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J. Walter Thompson Worldwide Reviews

Updated March 27, 2017
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  • Poor work life balance, small teams for too much work (in 21 reviews)

  • Incredibly long hours for no compensation (in 25 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Unstable and unhealthy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful office at a great location!

    Cons

    Poor leadership, hostile clients and a management team that has little to no care for employees' growth or well-being. Hard work and loyalty goes unnoticed, unappreciated and not respected.


  2. "Good people, work needs to be better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY
    Recommends

    Pros

    I found it to be a healthy work environment and the people there were competent, from account services to creative department. They also paid well.

    Cons

    The work in the group I worked in was average at best. I was only there for three months so I do not know if this was due to client demands or the agency not pushing hard enough.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Account Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Professional team, great support, healthy work environment

    Cons

    limited promotion opportunities, too much bureaucracy


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The office facility is very nice.
    Many company holidays. People are generally young in creative team.
    The office is conveniently located in downtown.

    Cons

    This is the worst company I've ever worked for. You'd feel like you're back in high school. So much drama. Everyone in the management team is back stabbing and big mouth. Also, they're always going through many lay offs.
    Please avoid working for this company at all cost!!!

    Advice to Management

    Please be professional and educate yourself on how to manage your teams more effectively instead of using the tactics that you've used in high school. Show some maturity!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Account Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are incredibly nice. The office was just redesigned so it feels very fresh and creative.

    Cons

    Promotions and raises are incredibly slow, office morale is pretty low, low participation rate in activities

    Advice to Management

    Do formal reviews at 1 year and actually give raises/promotions. Get better coffee machines.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Vision needs to be defined"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Central location, the agency name still carries some weight

    Cons

    Caliber of talent has changed over the past few years; more of a focus on management rather than on the people who are running the day-to-day businesses

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the people who are actually doing the work


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company to work for!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Everyone who works there is willing to offer assistance or advice. Learned a lot about how an advertising agency works.

    Cons

    Not a 40 hour work week. Many people stay as long as needed to get things done on time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  9. "Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very structured program that provides great learning opportunities for interns.

    Cons

    It is a larger company so you need to stay proactive as your manager can be busy at times.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Integrated Producer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the people.
    Participation in charitable events.
    The head of production, at the time, was very good about communicating what was happening around the office and actually wanted to help in guiding careers.

    Cons

    Extremely low paying.
    Raises and bonuses were non-existent.
    The morale was incredibly low with employees who have been there 5+ years, which affected the newcomers negatively.

    Advice to Management

    Work on the office morale. It's toxic and contagious.
    Provide better perks if monetary compensation is an issue.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Working at JWT is NOT Recommend"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at J. Walter Thompson Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Great people, lots of time off around the holidays, opportunity to work with some great clients.

    Cons

    No opportunity for advancement, raises are NEVER given, low pay and long hours including lots of weekend work. Poor upper management, especially in Project Management. I would not recommend working at JWT.

    Advice to Management

    Value the loyalty and hard work of employees through better compensation and advancement.



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