Weber Shandwick

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Weber Shandwick Reviews

Updated February 24, 2015
Updated February 24, 2015
32 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Collaborative office; phenomenal resources; good work-life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Great opportunities to work with great clients (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Work Life balance can be a little crazy at times, but you'll experience that at an agency (in 19 reviews)

  • The work/life balance tends to shift to the work side of the scale, so be prepared for long hours (in 23 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great agency on paper; but a bit too big for its own good

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick

    Pros

    Many activities at the office. Ability to travel/work from other offices

    Cons

    work-life balance non existent. In the NYC office, personal advancement comes, but only if you push and push for change yourself. Everyone is so busy with client work that advancement is not easy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acknowledge your junior level staff as humans

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Big aspirations, difficulty on delivery...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Big notable agency with large clients and great co-workers. Feels like a family and co-workers care about each other. As long as you're not on large accounts, work-life balance is good.

    Cons

    WS global and main offices seem to have all the perks and best opportunities for new business and large clients. Local office management is slightly clueless as how to mentor and grow employees. The office does enough PR to win awards like "Best Places to Work", but execution is really lacking. Perks in my specific office are actually provided by sister agencies and not actually Weber. Upper management is disconnected with staff untill they need you for something. There is rarely proper staffing for large projects and no real tools or resources available to use for audits or new business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make good on the promises and things used to pitch for awards. Spend time with employees to let them know you are actually interested in them as a person and not just as a skill set. Training in mentoring and growing employees is an absolute must for VP and higher positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Weber Shandwick Response

    Feb 10, 2015VP, Digital & Social Marketing

    Thank you for sharing your feedback regarding your time here at Weber Shandwick. We are sorry to read this as this does not align with the experience we strive to give to all employees. Please feel ... More

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    If big agency life is what you want.,...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Weber Shandwick (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Big clients, relentless focus on profit, high profile agency

    Cons

    No work life balance, difficult clients, no one runs the agency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put someone, anyone in charge. The place is run by committee tilted toward CFO crashing toxic atmosphere

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company, Office Was Horrible

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Austin, TX

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great brands
    Great broad team
    Looks great on resume

    Cons

    The local office was terrible. Each office has its own culture so make sure you know what you want from an employer applies to the local office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why do satellite offices get treated like the red headed step child?

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Assistant Account Executive

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick

    Pros

    Big clients, big events, great network

    Cons

    Long hours, poor management, compensation is terrible, treat their low level employees like assistants/admins

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with respect, pay employees what they deserve

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good brands, great results, but an overly political internal environment.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great brands to work on; big, well-funded programs, extremely smart junior and mid-level professional staff. This agency really knows how to hire the best and brightest, especially at the junior/mid levels, and its intern program is superlative.

    Cons

    Lots of internal politics; visible and frequent favoritism in many of the practices. Spent way too much time on nonsense politics. It's an agency that is now driven by cronyism and who you know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out who is really producing value, and who is just talking loud. It might surprise them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Playing favorites

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work life/life integration (not balance). Understanding when family needs to come first.

    Cons

    Many examples of playing favorites when one rule doesn't apply to all in the office. Promotions held off for some while given to others with lower experience, as an example.

  9.  

    Mixed Bag

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Weber Shandwick

    Pros

    - Diligent workforce
    - Insightful at times

    Cons

    - Relies on interns for grunt work
    - Struggles to think outside of the box at times

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wouldn't work here if you're in social media.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    This was my first job out of college and I did build up my skills to an extent.
    My direct manager was great and we had a good relationship.
    Right before I left, I was able to take on a leadership role which really helped in finding other opportunities.

    Cons

    There is a lack of structure and distribution of responsibility. Oftentimes 1 person is doing the job of 5 people, or there are people who don't have enough to do.
    Several people that I worked with were under-qualified for their positions.
    People are either severely underpaid (mostly at the mid and entry level) or grossly overpaid for their qualifications.
    Senior management doesn't have a good grasp on everyone's responsibilities and what the day-to-day work and client management is like.
    Clients are over-serviced due to the PR agency culture, which leads to incredibly long (and thankless) hours. The scope was rarely referenced when clients had one-off requests.
    Senior management completely unprofessional when I put in my notice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much time was spent talking about changes that were going to be made instead of actually making them. Pay more attention to the needs and workload of lower-level employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sweatshop

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Vice President in New York, NY

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting clients and talented co-workers

    Cons

    The harder you work, the more they will rely on you and avoid managing low performers. Turnover has been terrible and those who remain suffer the most. Clients suffer as well. Many broken promises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have the courage to let people go who don't perform and take better care of your top performers. Don't lean on good people until they break.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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