within months of my experience (in 7 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is not a priority and there is no "overtime" for working long hours/weeks (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    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

    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
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Seattle, WA

    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
  3. 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

    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
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  5.  

    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

    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
  6.  

    Wunderman

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

    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
  7.  

    Account Management at Wunderman

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    Current Employee - Account Supervisor  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY

    Pros

    A lot of experience can be gained because of the lean staffing levels

    Cons

    Lack of transparancy on how promotions are given

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Motivation and support are crucial in order to retain good employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Caotic, the turn around is unbelievable.

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    Former Employee - Producer  in  Mexico City (Mexico)
    Former Employee - Producer in Mexico City (Mexico)

    Pros

    You get to work with big global accounts. There are some talented people.

    Cons

    There is no structure or organization. People are confused, no process. Expect you to work 12hr work days EVERY DAY! Most Senior management gone within months of my experience...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your people, there is no guidance as far as accounts, bad communication with clients.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Only for Juniors, Senior People Abstain

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    Former Employee - Management
    Former Employee - Management

    Pros

    The office is located in a great area with easy access to transportation and has a dynamic, modern layout. If you are new or have just a few years of experience under your belt, this could be a great spot to get exposure to global clients and diverse projects depending on what group you fall in. There’s a great vibe and collaboration among junior staff; juniors actually run the show here.
    You will love the xmas party, which actually happens in January to save money.

    Cons

    The story is quite different if you are a middle level manager or were hired to lead a team. Many clients are extremely dissatisfied and have low expectations for the work coming out of there. As a result, the work is very tactical, and clients don’t really care about strategy or talking to you as they focus on the juniors to push the work forward. And since juniors have the upper hand here, something will fall through the cracks and worsen the situation sooner or later, but don’t worry the quality of your work doesn’t matter as much as your popularity.

    Senior creative members are misogynists - it’s embarrassing to see how they treat some of their female colleagues- on top of that, they are lazy and produce sloppy work.
    HR and the very senior management don’t pull their weight, are disorganized, dishonest, don’t provide guidelines or training.

    Juniors don’t expect cutting edge work or regular salary raises here but you will learn the basics. All this takes the turnover to insane levels, that co-worker that you just love working with, will soon leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It’s time to rebuild your reputation with clients and stop the brain drain if you want to be competitive and maintain your declining portfolio. Not only hire good people but support and empower them to do what they were hired to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to learn but not at all worth staying

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    - Exposure to well known clients
    - Diversity of work
    - Lots of learning opportunities by essentially being thrown into everything right from start.

    Cons

    - The employee turn over is astonishing. I have never seen so much turn over.
    - Very low morale
    - Work load expectations are incredibly high due to account management not managing client well. One can easily wind up working evenings and weekends on a regular basis without a competitive wage.
    - The senior leadership just doesn't exist or frankly it seems that they don't care about their employees.
    - There's quite a bit of "make work" projects that never seem to lead to any real progress on any project.
    - Extremely understaffed.
    - Employees are expected to do the work of multiple employees with lower than average industry pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher better leaders who care about their employees and have clear goals and vision. Higher more do'ers as the company is very top heavy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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