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Helpful (1)

Lots of opportunity for those who work hard and are committed to their career and the overall success of the agency

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  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Oswego, OR
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Oswego, OR
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

Great people, lots of opportunity for advancement, great benefits including 4 weeks paid time off, sabbatical program, innovative and collaborative culture

Cons

Depending on who your manager is and how the leadership of the team values work/life balance, employees can sometime have differing experiences.

Advice to Management

Continue to keep employees in the loop regarding the direction of the company and how the agency is committed to keep employees inspired. Stellar employees need to be reminded that the agency cares about their career and their future.

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  1. Helpful (6)

    an agency that manages its own image very well but struggles with basic business principles

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, nice offices (even though a cube environment), strong and longstanding commitment to community giving (including paid volunteerism), and robust internship program and international exchange program.

    Cons

    Notice the recent rash of positive reviews? They may be true but they are also the product of a PR push for boosting employee satisfaction rankings. This is exactly how WE operates: managing perceptions but not truly addressing the real issues. Employees are either brand new, just graduated interns who cycle through the agency and out in 2 years, or are career stalwarts, long-timers with 15+ years. While moving leaders around to manage fundamentally different departments of the company can often bring new ideas, innovation, and energy, more often it is used as a reward rather than a strategic move in response to a business need. Sometimes decisions are swift (like laying off senior members of IT to bring on entry level help desk reps), and other times leadership is paralyzed, not getting rid of bad managers below them who consistently make bad business decisions because it is easier to ignore them or do nothing.

    Advice to Management

    You are doing many things right, but need to get back to the basics and master those. Business needs to be profitable. Do long-term relationship building with clients; don't just cycle through new accounts. International offices are not for show, they are for business. Make long term strategic goals and stick to them; don't just go through the motions. Bring on external consultants to objectively evaluate leadership, then take their advice. If you get real business leaders in there and you treat the agency as a business instead of a group of friends (some of whom you talk to, others you shun, depending on mood), then you might be surprised at how much real progress and profit is made. Then the story you tell will be the story you live.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Great place to work and grow - definitely not for everyone.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Super interesting work - always a new challenge, never boring. Waggener Edstrom has excellent benefits for employees. I especially appreciate the open-minded health benefits that give access to alternative care. Open to having employees work from home several days a week or even full-time. Some peole have alternate schedules as well, having proven themselves. Love the flexibility. Generous with corporate giving, even offering $ to each employee on request for the charity of their choice.

    Cons

    Feels like what you give is never enough. If you're not giving a minimum of 110% every day, you're slacking, to the point that frenetic activity wins out over deliberate plans. Our senior manager is overly optimistic and sets unattainable business goals, which we struggle to meet. It's de-motivating after a while to never feel truly successful. Work-life balance is hard. For many, the only way to achieve it seems to be to give up on career growth. Sometimes the intense and demanding nature of the work bleeds over, and one becomes intense and demanding (unpleasant) with others inside and outside of work.

    Advice to Management

    Senior managers often seem out of touch with reality of life in the trenches. Pay attention, make it safe to provide feedback, and be open to what people are saying. If people keep saying the same thing, maybe it's true. If we're going to have a bunch of mid-year promotions every year, change to a formal bi-annual review cycle. People feel bad when HR policies don't apply uniformly across the board. Most of our leadership has good judgment, but a couple of teams are clicquish, starting at the top with SVPs and EVPs. Hold them accountable, and make it clear across the board that sorority-style nastiness, favoritism and homogeneity are not the goal. Don't let short-sighted up-and-comers chase away great brains with historical/global perspective. Several great thinkers have been marginalized or let go recently.


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