The Wunderman Network Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Good for your resume but you may need therapy after

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    Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA

    I worked at The Wunderman Network full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Used to be a great legacy agency reputation with top tier clients.

    Cons

    Extreme soul-sucking political environment with a lot of self-congratulating senior management. Forget trying to have any career path here, the majority of people are contractors and have one foot out the door. Senior management is completely powerless to make any real decisions. Current GM is largely ineffective and a lot of bad behavior happens as a result. A culture of bullying and snark is encouraged and HR's role is pretty much non-existent. The CEO flies in for the occasional client meeting, attends 15 min of a town-hall and exits quickly before any unwanted questions or employee interactions happen.

    Advice to Management

    Create an agency culture that inspires creativity and that clients want to work with. Stop managing like you are above ethics and start caring about your people and the craft of advertising again. Start hiring employees and communicate with them regularly.

  2. Fiscally Struggling; 70% of Creative staff is freelance

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at The Wunderman Network 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

    Centrally located in the heart of Manhattan, near central park. Easy travel daily.

    Cons

    Management is very numbers driven, projects are driven by account managers. Projects managers are mere traffickers.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring people whom are clueless in diverse thinking and management. They tend to hire people with the same attitude.

  3. Co workers are amazing, they make the job what it is. Clients can be extremely difficult (thats advertising for you)

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    Current Employee - Art Director in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Art Director in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at The Wunderman Network full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you set good barriers with your boss you won't be working a 50 every week. Be honest with the PMs and tell them when you have too much work.

    Cons

    Red tape when it comes to raises, promotions, etc.

    Advice to Management

    You guys are great, seriously. However, having all of the contractors really does hurt morale.

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  5. Good company, but inefficient

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    Former Employee - Strategic Planner in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Strategic Planner in Seattle, WA

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

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

    Pros

    It is a great place to start your career. Many talented people and inspiring works.

    Cons

    Hard to get a raise, limited bonus.

    Advice to Management

    would love to have more opportunities to really grow one's career.

  6. So much potential, but not being realized.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Wunderman Network

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers and clients. Much of the work is on a national or global scale.

    Cons

    Management and vision. Integration and support from sister agencies is disappointing.

  7. Great place to start but if you want to make a competitive salary, don't stick around for too long

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Wunderman Network full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Great entry-level opportunities for those fresh out of college with lots of learning opportunities
    - Fun, young atmosphere (typical agency lifestyle with free beer, etc.)
    - Lots of PTO and office closures for holidays, which is awesome for work-life balance

    Cons

    - As with most places, you won't make much if you stay and get promoted within, which is unfortunate as it doesn't instill loyalty.
    - Promotions were all over the board with some very undeserving promotions and those who did deserve to be promoted being passed over. Criteria wasn't clear and leadership wasn't transparent
    - Leadership talent was also all over the board. There were some very talented, inspiring leaders, but also many incompetent "leaders" who should not have been in their positions.
    - Turnover was very high due to all of the reasons listed above, resulting in low morale

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your existing team to ensure they're happy and growing in their careers. Be an advocate for their promotions - the skills/knowledge they've attained is often more valuable than bringing in external hires at much higher salaries

  8. Helpful (3)

    Smart. Curious. In the present.

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    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Seattle, WA

    I worked at The Wunderman Network full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    I was exposed to some of the most influential professionals in my career. Through enthusiasm and generosity my understanding of what is possible when people connect multiplied.

    Cons

    A corporate salary cap and hiring freeze was sad. I did not like feeling I had a whole lot of tenure with two years on the job.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to blend the silos. Any org. as large as Wunderman or Wundermans clients cannot redefine process in a year or even years, but as long as the processes are open to refinement and optimization, it's all good.

  9. Great people in a challenging environment functioning as a key strategic partner with major brands.

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

    I worked at The Wunderman Network full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Working with major brands, not just a vendor but a key strategic partner to the clients. Some of the smartest people you'll ever work with.

    Cons

    Career growth path can be unclear at times. Being beholden to the holding company can be a challenge.

    Advice to Management

    Balance the drive for revenue against the quality of the work.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Nicest collection of human beings I've ever worked with in any job, ever.

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    Current Employee - Freelance Senior AD in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Freelance Senior AD in New York, NY

    I have been working at The Wunderman Network part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Seriously, and truly, everyone that works here are so genuinely nice, it is shocking. The CDs/ACDs are great mentors, the juniors are talented and eager juniors, and the management team sincerely seems to care on a human level.

    Cons

    The advertising is a little straight forward and boring. 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.

  11. Great place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive

    I have been working at The Wunderman Network full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    - lots of opportunity
    - great people!
    - acceptable salary
    - company recognition
    - lots of parties
    - lots of PTO

    Cons

    - no chance of raises
    - promotions unlikely
    - poor onboarding
    - high employee churn

    Advice to Management

    Realize they are working on a lot of things, but would be nice to have other clients to work on to diversify a bit. Really need to fix the raise thing - that is the biggest reason why people leave and we shouldn't be losing good people for that reason.

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