Weber Shandwick Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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Pros
  • Quite flexible in work life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Agency has great clients, with great activations (in 14 reviews)

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  • Work life balance can be a challenge (in 19 reviews)

  • Long hours and it is sometimes hard to maintain a work-life balance (in 23 reviews)

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  1. Typical Large Agency

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Pros

    Somewhat varied clients, large collaborative teams, opportunity to work on large projects, attempts made at a positive work / life balance. Attempts made at positive work culture and office transparency.

    Cons

    Low pay unless coming from somewhere else or raking in sales. Measly yearly raises unless getting promoted, which can take years. No dedicated sales team or proactive sales person on the staff. Account teams are too focused on asking "how high?" when the client says "jump!". Little thought is given to actually advising the client on a proper strategy or best approach. Most would rather take the large contract and do subpar work then take less and do better work. Lack of truly innovative digital work. Lack of truly innovative digital thinkers. In fact, senior management is often clueless to the changing digital landscape and how to best leverage it. Easy to get "trapped" on a client with no room or opportunity for growth. Lots of old school PR folks in senior positions who don't really know what they are doing, but are too entrenched to get the hook. Despite being a global agency, they make it difficult when pursuing opportunities to transfer to different offices or project teams. Lots of hurdles with little guidance or assistance. Can border on unprofessional at times. Going through a HEAVY brain drain over the last year plus.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on growing the junior staff and bringing in more outside talent. Encourage turnover in the senior ranks. Bring in more innovative thinkers and doers.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Performance and metrics obsessed

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some form of free alcohol on Fridays Occasional product freebies from new clients Funky, chic offices In-house coffee bar

    Cons

    Very thin senior management - usually one or two Executive Vice Presidents running teams of 20+ people. Often seems senior management is playing away on their phones or desktop reading the news, on social media sites or out at client engagements. They sit in a glass perimeter around a football field sized floor of trading-floor style desks where "junior" employees (up to Vice Presidents) are forced to be surveilled 24-7 by senior management. No work/life balance. "Paid time office" aka VACATION is something to take rarely and brag when doing it as if it were an indulgence. Often junior members are denied work days they have accrued or are contractually theirs. They're forced to take vacations around senior members busy schedules leaving "junior staff" to very beginning or tail-end of the year vacation days. Very little client interaction. Senior management keeps chinese walls around prized possession clients. Very little opportunity for junior members to be a part of new business pitches. They're just the work horses doing the data mining and grunt work. Obsessed with logging hours daily and must be 8 hours a day billable meaning NO LUNCH BREAKS. You basically have to account for the time you go to the bathroom as well.

    Advice to Management

    Stop obsessing over clocking hours and "recognizing revenue." If you are so obsessed with profit, let staff scout new business and bring it in themselves. Don't create such hierarchies between practices that they fight to win business from one another and sequester each other. Create clear mandates for staff on how much time they are supposed to be billable and not. The expectation is that we are supposed to be 80-90% billable yet when we work on accounts we get red flagged for going over budget or spending too many hours. If we don't log enough time we're told we're working too quickly. MAKE UP YOUR MINDS OR LET US RUN OUR OWN BOOKS OF BUSINESS.


  3. Revolving Door

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Consumer Public Relations
    Former Intern - Consumer Public Relations
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Weber Shandwick as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The agency itself is a great atmosphere and you are given the chance to work on some big name accounts.

    Cons

    One intern starts each week, one leaves each week and they don't let you work overtime, making it difficult to compete for limited job openings.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management should take the time to nurture interns and not treat them like busy workers.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    director

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    Current Employee - Account Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Pros

    we're building a deck. We have a coffee bar.. other than that i don't know why I stay.

    Cons

    too many emails about sap time entry and not enough about the wins and loses of the business. You don't know what other people do if there not on your team. Office is over crowded we don't even have seats for our interns.

    Advice to Management

    spend less money on sending rich people to nice events in Williamsburg and in France and invest in your mid level management.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Learn a lot, but without help

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, learn a lot working at such a large well-known agency, great brands to work for, leaders in their industry

    Cons

    Difficult to get timely feedback, not a very nurturing place, easy to fall through the cracks


  7. Helpful (1)

    Terrible President

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    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn a ton and work with some of the finest in the field

    Cons

    Tantrums by the North America President and a "Devil Wears Prada" personality. Run!

    Advice to Management

    Change her


  8. lip service

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    large company and there could be better resourcing but teams are unorganized.

    Cons

    politics run the agency, not enough resources despite the size of the agency.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Great work, but at a cost

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Delivers solid work Attracts top talent and brightest minds in the industry Long standing clients Creative

    Cons

    Little to no work-life balance Salary is not up to par Little reward for hard work Top down culture, management is not responsive because everyone is stretched thin

    Advice to Management

    Creativity comes from letting the mind rest and wander to think differently


  10. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Acknowledge your junior level staff as humans


  11. Helpful (3)

    Big aspirations, difficulty on delivery...

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

    Weber Shandwick Response

    Feb 10, 2015 – VP, 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



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