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W2O Group Overview

Mill Valley, CA
201 to 500 employees
2012
Company - Private
Business Services
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
W2O Group is an independent network of complementary marketing, communications, research and development firms focused on integrated business solutions for clients in healthcare, consumer products, entertainment, and technology. Established in March 2012 by Jim Weiss, the agency ... Read more

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W2O Group – Why Work For Us?


W2O Group is a network of complementary communications, marketing and digital firms. it's network includes: WCG, Twist Mktg, Pure, Sentient, and Marketeching with a growing footprint of offices in the United States and Europe.

Very few companies our size feel this entrepreneurial. There’s little hierarchy and incredible access to the CEO and exec team. It’s a place you have a voice in shaping the company. And on top of that our Culture Clubs make sure we create an environment where you feel connected and well taken care of.

W2O Group is a powerhouse of multi-talented individuals who are hardworking and fun. Openness and honesty at all levels of the organization keep us nimble, allowing us to take risks and innovate together. Leadership promotes an atmosphere in which respectful dissent is encouraged in order to create the best solutions and the best work environment. The matrixed structure of the organization allows us to work on clients across a wide range of industries and practices, offering up countless opportunities to work on projects that align with personal interests and career aspirations. 

In order to maintain our focus on innovation, W2O emphasizes the importance of never being satisfied with our own status quo. 


Jim Weiss

Founder and CEO

Jim has nearly 30 years of experience in strategic media and marketing communications focused primarily in the healthcare and technology sectors. He has been involved in nearly every aspect of corporate, product and organizational communications.

Under Jim’s leadership, W2O Group has grown from a one-person consultancy in 2001 to an integrated international operation comprising four separate companies, 12 offices and about 500 people. Today, the company generates nearly $100 million in revenue annually and serves some of the world’s leading companies and brands.

He ranks among the 500 Most Important People in the Global PR industry (2015) and PR Week’s Powerlist (2012, 2013, 2014) and was recently named a Top 25 Innovator in Communications (2014). Recently, he was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Cancer Research Institute, where he serves on the Marketing Subcommittee.

Jim also is founder and sponsor of the W2O Center for Social Commerce at the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, his alma mater. The Center has become a leading academic program aimed at providing students with modern media analytics and digital insight and skills to set them apart from their peers. He was inducted into the Newhouse School’s Hall of Fame and honored as one of its 50Forward most accomplished graduates of the last 50 years.

Bob Pearson

President and Chief Innovation Officer

  

Bob Pearson is globally recognized as a marketing visionary who is driving “pragmatic disruption” in what is now called “Social Commerce.”

An author, frequent speaker and blogger on digital marketing, as well as an instructor for the Syracuse Center for Social Commerce and the U.S. State Department’s Marketing College, his thoughts can be found on W2O’s blog at www.blog.wcgworld.com, including a series titled “Millennials Unplugged” that he writes with his 19 year old daughter and millennials at W2O. After the success of his book Pre-Commerce, Bob will be introducing his next book on the future of media titled Storytizing, which will be available March 2016.

Prior to W2O Group, Bob worked as VP of Communities and Conversations at Dell to develop the Fortune 500’s first global social media function — an industry-leading approach to the use of social media, as highlighted in the best seller, GroundSwell. Before Dell, Bob was Head of Global Corporate Communications and Head of Global Pharma Communications at Novartis Pharmaceuticals in Basel, Switzerland, where he served on the Pharma Executive Committee.

Bob has served as an advisor and investor in many capacities. Highlights include: serving as an original member of the P&G digital advisory board, being appointed by the Governor of Texas to serve as chair and vice chair of the emerging technology fund for the State of Texas (more than $400MM invested), serving on the board of The Advertising Research Foundation, acting as an advisor to Get Smart Content and participating as a Mentor at The Capital Factory, as well as finding time to serve as a board member for The Association for Multiple Impaired and Blind, which builds homes for its constituents.

Bob resides in Austin, Texas.

