MWW Group Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
38 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Strong social team collaboration

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 MWW Group full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I love working on the social team. My manager is thoughtful and fair with feedback, willing to be flexible so we can all use our personal time off and excited for everyone to share ideas. I know this is a team I can learn from and that will help me grow. I've been involved in varied opportunities and given opportunities to show leadership and creativity. One of the best parts is really how collaborative the teams are.

    The benefits are fantastic and the HR support staff is knowledgeable and helpful. They also try to promote a fun, innovative internal culture that provides opportunities for internal workshops, monthly happy hours and summer contests.

    Cons

    Some of the junior staff is well-connected to the most senior-level management, but the overall senior management try to not let it interfere with quality of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quality of work is key in staff, no matter the political connection.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    A mixed bag.

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

    I worked at MWW Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Some great leaders, and some great do-ers...but one bad apple can spoil the bunch. And there are some bad apples. Great culture at one time - but that culture is eroding quickly. International expansion creates opportunities for people interested in global experience. Free snacks, summer Fridays, generous PTO policies. Some pockets of great work, great leadership, great culture. Very flat organization - and you have access to anyone, even outside your department - so you can learn from anyone you want.

    Cons

    CEO is smart and tries to be friendly to the junior staff, but we all see the way he manages by fear and doesn't really support our bosses (even though they try to hide it) People in the middle really get the squeeze - a lot of talk about how we have to take better care of the junior staff (most of whom are related to his family and friends) and sort of throws the rest of us under the bus. Some incredibly poor choices in senior hires - new head of social has singlehandedly destroyed what was the firm's most promising practice. Talent is fleeing from that department, and no one seems to care. Hires lots of senior people who are supposed to be bringing in business who wander around the office and don't produce. NY office environment looks cool, but is very chaotic and hard to work in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support the right people - not the shiny objects. Stop changing the rules you use to judge people mid-stream. Cut out the cancers. Provide training to the middle so they learn how to be managers. Protect the culture you had (and are losing) before it is too late. When people who helped you build the agency are leaving, that should be a wake up call.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    "Looks good from outside, once in you will regret it"

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

    I worked at MWW Group

    Pros

    You will meet some great people working here who are very knowledgeable within the realm of PR, media relations, and Communications.

    Cons

    Extremely political environment, senior executives all the way up to CEO have favorites and will continuously promote their favorites. Extremely long hours, no work life balance and if you attempt to have balance it will be frowned upon. Many in leadership positions are rude to direct reports and will embarrass them in front of peers and worst of all, clients. Will pile multiple accounts on already overworked employees instead of finding a better solution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the walk and talk the talk. Build a better culture and treat employees in a fair and consistent manner. Executives should receive diversity and leadership training on a regular basis to help boost morale which doing so will prevent your job roles from being posted so often.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Organization resistant to change

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

    I worked at MWW Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    MWW has a lot of fun brands and clients to work on. Because the organization is so flat and has fewer than 300 people working here there are tons of opportunities to work on new accounts, participate in new biz research and talk to people across the company.

    Cons

    25% of the people do 100% of the work. So many people here avoid work and expect others to pick up their slack....and somehow it works for them and they are never forced to do their share. There are people who have worked at MWW for 10-15 years and they get away with murder because they are all friends with each other. The agency keeps bring in fresh staff and new leadership but their roles are never explained and the old staff refuse to change or allow for modern approaches...junior staff are left caught in the middle. At the mid-level I feel undertrained on client management, staff development and other skills taught at other agencies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of the people who don't work hard or refuse to try new things need to go. Let junior staff try new things. Stop letting old staff work in silos or get rid of them and bring in new talent from better agencies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Be in the inner circle, or report to someone in the inner circle

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

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

    Pros

    Brand name clients. Some very talented people.

    Cons

    MWW emulates much larger firms, to very mixed results. The CEO has a handful of EVPs who have been with him forever, to very mixed results. For some reason those in the inner circle can do what ever they want and are too removed from the actual work (their strategy recommendations are dated).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Chase sectors that you're good at and known for and pass on stuff you suck at. Stop obsessing about the numbers in the hourly spreadsheets and think more about how the stuff you suck at hurts mid level and junior staffers. Meaning, you fire way too many people who are just doing their best with accounts that are improperly scoped.CEO needs to stop chasing shiny objects, focus, and take a hard look at department heads who constantly complain about colleagues. It's off-putting that managers badmouth other managers regularly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Inspiring and entrepreneurial place to spread your wings

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

    I have been working at MWW Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The firm provides competitive, if not better, benefits, perks and compensation. The real nugget is the culture. An extremely flat, non-political environment that provides every employee a voice. And that's palpable when simply walking through the office. There's an energy and sense of optimism that feeds the team. Even when interviewing candidates, the priority is culture first.

    Cons

    With the rapid growth of late, there's opportunity to put more structure to continuing education.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As the firm grows, prioritize preserving the entrepreneurial culture and spirit that makes this such a great place to work.

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

    Positive experience with great people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Summer Associate in Washington, DC

    I worked at MWW Group as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    MWW is a friendly environment. There is a strong willingness to help other employees. Always, work to do, but work is never too difficult. Can listen to music while working.

    Cons

    Long hours and an older office. Some employees do not integrate well with the office culture. Oftentimes, a lot of travel is required around the DC area.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Tough clients, tough to get promoted

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive

    I worked at MWW Group full-time

    Pros

    Summer Fridays, free snacks and drinks, flexible WFH days, decent benefits, fun office culture, some big-name clients, travel opportunities

    Cons

    It depends on your client and your manager, but they are generally tough on lower-level employees. Most senior-level staff is off-site more often than not, so junior staff members are left alone in the office. You are always expected to be available. I would sometimes get harassed on PTO. Not a lot of positive reinforcement. Top-heavy teams make it difficult to get promoted. High turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See the cons above...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    An agency on the decline

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

    I worked at MWW Group full-time

    Pros

    Some prestigious clients, better work/life balance than other agencies, HR really tries to create and maintain a positive culture. Great location.

    Cons

    MWW is on a serious decline. There is more turnover than there has been in recent history and moral is pretty bad overall. Teams are very segmented and there are new people being added all the time and nobody seems to know what they do.

    The new "Chief Social Strategist" is a cancer to the organization and has been a big reason for killing the morale for many people, not just those on the digital team. MWW's digital group had been one of the shining stars of the industry but that is not the case anymore. Creatives and strategists at all levels are treated like morons, constantly disrespected and overloaded with too much work with too little staff. What's worse is that everyone across the entire network of offices knows this but nothing has been done to fix it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being so stubborn and admit you made some bad hires. If you don't think one bad egg can ruin an organization, you need to get your head out of the sand and see what's happening around you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    It's all office politics

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 MWW Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Casual environment, bagel Thursdays, handful of really talented people

    Cons

    There are so many office politics going on in this place that nothing ever gets done. Senior management spends all their time talking behind each others backs and it is a constant power struggle.

    Meanwhile, the talented young professionals slave away on client deliverables while upper management stamps their name on it. Want to try something innovative at this agency? Don't waste your time - it will never get approved. Client work is mediocre at best, take your talents somewhere else.

    Unless your family is connected to the CEO somehow, don't plan on sticking around long. They'll replace you with the son or daughter of a big client or local politician.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop badmouthing each other. It sets a bad example for younger staff and makes for an uncomfortable work environment. Nothing gets done this way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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