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Updated February 12, 2017
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Pros
  • It's basically grad school for the entertainment industry (in 16 reviews)

  • You will learn a lot and meet some good people along the way (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Very low pay unless you're an agent (in 16 reviews)

  • Salary, long hours, competitive and difficult to advance (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "WME good place to start"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tarzana, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tarzana, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great environment for young people interested in the agency

    Cons

    None while I was there working


  2. "Low pay, long hours"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WME full-time

    Pros

    - fun co-workers
    - good benefits

    Cons

    - long hours
    - agents take advantage of assistants
    - low pay
    - agents treat their assistants terrible


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good company to start career at"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at WME full-time

    Pros

    - Given a lot of responsibility
    - Work with celebrities
    - Good to have on resume
    - All company lunch on Friday's

    Cons

    - Long hours
    - Low pay
    - Difficult to move up within the company
    - Pay your dues
    - Traditional way of running a company

    Advice to Management

    - Higher pay
    - Stock options
    - Incentive to stay at company


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  5. "Pros and cons"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at WME full-time

    Pros

    You will learn a lot and meet some good people along the way. Great access to interesting information and concerts

    Cons

    Culture can be degrading and frustrating from higher ups. Not a great work life balance. Pay is on the low end but manageable.

    Advice to Management

    Show more appreciation for assistants who are working long hours to help get the job done. Behavior exhibited by some agents was unacceptable and not acknowledged by management.


  6. "Great experience, zero money"

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    Former Employee - Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There's huge potential to learn a lot, and it's never slow so you better like to be busy. Personalities are all over the map so you're bound to find a few people to be close with.

    Cons

    You will not make enough money to live in New York, so you better come from a rich family with property in the city (like most of the assistants) or expect to live with many roommates.

    Advice to Management

    Do more to keep good employees at the company. Many people leave after 1 year because they can't afford to live, so you're left with a bunch of entitled brats who don't want to work or care about the company. Good luck with that.


  7. "Great place to learn, difficult to sustain"

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    Former Employee - Assistant
    Former Employee - Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are plenty of opportunities to challenge yourself, and to observe/learn from some of the best in the industry. Lots of learning potential and probably the best place to get a foot in the door in entertainment. If you really put in the effort there is a lot of space for new ideas and creativity, and assistants are often encouraged to engage in the creative process.

    Cons

    The hierarchical structure of the company can be pretty demeaning. There's a lot that needs to be reevaluated in terms of how lower level employees are treated versus how much of the work they do (read: a lot) - and definitely in regards to how they're compensated. Low pay and steadily decreasing benefits can make it difficult to maintain.

    Advice to Management

    Practice and instill more faith in the employees. Listen to them more and take action.


  8. "necessary evil"

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    Former Employee - Assistant
    Former Employee - Assistant

    I worked at WME (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you're looking to get your start in the entertainment industry, you have to go to an agency -- and WME is the best one out there. It's like grad school for entertainment.

    Cons

    Everything you have heard about the entertainment industry/treatment of employees is true.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "HR is a disgrace"

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coordinators are very friendly and good listeners but ineffective

    Cons

    HR should be ashamed of themselves for the behavior of their executive team.
    No empathy, no follow through, only care about covering their bases.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of the employees, actually take action when execs are out of line


  10. "Not for Me, But Not Terrible"

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

    I worked at WME (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.


  11. "Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Organized and efficient company. Treats it's employees well.

    Cons

    Very hard to get a foot in the door.



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