Jennifer Gottlieb

Chief Client Service Officer

Jennifer has been with W2O Group for a decade and has partnered with global companies big and small in the areas of pharmaceuticals, technology and consumer. She has supported brands from the early stages through to lifecycle management, and has managed launches, integrated campaigns and issues. Jennifer has spent the better part of her career working with top global healthcare companies, including Sanofi, Pfizer, GSK, Roche/Genentech, EMD Serono, Bausch & Lomb, as well as other global companies including Sony Electronics, Galderma, Hershey’s. Her focus is on both client counsel and development as well as operational excellence.

Fully committed to customizing every client engagement, Jennifer develops integrated teams that deliver the best work and drive business outcomes and success. Challenging the status quo, keeping her team fresh and knowledgeable, and maintaining deep involvement in our client’s business is how Jennifer rolls. She reinforces what it means to be a hands-on leader and coaches her staff to become experts in each area in which they are working to be able to add value to the client’s business beyond the projects and assignments at hand.

Jennifer is on the board of the AMIB, an organization dedicated to developing assisted living facilities to the multiple-impaired and blind, is a member of HBA, PRSA, and volunteers with the American Diabetes Association and with the North Shore Autism Circle. Before joining W2O Group in 2006, Jennifer was the Director of the Healthcare Practice at Cohn & Wolfe, a WPP agency. Prior to that, she held positions at Makovsky and Company, Edelman and Golin/Harris.

Additional W2O Group leadership information can be found on the website here.  

We offer an internal training tool called W2O University. It is a continuous learning experience designed for all sta­ff, at every level and point in their career growth. Built on a foundation that constantly probes the “why” in all we do, W2O University is the construct through which our firm provides the necessary training and development to improve skills, learn new skills, hone one’s thinking and approach, and explore new areas.

Our internship program allows individuals to work closely with various teams on research, applications and a wide variety of projects from inception to completion. Our interns get the rare opportunity for ownership. Read what some of our interns are saying about thier experience here. 

W2O is happy to give employees a lot of sweet perks – and we expect a lot, in return. We know that when employees are happy to come to work every single day, we’re a lot more productive. As our CEO Jim Weiss says, “If you’re not enjoying it, why are you doing it?”

Health & Wellness – What You Expect, Plus Reimbursement For Massage Therapy or Gym Membership

W2O has built a business on being the healthcare partner to some of the world’s most notable brands so we go out of our way to create a healthy environment for you. So in addition to a robust benefits plan (medical, dental, life insurance, disability, flex spending, commuter reimbursement, and everything you would expect from a world-class company) we have a Wellness Programs that includes Benefit Fairs, Free Massages and an Annual Wellness Reimbursement of up to $200 toward fitness, gym memberships, health, and wellness (including massage therapy).

Unlimited Vacation + The Week Between Christmas and New Years

We have a generous holiday schedule that includes office closure between December 25-January 1st. Plus an unlimited vacation policy so you can integrate your work and personal lives in a way that makes sense for you.

Sabbaticals – 5 Weeks Of Fully Paid Time Off

After your 5th Anniversary and every 5 years thereafter, you can take an additional 5 weeks of paid time off to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience of your choice.

Parent-Friendly Policies – Up To 16 Weeks of Time Off Plus An Industry-First Programs for First-Time Moms and Dads

We recognize that you need extra support during those special times in life that’s why we have a parental leave policy that allowsy you to take up to 16 weeks of paid time off for the birth and care of a new born… and we just put in place an-industry first program where all new parents get a personal coach to help them navigate right after welcoming a new addition to their family. Read more about it in our blog post.

Bonuses For Everyone

As a private company, everyone is eligible for bonuses if we achieve our annual goals.

401k and Retirement Savings That Is Matched

Pre-tax and post-tax options for retirement savings, plus a match to your 401(k).

