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  1. "Work Hard Play Hard"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at JWT Specialized Communications full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Amazing people, work is very creative, challenging and interesting. Great culture but that varies office to office.

    Cons

    A lot of silos and management that (used to anyway) encourage it. Penny-wise and pound foolish in a lot of ways. Gets hurt more than helped by being part of JWT/WPP - particularly in regards to resources.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace what you do well and don't make promises you can't deliver - particularly in new business pitches.


  2. "Enjoyed working for this organization for many years until the economy made things very ugly."

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at JWT Specialized Communications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great client base and great creative ideas. However, the creative excellence is very concentrated to specific markets. No real quality constancy.

    Cons

    A national organization which spends a great deal of time accomplishing initatives set by control groups which are not in touch with the local mind set of the client base.

    Advice to Management

    Watch for the shining stars and hold on to them....get rid of the burn outs.

  3. "You must be inter-active based. the print based work was only utilized to drive audiences to the web."

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    Current Employee - Creative Direstor in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Creative Direstor in Dallas, TX

    Pros

    The name opened many doors

    Cons

    Very segmented in terms of territory. A person has to be comfortable working in a silo

    Advice to Management

    provide more feedback


  4. Helpful (2)

    "JWT Specialized Communications -- not worth the stress."

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    Current Employee - Prefer Not to Say
    Current Employee - Prefer Not to Say
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The benefits are very good and the company pays for most of them. Compensation is not great, but isn't unreasonably low. The people I worked with are wonderful folks -- very good people, if not the most experienced advertising pros. The attitude toward work/life balance is positive -- if you have a legitimate need for personal time, you'll probably get it. No one is looking over your shoulder to make sure you do your work -- they expect pros to be pros. Environment is casual and friendly (among coworkers, not management). Other offices are usually available to help in a pinch.

    Cons

    The working atmosphere is currently infused with fear and secrecy. Employees don't know what's going on and management tries to keep it that way. Recent layoffs and office closings were not addressed until an industry blog publicized them -- and then the attitude from management was "deal with it." Senior management is removed from regional goings on -- most have no clue about day-to-day activities. Management has no loyalty toward employees, yet expects absolute loyalty in return. There's a salary freeze and no relief in sight. Layoffs have resulted in overwork. The IT department makes no secret of monitoring computer activity -- even without reason.

    Advice to Management

    Tell people what's going on -- honestly. If you can't give people raises, at least show you appreciate them in other ways. Refine decentralized, segmented structure -- have a person in each office who actually manages the office. The regional managers have no authority over anyone but account service and the result is a complete lack of coherence. Make an effort to actually get to know the people who work for you and their talents -- you have some wonderful folks working for you and treating them the way you are is ridiculous.


  5. "Great for work life balance"

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and employee award program
    Good locations/offices
    Good systems
    Really nice people to work with

    Cons

    Not forward thinking, lack of resources from creative and technology standpoint
    Lack of strategic thought leadership
    Not necessarily customer focused from a client perspective as well as in support to client facing employees

    Advice to Management

    Make the hard decisions or wrap up into JWT proper.


  6. "interesting experience as intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Brussels (Belgium)
    Former Employee - Intern in Brussels (Belgium)
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    manager really helpful, kind, comprehensive,rewarding and creative, prod teams were really competent,reactive, innovative and jwt dialoog is specialisez in social media

    Cons

    no real opportunities to have a job when u are an intern, no salary for intern status, lake of communication

    Advice to Management

    more communication between business units, more structure need to be done, more investment in pitch or tender offers in order to win big clients


  7. "if you love advertising, you'll love this job"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Media Planner
    Former Employee - Assistant Media Planner
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    it's a fast paced environment with tons of people who enjoy doing what they do. People are fun and exciting

    Cons

    long working hours with super super low pay, feel like being taken advantage of., but advertising industry has always been like this, it goes the same for all other agencies

    Advice to Management

    it'll be better if they focus more on personal growth, instead of team achievement. Personal contribution tend to be omitted

  8. "Great people. So, so management."

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

    Pros

    Very talented people. Depth of knowledge and creativity is amazing.

    Cons

    Management changes direction. No vision.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to listen to the worker bees. Not make decisions based on bottom line only.


  9. "So-so."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Benefits, time off, laid back work environment.

    Cons

    Lack of advancement. Poor senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Quit following what other companies are doing. Become leaders again.