Waggener Edstrom Communications

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Helpful (1)

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. 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.

  2. Helpful (1)

    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.

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