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J. Walter Thompson Worldwide Reviews

Updated November 12, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great people, lovely terrace, very good restaurant" (in 40 reviews)

  • "Cool work environment for the creatives" (in 31 reviews)

Cons
  • "No work life balance whatsoever" (in 25 reviews)

  • "Long hours of work without compensation" (in 33 reviews)

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  1. "Client Service Dpt."

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    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at J. Walter Thompson Worldwide full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strategy, Clients, Processes, great organized communication between departments

    Cons

    sometime it takes long time to get an approval from the senior management
    lack of out-of-box thinking when working on pitches
    lack for flexibility in making decisions


  2. "Great considering its size"

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    Former Employee - Creative
    Former Employee - Creative
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at J. Walter Thompson Worldwide full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great brand exposure and a few game-changing opportunities

    Cons

    The network doesn't always feel like a network

    Advice to Management

    Make the most of your network

  3. "Great to learn and start your career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at J. Walter Thompson Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    JWT will teach you everything you need to know to make it in the advertising world

    Cons

    Not digital enough, too traditional

    Advice to Management

    better synergies between departments and agencies in wpp network


  4. "Account"

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    Former Employee - Account in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Account in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at J. Walter Thompson Worldwide full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful office but that's really all

    Cons

    Terrible leadership, people seem good but they're really not, you will get chewed out and under paid and taken advantage of


  5. "Servicing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at J. Walter Thompson Worldwide full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    JWT Mumbai is like home. You find family here who can be your support and your best companions through your journey.

    Cons

    Growth is slow in the company


  6. "Smartest people I worked with; Least empowered leaders though"

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    Former Employee - Planner in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Planner in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at J. Walter Thompson Worldwide full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very smart people
    Access to incredible tools, experts, data sources and other infrastructure to develop strong strategies
    Spirit of generosity

    Cons

    WPP has a stronghold on the leaders and even though they want to do more and empower their teams, their hands are tied.


  7. "Smart People, Sinking Ship"

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

    I worked at J. Walter Thompson Worldwide full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    More often than not, the people I met at JWT were intelligent and pleasant people to work with.

    Cons

    JWT is struggling like most big agencies to maintain business, but what is most troubling is their inability to maintain senior leadership. I've seen at least 9 changes in C-level leadership in the New York office in less than a 10 year period.

    The constant instability has made it difficult to grow/retain business, and WPP keeps them handcuffed financially to invest in their future. I don't know how they will survive unless they abandon old ways and convince WPP to invest in building new ones.

    Raises are few and far between. There is no agency-wide performance review process.

  8. "Solution Architect"

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    Current Employee - IT Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at J. Walter Thompson Worldwide full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    JWT is a fun, social, interesting and technically challenging place.

    Cons

    Biggest con is WPP's (parent company) handover or IT to IBM. A complete disaster and continues to get worse.

    Advice to Management

    Run, don't walk, away from this IBM engagement. It will take a dozen years to dig out of this hole.


  9. "Great if you like not accomplishing anything"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at J. Walter Thompson Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Sometimes people actually come into the office. Great place to go if you want to accomplish nothing for 9 months.

    Cons

    Clients that no one else wants.
    Too expensive for clients that might consider us.
    Non-adaptive to how agencies need to function.
    No one wants to work there, but no one can find jobs as the agency has made their experience non-competitive.
    No identity as a company, yet preaches culture on a weekly basis with free bagels and hearing our 'kooky and/or wears black so must be worthwhile' crew of 5 rotating people can try to muster the energy to have people not give up and come in another day.

    Advice to Management

    Just give up.


  10. "Charter Your Path"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at J. Walter Thompson Worldwide full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Smart and passionate colleagues, company culture, work/life balance, client diversity (categories, brands and scopes)

    Cons

    Limited financial recognition, challenges with resources

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good fight


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