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WCG Reviews

Updated Sep 18, 2018

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2.6
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37%
Recommend to a Friend
23%
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Aaron Strout
5 Ratings
Pros
  • "Very smart people, cutting edge programs, competitive salaries(in 12 reviews)

  • "Flexibilty to work from home or remotely when necessary(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "For senior level positions, work/life balance is hard to maintain due to high volume of workload(in 11 reviews)

  • "This issue was brought up to senior management multiple times and the reply is that lots of other agencies also have a high turnover rate(in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "The Grass is Not Always Greener"

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    Current Employee - Group Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WCG

    Pros

    What pulled me back to WCG was Jim Weiss, the founder and CEO of W2O Group (WCG, a W20 Group company) whom over the last 14 years has developed a culture based on the same core values that I live by everyday, professionally. Jim is authentic. His approach is transparent. The result is an award-winning set of companies with jaw-dropping talent, who make an impact in the healthcare, technology and consumer global brands’...

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    Cons

    Because I have children, I have to drive and parking is a challenge/costly. The benefits do offset this one con. If you're coming from the city or the South Bay, there's plenty of transportation options.

    WCG2015-02-03
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Get your career started, then leave"

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    Former Employee - Account Associate in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at WCG for less than a year

    Pros

    Incredible hands on experience, great peers, reputable clients, great office culture, if it's your first job the hours are worth the experience.

    Cons

    ZERO work life balance, unrealistic expectations from management

    Advice to Management

    Create a more inclusive environment that does not hinge on people working 80 hours per week. If that's the expectation you want to provide, get comfortable with burnout and low retention.

    WCG2018-09-18
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Agency for Self-starters & Entrepreneurs"

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    Current Employee - Managing Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WCG full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Extremely fast-paced environment with changing priorities to keep ahead of the curve – a great fit for self-starters & entrepreneurs who want to grow into their next position (at the agency or otherwise). Lots of smart people who will challenge you and make you better. Wide variety of capabilities gives you opportunities to learn new skills.

    Cons

    Extremely fast-paced environment with changing priorities to keep ahead of the curve – not a good fit for someone who wants to come in from 9 to 5 and punch the clock with the same job day-after-day.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more time on the internal communications to make sure everyone is rowing in the same direction to maximize the power and focus of all of the talented team members.

    WCG2017-01-26
  4. Helpful (7)

    "Account Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at WCG full-time

    Pros

    Early on, a great place to learn the business of biotech PR

    Cons

    Leadership expected employees to meet the highest of standards, yet they failed in how they treated employees

    WCG2016-07-18
  5. Helpful (13)

    "Clueless CEO and Management Team"

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    Former Employee - Account Director in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They claim to pay above the industry average and there are a handful of smart people who work there, but the latter is true everywhere.

    Cons

    All the smart people end up leaving once they figure out Sr. Management isn't very talented and has no real vision or strategy. Jim, the real CEO. Credit for building something out of nothing, but you are in way over your head now. Maybe the new PE firm will help, but when I left Jim was clueless and surrounded by yes men and women. These management folks would not have the same title or responsibilities anywhere...

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    Advice to Management

    Hope Jim retains control and doesn't fire you like he's fired so many others because the company is incapable of keeping a steady headcount. If you do get let go, get ready for a pay cut and a lesser role. Most of you are sales people in too deep trying to run a business and manage people. Fun while it lasted though!

    WCG2016-07-21
  6. Helpful (19)

    "It's unbelievable companies like this still exist."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Outside of some nice, smart people to work with, there are literally no pros to working for WCG/W2O/Brewlife.

    Cons

    Avoid this company like the PLAGUE. The entire C suite has no clue how to run a large organization effectively. Add to that the fact that they were recently PURCHASED BY A PRIVATE EQUITY FIRM. The PE firm eliminated one of our divisions recently. Several good people were laid off. Now, that's business. It happens. I get it. But the way it was handled goes outside the bounds of not just professional ethics, but simple...

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    Advice to Management

    You're beyond help.

    WCG2016-07-06
  7. Helpful (17)

    "The Lowdown."

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    If you are a very very specific type of person, This place will treat you like a rock star. Also, you will likely learn a lot here.

    Cons

    So here is the low down, getting at the root of all the negative reviews. WCG is a place that builds its professional culture on people being strong individuals who take initiative and be their own advocate. Most people are given a lot of autonomy to forge their own relationships and build their own in-company business; and if you do this effectively, you are rocketed up and touted as a rockstar. Those are the ONLY people...

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    Advice to Management

    Entrepreneurialism is great. Some of those guys are really stellar at what they do. But hunger games level of entrepreneurialism is destructive-- and it is counterproductive to people who would like to work collaboratively and effectively otherwise.

    WCG2016-05-05
  8. "It Depends"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at WCG

    Pros

    Very smart people, cutting edge programs, competitive salaries

    Cons

    Politics, lots of change and ambiguity

    WCG2016-03-30
  9. Helpful (13)

    "Not worth your time! Avoid."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at WCG for more than a year

    Pros

    The money. If you are unhappy enough they will also allow you to work a few of your 12-hour workdays from home.

    Cons

    The work, people, environment: boys' club, treatment of women, promotions, no internal communication, HR is useless, no one makes a decision so the company goes in circles. The worst part is they say this is to encourage everyone to jump in and help. Remember that time in high school or maybe college when you were on a team and no one did the work, talked in circles and you, being the hardworking professional individual...

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    Advice to Management

    None. Any feedback you give will fall on deaf ears. The executive team isn't interested in your advice. They are interested in how much they can get out of you.

    WCG2016-04-25
  10. Helpful (17)

    "It's all true"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everything you've read in these negative reviews is true and I'm sure you are seeing a pattern. I honestly have never seen such great salesmen on a senior level - it's how they duped so many smart people into working here, but then quickly realized they've made a huge mistake. The only pros I could see were that you had company in your misery and that they do pay well for an agency - another tactic to lure talent in to...

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    Cons

    Going back to the great salesmen part, we constantly pulled in new, large, sexy clients because leadership would promise them anything and everything. Then the project would begin and it wouldn't take long for the client to figure out that we couldn't deliver on those promises. This would put staff under tremendous pressure over something they didn't have any say in or control over. If you're not in the club and "one...

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    Advice to Management

    It's time to take a good, hard look at yourselves and what you stand for. People come out of that place traumatized. I would say that you should clean house, but we all know that won't happen. The turnover in your staff and clients is widely known and if you don't reevaluate your existence and grow some morals, you won't be around much longer.

    WCG2016-04-16
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