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WME Reviews

Updated August 8, 2014
Updated August 8, 2014
36 Reviews

3.7
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  1.  

    Invigorating Environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Living in LA and working as an assistant at WME is kind of like being a caddy at a gold course but getting to say your dad owns the place. You don't have any real power but you definitely feel like you do.

    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.

    Maybe not the best place to spend a career, but definitely a great place to learn the business and pick up some stories.

    Cons

    The pay is low and there is often little respect for assistants; but hey, that's Hollywood.

  2.  

    Great learning opportunity

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive  in  Beverly Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Executive in Beverly Hills, CA

    Pros

    This was an amazing learning opportunity for me. You learn so much about the entertainment business.

    Cons

    It is very tough to build a career at WME.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Many Silos

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Beverly Hills, CA

    Pros

    Some of the best and brightest in the business

    Cons

    Departments were quite silo'd from one another, making for difficult communication at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create an internship program that gives students a real look at the business as opposed to an experience comprised of grunt work alone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Will overtake CAA very soon.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant  in  Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant in Beverly Hills, CA

    Pros

    Forward-thinking culture. The training is excellent if you can find good mentors. You are in a swarm of information. Learn how to use it!

    Cons

    Assistant pay is not enough to live on. Sometimes the assistants are clichey and it feels a bit like high school again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This will never happen, but I hated the open-floor layout of the agency therefore I'd change that!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great job with great people.

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    Former Employee - Staff  in  Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Staff in Beverly Hills, CA

    Pros

    You get very relaxed supervisors and you get to work alongside really friendly and determined people.

    Cons

    Be prepared to hear a lot of people trying to sound very thoughtful when critiquing movies and television.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to stay cheery!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Overworked and underpaid but great place to start a career in the entertainment industry

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Agent Assistant  in  Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Agent Assistant in Beverly Hills, CA

    Pros

    You learn a lot about the industry working high high-level talent; great career opportunities; 401k and health coverage, etc; fun company events

    Cons

    High-strung, high-stress environment; many agents seem to suffer from ego-complexes and often fail to even acknowledge their inferiors; the pay is almost criminal considering how long and hard some of these assistants work - salary increases only $1 per year until you become an agent (takes > 4 or 5 years, and less than 10% of assistants make the cut)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more incentives for hard-working, talented assistants to stay with the company for longer

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    No work-life balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Opportunity to try new things and build your portfolio is great

    Cons

    Work-life balance is out the door. Getting text messages and calls at 1am on a holiday weekend is unnecessary. While the company says employee's family is important, it doesn't come across that way when you receive urgent calls and emails at all hours...and these are coming from senior management. We are not conducting life-saving work, it can wait until a normal waking hour.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more aware of work life balance to keep employees happy (and their families supportive of the employee working there). If the employee gets contacted at all hours, the spouse will only have so much patience before they encourage the family member to look elsewhere for better family balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    great Hollywood bootcamp

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    connections, access to material, opens doors for future employment

    Cons

    little to no mentorship since its a revolving door of sorts

  10.  

    Not a place to find a career but a great open door to many opprotunities

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I loved working in Beverly right on Wilshire, though it can be annoying to get out of the city. The valet parking for employees is nice as well. When I was at WME I had my own office which over looked all of Beverly Hills and the people in my particular office were really great. Certain agents have pretty intense reputations but that's what you sign up for in working with an agency.

    Cons

    You need a thick skin to work at WME and many people quit the entertainment business all together after spending a year here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat ever assistant with respect and appreciation and they will work harder for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Client Services Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Services Intern  in  Beverly Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Client Services Intern in Beverly Hills, CA

    Pros

    Great place to learn what life is like at an agency

    Cons

    HUGE egos! low pay and difficult to work your way up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    relax and talk to those lower than you as if theyre your friend

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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