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WME Agent Assistant Reviews

Updated Sep 26, 2019

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2.7
41%
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4 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "A great company to work for!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Agent Assistant in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WME full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    A great work environment. An incredible group of agents and assistants. A real family environment. The agents really seem to want to help their assistants succeed and vice versa. There is a great team mentality that starts from the top down. Everyday I look forward to coming into work! Two weeks paid vacation to be used anytime, plus another two weeks paid vacation around Christmas/New Years.

    Cons

    Multiple cliques tend to form. If you don't find a way to fit in with some sort of group, it can be difficult. Starting in the mailroom is a great way to form a bond with your fellow mailroom/ticket counts/floater employees. That bond will last throughout your tenure at the company!

    Advice to Management

    Additional and ongoing training for assistants will improve quality of work.

    WME2017-04-20
  2. "Not Great"

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    Former Employee - Agent Assistant in Beverly Hills, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice exposure to every facet in entertainment

    Cons

    Worked long hours and had low pay

    WME2019-09-27
  3. "Not great"

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    Former Employee - Agent Assistant in Beverly Hills, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good connections in entertainment industry

    Cons

    Long hours, poor pay, employees not treated great.

    WME2019-05-29
  4. "High School for Adults"

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    Former Employee - Assistant to Music Agent in Beverly Hills, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some amazing people that work at WME, the ability to go to free concerts, screeenings, and seeing celebrities in the office. If you stay at the company long enough and are lucky enough to have a great boss who cares about you, WME is a great launch pad to another career.

    Cons

    Overworked employees, minimum wage ($15/hr), average benefits, guilt if you do not work 10+ hours.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better, appreciate them, and show that they matter to your company.

    WME2019-03-06
  5. "Build your network and get out"

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    Current Employee - Agent Assistant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredible experience learning from the best agents in the world. Countless networking opportunities Working on and interacting with A list talent

    Cons

    Music division leaders actively suppress assistant growth Highly, highly unlikely to be promoted to agent Really poor pay

    WME2019-01-17
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Not for Me, But Not Terrible"

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    Agent Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at WME for more than a year

    Pros

    The company offered solid benefits, great perks and some pretty terrific learning opportunities. It's an incredibly social job and you truly building a long-lasting camaraderie with your co-workers.

    Cons

    If you start at the bottom (as most people do), a lot of the job is fairly demeaning. It's a very elitist culture, so expect to be stepped upon (and often) as you attempt to slowly climb the ladder. Very low pay unless you're an agent.

    Advice to Management

    I would advise the management to promote a more egalitarian culture and to honor the input/creativity of their younger employees.

    WME2016-07-28
  7. Helpful (6)

    "A Top-Heavy Slaveship"

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    Former Employee - Agent Assistant in Beverly Hills, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The other bright, young people working at WME are the biggest pro, however it becomes sad when all of those bright minds are snuffed out by greedy, stressed, power hungry agents who perpetuate a system of cruelty, illegally low pay, and pledgeship.

    Cons

    Paid less than an entry-level Chipotle employee to work a minimum of 10 hour days at least five days a week, usually 6, with no overtime. In a system that was originally designed for apprenticeship and mentorship, the abuse of power has become so corrupt that I doubt it is ever fixable. For all the good that this company does, it has thrown away billions in high-quality talent that desire to work in a place that treats them like employees, not cannon fodder.

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    Advice to Management

    Though difficult, a complete overhaul of how you treat employees for their first ten years at the company will be legally necessary if you ever dream about having an IPO. While the top agents are making millions to float around with a full schedule of drinks and dinners, their assistants who do the work are struggling to buy tacos after work.

    WME2016-03-31
  8. "Great place to get your foot in the door, but then get out."

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    Former Employee - Assistant to Literary Agent in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This job is a great place to make connections. It's a great young office with lots of people to meet.

    Cons

    The frat house mentality and poor treatment of assistants is hard to stand. You need a thick skin to work here.

    Advice to Management

    Be aware of the harassment of assistants.

    WME2015-09-21
  9. Helpful (1)

    "A Miserable Place to Work with Horrid Ethics"

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    Agent Assistant in Beverly Hills, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at WME

    Pros

    This is known as one of the top places to work in the entertainment industry, so it's a great name to tell your friends and family. Also as a result of this, the other young people slaving away with you there tend to be extremely driven, personable, and intelligent; so the network you gain early on there is very valuable.

    Cons

    Where to begin.. This company abuses its notoriety as a respectable place to work to force overqualified young professionals to work ridiculous hours (and only get paid as if they work 9-5, it is very frowned upon to enter overtime), in jobs that humiliate, degrade, and constantly belittle them. Much like a fraternity's pledge abuse perpetuates because of the "well it was done to me" mentality, stressed and overworked bosses feel the right to treat hard working assistants like the scum of the earth because that's how they were treated years ago. It's a horrid system that drives out great talent, champions those who subject themselves to years (most of the time at least six) of illegal underpayment, and thrives on a reputation that in no way represents what actually happens at the company.

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    Advice to Management

    Unless there is a dramatic shift in the way young professionals are treated at WME (and I don't believe the company could afford to with how it has been doing), this ship will eventually sink. You cannot thrive by driving out endless waves of high quality young talent simply so the older management can sit in their corner offices and be lazy. Good luck!

    WME2015-09-16
  10. "Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Agent Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You learn a ton, you meet amazing people who can become lifelong friends, and you make amazing connections in the entertainment industry.

    Cons

    Long hours, low pay, high stress environment. Very little opportunity for a raise or promotion. Very cutthroat.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the assistants well! They'll come back around to be in charge of things one day...

    WME2015-05-11
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