Waggener Edstrom Communications

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Waggener Edstrom Communications Reviews

Updated August 1, 2014
Updated August 1, 2014
152 Reviews
3.2
152 Reviews
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Waggener Edstrom Communications President and CEO Melissa Waggener Zorkin
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • impressive vacation package for all employees and flexible work from home polices for middle/upper management (in 14 reviews)

  • People are nice and smart; Healthcare is good and work/life balance is a priority (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • While the benefits are great on paper, there is ultimately no work life balance (in 23 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.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Waggener Edstrom Communications full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not for everyone, but I've loved it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Waggener Edstrom Communications full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Incredible benefits (4 weeks vacation + holidays!!!) and smart coworkers are my two tops. If you have a good manager, you can really develop your career at Waggener Edstrom.

    Cons

    Conversely, if you have a deadbeat manager (definitely the norm, not the exception), your career growth will be stifled. Company really struggles with knowing how to maximize talent and skills for revenue generation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    "Great company"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Waggener Edstrom Communications full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Waggener Edstrom Communications full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lake Oswego, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Oswego, OR

    I have been working at Waggener Edstrom Communications

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work and grow - definitely not for everyone.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Waggener Edstrom Communications

    Pros

    Super interesting work - always a new challenge, never boring.

    Waggener Edstrom has excellent benefits for employees. I especially appreciate the open-minded health benefits that give access to alternative care.

    Open to having employees work from home several days a week or even full-time. Some peole have alternate schedules as well, having proven themselves. Love the flexibility.

    Generous with corporate giving, even offering $ to each employee on request for the charity of their choice.

    Cons

    Feels like what you give is never enough. If you're not giving a minimum of 110% every day, you're slacking, to the point that frenetic activity wins out over deliberate plans.

    Our senior manager is overly optimistic and sets unattainable business goals, which we struggle to meet. It's de-motivating after a while to never feel truly successful.

    Work-life balance is hard. For many, the only way to achieve it seems to be to give up on career growth.

    Sometimes the intense and demanding nature of the work bleeds over, and one becomes intense and demanding (unpleasant) with others inside and outside of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior managers often seem out of touch with reality of life in the trenches. Pay attention, make it safe to provide feedback, and be open to what people are saying. If people keep saying the same thing, maybe it's true.

    If we're going to have a bunch of mid-year promotions every year, change to a formal bi-annual review cycle. People feel bad when HR policies don't apply uniformly across the board.

    Most of our leadership has good judgment, but a couple of teams are clicquish, starting at the top with SVPs and EVPs. Hold them accountable, and make it clear across the board that sorority-style nastiness, favoritism and homogeneity are not the goal.

    Don't let short-sighted up-and-comers chase away great brains with historical/global perspective. Several great thinkers have been marginalized or let go recently.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    The best place I have ever worked

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Waggener Edstrom Communications

    Pros

    The people I work with are among the smartest I have ever worked with. I have really been able to grow my career here through exciting global work. I have also felt recognized and acknowledged for my hard work on an on-going basis.

    Cons

    This is a very fast paced environment and that can be exhausting at times. The focus on quality and continuous improvement which is one of the best things about working here is also at times one of the things that can contribute to the fatigue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep growing and developing the vision and keep the focus on our great people. Continue to be transparent with communication about our direction and future.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    smart people doing great work for leading clients

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I worked at Waggener Edstrom Communications

    Pros

    great and smart people, global opportunities, leading clients, strong ideas about how PR/strategic communications is evolving and mapping to changes. personal accountability is key if you want to succeed.

    Cons

    long hours, sometimes difficult clients, not all managers are willing to take the time to mentor or communicate as necessary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember to listen to the "worker bees" as they have valuable insight into the needs of clients from a relationship perspective. And while large teams are sometimes necessary, think about how to create better efficiencies within each team -- there is a lot of overlap and unnecessary "reviewing" happening.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Second to None

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Waggener Edstrom Communications

    Pros

    Now more than ever WE is a remarkable place to work. Because it is privately held the company, we feel like we have a significant air cover. If you show up to WE everday and do your best work - YOU will be rewarded. No matter what happens to the economy I feel supported.

    Cons

    WE still has a heavy dose of PR in it's DNA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk the talk, walking the walk. To talk about integration is one thing. To be intergrated is another.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Very Positive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Waggener Edstrom Communications

    Pros

    Great people, professional development opporutunities.

    Cons

    Cubicle environment and opportunity to travel to different offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep employees involved in vision work.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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