Waggener Edstrom Communications

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Current Employee - Vice President
Current Employee - Vice President

I have been working at Waggener Edstrom Communications full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

Great place to start a career. Waggener puts a lot of effort into developing their employees. Mid-level employees work with very senior level clients.

Good benefits.

Cons

Hard to break past the mid-career mark. Limited client base results in limited opportunities. Haven't been able to break into more avanced marketing that can add value to existing services such as analytics, mktg automation, and social marketing. Stuck in media relations. Core digital team left a few years ago.

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Really great and maddeningly frustrating at the same time.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Waggener Edstrom Communications full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Earnest company with high standards and desire to be great. Many good intentions and a genuine desire to make change in the world through communications.
    Genuinely caring of employees, even if it may not always feel that way.
    Some STELLAR people here and if you work for the right ones, you will learn more than you ever thought possible. Someone should write a book about how this company has sustained the Microsoft relationship so long. It's definitely not because Microsoft has low standards!
    You can do some of the best PR work in the world here, if you're lucky.

    Cons

    -Young, beautiful women who are tough as nails are the ones who seem to excel here. There can be a highly personalized and judgmental dynamic among these sr leaders. (Except overseas, where the leadership tends to be male, and I think it is harder for women to achieve sr positions.)
    -Client management trumps people management. This means that some who have lacked people management skills are retained because they know how to manage clients. This can cause the company to appear out of integrity with itself.
    -Microsoft centricity leads some of the senior people to think that Microsoft way=PR; and so many sr managers have worked only on Microsoft that they see the world through this prism. As a result some of the agency's managers do not know what they don't know. For example, WE has consistently failed to muster a respectable effort around consumer or integrated communications. Or field a NY office.
    -Fear of failure/fear of losing a client is the driving force here, which accounts for high high standards and amazing work product; while also being a crush on creativity.
    -The agency has an idealized self-image, and sometimes this is impossible to live up to. In some ways it is too hard on itself--and this results in the feeling of it not being transparent.
    -It is sad to see some of the talented people in the digital, research and measurement teams let go or leave because the company is too driven by "retain at all costs" vs "risk to grow," or not knowledgeable enough to really guide them. In some cases, the company did not even truly understand what they were losing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With respect, the most sr leadership team needs to have some decisive new blood and probably a retirement or two. WE could use a president who is a PR rock star and reshapes the company. Recognize how sr managers are expected to pass a subjective conformity test, and how that is a hindrance to allowing your company to be changed by them. Place bigger bets and be more patient on the new things. Polish the image less and be vulnerable to your employees and let them help you more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    People Jumping a Sinking Ship

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Idea of 4 weeks vacation, paying mobile and internet data, nice offices

    Cons

    1. Zero Work Life Balance: With paying for your internet/mobile, you are expected to be on call 24/7. The 4 week vacation is a bit of a myth - I and others on my team were asked to work during previously scheduled PTO and while sick.

    2. No management oversight: If your manager has no management skills, don't expect that it will be corrected. You have to move teams to find someone better. Company def. operates by the Peter Principle.

    3. HUGE turnover - brightest people are leaving to greener pastures.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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