- Work/Life Balance
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
- Comp & Benefits
- Senior Management
The Georgetown D.C. neighborhood is a fun area to walk around, grab lunch, and have happy hour.
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.
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.
Little value for work/life balance.
Building is clean and quiet and the elevators have never killed anyone yet
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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Perfectly placed to be part of the evolution of the Wunderman Network from Direct to Digitally Smart
Transition period still ongoing & people can get restless
Advice to Management
The right team is in place, now needs to keep going
I worked at Wunderman (More than 8 years)
Able to focus on digital and direct marketing projects for good clients. Great colleagues to collaborate with.
no career growth opportunities. Not agile enough to work on project based business model. Too highly dependent on large retainer business.
I have been working at Wunderman full-time
Great learning opportunities, lots of energy in the office, colleagues are driven, work life balance is valued. Fun place to work and grow!
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
I worked at Wunderman (More than a year)
Fun work, interesting people, company parties, chill out room, 2 bathrooms
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
Good people on team, but hard to connect with whole office since it's so big
Tension between account and PM/creative teams
I worked at Wunderman (More than 3 years)
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"
• 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.
I worked at Wunderman full-time (More than 8 years)
Worked in the Chicago office. Lots of resources. Great creative and account services team.
Not a lot of support to our office from other WPP offices.
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