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J. Walter Thompson Worldwide Reviews

Updated January 18, 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. "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


  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

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here"

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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

    Pros

    There's a popcorn machine on Fridays.

    Cons

    No opportunity for advancement. Clique of senior-level people only talk to each other, often don't even bother showing up to work, live high on their expense accounts, and disdain their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on growing the business and cut the smoke and mirrors.


  6. "Interesting"

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    Current Employee - Account Supervisor
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent work-life balance, cool work functions and lots of accountability.

    Cons

    Terrible onboarding program, lots of people leaving, not much growth for business or employees.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Stay Far Away"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You don't have to live on the streets because they give you a pay check.

    Cons

    The work is ok, but everything else is terrible. The COO told us directly that they refuse to give raises to people, even if you get a promotion. Several coworkers had not received a raise in 7 years. It was a toxic environment. People smile to your face and say nasty things behind your back. Managment is terrible. No room to be creative or explore. If you don't do your work exactly how the creative director imagines it, he'll stand behind you and correct you as you do your work. Managment does not take care of people. People have been leaving in hordes and the clients will soon follow. And there is zero culture. I'm serious, stay far away from every office of JWT.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of people.

  8. "Broadcast Producer"

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

    Pros

    A great place to work with a great group of people. Flexible and fun.

    Cons

    I have no cons to share - it was a very good working experience.


  9. "Welp, they had a good thing going."

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    Current Employee - Junior Designer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Junior Designer in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, small creative so you get more attention. You get a lot of responsibility as a junior.

    Cons

    New CCO is going to suck everything good out of that place


  10. "Senior Integrated Traffic Manager"

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

    I worked at J. Walter Thompson Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Talented and exceptional Production Dept.; Diversity; Great holiday schedule

    Cons

    Opportunities for career advancement and growth

    Advice to Management

    Value employees, recognize their worth


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