World 50, inc.

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World 50, inc. Reviews

Updated April 28, 2014
Updated April 28, 2014
8 Reviews
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8 Reviews
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    It will most likely be the best job I ever had

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at World 50, inc. full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Culture: The W50 I stepped into 2+ years ago wasn't the same W50 I left 2+ years later. Culture is everything and I miss it most.
    -The job: Every job is exciting. The access to thoughts (and depending on the position) and presence of world leaders, senior-most executives and celebrities of all types really inspire you to be the best you can be. If you want to learn, you won't have a problem at W50.
    -Colleagues: The people make this company great. Supportive and friendl...it's hard to have long-standing grudges.
    -Opportunity: As long as you have the initiative, drive and time, you can essentially take on as many projects on as you can--even if it's not within your department. Anyone can make an impact on the business.
    -Benefits: Really great, considering it's a small company

    Cons

    -Communication between leadership and the rest of the company is somewhat lacking. This leads to miscommunication and distrust. It was improving however...
    -Global company based in Atlanta: You'll have clients on the other side of the world, meaning you'll always be checking your phone and/or working at odd hours some days, depending on your job and drive.
    -Feedback: It's inconsistent, depending on reporting lines

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to build trust with the long-time employees, the new employees and everyone in between. Hold managers accountable for the talent they are entrusted with by making their goals and responsibilities as managers clear.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Incredible atmosphere unlike anywhere else, brilliant minds

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at World 50, inc. full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -CEO cares so much about what we do and the culture of the company
    -access to C-suite executives across all functions and greatest thought leaders in the business world
    -flexible environment
    -passionate and hardworking co-workers that love what they are doing
    -fantastic benefits (20 days PTO, 12 paid holidays, 401k match, very large $$ contribution to healthcare from the company, etc.)
    -fun committee

    Cons

    -communication can sometimes be challenging. The company is growing very quickly and is still learning how to effectively communicate across all departments (but this is improving as more time passes)
    -you're always "on" to some extent. If a member needs something on a Sunday night, you often will need to reply because the members are always first

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -be comfortable sharing responsibility. Not everyone needs to be involved in everything for the company to run. Delegate people you trust to manage specific business units or initiatives and let them do their job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun meetings, zero vision

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at World 50, inc. full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Hob-nob with celebs at Summits. Build an impressive Rolodex.

    Cons

    Where's the growth? Tiny firm based in ATL. Owned by P/E firm with no sign of exit. Produce is "nice-to-have" and not "need-to-have." A luxury for execs who aren't afraid to spend $70-80k on themselves. Hard sell, and unless you're in the senior leadership, you have no future. Even sr leadership has no future... where do you go from there? Take the contacts and move on.
    Also the pay sucks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible leadership, fake culture, and unhappy employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at World 50, inc. full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Free food every day
    -Some nice people

    Cons

    The truth about World 50, is that there are promising individuals, but it is just that, they are only promising individually if you took them and placed them in different companies. However, when you have them all morphed into cliques, those people lose their promise and seem to settle in their career.

    It is a culture of sadness, defeat and negativity. Almost every person I spoke to when I worked there was positive to the right faces, but then hated their jobs behind closed doors, (even senior leaders).

    The turnover is higher than any place I have ever worked and the company satisfaction survey showed that upper management were the least likely to recommend others to work there (the survey was anonymous). This part came as a shock to the CEO, as most of senior leadership praises the company on a daily basis.

    It is a terrible culture, and they try to mask it with fake seminars, internal meetings and "feel good" speakers (while everyone rolls their eyes). If you take a job there after reading this review, one of three things will happen to you:

    1. You will try to be part of clique, you will become complacent, and you will be upwardly immobile for many years, thus resulting in your resentment towards the company and yourself. Just ask the second in command.
    2. You will not be part of the clique, you will be treated poorly, you will be ignored, you will hate your life. And eventually you will be "laid off"...(or rather fired, since they will fill your position after they lay you off).
    3. You will stay there, you will analyze everything around you and remember it, you will continue your jobs search, and once you land your dream job, you will realize how negative that company was and you will feel sorry for anyone who still works there...because at the end of the day, they chose choice #1, and who wants that?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to fix the culture from the bottom up. I know certain leaders that hate World 50, but they don't know how to leave. So I ask YOU, look within yourselves if you want to fix the culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Wonderful company filled with very cool people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at World 50, inc. full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Vibrant, growing company which has developed into the gold standard of the executive network space. Quirky, fun culture. Incredibly engaging content produced at the organization's events.

    Cons

    The company is organized into a dozen separate verticals (Chief Executive 50, Marketing 50, Global 50, Supply Chain 50, etc.) which can create some operational confusion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it fun.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    A young company with a lot of potential

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at World 50, inc. full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Small size, intimate feeling, personal, interactions with interesting peopl

    Cons

    Small size leads to favoritism and cliques. Can seem very small if you don't force yourself to meet and talk to all employees on a regular basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in all employees equally

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    It promoted openness but the directors really don't care about you.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at World 50, inc.

    Pros

    - Wonderful office and administration staff
    - Young employees

    Cons

    - Cliques within office
    - Some Directors were pompous and abrasive in managerial technique
    - Promoted equality of ideas among employees but not the case in practice. Some Directors just asked as a pretense and just went ahead with their own ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're doing such a great job but there are some places to strengthen and that starts with the management. Keep it up!

  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Amazing Clients, Under-qualified Management

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at World 50, inc.

    Pros

    Recruit and gather the world's top executives in highly exclusive forums. Incredible access to senior business leaders, celebrities. Fancy meetings at 5-star venues.

    Cons

    No structure, dishonest leadership, lack of career path. No HR department to look after staff members' interests. CEO wants to grow company at very fast pace and sell it... culture is therefore shifting toward highly aggressive junior sales team. A shame. Hopefully the parent company will rethink its placement of CEO to restore the firm to it's former self. If that's the case, worth a look.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New chief executive that manages out of experience, not with a fear-mongering mentality. Invest in the junior team to ensure there are growth paths.

    Doesn't Recommend

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