GSW Worldwide Reviews

Updated July 24, 2015
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GSW Worldwide President Phil Deschamps
Phil Deschamps
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Pros
  • Casual environment with good work/home balance (in 3 reviews)

  • Good pay- but you'll pay for it (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • No doubt the quality, productivity and efficiency suffer as does work life balance (in 3 reviews)

  • The account service personnel do not seem well-versed in marketing strategy which makes it a challenge to get clear direction from the client (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Talented Creative Agency

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Creative Employee in Westerville, OH
    Current Employee - Creative Employee in Westerville, OH

    I have been working at GSW Worldwide full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very talented staff who have the ability to think on their feet and outside of the box. Also, the company is very passionate about its Speak People mission. It's a brilliant campaign that speaks to our external clients and drives our internal employees.

    Cons

    Company is located in Westerville, Ohio. It's hard to lure the best and brightest talent, specifically creative talent, to this suburb of Columbus. Once the people get here they love it, but it's a harder sell to talent from Chicago, NY, Atlanta, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Great job communicating business results and other important topics. Keep the information coming and the lines of communication open.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Awesome place to work!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westerville, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westerville, OH

    I have been working at GSW Worldwide full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    So many perks - competitive pay, summer hours, partnerships with LC Pavilion/Columbus Crew/Memorial Tournament, fun company events, casual dress code and the list goes on.

    Cons

    Can't think of any. Great place to work! Very talented staff and some of the most creative people I have ever worked with.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Continue to keep your employees top of mind.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Don't Do It. The Money Isn't Worth It.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President Creative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President Creative in New York, NY

    I have been working at GSW Worldwide full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Money. The only pro is they pay on the higher end, as they have to since recruitment is a serious issue for them and they are unable to acquire and retain talent.

    Cons

    Every single idea - every pitch, every new job, planning, etc - is recycled from something they've already done at the agency. "Let's just use what we did for XXX" is said more times in an hour than I have heard in my entire 15 year career. It is a band of misfits. Everyone at GSW is here because they couldn't cut it in the consumer world, or even in OTC. Management is terrible. It is non-existent. Management prides itself on not being seen or heard. It prides itself on only interacting with staff when it's time to drink. The rest of the time, your'e on your own. Very fickle agency. If you are not in the boy's club or one of the golden children, you are O-U-T. Even if you are in the in-crowd, your place there is always in jeopardy. And once you have been outcasted, it is a swift move to get you out of the agency.

    Advice to Management

    Actually Manage. Be involved in resourcing. Respond to your employees questions. Review your employees. Help your employees succeed. Support your employees. If your employee has a question or concern, do not blatantly ignore their emails and phone calls and requests to speak. When an employee asks to be included in something, respond with more than a one word email saying "nope." When an employee is not billable, it is your responsibility to assign them work - do not tell them to 'find work' within the agency. Push your team, resting on your feeble laurels doesn't challenge anyone or lead to good work.


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    Just say NO!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at GSW Worldwide

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You can get paid if you drink the un-kool aid or whatever the wannabe HS in-crowd there is drinking at the moment to get them through the day.

    Cons

    The NY office resembles a bad Hollywood set of a dying startup, with a script loosely written by clients and produced by the Ohio office. Bad directors with little vision on how the story is suppose to play out are disengaged and barely around. While you’re thrown into a role where a whole lot of c-list actors pretending to be a creative agency.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management. 1. Manage. 2. Stop pretending to be something you are not. 3. Respect the craft instead of applauding the process.


  6. Helpful (5)

    VP Account Director

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President Account Director in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Vice President Account Director in Columbus, OH

    I worked at GSW Worldwide full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The money. Only the money. Decent money. It's about the money. Only the money. How do you say money in 20 words?

    Cons

    If you are just coming on board, find your niche. Or better yet, find your club. All those skills you used to survive in junior high; you'll need to rediscover them to survive here. Because it's about fitting in and knowing your place. You'll be tempted to stand up for good ideas. Exercise caution. Watch what you say and do because it's not about doing great work. It's about fitting in or getting flushed out.

    Advice to Management

    There's management? What management do you speak of? I only encountered bullies, blowhards and people with fancy titles who knew nothing about what was going on in the halls


  7. Helpful (4)

    Good Old Boys Club at Navicor

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH

    I worked at GSW Worldwide

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good pay, great people in spite of upper management

    Cons

    Disconnect of Upper Management with business realities and client needs. Good old boys rule the roost-lots of favoritism. Not a great place for advancement for women. Lack of Vision and Direction.

    Advice to Management

    Stop protecting upper management and listen to their direct reports. Communicate company vision recognize and retain those who follow that vision.


  8. Account Executive

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GSW Worldwide

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible, great benefits, great atmosphere

    Cons

    Long hours, some weekends.....not much really :)

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  9. Positive growth and transformation

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Newtown, PA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Newtown, PA

    I have been working at GSW Worldwide

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Growth opportunities Friendly environment and peers Digital savvy Smart leadership by example Work life balance

    Cons

    PTO is not competitive vs other agency networks


  10. Helpful (5)

    Do not work here

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GSW Worldwide full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Their compensation is adequate. They have a lot of events with alcohol.

    Cons

    They have no interest in growing digital capabilities. They have no strategic partnerships with clients. They are stuck in their very old ways. Management is untrustworthy. Terrible work/life balance. Employees are not held accountable.

    Advice to Management

    Gut the place and start over, management especially included.


  11. Lack of Long-Term Management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Creative
    Former Employee - Creative

    I worked at GSW Worldwide

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, fun culture, lots of autonomy

    Cons

    A holding company pulls all the strings. Major lack of vision and very little opportunity for creativity or growth.



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