Waggener Edstrom Communications

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Updated February 27, 2015
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Waggener Edstrom Communications President and CEO Melissa Waggener Zorkin
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  1. Good place to work

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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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good place to start a career. Friendly and creative

    Cons

    Poor progression opps, management lacks direction

  2. Helpful (3)

    Want to work too much for crap salary? That's the place to go

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

    I worked at Waggener Edstrom Communications

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Hmmm difficult one. Private health insurance is ok.

    Cons

    Office politics are atrocious. As an employee you cannot complain about anyone that is even slightly higher than you. On of my former colleagues actually made me cry few times and all I was told by my manager was that it is good too cry sometimes, you know relieves the stress. You get paid poorly, work too much and are not allowed to change anything. There's few people in there who are considered gurus and they are always right. As a junior employee, your suggestions are worthless.

    Advice to Management

    Hello, I know that WE wants to be seen as the new innovative agency. I think it might be time to allow your employees go with their ideas, pay them better and let them leave the office sometimes. That way your staff turnover will be slightly lower.

  3. Wonderful, warm, encouraging, inspiring place

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

    I worked at Waggener Edstrom Communications

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent senior staff, exciting clients, huge opportunities and great perks

    Cons

    Europe becoming a little too male dominating. Shame as the maternal, caring warmth was what gave it such a unique caring culture

    Advice to Management

    Get more senior European women in Europe. Not just transplanting from other territories.

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  5. Loved working for this exciting, dynamic global company. Given lots of opportunities

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    Former Employee - Global Head of Client Development in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Global Head of Client Development in London, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - excellent culture
    - lots of opportunities
    - training is excellent
    - inspirational leadership
    - lots of support

    Cons

    - hard work
    - lots of travel (which is good and bad)

    Advice to Management

    Interesting to note that so much o the EMEA management is now male in what used to be celebrated as a female lead business

  6. Great culture, great people

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

    I have been working at Waggener Edstrom Communications

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Good salary, although best to negotiate hard up front
    - Great social culture, lots of events, outings etc
    - Recognised for your good achievements and work done
    - Really great people

    Cons

    - Senior level employees seem to feel its okay to WFH probably far more than they should, and just come and go

  7. Helpful (2)

    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

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  8. Helpful (2)

    The innovators dilemma

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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

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Waggener Edstrom is an excellent place to start a career in corporate communications. It has some excellent media relations in business media and a number of experienced hands to learn from. The business is part of an international agency and has some good resources and processes.

    Cons

    The business has faced some challenges in recent times, you often dont get to do ground breaking work and many of the client programmes aren't going to change the world. Process can take too much of a role in things and it can suffer from the 'when you are a hammer, every problem looks like a nail' syndrome.

    Advice to Management

    Hard decisions need to be made on the businesses future vision and strategy which needs to move on from the Microsoft heritage. This requires a complete change of mindset: the business is suffering from the innovators dilemma as others such as Edelman and Weber Shandwick have leap-frogged the business.

    A fresh approach ironically would also make the business more attractive to Microsoft who has been transforming its own marketing for a good while.

    Take the business one side and then ask yourselves if this was an enterprise software company and you were McKinsey what would you advise WE to do? Many of the longstanding people who are in the business won't be able to go on the resulting journey with you, and that's OK because being an innovator can be a lonely but ultimately rewarding existence. Loyalty is a valuable thing to have, but taken to excess can be anchor that drags on the business.

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