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J. Walter Thompson Worldwide Reviews

Updated November 13, 2017
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  • Poor work life balance, small teams for too much work (in 23 reviews)

  • Like any job - sometimes long hours (in 29 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. "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

  3. "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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Art Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Well known company with lots of prestige

    Cons

    not the best office environment


  5. "Agency getting great again"

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

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

    Pros

    Great leadership, people are awesome, work is improving so much.

    Cons

    Still siloed in some ways, but improving.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your troops.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Account Management - San Francisco office"

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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

    Smart people who collaborate well and create great work. Nice office in great location. Generous time-off schedule.

    Cons

    Company cannot hire talent or give raises so the office is held together by many freelancers. The General Manager is immature and will eventually turn on you and you will be laid-off because "the client does not like you". The client does not know what they want and priorities change daily which makes for many 12+ hour days.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to obtain approval to hire full-time employees and give raises. Teach the clients how to work with an agency. Mentor the General Manager so he can learn to be a leader and not a want to be hipster.


  7. "Account Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The people are nice and interesting.

    Cons

    Employees are not compensated properly.

  8. "Summer Internship"

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

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

    Pros

    Interactions between teams, options to explore different departments, office locations.

    Cons

    Exclusive to summer internships: work was unequally awarded, and more work could have been given to interns a few of the departments.


  9. "Musical Chairs leadership needs to reconnect to the rest of the agency."

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    Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at J. Walter Thompson Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Smart individuals, big agency capabilities.

    Cons

    Too many leadership changes makes it really hard to know what JWT values. Unclear direction for the future. Doesn't value what it's good at doing. Finance driven.

    Advice to Management

    Stop chasing "what's next" and fix what you have now.


  10. "Good Times and Bad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good people. Good clients. Decent work.

    Cons

    Office politics. No room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Unload the top. Invest in the bottom.


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