Wunderman Reviews | Glassdoor

Wunderman Reviews

Updated April 21, 2017
320 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-time Part-time

320 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date

Pros
  • Good work/life balance for a NYC ad shop (in 28 reviews)

  • You get to work with great people on decent accounts (in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is hit or miss (in 19 reviews)

  • Senior management didn't fully understand some of the products they were responsible for (in 16 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent culture, benefits and work-life balance

    Cons

    Data and analytics are in decline -- Wunderman is coasting on its reputation.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "br549"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    great location, flexible time, trust in employees

    Cons

    experience not valued. new ideas not heard. Microsoft client condescending and aloof. management continued to hire duds for VP level who averaged 1 year stays in role... had 5 different managers in 5 years.

    Advice to Management

    hire people who know how to sell. you are in a wonderful location, but aren't hiring talented people.


  3. "Creative Lead"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Creative LEad in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Creative LEad in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    • Did lots of work that got produced. • Interesting clients • Talented co-workers

    Cons

    • Job entailed a lot of long hours and some weekend work. Place was somewhat clicky

    Advice to Management

    Treat your people as a valued resource. (Not saying that I wasn't but it bears repeating.)


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Typical agency experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is actually a work/life balance, but it ebbs/flows as the campaign needs arise. Rarely do you see people working long hours for more than a couple of weeks in a row.

    The people here are really great, which is what everyone says when they say why the don't leave the agency (despite lack of raises/promotions/boring work). Most of the frustrations that people have here would be found an any agency (esp. since the clients create a lot of the discord and that will never change).

    Because the company is fiscally conservative, they often don't have to lay people off immediately because business slows down or an account goes away -- it's a last resort to the leadership team than the first step.

    Great time off benefits and people here are actually supportive of you taking your vacation time and unplugging (unlike a lot of other places).

    Cons

    Below-market compensation overall and then a lack of raises/promotions for years at a time takes its toll on the morale and we're not able to keep good people around. People often take on greater responsibility without the corresponding salary increase. Unfortunately, this is due to leadership decisions outside the Seattle office.

    The work overall can be a bit boring, as most of it seems very tactical in nature.

    Senior management seems a bit out of touch sometimes on what the "real" problems are around the agency, and Wunderman as a whole seems to be struggling with how to define itself as the agency landscape continues to evolve.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "SVP, Group Strategy Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good leadership and talent at the content level (e.g., strategy and creative directors, senior creative and strategy staff)
    Good exposure to big brands

    Cons

    Leadership lacks a clear vision
    Hours too long for the pay
    It's possible to get a bonus/raise, but you need to threaten to quit to do it


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Wunderful place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Wunderman full-time

    Pros

    Sharp people. Exciting client roster. It's great to be a part of meaningful work.

    Cons

    Work life balance is way off. Need to staff up properly.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Not great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance for some must be good because most people seem to leave at 5pm most days.
    They have the nicest, most-efficient IT department ever.

    Cons

    There is a definite absence of structure or process, and no one seems to care. As a result, relationships between teams are confusing and more difficult than they need to be. How the agency sees itself vs. how it clients sees it is not something well-conveyed to anyone on the account or creative side. The absence of strong leadership and ownership for some accounts/departments is frightening...and again, no one seems to notice or care that people are not prepared for the roles they were given.

    Advice to Management

    Find strong leaders who can also manage teams.


  9. "2015-present"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Wunderman full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great time off and flexible work hours with in reason. Good benefits. You get the tools you need when you need them.

    Cons

    merit increase are very slow it they come at all. Most jobs are project based, so if you are hired for a certain project, when that project is cancelled or closed out, you will get fired/layoff. Job security is a constant problem for everyone. inconsistent review system. Very little job promotions.

    Advice to Management

    increase job security, merit increases and a good review system. promote from within before hiring outside. Quite a few individuals would like to move into another department, this should be part of the review cycle.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Sweat Shop"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maple Grove, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maple Grove, MN
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Wunderman (More than a year)

    Pros

    If contracting the pay is good.

    Cons

    Under appreciated, Over worked, sour environment


  11. Helpful (7)

    "Low morale, high turnover and lacking in strong leadership"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very social environment with lots of parties. Most employees say that it's the people that keep them there. Good place to get your feet wet and some experience in the agency world.

    Cons

    No diversity in clients and work. There are some very creative and talented people, but they are not being utilized to their fullest potential.

    No process, training, or on boarding. It seems like management is constantly reinventing the wheel when there's plenty of good, existing processes and tools that can be adopted.

    No clear career path, no raises. The agency is driven by numbers; they don't invest in their people. All the parties just feel like a bandage to boost solidarity.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to make change. You can be a lot more effective than you currently are.


Showing 320 of 357 reviews
Reset Filters