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J. Walter Thompson Worldwide Reviews

Updated July 16, 2018
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J. Walter Thompson Worldwide CEO Tamara Ingram
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  • "No work life balance whatsoever" (in 25 reviews)

  • "Underestimated salary, long hours working" (in 32 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. "good place...good people"

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    Former Employee - IT Professional
    Former Employee - IT Professional
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Had a great team to be a part of. Some really creative minds and ideas that I got got to see and work with during my time here

    Cons

    Needs a little more structure in the way things are done, but again not having a well defined process helps them to adjust and deliver things ASAP.

  3. "They're good, but there are better agencies"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    They're finally moving themselves towards a digital environment.
    Flex Fridays
    Great culture

    Cons

    A lot of uncertainty and resignations.
    There are also majority contractors and not full time employees. The turnover is very high.


  4. "Senior Video Editor"

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    Former Employee - Senior Video Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Video Editor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with!

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic environment. Hard to stand out for your talents

    Advice to Management

    Please value your employee's creativity. Many opportunities for great work were missed during my time there.


  5. "UI Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Open environment, nice office, good people.

    Cons

    Closed teams, politics, etc.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great people. Difficult environment."

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    Former Employee - Group Planning Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Group Planning Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very smart people. Low ego - work toward the best solution without “my way” being the only way. Talent to back up the ideas and produce great work

    Cons

    The ever decreasing size of the office put pressure and tension into the air on a daily basis. Thus, the focus was on “the new team” brought in to turn things around.


  7. "Exciting creative company reinventing itself"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at J. Walter Thompson Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Very creative, and work on the great brands of the world.

    Cons

    Slower to adapt to tech changes

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great place for a short stay"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great corporate benefits, awesome colleagues that work hard to produce great work.

    Cons

    Long hours of work without compensation. It is difficult if not impossible to advance in career opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership needs to appreciate their employees on a regular basis, they are working hard every day to meet your goals.


  9. "Not a good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in San Juan, PR
    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in San Juan, PR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some people are good and they work hard.

    Cons

    People with the power they don't know what they are doing. Just have the position because they are friends of the of the managers.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "No work life balance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at J. Walter Thompson Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Big name in the advertising industry

    Cons

    No work life balance whatsoever. You should only work here if you want to/have nothing else to do in life because that is what they expect. Also no promotions, hire and fire culture, perpetual freeze on new hires so work keeps piling on the existing staff, bad relationships with the clients and I can go on...


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