Waggener Edstrom Communications

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great place to grow skills, especially if you want to work hard.

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Current Employee - Account Director  in  Bellevue, WA
Current Employee - Account Director in Bellevue, WA

I have been working at Waggener Edstrom Communications

Pros

great focus on creativity and thinking through what is next from a public relations standpoint. And with this is a focus on training and educating people, both formally and informally about what they sholuld be doing to keep growing in the art of communications.
new ideas welcome.
good collaboration and information sharing.
There are a ton of very smart people who work here -- and they are willing to pitch in and help. It is not very hard to set up a brainstorm to tackle a problem -- and get really good response, from execs all the way up and down.

Cons

lots of hard work...it's a service industry, which means there can be long hours -- people have to figure out where the boundaries are and then enforce them. There is a lot of talk about work / life balance, and some good programs in place, but at the end there still are clients, and if there is work to get done on a weekend or holiday, it needs to get done. People can set their own limits, but have to be hard core about what they can/can't do. There are times when it is hard to see how decisions get made.

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Keep the focus on talent, not just for people who have been there a while, but those coming up too.

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    World class, high standards, incredible ability to influence major brands and markets

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    Current Employee - Senior Vice President  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Waggener Edstrom Communications

    Pros

    Incredible talent, incredible clients, toughest business problems out there to solve, focus on innovation. There are smart people at every level to learn from. Sincere commitment to changing markets and impacting doing good in the world. Tons of advancement opportunities if you earn them. Successful employees are drivers, curious, proactive, positive, passionate and want to make an impact.

    Cons

    Great clients expect great counsel - always have to be on your game and have a thick skin. But it is well worth it! There is a significant change afoot around re-thinking the way communications happens with emerging digital delivery mechanisms and influence traveling in new ways. Change can be tough, and some people aren't comfortable with the level of dynamism necessary to ride out the change. So that could be tough for some.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on giving back and innovation

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    A longer term employee's perspective of Waggener Edstrom.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Waggener Edstrom Communications

    Pros

    Waggener Edstrom is a strong network of PR and AR professionals. If you're looking to really hone your skills in these areas or just starting out in your career and want to surround yourself with people who focus on your craft everyday, this is the right place to be. Waggener Edstrom also promotes and supports continued learning opportunities both internally at the agency and through external sources. As well, there are opportunities for growth. You'll have to earn these, and be a stand out among your peers more and more as you climb the ladder, but it is possible. If you're a PR/AR professional, this is a great place to check out as part of your search.

    Cons

    During certain seasons, hours can be long. In comparison to working in house, pay is lower. These are the same challenges you'll face at any agency. Culture varies significantly team by team, so ending up in a place that's the right fit for you is crucial.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try harder to be in touch with the challenges your 'front line' account folks face every day. Be faster to respond to issues, and take into consideration how your staff asks that you respond to these issues.

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