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JWT Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
214 Reviews
3.2
214 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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  1.  

    Don't believe the hype

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

    I worked at JWT full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    There are some great people and the work is sometimes interesting. There are a lot of accounts so there is room to move around

    Cons

    The egos are huge, the management vision does not have any relation to the actual work being done, and there's little work-life balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Got bored of waiting for it to turn the corner

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Strategic Planner in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Strategic Planner in New York, NY

    I worked at JWT full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people spread around. Good benefits. Nice office. Well intentioned.

    Cons

    Worst management in history. Unable to channel the undeniable talent in the agency into something productive. Obtuse creative leadership and powerless agency management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace yourselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great benefits, lots of changes going on

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 JWT full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, compensation, salary and for the most part, the employees.

    Cons

    No semi-annual or annual reviews.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    An agency full of great people.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at JWT full-time

    Pros

    Agency culture and longstanding clients. There is a small agency vibe but with all the benefits one would expect from a large agency. You're working for an agency with a great history and talent base.

    Cons

    Pay rises are few and far between. It can take a long time to have reviews and it often feels like the big agency issue gets in the way of things getting done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward performance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good but unorganized

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at JWT

    Pros

    Lots of different opportunities, great people, everyone seems really dedicated to their work and cares about putting out a good product

    Cons

    Not many chances for innovation, told to stick to guidelines, no real training and very poor leadership at the heads of different departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in new voices, give more opportunities to younger employees, company culture very corporate

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    JWT needs help

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

    I have been working at JWT

    Pros

    Really great people work at this company.

    Cons

    The great people need to be taken care of.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    what could be...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at JWT full-time

    Pros

    Great roster of clients and a great name on a resume. Some amazing people to work with and learn from if you can muddle through the mess.

    Cons

    Most everything else. Office as a whole is lacking in direction and consistent leadership. VERY high turnover rate and lack of retention in all departments. Every day can feel like the first day because there seems to be very little institutional knowledge about brands, clients, or how things work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Proactive not reactive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Was a learning experience

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

    I worked at JWT full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Learned alot. Had some great co workers.

    Cons

    Upper management is typical for a large corporation...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try listening.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Typical Big Agency Moving at a Snail's Pace

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

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

    Pros

    There are resources (and some amount of money) to make some good work if you can get the project off the ground.

    Cons

    This agency is slow to learn, and slow to get anything done... it's like living in molasses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some non-agency firecrackers to shake things up... allow for a start-up mentality.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Disappointed in Atlanta

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Experience Department in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Experience Department in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at JWT full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The office is beautiful. The compensation was appropriate. There is a bar in the office where workers could gather and socialize a bit. I felt very welcomed by my team when I first started. There was some light travel to the Dallas office.

    Cons

    There were situations where managers bullied and played favorites with who they gave/didn't give work to. No compassion for employees dealing with health issues (some life-threatening). There was an instance where the manager wanted to fire an employee, but couldn't, so he said he would "make their life hell" until they quit. Generally, I felt like a pawn in a game played by management surrounded by lots of closed door conversations and whispering. This office is full of office politics and gossiping, so much so that it severely impacted my ability to focus on work and I left with meager additions to my portfolio. Be expected to respond to work requests night and day (and weekends). Also, there is the typical corporate agency image trying to be conveyed that everything is about making daring, fresh, creative work, but that was rarely the case. Sadly, the amount of remarkable, original, inspired work I saw was zero.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please replace the Experience Team management with those who place emphasis and importance on quality work and who do not approach a situation with only the perspective of what they, personally, can "get out of it". Also, having managers who don't take multiple vacations a month and who are actually present would help employees a lot.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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