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Updated February 23, 2017
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  • Good work/life balance for a NYC ad shop (in 26 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Director, Business Development and Marketing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The Georgetown D.C. neighborhood is a fun area to walk around, grab lunch, and have happy hour.

    Cons

    Long hours -- including weekends, inconsiderate expectations, no bonuses or incentives, mass layoffs when accounts are lost, you may be laid off even if you were not on a lost account, poor leadership, no interest in investing in employees, no appreciation for long hours, and executives truly do not care about the company.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Rich experiences in a dynamic environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Working with a top tier marketing agency.
    Lots of different types of projects providing a broad base of experience.
    An agency that values work and results more than title - letting you make your mark.

    Cons

    Little value for work/life balance.


  3. Helpful (11)

    "Nope nope Nope Nope"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Building is clean and quiet and the elevators have never killed anyone yet

    Cons

    You will be coming in as freelance, because they only hire that way. Overall, this means you will be working with people who are desperate for the gig. Raises and bonuses are perpetually frozen so that the head of WPP can get his $1000,000,000 bonus. Even though you did well, you will be told that the network overall lost business somewhere so, sorry, no money for you.

    Wunderman Health is terribly managed and cannot grow beyond the 2-3 accounts they have because of poor leadership. Hardly an AOR, it is a digital first ROI shop. There are no big ideas here, but they talk a lot about data and analytics. Creative is just content. An afterthought.

    You will be brought in as a savior, but you will be micromanaged from above and ignored from below. All credit goes to the top, all blame goes to the bottom. Several of the 12 steps have been missed here, so expect a lot of mean, nasty, co-dependent behavior from management. They will negate everything you try to do, uncut the performance of everyone, and take zero responsibility for destroying your ideas, work, intelligence, looks, feelings in front of others. Then act surprised that your direct reports aren't listening.

    God help you if you are expected to manage people. Everyone knows they only have to answer to one master and it isn't you. Ethically challenged leadership. Easily googled jaw-dropping stuff that would exclude people from having a career elsewhere, but here they have somehow managed to thrive within Wunderman Health. No idea why clients haven't caught on, or why the parent company opens themselves up to having such people on board.

     It is a totally flat org at the whim of 1 or 2 at the top, who are always fighting with and contradicting each other. Prepare to have your work destroyed daily, usually after 5:00 PM the night before it is due to the client. You will last about 3 months as The Savior and then will want to quit. If you stay 6 months or longer it is only because you can't get hired elsewhere and are fine with being micromanaged.

    Wunderman has always been known as "The Last Place Creatives Work" and this is still true, especially in Health. Expect your book to take a major hit here. No big conceptual ideas, just lots of smiling people images and tired graphical styles supporting useless content no one ever looks at and doesn't serve the products well at all. Creative totally is in the service of analytics, which work for huge automotive companies but have zero value for a healthcare product or drug. Pretty much just a boondoggle.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck! Look at why you can't grow your business--it is because you have set up the organization to serve yourselves, not your clients.


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  5. "Wunderman Australia"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Perfectly placed to be part of the evolution of the Wunderman Network from Direct to Digitally Smart

    Cons

    Transition period still ongoing & people can get restless

    Advice to Management

    The right team is in place, now needs to keep going


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Wunderman Seattle"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Woodinville, WA
    Former Employee - Director in Woodinville, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wunderman (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Able to focus on digital and direct marketing projects for good clients. Great colleagues to collaborate with.

    Cons

    no career growth opportunities. Not agile enough to work on project based business model. Too highly dependent on large retainer business.


  7. "Great place to learn and enjoy work, but unlikely to stay long due to limited growth/raise opportunities"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wunderman full-time

    Pros

    Great learning opportunities, lots of energy in the office, colleagues are driven, work life balance is valued. Fun place to work and grow!

    Cons

    No raise/promotion structure, raise can be minimal, not enough diversity, minimal visibility/transparency from leadership team, client base is mostly tech focused (Microsoft, T-Mobile)

    Advice to Management

    provide more transparency and a better structure for raise and promotion opportunities


  8. "Good for experience but not the long haul"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Associate Creative Director in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Associate Creative Director in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wunderman (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun work, interesting people, company parties, chill out room, 2 bathrooms

    Cons

    Long hours, bad client management, lack of client diversity, mostly retained work

    Advice to Management

    Get account managers that will stand up for creative excellence and push creative, Continue to expand client roster, Get more project work, Check in with employees more often, Diversify clientele


  9. "Good people, some disagreement between teams"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people on team, but hard to connect with whole office since it's so big

    Cons

    Tension between account and PM/creative teams


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Drugs, Booze, and Production Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Wunderman (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The party culture
    The free booze
    The friendly atmosphere
    The work is easy
    Basically it's like working in a University Frat/Sorority House. Think "Animal House"

    Cons

    • Management on the Creative side is loose, irreverent, and sporadic. There is a total lack of goal-setting or level planning. Basically the complete diametric opposite of Amazon :)
    • There is an extremely low bar for creative work in this office. The focus is on production work (re-sizing, sms messages, etc), although the Senior Management parades the company as the most creative and talented agency in Seattle.
    • The Account and Finance Team leads the Creative.
    • The Creative and Design Dept is brought in at the last minute, rather than being briefed at the onset of the projects
    • Co-workers are often drunk or high, during work hours. This can be kinda fun, and funny, but can also be a detriment to getting work done during business hours.


  11. "Account Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wunderman full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Worked in the Chicago office. Lots of resources. Great creative and account services team.

    Cons

    Not a lot of support to our office from other WPP offices.



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