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Updated September 22, 2017
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Pros
  • It was great to get experience working in the entertainment industry (in 17 reviews)

  • You will learn a lot and meet some good people along the way (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • poor work life balance, low pay, long hours (in 19 reviews)

  • 6 years as an assitant is just not feasible for a high work load- low pay job (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Perfectly good start to the Entertainment inductry"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WME full-time

    Pros

    Unlimited opportunities if you're willing to hustle

    Cons

    Very little mentor-ship, they treat the male assistant better...usual problems that you find in the Entertainment industry


  2. "Intern"

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

    Pros

    great class of interns, learn the entertainment industry from the bottom-up, gain knowledge from the most successful talent agents in the business, networking opportunities every day

    Cons

    not a very structured program, requires a very proactive candidate to find work, little organization

    Advice to Management

    there does not need to be 30 interns for a summer, 15 was enough as is

  3. "Great experience but rough atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WME full-time

    Pros

    Great experience, learned a lot, access to industry heavyweights

    Cons

    Extremely competitive environment, stuffy, huge egos and tempers abound


  4. "Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Assistant in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant in Beverly Hills, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at WME full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great career builder
    - Awesome benefits

    Cons

    - Very cut throat.
    - More of a 3 year internship than an actual job

    Advice to Management

    - Nobody applies to this company and doesn't know what they are asking for. I think as agencies go this is one of the best place to work.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "think grad school and graduate |OR| stick with it if it's your career choice"

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    Current Employee - Assistant in Beverly Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant in Beverly Hills, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at WME full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - You get to know the entertainment biz (music, TV, digital...)
    - You learn to be a TOP assistant (you'll own the basics: phones, calendar, problem solving, common sense, multitasking, prioritizing, staying organized)
    - Lot's of training (they go over phone etiquette, contracts training, software training)
    - Lot's of events you can go to (concerts, shows, events...)
    - You get to work with famous people
    - You learn about what's next and coming up in entertainment before others do
    - From WME it's easier to get a job elsewhere as opposed to vice versa...
    - WME |IMG is HUGE. If you become an agent you have so many resources around you... For example if your client is interested in modeling you can connect them with an agent in the IMG side... or if your client wants to go to a WWE event you set them up since WME represents WWE. The agency and its network just keeps growing.
    - lots of motivation events.they set up lunches with agents where a top agent shares their experience and you can ask questions. there's also the all company meeting which is nice... and the holiday party which is fancy!
    - Summer Friday's (every other Friday is a half day in the summer)
    - Free lunch on Fridays
    - If you can get a floater to cover for you it's rather easy getting a day off. Planned carefully you should be fine... but if you don't anticipate it will be hard to get a Friday off to go to coachella or something...

    Cons

    - sooooo little pay :( Think working in fast food
    - if you fit in with everyone you'll do great! If not, it's a grind
    - do your work well or else! It's so easy to get let go as there are so many others who can replace you...
    - if you're lucky you get a nice boss. Otherwise you can get someone intense and everyday will be a grind and it will tax every ounce of patience and professionalism you've got.
    - depending on the department you're in (music being the most intense) you'll work LOOONG HOURS. However, in the departments other than music, they're limiting each workday to 10 hours. Which means you've gotta work faster and make sure you don't fall behind.
    - office politics. I mean, steer clear of it and you should be fine - right? maybe... good luck.
    - few people make it coordinator and then to agent. I'm putting it as a con because it's so selective. you most likely won't get it unless you're like a total superstar/popular/you've got a perfect work record. But i don't know...


  6. "Assistant Agent"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at WME full-time

    Pros

    Great contacts. Talented people. Hard working environment.

    Cons

    Long long hours for little pay.


  7. "WME"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at WME full-time

    Pros

    Fast paced. Some good people.

    Cons

    Long road to promotion. No guarantees at any level. Low pay

    Advice to Management

    The pay is low and you could get fired at any time.

  8. "cool place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at WME full-time

    Pros

    free friday lunches
    coworkers
    lots of random perks

    Cons

    long hours
    overworked
    underpaid
    everyone is always stressed


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Utterly horrendous. No hyperbole here. This was the worst experience of my life."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at WME full-time

    Pros

    You will be quickly cured of any desire to work in this arena.

    If you're a sociopath, you'll love it and thrive here.

    Cons

    -Despairingly misogynistic.
    -Unnecessary emotional abuse is a constant
    -Out of control egos
    -Pay is ridiculously low for mailroom staff/assistants who are doubly thwarted by constantly being ridiculed
    -I could go on, but do I need to?

    Advice to Management

    This is 2017. Act like it. Stop dissecting every facet of a woman's physique. Stop putting people on desks because they are "gorgeous" and reflect the "look of the company." Stop perpetuating bro culture and encouraging constant competition and ego stroking. Start treating assistants with human decency! And pay them!


  10. "Account Representative"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WME full-time

    Pros

    Great people and an amazing culture. Work hard, play hard attitude

    Cons

    None to mention at the time


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