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J. Walter Thompson Worldwide Reviews

Updated September 19, 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. 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.


  2. "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

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. "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.


  6. "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.


  7. "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

  8. "Do Not Join This Agency"

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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

    The Atlanta office has a very casual work environment including Flex Fridays.

    Cons

    Incompetent management and the entire executive team has left the Atlanta office. No opportunity to advance, high turnover and unstable clients.

    Advice to Management

    Revamp the entire Atlanta office and start from scratch


  9. "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.


  10. "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.


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