Waggener Edstrom Communications

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Waggener Edstrom Communications Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
156 Reviews

3.1
156 Reviews
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Waggener Edstrom Communications President and CEO Melissa Waggener Zorkin
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • impressive vacation package for all employees and flexible work from home polices for middle/upper management (in 13 reviews)

  • The company is very committed to work/life balance (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Zero Work Life Balance: With paying for your internet/mobile, you are expected to be on call 24/7 (in 22 reviews)

  • Long hours and unclear and inconsistencies on expectations for what it takes to keep moving up (in 10 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    I enjoyed Waggener for the first couple of years until I realized how cliquish it really is.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Waggener Edstrom Communications

    Pros

    Great culture and good benefits.

    Cons

    You will not be promoted unless you are part of the clique (the exclusive club of the seniority who controls ALL), no matter what your skills are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Risk averse, error intolerant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Waggener Edstrom Communications full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The company is very committed to work/life balance.

    Cons

    -Too much redundancy means frequently work is not directed toward actual goals, instead focused on filling time
    -Risk averse and error intolerant. This means it's not safe to be creative or do interesting things. The work and products become boring, uninspired and repetitive and it totally saps the confidence from employees. Very disappointing.
    -Benefits and salary increases have steadily gotten worse and worse. Growth is based on schedule, not on performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mistakes and imperfections will always happen when people do interesting, compelling and unique work. It's a natural result of venturing into the unknown. Paying lip service to creativity isn't enough - you need to create a culture that nurtures it. That means you need to make a safe space for occasional errors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Waggener Edstrom is a great company that really puts it people first

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    Current Employee - Office Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Office Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    They offer opportunities for their administrative staff that other companies do not seem to do.

    Cons

    I don't have any at the moment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good experience during early stages of PR career

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Waggener Edstrom Communications

    Pros

    Great training ground for PR, lots of really fun, smart people and its good to work with fortune 500 clients.

    Cons

    Long hours and unclear and inconsistencies on expectations for what it takes to keep moving up. Easy to get burned out and the momentum is hard to maintain as you move up and start a family. Work/life balance is an issue.

  6.  

    A worldwide company with good management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Waggener Edstrom Communications

    Pros

    Opportunities for ones working hard

    Cons

    Old-fashioned model of digital marketing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible Place To Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Waggener Edstrom Communications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    None, this company is horrible. Every negative review on this site is 100% correct. The positive ones are drinking the WE Kool-Aid.

    Cons

    Misguided management, low pay, employees are disposable and not treated well, office politics, passive aggressive co-workers, horrible office environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop making promise that you don't act on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    A culture devoid of new ideas and an unhealthy reliance on one account

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    People are nice and smart; Healthcare is good and work/life balance is a priority.

    Cons

    Leadership is one dimensional, insular and driven by fear of losing business from Microsoft. Relationships between clients and agency staff are dysfunctional. Too many senior people have been there too long and as a result lack external perspective and creativity. Work remains the same year after year which leads to a lot of complaints of boredom and feeling unchallenged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of Redmond and expose yourself to new ideas and modern forms of communication. Shake up leadership with people who have experience beyond navigating Microsoft's politics. Focus on what you do well - tech/business and IR - and stop spinning your wheels on the areas you don't have the talent or expertise.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Awesome experience, but needs stronger leaders

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    Former Employee - ACCOUNT STAFF  in  Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - ACCOUNT STAFF in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Waggener Edstrom Communications full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Having worked at WE for about 7 years, it was a great learning experience in the agency space. The culture was fun and exciting, proud to say who our clients were, and being able to travel to other offices was a highlight of my time there, as well as building and maintaining great partnerships and friends across the company.

    Cons

    Disrespectul leaders. Infrastructure teams not treated with respect. Peers were great, but you can't trust the leaders. They also put leaders in positions without having any experience in the related field they are now managing. Not listening to the employees became an issue. Never had experienced such disrespect as I witnessed during the end. The company had one of the strongest, most tenured teams in the agency and one by one, every original team member left within a year due to the disrespect they faced with their senior leader. It was extremely sad and disappointing to see how some teams were treated. Experts in their field were never seen that way. PR people can run the world there, but with the least amount of actual business experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Can't stress enough how important it is to actually listen to the employees. When you see such turnover on a team in a small amount of time, there's usually a common factor. Don't ignore those issues, it will just get worse. Reach out to those people affected to hear from them. But the execs will never do that. Culture is great because of the people who actually do all the work, not those that will take credit for it and not live up to the core values of the agency. Practice what you preach. Listen, don't ignore.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great learning experience WE really nurtures you as you begin your career.

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    Current Employee - Account Coordinator  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Account Coordinator in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Waggener Edstrom Communications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    As an intern they really pour resources at you and try to develop your skills.
    This is one of the higher paying internships in the area.
    There are so many opportunities to try out new things and work on different teams using different strategies and methods.
    It's a fast paced environment--be prepared for the day to fly by.

    Cons

    The AC packages aren't competitive.
    There is a dearth of creativity at the agency.
    The teams don't interact with each other.
    You can work next to someone for a year and not learn their name.
    WE recruits too heavily among Communications/Marketing backgrounds—as a result many of the employees have a last century mentality. Refer back to the lack of creativity point.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to pull lots of smart people from very diverse backgrounds to breathe some life into everyday brainstorms.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Not for everyone, but I've loved it

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

    I have been working at Waggener Edstrom Communications full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Incredible benefits (4 weeks vacation + holidays!!!) and smart coworkers are my two tops. If you have a good manager, you can really develop your career at Waggener Edstrom.

    Cons

    Conversely, if you have a deadbeat manager (definitely the norm, not the exception), your career growth will be stifled. Company really struggles with knowing how to maximize talent and skills for revenue generation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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