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J. Walter Thompson Worldwide Reviews

Updated April 7, 2018
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J. Walter Thompson Worldwide CEO Tamara Ingram
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  • Poor work life balance, small teams for too much work (in 24 reviews)

  • Like any job - sometimes long hours (in 30 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. "You had better be from money, because you certainy won't be making any while you're at JWT."

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    Former Employee - Account Supervisor National Spot Buying Unit in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor National Spot Buying Unit in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting, world-class advertising agency. If you get in, it's all there for the taking. Its also cut-throat and sweeping layoffs when large account leave.

    Cons

    Its a life long feather in your career cap. Make hay (and fast) while the account sun shines.... your stay may be short but it will certainly be sweet.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees more and cross train the good people you have. Slide them where needed rather than layoffs. Keep moral world -class as well as the work.

  3. "Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at J. Walter Thompson Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Culture, office space, perks, structured,

    Cons

    Salary, management, lack of growth,


  4. "It's okay"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    experts, great clients, fast-paced and fun

    Cons

    Too much mid level management

    Advice to Management

    none


  5. Helpful (2)

    "A Company that Lost its Soul"

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    Former Employee - Parter in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Parter in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people at the ground level

    Cons

    Horrible leadership. Gustavo Martinez, then Tamara Ingram. The company is stuck in the stone age.

    Advice to Management

    Replace Tamara. She is, as they say, a "hot mess."


  6. "Motion Designer and Editor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at J. Walter Thompson Worldwide part-time

    Pros

    Cool work environment for the creatives.

    Cons

    Miscommunication between creative and management. Lots of bureaucracy. Lots of brown nosing to go anywhere.

    Advice to Management

    Decentralize.


  7. "Account Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at J. Walter Thompson Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Industry leader, innovative, path breaking approach & out of the box thinking

    Cons

    No downside of JWT. Lovely place to work

  8. Helpful (2)

    "stay away"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    nice co workers
    nice office
    convenient location

    Cons

    senior management is spending money inappropriately while giving every one else a small paycheck and no raise
    no vision, mediocre creative
    boys club who thinks they are saving the world. its just advertising. lets keep it real
    profane language used by senior leaders
    no respect for educated, smart folks who are either laid off or pushed out

    Advice to Management

    you are not in tune with the marketplace and will go down
    hire people who do not look and think like you
    re evaluate hiring and retention practices


  9. "Fun place, but tech undervalued"

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

    I worked at J. Walter Thompson Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Great social culture, great people, good mix of work

    Cons

    Software people are misunderstood and misused

    Advice to Management

    Learn what it takes to run a software shop within a marketing org.


  10. "Avoid"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at J. Walter Thompson Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Some great brands to work on and people but they don't stay long.

    Cons

    Office politics and egos reign supreme. Little chance to grow organically unless you toe the line.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your creatives and be a nicer human being than you think you currently are.


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