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Updated August 14, 2017
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Pros
  • Great value to work/life balance (in 30 reviews)

  • You get to work with great people on decent accounts (in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is hit or miss (in 18 reviews)

  • Very long hours, consistently short-staffed (in 18 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great experience at an agency that's full of potential"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Strategist in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Strategist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great value to work/life balance
    Appetite for new strategies
    Hungry clients to stay innovative

    Cons

    Sometimes the agency gets in its way of committing to innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Align goals for growth, and enable amazing talent to push the limits.


  2. "Great agency!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I have been working at Wunderman full-time

    Pros

    Welcoming, smart, creative place to work. Everyone is friendly and cares about producing great work.

    Cons

    There can be long hours, but that's true for any agency.

  3. "Get to learn a lot"

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

    I worked at Wunderman full-time

    Pros

    You get to work with a variety of people at the agency

    Cons

    Long hours. You can get to work at 9:30am and leave at 10pm.

    Advice to Management

    Keep beer chair and have more employee recognition


  4. "Senior Account Executive"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great network, Room for growth.

    Cons

    Long hours, frequent shifts.

    Advice to Management

    Generally enjoyed working in my office. It might be nice to try various things outside usual methods time to time.


  5. "Great work environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contract Copy Editor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Contract Copy Editor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Chance to work on cutting edge ad copy and technology with vey talented people. Fun, creative atmosphere -- casual wear is welcomed!

    Cons

    Trying to satisfy conflicting client demands.

    Advice to Management

    Place freelancers/contract editors in the main workspace so there's more/easier interaction with regular staff.


  6. "Account Manger"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wunderman full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Co workers are great, fun culture

    Cons

    Long hours, clients can be a pain


  7. "Project Management Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Project Management Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Project Management Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends

    I worked at Wunderman (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Best internship I have ever had. Great company cultures and supporting mentors. Be prepared to meet with the brightest, smartest, and super fun people. The people I have met there helped me tons with my job search after the duration of my internship.

    They really value their interns and interns get to work on real projects. Challenging but always fun at the same time. If you get offered an internship here, take it! You will learn a tons.

    Cons

    Nothing really. I loved my experiences here even though I have interned for multiple places before.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Run!"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Part of the largest ad agency network, WPP, so you get a certain level of name recognition

    Cons

    They screw you from the get-go:
    They intimidate you when you try to negotiate before you start.
    When they ask you “are you OK with working with pharma?” it is basically asking if you are going to be OK with working with people and tech that are 5-10 years behind times, if you are willing to deal with difficult clients and highly regulated work. Forget creativity.
    On your first day, your job title or your supervisor might change, without any advanced notice.

    Once you are in:
    You will get mass emails telling you to work at least 8 hours a day no matter what, and personal messages enforcing it from the very people who don’t do it (because they think they have earned it).
    You will work with some people who hide their incompetence by sucking up to their superiors.
    If you are hired for your technical expertise, don’t expect to learn much or use any cutting-edge tools.
    When you need to meet with clients/partners out of town, you will be asked to stay with your friends/family so the company does not have to pay for lodging.
    They only believe in free training. Training budget is pretty much non-existent.

    Your career advancement:
    Some will not get their 3% annual raise, and when you ask for it, they act like they forget to consider you.
    Promotions are a myth. They give them to departments that have the highest turnover rate, and otherwise, you have to threaten to leave before you get it. Your superiors will straight up lie to you about advocating for your promotions or raises, because they really have no power.
    You will see them hire people with less experience than you but they get higher level positions.

    Advice to Management

    Get it together
    Don't just create false hype about future business prospects and think that people will stick around


  9. "Associate project manager - good money, long hours"

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    Former Employee - Associate Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Project Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice friendly people, smart creative types, open workspace to engage with senior management. Good money, opportunity for growth and interesting side projects to work on, fun parties around holidays.

    Cons

    Projects that require late nights and weekend work with very little appreciation from management. No holiday bonus. Some supervisors are micro managers. Some unintelligent people in higher ranking positions. Lots of boring, annoying, type A personalities on the Wunderman health side. Management will work you 24 hours a day and lay you off the next day.

    Advice to Management

    Know, understand and appreciate employees that work late nights and weekends. Keep the smart, creative, driven, hard-working employees and lay off the robots.


  10. "Assoc. Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wunderman full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Anyone who isn't part of senior mgmt is awesome. The people really make this office great.

    Cons

    HR! The HR dept has most of the power. The CEO has no backbone and if you want to get ahead in this office, just yell and be really mean to EVERYONE. You'll be an SVP in no time.

    Advice to Management

    Get a backbone. Stop letting HR lead everything.


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