Weber Shandwick Reviews

Updated July 22, 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)

Cons
  • 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. Account Supervisor

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick

    Pros

    Culture clients challenge and opportunities

    Cons

    Pay demand burn out structure of accounts


  2. Helpful (2)

    Nice place to visit but I wouldn't want to live here...

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    In its space, Weber Shandwick is respected and well-known. It attracts smart communicators and interesting people from all industries and we work with some of the world's most recognized and respected brands.

    Cons

    The company is a different experience for every employee, depending on practice group, manager, and office. While it is few and far between, there are several employees who work 9 am to 6 pm (i.e. the job for which we're paid--and not handsomely I might add) and get promoted on a regular cycle. Many more however feel mistreated and drained, under paid, mismanaged, and marginalized. If you don't work for the right manager, your life can be hell. If the head of your practice doesn't advocate for raises and promotions and recognition, you're out of luck. Some do. Many don't care about you so long as you do their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the 360 reviews for EVPs because many of them are downright abusive and no one cares o stop them, provided they keep billing hours (quite a lot of which are fraudulent).


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great place to begin your career, but don

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very smart people, hard working teams, great reputation in the advertising industry. Perfect resume builder. Nice office with good coffee perks and they throw awesome holiday parties.

    Cons

    If you're a junior employee here, don't expect to move up fast unless you're male. I hate saying that, but it's very true. They don't negotiate on pay, and one senior manager once said to me verbatim "I promoted someone and got burned, so I'm going to halt promotions for while." How does that make logical sense? They will expect absolute loyalty and for you to 'volunteer' your time, but won't show you the same consideration. During review it has beens said that while you've done excellent, that's to be expected so you will only receive a 'good' performance review. If you want to receive the 'excellent' review, you will need to work a lot of overtime. As you can see the burn out rate is really high and there are periods of mass exodus.

    Advice to Management

    Be better at management, and don't use YOUR mistakes to justify why you're not promoting people.


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  5. Account Supervisor

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Boston, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Weber has a great roster of clients across practices. Many accounts are global and offer the opportunity and to work with your peers across the country. The location is great in downtown Boston and there are great people that work there.

    Cons

    You can get stuck on the same accounts for years, which in some cases can stunt your professional growth. Keep pushing for new opportunities and account exposures.

    Advice to Management

    Take time to development the strengths of each employee - from account management, media relations to creative - everyone brings a unique talent to the table. And not everyone is good at all areas, you should be able to pursue your strengths across accounts.


  6. Digital Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Weber Shandwick as an intern

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Smart colleagues; world leader in industry; good culture; room for advancement and networking. Many of assistant account executives begin as interns -- they prefer to hire entry-level candidates from their internship program.

    Cons

    Not a formally organized program. You will only be as busy as the workload of the office you are at. It is a New York centered practice and the internal politics will make you tear your hair out.

    Advice to Management

    Formally organize an internship training program that is universal to all offices. Assign each intern a reliable mentor and ensure he or she is being supported throughout.


  7. A Great Place to Have on Your Resume, but don't be fooled, it has its flaws

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Weber Shandwick as an intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    WS has every possible resource, great big-name clients, smart and hard-working people and lots of good perks that make working a little easier. People are willing and happy to help you if you ask. There is always something to do ,someone to help and something to learn, you will never be bored. They have a really fantastic intern program that allows interns to learn from each other and get advice from their advisor. Weber Shandwick is well-respected in Chicago and you'll be surrounded by tons of potential new business and big, exciting projects. Weber is on top in terms of innovation, creativity and ground-breaking strategy. Weber is not a company that fumbles, employees perform, perform, and perform some more. You will learn to work ten times harder than you ever have, and push yourself to a new limit. I've learned a ton in a short time. I have fun when I'm not working and actually getting to know coworkers.

    Cons

    As an intern, there's pretty much no leeway for mistakes. Meticulous, type A people will thrive here. Cliques thrive here. Mind-readers thrive here. No one seems to really know one another. The environment is stressful, tight, and obsessed with servicing the client far beyond what they're actually paying for and what is necessary. Definitely a work-or-die environment. Workload is skewed. Some interns are buried under work while others take two hour lunches. My supervisors were ready to rip my head off for the slightest faults which definitely created more stress for me. Most of it was petty and mean-spirited. was more afraid to make mistakes than I was excited to learn. There is no room or space to relax. Most people don't care if you're an intern and just got here, they expect you to work just as smart as full-time employees and do everything perfectly, every time. To step outside of boundaries, there is a lot of red tape you have to cut. Ask permission for everything you want to do and overcommunicate your every action. You don't have that freedom to explore here. Can feel like a cog in a wheel. If you get hired, expect to dedicate your heart, soul and TONS of your outside time into doing the absolute best that you can at your job. It sometimes seems like you are on the clock 24/7 This office isn't diverse and it reflects in some of the general thinking. If they were given a project that needed to target minorities, they would be at a loss. It's almost all-female so make of that what you will.

    Advice to Management

    Relax, practice empathy. Understand that interns are learning as well as doing, give them the freedom to do that. Otherwise, great work, thanks for helping out and teaching when you can.


  8. The Digital team is way too male heavy

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director, Digital in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director, Digital in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Weber leads the industry in female leadership in other ways. Most of practice heads are female and within the PR side of the business, especially on the consumer side, you are bound to see a lot more females than males. But I think that is standard of most PR agencies.

    Cons

    However, the agency has pivoted the last few years to pull digital strategy into everything they do, and yet there are no female leads. Every single office with a digital team is male led and every new hire they bring in, comes in at an SVP+ level, so any chance a woman had of moving up in the company in this practice gets squashed. There is also a pretty bad "bro" culture within the digital team, especially in New York. Women are often relegated to "client relationship lead" because they are viewed as being good at building client relationships vs. their digital acumen. Man of the female have found out they make way less than the guys for doing the same job (often with more responsibility) too, which is off-putting.

    Advice to Management

    Demonstrate to female digital leads they have a path in your company. Many of them are doing the work and keeping accounts, teams afloat without the recognition (or salary) given to their male counterparts.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Account Director

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great people. Young and creative environment. Encourage collaboration and fairness. Friendly and supportive of a strong work-life-balance.

    Cons

    Majority of employees have never worked outside of an agency environment. Lacking strength in basic corporate and international business acumen. Leadership is very passive-aggressive. They do not hold people accountable for poor leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Hire and utilize staff with strong client-side experience, knowledge and strategic business acumen and pay them appropriately. Need to think outside of their comfort zone and be the agency that does not act like an agency.


  10. Great people, but local management needs work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Getting the opportunity to work on Fortune 500 clients Wide range of clients Smart and brilliant colleagues Opportunities to expand skill set

    Cons

    Local management fails to communicate properly to employees Junior staff is overworked Fear of bringing new ideas to the table Obvious favoritism

    Advice to Management

    Local management needs to work on reflecting what New York is doing. People shouldn't be afraid to bring new ideas to the table. Junior staff should be afraid to speak up about ideas and opportunities.


  11. Great experience, but sometimes the work was tedious

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

    I worked at Weber Shandwick

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Being involved in a multitude of different projects, learning about different sectors and companies, working with a variety of clients

    Cons

    PR employees are expected to assume roles that they were not trained for



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