- 5.011 Nov 2023Account DirectorCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearLondon, England
Wiser really does live up to the promises it makes - to combine culture, performance and change the way people think about work. I was pretty sceptical of the bold visions at first but in nearly two years, I’ve need nearly all of these goals achieved. The people here are smart (really smart) but they’re also kind, real and fun to work with. That’s pretty unique.
As with any fast growing company, you need to lean into the pace of change.
- 2.028 Oct 2023Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee, more than 1 year
The people are quite friendly and hard-working and there is a genuine community of people with good intentions. There can also be quick progression.
You're very likely to be overworked and underpaid for the work you do. Work-life balance is not a priority and unless your social life is based within Wiser, it will likely take a big hit. Complaints are often swept under the rug or vaguely addressed by the idea that people who may have these sort complaints are not Wiser or "purple" or 'high-performance' enough. The description of what makes a person Wiser/purple is problematically vague and leaves room for manipulation or pressure to overwork to fit the bill. There is also a preference to hire people who have limited working experience outside of Wiser so they are more easily moulded to the ideal Wiser employee. That is why when people arrive with more experience they often do not enjoy it or leave rather quickly. The quick progression (more of responsibilities than salary) coupled with the limited experience and murky training puts people in leadership positions prematurely.1
- 2.010 Oct 2023Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee, more than 1 year
1. Salary - Please expect to be burnt out to earn this though 2. Career Progression 3. Exposure to high profile clients
1. “Cult-like” culture. You will be hired/disregarded on your ability to be ‘moulded’. 2. They actively recruit inexperienced candidates (with little to no work experience) to inevitably exploit them in the workplace. Anyone who has worked a normal corporate job will spot the red flags within 1-3 days of working here. 3. Employment focused agency … with no HR. 4. They will use your “interview task” to propose ideas to new clients even if you’re not hired. Not the only workplace that do it, but something to note. 5. A working day will easily be 7am to 8pm. Everyone is active on Slack and Whatsapp during these times. They’ll use the term “flexible working” to replace “overworked” 6. Black/brown grad students. Do not lose or change yourself in this environment to fit in. You have value. The job market is rough I understand - but take what you can and plan your next move.5