Waggener Edstrom Communications Reviews

Updated August 16, 2015
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Waggener Edstrom Communications President and CEO Melissa Waggener Zorkin
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Pros
  • You can work from home, flexible schedule (in 16 reviews)

  • The company is very committed to work/life balance (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • no work life balance at all coz your superior will whatsapp you 24/7 (in 25 reviews)

  • Long hours and unclear and inconsistencies on expectations for what it takes to keep moving up (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Great internship program

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great internship program full of growth/development opportunity

    Cons

    No notable cons to report.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Love my job

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Waggener Edstrom Communications full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I've worked here for 3+ years, and I honestly don't have plans to look elsewhere anytime soon. The benefits are great, and the company truly believes in investing in its employees through training courses, etc. Oh yeah, and the people are great too! Very friendly atmosphere.

    Cons

    It's still a service industry, so occasionally you will have to work for difficult clients but Waggener Edstrom provides great support. There are other cons that I'm struggling to think of right now, but nothing outside those of any other job.


  3. Awesome place to work and even better place to have on your resume

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company culture is the perfect mix of hard working and fun! Everyone in the office is supportive and helpful and the kind of person you want to be working next to. The company works with high profile clients making it a wonderful addition to any resume.

    Cons

    A lot of time is spent sitting in front of the computer emailing.


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  5. Current Employee at Waggener Edstrom

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    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Waggener Edstrom Communications full-time

    Pros

    Waggener Edstrom (WE) is a fast-paced, collaborative environment. While the client list is predominately founded in the tech industry, namely Microsoft, there are opportunities to pursue other broader consumer interests. WE employees are super sharp, knowledgeable, hard working, but also fun and emphasize work-life balance. The office takes time to recognize Seattle's Super Bowl run, holidays, volunteering opportunities and working from alternate offices. While work can get busy, managers are very good about providing flexibility during the slower times, including start/end times and working from home. Personally, I love working at a global firm due to the different perspectives and international opportunities and travel that exist. I also really admire the senior staffers. I think an important part of planning for a career at a company is being able to relate to your managers and executives. At WE, I respect and am inspired by those I work with. It's also pretty neat to work at a firm with so many women in leadership positions.

    Cons

    The technology industry is a large part of client work, so keep that in mind when applying. However, there are some more consumer focused clients. In general, teams are somewhat independent of one another, so there isn't always a lot of crossover on account work.

    Advice to Management

    Once you are on a team, it's sometimes a bit involved to move laterally in the company. I'd advise management to emphasize that employees start planning and working with managers early if a team change is of interest.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Strong company to build your skills

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Waggener Edstrom Communications full-time

    Pros

    Extensive learning opportunities, lots of classes available plus volunteering opportunities and really supportive colleagues Excited to see multiple new executive level hires bringing fresh perspectives

    Cons

    Need to continue diversifying the client portfolio

    Advice to Management

    Focus on client acquisition


  7. Excellent company with genuine care and interest for their employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    WE makes a real investment into training, and development sessions are optional and offered several times a month, with engaging speakers and topics. Good people to work with; intelligent, hard-working and passionate (mostly) Great office, powerful and updated technology, and open structure

    Cons

    Glass ceiling for promotions; you will move quickly for awhile, but there is a bottleneck to more senior positions (Sorry for this one) ZERO gender balance. The office is easily 75-25 women to men. Almost all upper management is female. I felt a major disadvantage by being the only male on my team. A very uncomfortable situation to be in.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some dudes. Seriously. There are some inherent gender traits that are in play, and without a more equal balance, you're ignoring the strengths and weaknesses of both genders.


  8. Awesome place to work, cream of the crop for tech PR

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    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Waggener Edstrom Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    World class clients, leadership that is really invested in your career development, huge resources to do fun extracurriculars like international office exchanges, team offsites at great restaurants, etc

    Cons

    Can be boring at times

    Advice to Management

    The leadership centralizes business planning at senior levels, rather than making business development and business acumen apart of everyone's responsibilities--makes it so junior stafffers aren't as business savvy as they could be.


  9. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Waggener Edstrom Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Respects employees -Great people -Good opportunities to move teams within the company should you wish to try a new experience

    Cons

    -Long promotion cycles -Lower pay overall

    Advice to Management

    Consider promoting sooner or increasing base pay for employees on the lower end of the spectrum.


  10. Good challenge for long-timers to stay current. Some tendency to overlook experience for "new and hip." It's a balance.

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Waggener Edstrom Communications full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities for creative thinking abound. Think outside the box, always add one ounce more of value, and you're good. CEO Melissa Waggener is deeply caring and committed to helping others in the world. Good work-life balance - but tends to be in exchange for career advancement. Oft-maligned Studio D team is coming into its own.

    Cons

    PR teams can be very cliquish. Less of this is seen on other businesses. In Portland and Seattle (at least), not a lot of diversity - although this doesn't seem to be intentional. Just hard for people outside the narrow norm to fit in and succeed.

    Advice to Management

    Your people are amazing and care very much. Listen to them, even if what you hear is sometimes painful. Don't shoot the messenger - instead, look in the mirror.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Lots of opportunity for those who work hard and are committed to their career and the overall success of the agency

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Oswego, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Oswego, OR
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, lots of opportunity for advancement, great benefits including 4 weeks paid time off, sabbatical program, innovative and collaborative culture

    Cons

    Depending on who your manager is and how the leadership of the team values work/life balance, employees can sometime have differing experiences.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to keep employees in the loop regarding the direction of the company and how the agency is committed to keep employees inspired. Stellar employees need to be reminded that the agency cares about their career and their future.



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