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Updated August 1, 2017
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  1. "Working at IW Group"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IW Group part-time

    Pros

    Good company culture, everyone is supportive

    Cons

    Everyone should be more aware of what other co-workers are working on


  2. "Sr RF Enginner"

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    Former Employee - RF Engineer in West Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - RF Engineer in West Hollywood, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice company with professional behaviour

    Cons

    No as such cons in company

    Advice to Management

    Take care of good employees

  3. "Not bad"

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    Former Employee - Copywriter
    Former Employee - Copywriter
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good colleague. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Upper management lack of vision.


  4. "A place to. Call Home"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Iw group is a great company...great work life balance

    Cons

    No cons to think of

    Advice to Management

    Management is awesome...keep doing what you're doing..most people are promoted from within which makes every day even mite enjoyable


  5. "Fun place to intern, but..."

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    Former Employee - Marketing Intern
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun work environment and nice co-workers. The managers are very approachable and helpful. It's a fun place for college students who are looking for a place to gain some insights and experience in the PR and marketing fields.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth. The company does not have many accounts on hand. Again, it's a good place for those fresh out of college to gain some work experience, but not for someone who is looking for career development in the long run.

    Advice to Management

    It would improve the quality of production if the managers host team meetings more often to discuss about project details or even just ideas for new projects.


  6. "Continues to improve"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Hollywood, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    People are talented, friendly, and attitude-free. Welcoming culture overall!

    Small agency atmosphere which gives you the opportunity to work with and get to know people from different departments.

    Senior management is open to embracing to new technology, almost too eagerly, which makes it amusing.

    Never-ending supply of snacks and treats.

    Cons

    I was bullied by a former management-level employee and complaint to senior management went unacknowledged. Others in the agency were also bullied, and their complaints to management were also unfruitful. Said employee was eventually let go, but for bullying an outside staff.

    A few of the more senior staff are not as cooperative and hold a CYA (Cover Your A**) attitude, which isn't conducive to teamwork. But that's to be expected anywhere. A few negative nancy's don't take away from the overall positive experience.

    Advice to Management

    Be a tad bit more hands-on with management so that you're aware of what's going on.


  7. "It used to be good, but not anymore"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IW Group full-time

    Pros

    People are nice and friendly
    Great base of clients
    Startup culture where you are given to the opportunity to learn more and grow faster
    Sometimes free lunches

    Cons

    Poor training
    Limited career growth space
    Empty promises
    Low pay
    High turnover

    Advice to Management

    Do not only care a lot about how to establish the great public image of the agency and save the cost. Your employees are the key roles who really add value to the agency.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Great place to start... but start looking elsewhere right away"

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    Former Employee - Integrated Media Planner in West Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - Integrated Media Planner in West Hollywood, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IW Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, non-exec's cared for each other like a family. Had each other's backs. Great place to learn if you want to put your time in. Lots of gifts, and goodies. Lots of sweets. Thats about it....

    Cons

    Very one-sided management. Each department only cared for their team and would be very hard to collaborate with other across deparments. Communication DOES NOT EXIST. Very understaffed and will have to redo your work at least 5 times due to the inconsistent communication.

    A majority of the negative reviews were not too far off. Employees were not properly recognized for the time and effort put into the company. I've seen many people come in and out the door at IW, and that was the main reason as to why GREAT TALENTED people leave.

    Advice to Management

    IW prides themselves primarily on their PR outreach, which is great in the industry, but understand that a full service agency needs to work together as a team. A company is only as strong as the weakest link in the chain.

    Treat each department fairly and stop pointing figures at one another. Get rid of the toxic mentality. Have more personal conversations across all departments. Each department should not be shielding information from one another. This is one way you lose GREAT TALENTED people.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Stay away, at all costs"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IW Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Limited Resources
    - This is a pro only because of the fact you have to really learn and bootstrap everything on your own. The lack of people who know what they are doing forces you and pushes you to figure it out.

    Free lunches
    - CEO/president is a huge foodie.

    The people
    - Great set of mid-level, and junior people which made the environment more tolerable.

    Cons

    "Yes, Men"
    - Almost all the account people, except for a select few, just say "Yes" to clients. They don't care about how it'll impact the teams, assess the workload, or even understand if the technology available can do what the client wants within a given timeline.
    - You don't have a voice in this company. It is embedded in your mind that they have an "open door policy", but it doesn't mean anything. Good creative comes in and gets ignored.

    Unreasonable
    - Too much work and none of it is scalable. Make work scalable, and actually think about a project before diving at it head first. I know it's advertising and PR, but if the company invested in a system of doing things that could scale, work would be much easier and people would be able to take on more rather than feel overworked.
    - There was a process set in place, and it worked. Then the "yes men" keep trying to change everything to mold the process into something that it's not. Senior management cannot bend backwards for every single case, otherwise no one will take the process seriously.

    Empty promises
    - Employees get promised of change or being backed by the company. This is false. I've seen a lot of hard working, talented people leave because they felt they were lied to.

    Low pay
    - All the positions here are unreasonably low pay for a company with an office in San Francisco. It's the tech central, and the average income at the agency is significantly lower than what you'd earn working in tech.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to scale and leverage your tech to do better things and to do them efficiently. Don't just say YES to a client all the time, they'll respect you more if you can provide a more feasible solution. Finally, stick to your promises - it'll be hard to retain or acquire good talent if you can't stick to your word.


  10. "Love it here!"

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    Current Employee - Employee
    Current Employee - Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Love the nature of the work. All exciting and fun. Supportive coworkers. Positive vibe!

    Cons

    Not a lot of perks or benefits


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