Access To The CEO, Flexible Work Environment And Other Perks

Very few companies our size feel this entrepreneurial. There’s little hierarchy and incredible access to the CEO and exec team. It’s a place you have a voice in shaping the company. And on top of that our Culture Clubs make sure we create an environment where you feel connected and well taken care of (W2O-provided fruit, snacks, beer, wine, coffee, events and our specialty seltzers among other things).

We are not like your "typical agency". The entrepreneurial spirit of the organization can be seen in all office locations and permeates everything we do. We strive to be the best, not the biggest. Our focus on collaboration allows us to rely on our work, trusting that clients will be drawn to our approach and attitude. Brainstorms often include people from a cross-section of backgrounds and titles, and creativity is an expected attribute of everyone within the agency.

The "culture clubs" in each of our offices ensures for recreational time that not only enhances team building but also allows for more collaborative activities. 

There are 6 core values we hold dear. Because let's face it, in the world of advertising, you need to know where you stand. We realized early on that these values mean a whole lot to all of us:

In 2012, W2O Group's CEO and Founder, Jim Weiss, created the W2O Group Center for Social Commerce which is a collaborative program between W2O Group and Syracuse University's Newhouse school. This was made possible through a generouse gift directly from Jim and is meant to expose Syracuse University students with the resources and training needed to successed in today's marketplace.

The Center for Social Commerce offers exclusive opportunities to it's students by:

  • Every semester W2O Group participates in Social Commerce Days. During this time, some of W2O's top leaders and subject matter experts visit the campus to teach class and meet directly with student to answer questions about their career, rising marcomms topics, and even resume reviews. This event acts as a catalyst to expose students to real-world experts, industry trends and best practices being used at W2O Group. 
  • W2O Group is committed to keeping an open channel to the univerisyt to ensure they're training many of the Syracuse professors and students on some of the shifts in the industry. 
  • W2O Group offers 2 sponsored summer internships in their New York office which is open to Newhouse students. This provides a true hands-on experience for students who get to work on client work and have an opportunity to attend the firm's SXSW events in Austin, TX. (Deemed #SXW2O events.) These student ambassador are exposed to both agency and in-house communications experience.
  • A handful of our interns were converted to full-time W2O Group employees once they graduated. 

Testimonials from previous interns: 

“My internship with W2O Group was an unforgettable experience. With their intensive training and cutting-edge strategies and tactics, I had the opportunity to work at the forefront of the industry. They gave me work that not only complemented my Newhouse training, but allowed me to be an even better PR practitioner,” said Carley Weinstein

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    Pros

    - Almost limitless opportunity to learn, grow and develop new skills
    - Great community of bright, passionate professionals around the globe
    - Integrated mix of PR, Analytics, Traditional Agency/Studio operating at the intersection of technology, design, life sciences and marketing
    - Many of the brightest and most passionate team members have been at the agency for years and have helped it grow from a small independent shop to a global, multi-disciplinary agency

    Cons

    Not a traditional agency with lots of guardrails and old school process, like the industries they support W2O is always evolving and innovating - this can be challenge for non-self starters or non-entrepreneurial employees but is a real plus once the model and approach is clear.

    Advice to Management

    After a number of new acquisitions and many new clients coming into the mix in 2016 take a step back in 2017 help get all of the passionate folks at W20 aligned on the vision for the future and how they can best help.

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W2O Group Interviews

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    First HR phone screening was rescheduled 3x, each time after days of delay. Second phone interview was rescheduled 4x. I never got to interview with management because I couldn't keep rescheduling. They were barely communicative, and not apologetic about the cancellations.

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    • I was told by someone who works there to read up on the drug pricing debate before the interview.   Answer Question
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W2O Group Awards & Accolades

  • In2 SABRE Best Live Event - SXW2O, Holmes Report, 2017
  • Top 100 Healthcare Agency, Medical Marketing and Media, 2017
  • Marketing to Women - Pfizer's "Woman On" -Finalist, SABRES, 2017
  • "Cool Kids" by Benzac -Marketing to Youth - Finalist, SABRES, 2017
  • Digital Agency of the Year - Finalist, SABRES, 2017
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