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Those in power don't walk their talk.

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

I worked at Waggener Edstrom Communications full-time (More than a year)

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Wonderful, friendly people. Good work-from-home option. Nice benefits.

Cons

Sorority-based team leadership: you've gotta be "in" with the right leaders to be recognized as a "rock star." Lot of talk from the CEO about "people are our #1 asset," but the long work hours and the lay-offs every year are hallmarks of a place where *clients* matter most and where budgets aren't managed in an upfront, smart way.

Advice to Management

Decide what your core approach really is: PR? Integrated comms? Media relations? Don't say you're transparent: BE transparent. Prioritize other practices as much as you do the Microsoft account.

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  1. Trial by Fire... Demanding and driven

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    Former Employee - Director in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Director in Portland, OR

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    One year at Waggener Edstrom is like a tour of duty in a war zone. Challenging, exciting, great people in a dynamic industry, the best of the best in public relations

    Cons

    Hard, unforgiving culture, with many talented people that are well meaning and dedicated ... a very polifical organization where information is king

    Advice to Management

    Nurture the potential in the good people that are there. Actively encourage learning, even when it comes as the result of a unintentional mistake. Be a little kinder.


  2. Helpful (3)

    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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