WME Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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David (Dave) Wirtschafter
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Pros
  • More seriously it's a terrific place to learn about Hollywood deal making as the top agents routinely make some of the biggest of the year (in 5 reviews)

  • Get to network and be at the hub of information in the entertainment industry (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • long hours and some tedious low level tasks (in 3 reviews)

  • Low pay and lack of internal promotions (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Agent Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at WME full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company, friendly, team work oriented.

    Cons

    New company, few opportunities, lack structure, a lot of turnover


  2. Great place to start in Entertainment

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at WME (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The ability to network and meet people across all areas of entertainment.

    Cons

    Long hours and low wages.


  3. Sure fire way of getting into the entertainment business

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    Former Employee - Assistant
    Former Employee - Assistant

    I worked at WME full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The connections made at WME will last your entire life if you are there for 6 months or a year or more. I am still in contact with the group I started with and we are all at different companies within entertainment. You will pick up the skills you need to do any desk assistant job. It is a wonderful thing to have on your resume.

    Cons

    They treat you like animals and pay you dirt at assistant level. The hollywood agency, "treat your assistant like crap" culture is still alive. There are a handful of agents who are above it but you really have no choice when coming out of the mailroom. HR will not help you, its dog eat dog so when you get a desk you take it regardless of the agents personality.

    Advice to Management

    Assistants should make more than people who are in the mailroom, it is unfair they are paid the same because the tasks in the mailroom pale in comparison to those as an assistant. Is there any hope for future assistants to be treated like capable humans or is the stereotype of monster agents going to perpetuate? I think if the assistants were treated better there would be more retention at the company.


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  5. Great Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WME

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

    Pros

    Really great place to work. High pressure, with lots going on. But overall very rewarding and enjoyable place to work.

    Cons

    You are your own business, the team atmosphere isn't very strong so you'll need to look out for yourself. Worth it though.


  6. Assistant to Agent

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WME

    Pros

    A great track for someone interested in working as an agent or making connections in the industry. Opportunity to see a lot of shows.

    Cons

    Super intense work-environment. Very high stress. The actual work was very tedious and the work environment was demeaning at times. It was very Devils Wear Prada assistant role.


  7. Music Central Floater

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Music Central in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Music Central in Beverly Hills, CA

    I worked at WME full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good perks, free shows, occasional free lunches, good end of the year bonuses

    Cons

    Low pay, long wait to get promoted, intense work atmophere


  8. Good Culture, Underwhelming Day-to-Day

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

    I worked at WME full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Prestige Good on your Resume Exposure to the entertainment industry

    Cons

    Dog eat dog mentality Cog in the wheel; you are replaceable Must put in intense work hours


  9. Assistant

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    Former Employee - Agent Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Agent Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at WME full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    You learn a ton, you meet amazing people who can become lifelong friends, and you make amazing connections in the entertainment industry.

    Cons

    Long hours, low pay, high stress environment. Very little opportunity for a raise or promotion. Very cutthroat.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the assistants well! They'll come back around to be in charge of things one day...


  10. Agent's Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WME full-time

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

    Pros

    Working for THE AGENCY! The experience and opportunity that working for WME affords. Great way to transition to other areas of the business.

    Cons

    Hours are long and pay is low, because they know that the industry is cutthroat. There is someone else out there that will do your job for less. Some assistants get treated poorly.


  11. Great

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WME

    Pros

    Lots of industry connections, great networking

    Cons

    Low pay and long hours



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