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Great place to learn

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Former Employee - SAE in Bellevue, WA
Former Employee - SAE in Bellevue, WA

I worked at Waggener Edstrom Communications full-time (More than 3 years)

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

I was at WE for just under 4 years and had started out learning the trade. I got a lot of experience, coaching and which has proven invaluable in growing my career. They are a very service oriented company which is a skill set you can take anywhere.

Cons

As you try to climb the ranks, you realize that it's a very political organization. It's hard to advance, even if you have the skills, if you aren't in PR and if you're not in one of the big MSFT groups, like Office or Windows as they have the budget. Long, long hours, lots of stress and very low pay.

Advice to Management

Provide better growth opportunities and pay better.

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    Wonderful people, you'll never stop learning and growing, wish the salaries were more competitive.

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Waggener Edstrom Communications full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The people are incredibly smart and fun to work with, and the agency invests a lot in growing its high performing employees. Very committed to social responsibility and giving back to communities. Solid benefits package. Strong work/life balance. Opportunity to define your career path.

    Cons

    Though the salaries are fairly competitive with other large agencies (especially when you look at the benefits package as a whole), WE salaries aren't competitive with in-house PR roles. The company loses a lot of really great talent because of this.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to your greatest asset, your employees.


  2. Good challenge for long-timers to stay current. Some tendency to overlook experience for "new and hip." It's a balance.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Waggener Edstrom Communications full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for creative thinking abound. Think outside the box, always add one ounce more of value, and you're good. CEO Melissa Waggener is deeply caring and committed to helping others in the world. Good work-life balance - but tends to be in exchange for career advancement. Oft-maligned Studio D team is coming into its own.

    Cons

    PR teams can be very cliquish. Less of this is seen on other businesses. In Portland and Seattle (at least), not a lot of diversity - although this doesn't seem to be intentional. Just hard for people outside the narrow norm to fit in and succeed.

    Advice to Management

    Your people are amazing and care very much. Listen to them, even if what you hear is sometimes painful. Don't shoot the messenger - instead, look in the mirror.


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