MWWPR Reviews

Updated Jan 23, 2021

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3.2
55%
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MWWPR Founder, Chief Executive Officer Michael W. Kempner (no image)
Michael W. Kempner
93 Ratings
Pros
  • "There are countless positives when thinking about MWWPR(in 17 reviews)

  • "Unlimited PTO time was the best(in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • "There's an opportunity to create more of a conversation between the VP level and the more junior staff(in 13 reviews)

  • "inconsistent expectations of staff dependent on who in senior management they are friends with(in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Enjoyable Experience"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Entry Level in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MWWPR part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice people, versatile agency, given actual work

    Cons

    Not a lot of structure, minimal room to grow

  2. Helpful (3)

    "Working here left me with anxiety, depression and PTSD"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Account Executive 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at MWWPR full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I was fortunate enough to work with a few smart, creative and kind people. And if you can deal with having no work life balance, you get to work on some cool projects with some notable clients.

    Cons

    Besides some of the petty and gossipy members of leadership in all offices, the workload will drive you absolutely insane. You can easily work 12 hour days almost everyday and weekends because you’ll never be able to get your work done during normal business hours or with working overtime during the week. And if you try to leave the office on time each evening, you’ll get dirty looks and people assume you just don’t have enough work to do. When you finally are fed up enough to bring up the workload issue to your manager they will pretend that they will work to lessen your workload (and never do) or tell you to ask for help from other team members (who are also swamped and could never help you). And the best part is that when you’re doing well, they reward you with more accounts/work. When you try to take a vacation, you’re made to feel guilty and most times end up having to do some work or be constantly checking your email or getting calls from your team mates or supervisors. When it comes time for a promotion or a raise for all of your grueling work - forget it. They’ll make up all kinds of excuses to not promote you/give you a raise. In all honestly after working here for a few years, my anxiety was at an all time high. I cried at work at least twice a week and after leaving for a new company, it took me about a year to get rid of the feelings of PTSD I had from working here. Most people are miserable here and they know it and try to give you bagels and pizza parties and “unlimited PTO” to make up for it. If you’re desperate and just starting out in your career, I could see why you might choose this place out of desperation but please please beware.

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  3. "Premier PR firm"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Lawrenceville, NJ

    I have been working at MWWPR full-time

    Pros

    You get work on a variety of areas, very experienced colleagues

    Cons

    Long hours, but that seems typical for this industry.

  4. "This was the worst decision to join this company."

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MWWPR full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They really don't have anything special.

    Cons

    Management is hyper focused on sales. The pressure comes from the CEO. It trickles downward throughout the whole company. Really stressful and bad energy here.

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  5. COVID-19
    Helpful (2)

    "HR Makes False Positive Reviews"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MWWPR full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You can put a large agency experience on your resume

    Cons

    There are almost no pros to working here (besides the "unlimited" PTO, which you can utilize if you like dealing with passive-aggressive senior leadership every time you try to take a day off). Toxic work environment with very little support and lots of fakeness and pettiness among senior staff. They will often try to pit junior staff against each other and rat each other out for small mistakes. My head is constantly spinning because workloads and deliverables are often communicated haphazardly (kind of ironic for a PR/communications firm) and there is no organization or strong leadership. Avoid at all costs. If it weren't for a global crisis and bad job market I wouldn't still be here. However, I have zero job security - MWW has done many furloughs and layoffs, as well as pay cuts throughout the pandemic. Turnover is incredibly fast.

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    "Fake reviews"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Marketing 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at MWWPR full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Leaving, realizing what I really wanted to do

    Cons

    Everything about this company is a nightmare.

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "Entry Level Professional PR Experience"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Account Coordinator 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MWWPR full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Exposure to various client industries and invaluable educational resources.

    Cons

    Minimal to no direct 1-on-1 training.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Big Brands and Big Problems"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Account Team 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MWWPR full-time

    Pros

    Opportunities to work on household brands.

    Cons

    I write this not as an insult but as a warning to prospective employees. By the time I left this job, I dreaded waking up everyday and lost my love for PR. Throughout my tenure, I heard of several employees on toxic teams that were in THERAPY to cope with their job. This should speak volumes about senior management at MWWPR. My experience at this company varied greatly from team to team, and yes there were good teams, but the bad teams and experiences significantly outweighed the good teams. HR is well aware of the issues on certain teams but continues to let senior management getaway with horrid behaviors. Certain senior managers would often gaslight employees, publicly humiliate and berate employees in the middle of the office for all to witness, and toss junior staffers under the bus, even on the tiniest of issues. It was a common scene to see employees leaving the offices of senior managers holding back, or even letting out, tears. Senior management very clearly prioritized dollar signs over the quality of life of their employees. The company talks the talk when it comes to empowering and treating employees well, but it does not walk the walk. PTO was ’unlimited’ but senior managers often shamed and guilted employees who submit PTO and would ignore/dismiss PTO requests until the last possible second or the request passed. Then, while on PTO, you are consistently pestered. You’re expected to be on call and drop whatever you are doing at a moment's notice well into the evenings (past 8 p.m.) and on weekends and holidays, no matter where you are. You will have to sacrifice social outings and personal interests for this job. I could provide plenty more examples about how toxic the culture is at this company, but the above should convey the environment you're likely to experience. I want to stress that not all senior management members behaved this way, but unfortunately, there are too many at this company that do.

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  9. "Lots of growth"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Mid Level 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MWWPR full-time

    Pros

    Really smart people work here, and the company tries to be great and sort of is. You work on big brands and gain great experience if you’re a newby. They also strongly encourage collaboration so you get to work with many others in different business sectors. Generally a wonderful place to grow.

    Cons

    Unfortunately there is some senior leadership that is toxic and doesn’t really do anything. Everyone knows who they are, but nothing gets done about it, which stresses everyone who actually works and makes them want to leave for better opportunities.

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  10. Helpful (4)

    "Good place to learn about PR, both good and bad"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MWWPR full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Junior staff is overall pretty great, some of the more senior people are too - Opportunities to explore different areas of PR / agency work (new biz, digital, research, creative) - Exposure to a variety of clients

    Cons

    - Little to no transparency from executive leadership - Hostile environment with senior team members is pretty common across teams - Employees are overworked to the point of burnout across the board - Junior staff's concerns / issues raised are often overlooked - Pretty poor work-life balance. You'll receive late night/early morning emails that are expected to be addressed immediately (in my time I often had 4/5am calls as well as late nights) - Turnover rate is *high* - The company still owes another former employee and me compensation as of September 2020 that was originally owed in the fall of 2018 (we left in 2019 and have regularly followed up to request this, though these have all been ignored)

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