Waggener Edstrom Communications

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8 people found this helpful  

One of the absolute worst.

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Specialist in Bellevue, WA
Current Employee - Senior Specialist in Bellevue, WA

I have been working at Waggener Edstrom Communications

Pros

Work from home options. Vacation time. Health Benefits. You are able to work with one of the largest clients in the world.

Cons

Too many to list. Management needs a serious reality check. Most senior leadership talks a big game and rarely delivers.Take a look at the failed Studio D project. It was once one of the coolest things about the agency, but management drove it straight into the ground. Truly unfortunate. There are too many hands in the pot at any given time. Recognition is rarely given. If you truly want to start your career off in PR, it's better to go to Weber or Edelman.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Drop the ivory tower attitudes. Cut senior leadership back 50%. Enable your employees to do the best job they can do and recognize the hard work.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Oswego, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Oswego, OR

    I have been working at Waggener Edstrom Communications

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Waggener Edstrom Communications

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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