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JWT Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
215 Reviews
3.3
215 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance and generally good people (in 10 reviews)

  • There are some great people and the work is sometimes interesting (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • No work/life balance, you are expected to respond to work requests night and day (in 7 reviews)

  • Very long hours in the creative department, really overworked (in 11 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Full time for 5+ years

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

    I worked at JWT full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, Culture, Summer Days, Upward Mobility

    Cons

    There is a philosophy of saying "yes" to clients even when "no" is actually the only realistic answer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put your team (employees) first, clients second.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Good Company

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

    I have been working at JWT

    Pros

    Great Perks, lots of freedom, open work space, very trusting of employees, ECD's and higher level management are always willing to hear from the little guy

    Cons

    Hard to move up within the company, No formula for raise system or promotions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Slow & boring working experience.

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

    I worked at JWT as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Cool office. Cool Co-workers. Every Thursday free drinks after 5PM.

    Cons

    They are losing a lot of clients. Very Messy management. very very slow routine. If you re looking to grow there, that isnt the place in this moment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be aware of people. If you miss a week of work they wont realize you absence.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Dinosaurs walk among us.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY

    I worked at JWT as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    JWT is a very big, and very traditional agency. If you're a young designer there are a lot of opportunities to get a lot of big seeming things in your book.

    Cons

    Very big, very traditional agency. Lots of people can sit comfortably without providing a lot of value to the agency or their clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set internal incentives that drive ambitious people up instead of out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Account Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at JWT

    Pros

    Large company with plenty of resources and appropriate staffing on accounts. The bar also helps working there.

    Cons

    Always an abundance of shady layoffs. Raises are very infrequent, you need to leave to get one. No standard review process. Constantly on hiring freezes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Great agency, loved working there!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Prod Business Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Prod Business Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at JWT full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great accounts to work on.

    Cons

    Found it difficult to advance within the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great culture and people

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at JWT

    Pros

    Do a good job communicating to staff and thinks about its employees. Energetic and can do environment makes for a good culture. Celebrates successes. People are really motivated and proud of their work.

    Cons

    Need better opportunity for development. Build out content marketing expertise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the people first culture in place.

  9.  

    I loved my experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Management Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Management Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at JWT as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    amazing office
    intern projects
    lots of interns
    exposure

    Cons

    sometimes there was a lack of structure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you have to go out of your way to get full advantage of your experience

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Contract-to-Perm-anent broken promises

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    Former Employee - Art Director in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Art Director in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at JWT as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    You get to work with some great talent on some of the largest brands in the world. Art directors get a fair amount of creative freedom and open communication to AE's all over the country.

    Cons

    My experience was very compartmentalized. Worked on only one dedicated client. My particular work never broke new ground for me aside from a few forays from print design into copywriting. Although it was national client, my work was only disbursed regionally and mostly thru newspapers. Although the team of writers, designers and producers is brought together from time to as a think tank, there is no real "building upon ideas." Team members seemed to value their ideas as there own and there is no collaboration. Management was a joke (in my dept.). I was brought on as a temp-perm after 3 months. It came and went, as did another 3 months. Then I was asked to remain on contract indefinitely. I quit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people. Get the writers together with the designers and get the designers in the edit suites and get them all behind the camera every so often. Value their opinions and their ideas. They are your eyes and ears on your market more often than not.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Amazing Creative Internship

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

    I worked at JWT as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Close knit teams
    -Great Camaraderie
    -Free beer Thursdays
    -Lots of free food
    -No real micromanagement for copywriters
    -Got to work on major clients and pitches
    -Got to speak to and hear about different departments and positions

    Cons

    -One member of upper management doesn't greet you in the morning or just ignores you when he sees you, even if you look right at him and say "hello."

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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