Weber Shandwick Reviews

Updated July 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)

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. Great place to start a career

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Interdisciplinary company that values creative thinking from all levels; the client portfolio is second to none; and senior management is quite smart and forward thinking.

    Cons

    I guess this is a pro and a con, but you typically get to do something different every day. Sometimes this means just you aren't busy at all, and other times you have way too much. Comes with the agency territory I suppose. Roles tend to be siloed too, meaning if you are an AE, you really have to wait for SAE to take on those increased responsibilities -- as opposed to being an associate at a smaller firm, where there may be a greater fluctuation in responsibilities in a single role.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. Maybe encourage more cross practice communication, and invest more in retaining young talent.


  2. Internship

    Former Intern - Communications Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Communications Intern in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Creative, dynamic, smart people Top notch clients Exposure to many aspects of the industry in a short time Interns work on multiple accounts, exposing them to a myriad of opportunities An intern who is dedicated and willing to get their hands dirty and put in some elbow grease will leave feeling empowered, understanding the industry at a much deeper level than they did before their internship. It is impressive to have this internship on your resume, since Weber Shandwick is a well-known and respected PR Firm.

    Cons

    They seemed to have a shortage of man power for work loads at times, but this is understandable as the work load also fluctuates based on client needs.


  3. Be prepared to work overtime without pay

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits Employer prioritizes employee satisfaction Freebies such as in-office happy hours, parties, massages, coffee, bagels etc.

    Cons

    Overworked entry level employees Arbitrary salaries for people with similar experience


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  5. thumbs up

    Current Employee - Public Relations Intern
    Current Employee - Public Relations Intern

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

    Pros

    It's a fun company, with big name clients, with real work that makes a difference

    Cons

    not a ton of work life balance - hard to take a day off


  6. Helpful (1)

    Assistant Account Executive

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick

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

    Pros

    fun smart people to work with, learning opps

    Cons

    low pay for work and hours

    Advice to Management

    invest in young talent


  7. Good working environment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Weber Shandwick

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for growth, good work life balance. Lots of support from international network and coworkers. A wealth of information is available to people who would like to learn.

    Cons

    Management was not always completely competent, and seemed to be in their position not because of merit but because of their seniority.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Excellent place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL

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

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

    Pros

    -The people: You will get to work with and observe the work of some of the most creative minds in the industry. Some of the work truly is groundbreaking and you will feel inspired to perform your best. -Management: By and large, management really cares about the employees and does a lot to make you feel happy, balanced and glad to be coming to work. This probably varies by office, but in Chicago Rana was the best GM and cared so much about everyone. -Clients: Big names, big brands, potential for big budgets. Clients really trust Weber and give you a lot of room to truly be creative. -Office: Very cool office setup, although around when I left the office was going through a major space crunch. A good problem to have, though. -CSR: Weber cares very much about service and giving back to the community. -First Fridays: Weber loves to have fun, and the First Fridays happy hour tradition was always something to look forward to.

    Cons

    -Corporate ownership: Being part of IPG can mean lots of red tape and endless policies. It can get a bit bureaucratic. -Review system: Another "perk" of being owned by a corporate parent, reviews are very regimented and there is not a lot of room to move up more quickly than once a year. Same goes for raises. -Overservice: This is a problem all agencies have, but rarely ever was there pushback against a client, no matter how much extra cost we'd have to write off. -Favoritism: When it comes to practice area, consumer tends to be king and gets a lot of attention and leeway, while the smaller practices both get more heavily scrutinized in some areas and ignored in others.

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing the care for your employees - it really shows and we are very grateful for it!


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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consumer Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Consumer Intern in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Weber Shandwick

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of fun, and good intern group. Able to work on several projects.

    Cons

    So many interns, sometimes they can get a bit competitive.


  10. Definitely Recommend

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great people, challenging and creative work, fun and collaborative culture. I think management genuinely cares about employee growth and development, and overall I'd say it's a great place to work.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy and pressure (double digit growth every year) that come with being owned by a publicly traded company, but I'd say that's consistent with most large agencies.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Full time employee

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Smart colleagues, great environment/corporate culture, coffee bar, fun fridays, cool work and great clients

    Cons

    mediocre benefits and below average salary for junior levels, lack of communication between high level managers/execs and junior level employees



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