WD Partners Reviews

Updated August 19, 2015
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  1. Good family place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at WD Partners full-time

    Pros

    big clients, great people, well known in the industry

    Cons

    leadership lacks in areas, but overall very creative and fun place to work.


  2. Potential

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at WD Partners (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The Dublin office is located close to where I live, making my commute to work very short and hassle free.

    Cons

    Executive management seems unable to execute real world application of new management styles and expertly passes blame for failures.

    Advice to Management

    Pro actively seek opinions and thoughts from all levels within the company in a safe and non threatening environment (possibly anonymous).


  3. Groundhog Day

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They have a pretty efficient production model since their work is so repetitive.

    Cons

    After your learn your role, there is little investment in your professional growth. You become a nameless cog in the machine. Individuals may take interest and help you grow, but the culture does not.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Gives the appearance of a great company, but isn't

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at WD Partners full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Energetic, talented people who enjoy working together. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Management is out of touch with the employees, and leadership lacks a vision for the company's future. It's a factory and you are there to make them money. Period. All that WD brand language about being an industry leader is just puffery. Those who have worked elsewhere will tell you the industry is passing them by.

    Advice to Management

    Decide what you want to be when you grow up, and stop chasing the latest shiny object.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Fun place to start your career

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WD Partners full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Culture is pretty laid back with a focus on work / life balance. Skill set growth is encouraged and there isn't a lot of pressure to produce on your own. You have backup.

    Cons

    Repetitive clients and challenges. You see a lot of similar ideas going around. This tends to happen in rollout retail design.

    Advice to Management

    To the C level management - Be more involved with your staff on a personal level. Its not a large company. Culture and personal engagement goes a long way to making a happier / invested team.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Account Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at WD Partners full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting clients and talented staff.

    Cons

    Poor leadership. Lack of vision. Unstable financials.


  8. Improving

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Dublin, OH
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Dublin, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WD Partners full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Top clients, very talented and smart people, and diversified services makes it an interesting place to learn and experience a lot- if you apply yourself.

    Cons

    With diversified services comes diversified skills and perspectives from your associate pool. This makes unifying processes, systems, and culture a difficult task.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work on building a plan to match the company's vision. It needs to be communicated to all associates so that they understand the goals in front of them.


  9. Vice President, Brand, Strategy and Design

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great people to work with Client focused culture

    Cons

    Manage by spreadsheet approach causes a disconnect with employees


  10. Helpful (1)

    An OK job, not to be confused with a career.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at WD Partners full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -An OK place to hide out while you're looking for your next step in your career. -Some great talent here, albeit untapped potential. -Decent clients. -Very talented environments designers that respect the rendering art.

    Cons

    -Poor upper management. -Their idea of project managers in a farce. These are not true agency PM's. -Profit, profit, profit. Creativity? Who needs that? -Truncated deadlines. Lack of proper timelines. Just get it done, they say. -An owner that says he's connected, but it very detached from the day to day reality.

    Advice to Management

    I admire that the place holds on to private ownership. That is commendable. However, this place is very out of sync, with no vision of the future. Stop chasing the same type of account and do yourself a favor and diversify. The staff is constantly paying for mistakes by the owner and management. My biggest suggestion for the company is to create a board of directors to help with decision making. Because the owner of the company is making the sole decision for the its well being, we all feel the ripple effect of his erratic thinking. I know he means well, but seriously, its not working.


  11. Great Associates, Clients, and Culture

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are excellent – from the cost of health insurance and the variety of benefits offered, to the generous PTO policy, and the culture is one that truly values and cares about the associates. From activities to events to professional growth and development opportunities, WD is a real leader. A lot of thought and planning must go into providing a variety of different types of events to benefit the associates. Anyone who has worked for your average company can easily see not just the tangible but also the intangible benefit of all that WD has to offer. This seems important to the CEO.

    Cons

    I've worked for both large and small employers, and WD falls in the middle in size. Due to the nature of the industry, it is easy to understand that while one area of service may be very profitable, that doesn't necessarily speak to or impact a different area of the business. With this, of course, brings certain realities and no guarantees. Most people working in this industry are already aware of this.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire people with positive, can do attitudes. When asked, people will almost always come up with something negative to say. But that doesn't mean the negative outweighs the positive.



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