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J. Walter Thompson Worldwide Reviews

Updated October 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people, the culture is very fast paced but overall great experience (in 34 reviews)

  • Great creative work environment (in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • Poor work life balance, small teams for too much work (in 23 reviews)

  • Long hours if reduced, great place to work (in 29 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. "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

  3. "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.


  4. "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


  5. "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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Abusive culture with no process where HR and management looks the other way."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None. The company pretends to be sexy and cool, but it is not. The company is not fooling anyone but offering alcohol at work. It's all smoke and mirrors. They won't even put together an org chart.

    Cons

    Infighting between multiple offices. Lack of HR policy and procedures. Lack of ability to handle strategy. Projects take an extremely long time to complete because of disagreements on "strategy". No processes. The agency can't handle true agile/scrum methodology. which why they have opened an office in India and are offshoring the work.

    The lack of processes has been reported to execute management and HR, but they continually refuse to do anything about it. No HR policy when it comes to sexual harassment. Conflict of interest relationships happen all the time between HR and employees and management and employees. This prevents from other employees from being treated fairly.

    Google the company. It has a history of sexual harassment dating back to 2016. Google the company and find out who they were bought out by. The company was bought out but has not changed the culture where sexual harassment continues.

    Advice to Management

    None. Management is the problem, not the solution. Disband the cliques with HR and senior and executive management.


  7. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun people and activities. Great for growth and mentors.

    Cons

    Finance runs everything and ruins the creative process. Hard to get a raise.

    Advice to Management

    Let creative be in control instead of letting finance scare everyone

  8. "CREATIVE DIRECTOR"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at J. Walter Thompson Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Great creative culture.
    Big network opportunities.

    Cons

    No work life balance. They drain you.


  9. "great culture and people"

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    Former Employee - Account Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    resources, culture, people, management and freedom to lead account as you see fit

    Cons

    big agency feel, can be siloed at times


  10. "Freelance Copywriter / ACD"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at J. Walter Thompson Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Creative environment, nice modern work space. Sense of comradery was high. Overall vibe was friendly and inclusive.

    Cons

    Worked long hours, weekends and on some undesirable clients. The creatives were not given the opportunity to work on different brands within the agency or under different ECDs and CDs.

    Advice to Management

    Motivate creatives to rise in the ranks. Encourage promotions, not just salary increase.


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