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The first rule of PR is don't believe your own hype

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

I worked at Waggener Edstrom Communications

Pros

- Some scope for international travel especially the US International projects
- Large agency experience
- Some smart processes
- Get to work with some smart people

Cons

- Leaders need to lead, you would hardly see some of the senior management team in the office much of the time
- Work | life balance
- External image of the agency
- Loss of a number of smart people
- Culture of fear
- You can be better paid elsewhere
- Very American in many ways

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Spend more time in the office. Stop over-promising to clients. Work out what you actually want to be as a business.

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    Waggener Edstrom Asia

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    Current Employee - Digital Media Executive
    Current Employee - Digital Media Executive

    I have been working at Waggener Edstrom Communications

    Pros

    Encourages autonomy and enterprise.
    Capable Director for Studio D Asia that will groom talent.
    Groundbreaking work for emerging digital PR sector.
    Friendly team.
    Culture of excellence.

    Cons

    Constantly changing technological environment.
    At the mercy of emerging communication technologies.
    Lack of breath due to focus on tech clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote more integration between traditional and digital departments.
    In order to maintain market leadership, keep up with competitor news now that others are catching up to digital PR work.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good place to help you define the kind of company you DON'T want to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Waggener Edstrom Communications

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn about the dynamics of large company operations.
    Contact with big-name clients although 90% of that time will be with Microsoft (of course).
    Competitive compensation packages for mid to senior roles.

    Cons

    No work life balance. Expect to work 60-70 hours a week (yes I am serious, that is not a typo) on a regular basis without overtime pay.
    Fairly common to find incompetent managers at all levels who gain positions through favors and politics rather than by experience or competency. Ivory-tower mentality of management, that speaks loudly but takes action very slowly and with poor planning.
    PR applied to its own employees beyond reason.
    Very few opportunities for advancement if you are not a management "pet".
    Little to no diversity of thought is allowed (or more specifically innovation is talked about constantly but the end result is more often lots of the same as before).
    Extremely limited cultural diversity throughout-even for the region.
    Boring offices best termed "call-center" layout depending on region.
    Collaboration is virtually nonexistent throughout teams, often due to everyone being completely over-worked.
    More of an also-ran agency compared to leading companies in the same space.
    Extremely high turnover rate, expect to see up to 50% of your team leave every year. This tends to create an "old veteran" mentality for those that are able to tough it out which then creates specific cliques of "survivors". In other words...why bother getting to know someone if they are likely to not be there in a few months?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more connected to "the little people" that execute the large percentage of work accomplished on the ground. Be more open minded to diverse backgrounds of education and professional experience. Demonstrate through action and less "fluff" talk.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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