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Wieden And Kennedy Reviews

Updated March 7, 2019
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Pros
  • "K, you are ready to do the very best work of your life" (in 8 reviews)

  • "work with great people and great brands" (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "Need to improve Work/life balance" (in 13 reviews)

  • "You work some long hours; but, that's a given in the industry" (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Just a Great Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wieden And Kennedy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Wonderful people, warm environment, some of the closest friendships I've ever had.
    -Really interesting work opportunities, great brands to work on (some duds, but y'know.)
    -kid friendly, dog friendly, generally speaking work/life balance is pretty good if you're high enough on the totem pole and it isn't super bowl season.

    Cons

    -salaries are on the lower end of the spectrum
    -there isn't much growth for low-level employees since the higher level positions aren't going anywhere. A testament to the quality of life at the company, but not good if you're getting started.
    -mentorship isn't common, and the daily workflow doesn't leave much room for it.
    -they tend to hire upper-level people from outside (or freelancers), instead of promoting from within.

    Advice to Management

    please, please look at the talent you have in the building.


  2. "Studio Manager"

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    Former Employee - Studio Manager
    Former Employee - Studio Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wieden And Kennedy full-time

    Pros

    Great Culture, Love the people

    Cons

    Leadership has been turbulant for a few years now

  3. "Good environment and great clients"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wieden And Kennedy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with great brands

    Cons

    Hard to change their mindset for some traditional things


  4. "Excellent place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Motion Graphics Designer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Motion Graphics Designer in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wieden And Kennedy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    W+K offers an exciting creative work environment with a culture that supports taking creative risks. W+K also provides a supportive environment for advancement to those who are self-motivated.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is not explicitly part of the culture or values resulting in very long work hours


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Design"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wieden And Kennedy full-time

    Pros

    Great work and co-workers in past years.

    Cons

    The culture is changing now that W and K have stepped back.


  6. "Head of Design"

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

    I have been working at Wieden And Kennedy full-time

    Pros

    Amazing culture and business opportunities

    Cons

    Old and outdated building, no good food options.


  7. "Very creative company"

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

    I worked at Wieden And Kennedy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Forward thinking and very creative place to work.

    Cons

    Promotions were based on who people liked rather than work done.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Creative Wrangler"

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    Former Employee - Producer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Producer in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wieden And Kennedy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You will make the best friends of your life and work with some of the most talented people. Dogs are everywhere. Perks are so good we called them "golden handcuffs"

    Cons

    Be prepared for layoffs always. They happen almost every year. While they are working on diversity this is still very much a white male driven environment as are almost all advertizing companies.

    Advice to Management

    You need more women and people of color in creative roles. They shouldn't just have to play "mother" to your male creatives


  9. "Cool place, but nothing more"

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    Former Employee - General Ledger Accountant in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - General Ledger Accountant in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wieden And Kennedy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful office, great parties, dog friendly.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for advancement.


  10. "Accounting"

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

    I worked at Wieden And Kennedy full-time

    Pros

    Great People to work with

    Cons

    underpaid, feel separated from the rest of agency