Wolff Olins Reviews

Updated February 24, 2015
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  1. Great company to work for

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wolff Olins

    Pros

    Pay scale is breath taking

    Cons

    Dealing with team members manufacturing


  2. Positive

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Graphic Designer in New York, NY
    Current Contractor - Graphic Designer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Wolff Olins as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Reasonable hours, relaxed and positive environment

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for Freelancers to obtain a full time position


  3. Great intern experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Account Management Intern
    Former Intern - Account Management Intern

    I worked at Wolff Olins as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of pros: I loved the small office vibe Great clients, with lots of work to do Amazing designers Very good pay for an intern

    Cons

    I came into a project that was already a year or so in, and it was hard for me to jump into it.

    Advice to Management

    Let interns get more involved with everything, it doesn't matter what team they're on.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Great work life balance but unfriendly culture

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Brand Strategist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Brand Strategist in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    35 billable hours a week means great work life balance, summer Fridays and lots of vacation time, sexy clients

    Cons

    Surprisingly unfriendly culture, management didn't value motivating team or even treating them with respect


  6. Best branding place.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY

    I worked at Wolff Olins full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great culture, Fun jobs. Great CEO.

    Cons

    Hard work. Long hours. Demanding clients.


  7. Glass half full

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wolff Olins

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ambition. Permission. Potential. Building (London).

    Cons

    Skills gaps. Fragmented culture. Top heavy.


  8. Great working culture, verging on cult...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior Strategist in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Junior Strategist in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Wolff Olins full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Such friendly people, made friends for life Good pay and very generous benefits You can set up your own initiatives and really shine if you want to - set up what you want (within reason) Amazing food! Really interesting arts and culture clients Very well respected and well known outside the brand/design world Lots of education/learning opportunities and open culture of asking questions Flat structure Help to make things happen for you - like a trip abroad.

    Cons

    Shifting its direction around a bit, for a company that purport to be all about one clear direction and purpose.. Some people drink a little too much of the kool aid

    Advice to Management

    narrow down the ventures


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Strategist in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Strategist in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Wolff Olins full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Working at WO is a privilege: there is a constant diet of interesting work. You are as good as your last project which means the emphasis is on ideas and teamwork rather than targets and deadlines

    Cons

    WO is not interested in process so there is inefficiency and duplication

    Advice to Management

    Keep focused on the work not the numbers


  10. Helpful (4)

    It has to be one of the best places in the world for creative thinkers.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Designer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Designer in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Wolff Olins (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment, good fun, talented individuals to work with as well as ambitious clients.... You are positively encouraged to think differently. The business nurtures creative minds into robust business minded professionals. A WO designer isn't someone who merely thinks about aesthetics. A WO designer is someone who has to think about how their design experience and talent can help their clients change the world they exist within.

    Cons

    sometimes a little too competitive internally. Tough at the top i guess. It can be stressful as expectations are extremely high, especially when working with the chairman whose mantra is "good is not good enough"

    Advice to Management

    Keep changing...



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