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J. Walter Thompson Worldwide Reviews

Updated January 14, 2019
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Pros
  • "Great people, lovely terrace, very good restaurant" (in 42 reviews)

  • "Cool work environment for the creatives" (in 32 reviews)

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

  • "Long hours of work without compensation" (in 34 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. "Finance administrator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at J. Walter Thompson Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    The opportunity to work from home is great .

    Cons

    The fact that raises/standaed of living increase are non existent.
    When there are funds for raises, management pick and choose who to give raise to regardless of how long an inindividual has been with the company has

    Advice to Management

    Treat each individual as asset. Not just the creatives or the account management team.

  3. "Creative"

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    Current Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing work environment full of great creative minds

    Cons

    Uncertainty of the Wunderman Thompson merger


  4. "Good Ad Agency Stuck In the Past"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Good work-life balance
    2. Diversity in smaller teams and offices
    3. Diversity in clients and categories

    Cons

    1. Lack of digital acumen
    2. Silos at regional, national and international level


  5. "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


  6. Helpful (3)

    "meh"

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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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Individual colleagues are nice and great people. Literally the only bearable thing, but everyone was borderline clinically depressed because of the vibe there.

    Cons

    None of the perks seen at any other large agencies.
    Continuous cycle of layoffs that freak everyone out
    Bogged down by laborious/traditional processes instead of being nimble
    Doesn't promote or give raises... like ever
    Constant stream of bad news... losing business, people getting let go, not winning, mergers...
    Scandals, scandals, scandals.


  7. "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

  8. Helpful (1)

    "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


  9. "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


  10. "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.