Waggener Edstrom Communications

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Solid agency - a little heavy on the account staffing though

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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

Pros

The opportunities if you work hard do pay off - you are often given a great deal more responsibility. Which is not always entirely compensated, but does work well on a resume.

Cons

Too much hierarchy and people stay around too long - making it more difficult to truly climb to the top. Also have a slower promotion ladder than other agencies, which makes you more confident in the leadership, but takes longer for you to get promoted.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Slim down some of the accounts - the accounts are a lot heavier on resources than they need to be. The MSFT account could be a lot lighter.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great benefits, fun people, exciting work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Waggener Edstrom Communications

    Pros

    This agency has a really great benefits package and the working conditions are top notch. It's easy to see that Waggener Edstrom realizes that its people are its most important asset. It's easy to advance at Waggener Edstrom if you're smart and willing to work hard. This agency is winning some big-hitting clients lately and the work keeps getting more and more interesting. With the agency growing all around the world, there's even an opportunity to join an "exchange program" to live and work in an office in a different country. Maybe I'll try Singapore.

    Cons

    Be ready to work hard. Even though the work is interesting, you could easily get burned out if you're expecting a cake walk. It's a good thing the agency offers such a generous vacation package for new employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep growing the company around the world. Promote the agency more. If you get the name out there, more of the best and brightest talent will come here and those already here will feel even better about working here.

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Has been getting worse since I got here...

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Lake Oswego, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Lake Oswego, OR

    I have been working at Waggener Edstrom Communications

    Pros

    Some of the best reasons for working at Waggener are also some of the downsides. The experience that you get working on accounts is a definite plus, and will easily transfer to another workplace. Working on Microsoft accounts also helps with the resume, and can open the doors for other opportunities down the line. The benefits are also pretty good, although this is changing and for the worse if you don't have any kids. Waggener also has a lot of in-house resources, such as IMM (Media tracking and measurement service), writing service, and employee education courses, which come in handy. Also, the profit sharing is also a good thing.

    Cons

    Te downside to working at Waggener is that the agency is so entrenched in the Microsoft way of diong things that at times, it feels like it has lost its own soul and identity. There is too much beaurocracy and process, and way too many hoops you have to jump through. The pressure can also be a bit overwhelming, especially when dealing with managers that do not know how to manage. I dont want to paint all the teams this way, but from my experience, managers are spread too thin and are many times not helpful-- and at times even stand in the way-- of gettign work done. I am also not a fan of the long days-- even when youre not in the office, you are connected and expected to respond. It also seems that many managers have developed the Microsoft tendency to not look at what went right, but instead focus on what went wrong. This approach really kills any positive motivation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more flexible, don't over-burden junior staff, provide guidance, and please don't set up your underlings for failure.

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