The Wunderman Network Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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  • good peoples, good plan, you can learning digital marketing what it is (in 3 reviews)

  • The CDs/ACDs are great mentors, the juniors are talented and eager (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Most Senior management gone within months of my experience (in 8 reviews)

  • But if you just want to work in advertising, have a great work/life balance, great hours, and amazing, friendly people, this is the place (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Holding company policies cripple an otherwise great place to work

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    Former Employee - Strategic Planner
    Former Employee - Strategic Planner
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Wunderman Network full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The WPP network offers huge opportunities for global work and networking. The client list is great, but the agency is run by the account side of the house.

    Cons

    No raises, no real internal promotion opportunities either. The whole system relies on the revolving door of agency life to move up the org chart.

    Advice to Management

    Do more to hold on to key talent. Stop junior-izing client work. Some leadership positions need to change.


  2. Helpful (2)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    great location, flexible time, trust in employees

    Cons

    experience not valued. new ideas not heard. Microsoft client condescending and aloof. management continued to hire duds for VP level who averaged 1 year stays in role... had 5 different managers in 5 years.

    Advice to Management

    hire people who know how to sell. you are in a wonderful location, but aren't hiring talented people.


  3. Helpful (2)

    An inflexible non-inspiring agency inside a behemoth WPP network

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    As with any place, there are a few diamonds in terms of folks who are dedicated to their job and interested in helping/learning/etc

    Cons

    Upper management has too many bad eggs; folks who are overly secretive for no reason; folks who put their own personal interests over those of their team or the client. The work itself is also better characterized by fear (let's not upset them and lose the engagement) more than it is catalyzed by creative inspiration.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    SVP, Group Strategy Director

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Wunderman Network full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good leadership and talent at the content level (e.g., strategy and creative directors, senior creative and strategy staff) Good exposure to big brands

    Cons

    Leadership lacks a clear vision Hours too long for the pay It's possible to get a bonus/raise, but you need to threaten to quit to do it


  6. Helpful (1)

    out of touch

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Wunderman Network full-time

    Pros

    The middle management are a good group of people They care about their employees

    Cons

    The top management leaves a lot to be desired. They are out of touch with reality in terms of compensation and benefits and it's always about the bottom line dollar for the company, not the employees. This is why they can't attract good people anymore.


  7. Inconsistent and confused

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great work life balance overall

    Cons

    Does not have clear vision of who or what they are


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great company name, but bland clients

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Wunderman Network full-time

    Pros

    – Wunderman is a global company with a respected name. – Friendly people & nice environment with a great space. – Work/life balance is good and most people leave by 6pm. – Alcohol and party snacks are plentiful during birthdays and holidays!

    Cons

    – Room for advancement limited and salary raises seem non-existent. – Upper management seems clueless w/ old-school mentality. – Creative driven by clients = boring work – Keeping employees that are useless or bring nothing to the table. – Once you're working on a specific account, doubtful you'll have opportunity to work on anything else. – Office politics and favoritism of certain employees. – Overall atmosphere going downhill with loss of clients, current employees leaving and many recent layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    – Communicate with your employees and actually get to know them on some level. – Be honest, cut the BS and keep employees informed with what's going on within company & clients. – Do a full overview of each employee's role and get rid of the dead weight. – Seriously... how many VPs are really necessary?


  9. Lots of Potential, But Needs Lots of Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Impressive Fortune 500 client portfolio; big projects that span multiple markets

    Cons

    Senior executives lack organizational planning skills. Employees are underpaid and overworked. Morale is low.


  10. A good place to learn how to navigate a corporate landscape.

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    Current Employee - Creative in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Creative in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Wunderman Network full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and autonomy.

    Cons

    Client retention & stagnant growth.

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing it safe. Risk is good and necessary for growth, corporate and individually.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Fun agency with tons of perks, but stagnant compensation and no transparency.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Wunderman Network full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits package and tons of perks. Free coffee/espresso, milk, cereal, pb&j, chips, cookies, and, best of all, beer. Frequent parties. Comprehensive health plans, company provided short term disability paid at 100%, generous PTO/holiday schedule. Fun, genuinely creative, bright staff. Decent work/life balance.

    Cons

    Stagnant pay (many staff have gone 4+ years with no increases), even with promotions. No formal reviews for over 2 years due to raise freeze situation. Many staff are contractors and remain as such for long periods (2 years if in a non-billable position). Little to no transparency, no end in sight. Very high turnover. Low morale.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to keep staff (i.e.: pay raises).



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