Cohn & Wolfe Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
37 Reviews
3.6
37 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great team of coworkers and comfortable work environment.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Office Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Office Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Cohn & Wolfe full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Promotion is centered around independent success, occasional summer Fridays, work environment feels small and not lost in the corporate jungle.

    Cons

    Positions can be stagnant and getting promoted has more to do with budget than work ability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are many ways to increase efficiency and create new processes that would streamline the office structure but management seems slow to address these opportunities, if at all.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Worst Job I've Ever Had

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Cohn & Wolfe full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Some nice colleagues; Summer Friday's (but you can't actually HAVE them!)

    Cons

    Vindictive supervisors, no work life balance, low pay, miscommunication, high turnover rate of staff at every level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Things may have shifted, but when I was at Cohn & Wolfe in SF the hours were nuts and all our supervisors seemed to have very little connection to staff. Management was removed from daily life, leading to unreasonable expectations of our team. They also held onto one particular manager to made life hell for many of us (lots of crying in the bathroom). I lasted just under a year before I gave my notice.

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

    No work-life balance and lots of politics

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous in New York, NY

    I worked at Cohn & Wolfe full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, lots of office culture activities

    Cons

    Zero work-life balance, sorority-like cliques, long hours, pay is not the best

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You know something's not right when 20+ people in HC are working past 9 three nights a week - fix the work-life balance!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not What it Seems

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cohn & Wolfe full-time

    Pros

    Good office culture- they often host office parties, happy hours etc.

    Cons

    Staffing has been a major issue for years. Strong, seasoned team members leave and they don't replace them, but may hire an intern. Teams are very inconsistent which causes major stress and frustration for employees and at the end of the day, impacts client service significantly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop looking at the bottom line first. Keeping teams understaffed results in unhappy employees and poor client work, and eventually this will
    Impact revenue. Invest in staffing teams appropriately and keeping employees happy which will result in: happy clients, more new biz wins and more revenue!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Agency is Top Notch

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cohn & Wolfe full-time

    Pros

    Amazing culture and opportunities to work on top brands.

    Cons

    Sometimes difficult to find work/life balance, but that goes with being at an agency.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    good

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Cohn & Wolfe as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Open climate, friendly colleagues, interesting clients,

    Cons

    low pay and not too exciting tasks

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Intern

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cohn & Wolfe

    Pros

    Good work culture. Friendly staff.

    Cons

    Not a 9-5 job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    No Emphasis on Retention

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cohn & Wolfe full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great learning experience, they do a good job of hiring people who fit in with the practice- smart, hard working, obviously very personable. Clear path for growth and raises and promotions, in time.

    Cons

    This is true of industry overall, but there is zero focus on employee retention. The amount of turnover here is disturbing for employees and for clients. This leads to constant lack of consistency in directives from account leadership to junior staffers and leads to a lot of frustration. Another thing is that the raises are offensive. You have people coming in at your level who are new to that level/account/company who are making significantly more money than you do despite having a many month learning curve, which ultimately becomes the impetus for current employees wanting to leave. The pay is not even close to being commiserate with the hours and expectations. Also, as with the industry as a whole, promotions are based on time, not merit... if you are good at your job, you will hate this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees who show loyalty to you by not jumping ship when it is time for a promotion at the same rates as the new people you bring in. What you do now breeds a lot of dissatisfaction and leads current employees to feel taken advantage of.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cohn & Wolfe full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good clients, great company atmosphere, good teammates. Great work life balance.

    Cons

    Career opps are a bit limited. Compensation could definitely improve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your staff, allow staff to share ideas and utilize them. Change is good and can make the company shine even more...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great people, good culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Cohn & Wolfe full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    People are great, good leadership. Satisfying work/life balance and job flexibility.

    Cons

    Can be fun or frustrating depending on which clients you get. Unless you have a strong hand in new business, there is little choice which clients you are assigned to. Typical of many agencies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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