Weber Shandwick Reviews

Updated August 2, 2014
Updated August 2, 2014
174 Reviews

3.4
174 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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

  • Collaborative office; phenomenal resources; good work-life balance (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is definitely tough - but that also comes with the industry (in 16 reviews)

  • The work/life balance tends to shift to the work side of the scale, so be prepared for long hours (in 22 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Low Pay and Poor Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Pros

    Great clients
    Travel opportunities
    Fun work environment
    Good benefits package

    Cons

    Extremely low pay for the work/hours
    No work/life balance
    Poor management
    Incompetent employees remain and are promoted
    Management plays favorites; favorites are not necessarily the most talented or hard working

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat the smart, hardworking employees well and pay them fairly
    Don't just promote incompetent employees because you don't know what to do with them

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Okay Place to Work

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

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Work load/life balance seems reasonable depending on what accounts you are on, smart people. Great about letting you head out to a doc appt., etc.
    Agency is buttoned up and there are a lot of resources available to the teams.
    Competitive salaries.

    Cons

    Junior staff act more like admins and are not given a lot of opportunity, so there is a lot of turnover there. A lot of higher level employees tend to micro manage and get stuck in the day to day. There are also a lot of people who have been here for a long time so it tends be be cliquey and new people never feel like they fit. SVPs are super busy and don't have enough time to really act as mentors to the people they manage.

    You also tend to work on what's available, and the agency does not take in to account your interests.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make checking in with direct reports more frequent and more of a priority to reduce turnover. Do a better job of putting account people on businesses they actually were hired to work on.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Director
    Current Employee - Account Director

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Respected in the industry, interesting clients, smart people

    Cons

    Longer hours than others in the industry, little respect for junior staff, poor compensation for expectations, forced camaraderie and a phony atmosphere of support

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the junior staff. In the same breath we are told we are not being billable enough (e.g. that our office isn't hitting its numbers) and that people need to attend the non-billable all-staff meetings rather than doing client work.

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

    Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consumer Intern
    Former Employee - Consumer Intern

    I worked at Weber Shandwick part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Lots of responsibility in Public Relations and Digital Public Relations field. Decent pay for interns and lots of job perks such as out of office activities.

    Cons

    Highly unlikely you will get hired unless you're a favorite of supervisors. Did not have weekly reviews as other interns did with their mentor. Wish Human Resources monitored this more than they did.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more upfront with interns about full-time employment reality

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Nice people and generally progressive strategy

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    People are nice in general
    Strong brand in PR

    Cons

    Territorial behavior
    Compensation has no clarity
    Strategy not articulated with business rigor

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on getting the people equation right - comp should not be a mystery

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Experienced at PR, lacking in creative

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Freelance Graphic Designer  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Freelance Graphic Designer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    consistent work, beautiful office at the pacific design center, inspiring management

    Cons

    very poor work culture
    new branch
    undesirable clients

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great Management leadership

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    The people are very nice and a great first step on the ladder.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great place to start as an intern.

    Cons

    Hourly pay on the low side and long hours.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick

    Pros

    great people to work with

    Cons

    bad salary for living in san francisco

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    provide more guidance for newer employees

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor management, but decent pay

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Digital Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Digital Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    High pay, decent hours, good brands to work with

    Cons

    poor management, poor company infrastructure

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Not bad, but not great.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Web Developer  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Laid back environment
    - Flexible hours...they are not "clock watchers"
    - Free drinks in break room and easy spot to commute to

    Cons

    - Little team interaction. It feels like you are disconnected from the team and you just come in to drone away
    - Low pay
    - Boring environment that feels too corporate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Connect more with your employees. Listen to employee feedback...something that doesn't really happen.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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