I worked here over 10 years ago. The company was at times great when I was there. I ultimately left due to a desire to earn more money and work on a more diverse set of projects. I enjoyed the work, the people and overall my job.
Program / Development Manager (Former Employee) – Dublin, OH – September 13, 2016
The worst firm in Ohio. I do not know why anyone would want to work at WD Partners. I would attempt to be employed by any of the other firms in Columbus, Ohio first. They do not care about employees and will fire you when the project or client relationship ends.
Poor leadership, non competitive pay, senior mgt plans for departure of associates
EXCELENT IN EVERYTHING! Very professional peaple. Every day you learn something new. Management is very organized. Co-workers are very concentrated in their works. The hardest part are if you need somethink you have to be selective finding somebody to help. In your brakes you can play pool or ping-pong!
Sometimes free lunch when you learn in suppliers presentations.
Designer (Former Employee) – USA – January 15, 2015
The first few months were full of excitement. It felt like we were contributing to something then it went downhill fast. We were required to work long hours everyday. There were so many promises made but management had no integrity. We were questioning their competency. There were multiple layoffs that towards the end, you were left to wonder if you will be next on the chopping block. Staff were shuffled around to fill the job from the ones who were laid off. Management and HR told constant lies in order to reassure the staff that were left. HR even had the nerve to say to staff members to be thankful that you still have a job. And do not expect to be paid overtime either. HR told us that to work overtime is voluntary.
They were trying to establish a branding agency within the their well established Architectural, Environmental and Interior Design firm. However they were doing so in a very non-agency/very corporate way with non-creatives leading creative. Several managers lacked any relevant experience within an actual ad or branding agency so the culture was very corporate. This included 15-30 minute production meetings at 9am EVERY DAY. And with projects they typically met 2-3 times a day to review status. More time was spent talking about projects than actually doing the creative work.
They drove out the talented creative team members who were actually able to contribute strong ideas. 3 left in a 2 month period. And they used a creative placement agency to find their talent – a sure sign that this is not a creative culture. The VP of Creative brought in a new and heavily experienced CD from a large, well known agency in town, where he was previously also VP of Creative – the new CD quit after 2 weeks.
If you happened to have read The No A_ _ hole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't, by Robert I. Sutton, you would get it. The inexperienced managers often threw out obnoxious – and ridiculous – comments and feedback; rolled their eyes and gave obnoxious heavy sighs when having discussions. And worst of all, openly reprimand co-workers and would get frustrated and angry for no reason at all (other than their own lack of knowledge and experience). It was almost funny because it was so ridiculous.
I would not recommend this agency for any creative withmore... an agency background, but it is definitely the right place for creatives coming from a corporate creative services team, where this type of behavior seems to be the norm. There is a saying that poor managers kill great companies. That would definitely apply here.less
Architect (Former Employee) – Dublin, OH – April 11, 2012
Company has gone through a number of reorganizations due to poor economy in retail sector. It is strong enough to succeed, but it will take time. You never really get to know your colleagues well, as they move you around A LOT. Keep a box by your desk