Waggener Edstrom Communications

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1 person found this helpful  

Time FLIES by, SO busy 24/7, but it is worth it as I'm lucky to have clients that imrpove the world!

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Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive  in  Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Seattle, WA

I have been working at Waggener Edstrom Communications

Pros

Dedicated to world changing ideas, great salary and friendly workplace, lots of vacation days, at least one flex day per week to work from home

Cons

You feel bad if you work just 9 hours a day, yet you're told not to bill too much time to one client, so it's confusing/frustrating

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Just hire more people so they can work 8 hours a day.

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great grounding in PR; less opportunities/support as you move up the ladder

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    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Waggener Edstrom Communications

    Pros

    Across the board, WaggEd employees are some of the absolute smartest, hardest-working professionals in the industry. Regardless of which account group you work on, the agency does a lot to create opportunities for learning and development, especially for those new to the PR field. If you happen to land on an account with good clients (i.e. those open to new ideas and less interested in heirarchy), even lower levels of account staff can cultivate strong relationships and feel like they "own" projects. If civic engagement and social accountability is important (implementing enviro sustainability policies, allowing employees time to volunteer/take part in their communities, corporate support for charitable giving, etc), Waggener Edstrom does a fantastic job. As long as you're vocal about how you want to ensure your work/life balance, most of the time managers and leadership can accomodate. A lot of cool things have been done lately to build up digital/social media and integrated communications (PR, marketing, advertising, etc) expertise across all agency roles, so there are many opportunities to grow beyond typical PR job descriptions.

    Cons

    Making the transition from entry-level employee to longtime "lifer" is difficult--there's a big dropoff of retention among those with 2-5 years of experience. The promotion cycle slows down moving people into account team "lead" levels (i.e. account manager through VP, and sometimes SAE), and many times individuals are promoted based on a single trait (client service) rather than demonstrating a full range of good managerial skills (leadership, looking out for subordinates, committment to creativity and improvement, etc.). Many times decisions are made that put the agency and its people a distant second to client wants/needs/demands--especially on the Microsoft account--so employees can end up feeling like they get stuck without a voice. Salaries aren't terrible for an agency but when people aren't getting the projects, opportunities or work/life balance they want, it's really hard to pass up better offers from competitors or go into a different aspect of the communications discipline. It IS possible to change teams if you're getting burned out, but there isn't a lot of support/information shared about how that will impact your career growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Leads need to make a committment to their own continuing education efforts and those of their employees. This should be clearly spelled out to clients so they understand they won't get the best of their agency if time for training, workshops or whatever isn't prioritized.
    -Fix Studio D's abiltiy to execute on projects (more workers, less fancy titles) or else stop pushing digital ideas on clients. If there aren't resources to actually do the work we're selling to clients, it just adds unnecessary frustration and blame.
    -Identify managers who've experienced a high turnover rate with their direct reports and take steps to either improve their skills or change their responsibilties.
    -Make team or account changes smoother and more effective. If someone is unhappy enough to proactively request a move (as opposed to being recruited), take care to place them somewhere that's a good fit--otherwise they will go from being on the fence to fully dissatisfied.
    -Prioritize Waggener Edstrom employees over clients--ESPECIALLY on the Microsoft account. Excellent client service can be delivered withouth sacrificing the health and happiness of your people.

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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    A good work experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Waggener Edstrom Communications

    Pros

    Great people
    Good compensation
    Work life balance
    Strong ability for growth
    The talent doing the actual work is very high.

    Cons

    Dishonesty at the executive level
    Lots of cat fights
    Lots of Hugs and Half truths
    The digital arm of Waggener Edstrom has not hit a stride

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lots of opportunities are lost by not nurturing cross team collaboration. Spend more time building partnerships with global offices and employees.

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