Waggener Edstrom Communications Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good people, frustrating culture

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Director in Lake Oswego, OR
    Former Employee - Account Director in Lake Oswego, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Waggener Edstrom Communications full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers, generally well-intentioned leadership, generally good work/life-balance. Decent health benefits, though that was changing as I left the company.

    Cons

    Lots of politics, demanding clients, very limited growth options as you get to the Account Director level - especially in the Portland office. Compensation and benefits kept eroding over the time I was there.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Amazing People; Inconsistent Growth Opportunities

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Waggener Edstrom Communications full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    --The people are intelligent, passionate, and it's a fun work environment. --Great PTO (4 weeks + holidays), a sabbatical program that provides 6 weeks of PTO after 7 years of service, and flexible work schedules (work from home, etc.). --At least on the Microsoft account, if you work hard, have a dedicated manager, and get exposure to the right leaders, you'll be rewarded with promotions. --Interesting variety of client work for those not on the Microsoft account (e.g., Tech, Consumer, Social Innovation, Health Care, etc.) --Transparency among senior leadership about the agency's strategic plan

    Cons

    --Promotions are inconsistent. Though hard work and loyalty pay off for some, it's not a consistent experience for all. This is particularly true depending on what practice group you're in. For instance, promotions on the Microsoft account are somewhat predictable, but in the other practice groups, the "bar" you need to clear is higher and not transparent. --The salaries are not competitive with other large agencies, nor do they offer significant bonuses or profit-sharing. --I'm concerned about the agency's ability to compete long-term. Profitability is low (less than 10%) compared to other agencies of its size; not sure how sustainable this is over the long-haul.


  3. Started as a GREAT place to work then it slowly dwindled

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Analyst in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Waggener Edstrom Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Looks great on the resume. Overall, great Work-Life balance, especially compared to other companies. They really tried to work with you and your schedule. During my time there the senior level execs seemed very transparent, although not sure if that's the same now. At times the work itself can be tedious, but other times it was interesting, especially if you enjoy the tech industry.

    Cons

    Mid-level management could have been more transparent. I enjoyed working there, but due to budget cuts and other reasons the company has gone through some rounds of layoffs. Almost seems like it's a slowly sinking ship. I do hope things improve and they continue to strengthen. Sadly compensation and benefits has suffered over the years.

    Advice to Management

    Stay as transparent as you can. Focus on retaining good quality workforce and not layoff people because they're at the higher salary range. Also promote people who deserve it, not based on seniority.


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  5. Many opportunities and room for growth

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - Competitive salary - Room to grow - Great people

    Cons

    - Little opportunities to provide feedback to management


  6. Helpful (1)

    Smart Employees, Terrible Upper Management, Lots of Politics

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most employees are very talented and bright, tough recruiting standards Great benefits (on paper) Work/life balance is average compared to other agencies

    Cons

    a LOT of office politics and clique-ish behavior among upper management, impossible to advance unless you are chummy with the right people Managers/VPs are very territorial which adds to terrible political atmosphere, talk of teamwork and collaboration is all just talk


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great on paper- bad in practice

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Waggener Edstrom Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits- excellent vacation time, 401k match, casual dress at work, etc. Also, strong female leadership which I think is always refreshing to see as a young professional woman.

    Cons

    While the benefits are great on paper, there is ultimately no work life balance. The only way to get recognition is by working late hours and coming in early- and even then your hard work will only be recognized if you have rubbed elbows with the right managers and clients. This makes it difficult to succeed as there are no clear expectations on what is needed to be promoted and move up within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach- having good benefits is great, but at the end of the day a clear path for success and a healthy office culture is what makes employees happy on a day to day basis.


  8. Awesome place to work, cream of the crop for tech PR

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Waggener Edstrom Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    World class clients, leadership that is really invested in your career development, huge resources to do fun extracurriculars like international office exchanges, team offsites at great restaurants, etc

    Cons

    Can be boring at times

    Advice to Management

    The leadership centralizes business planning at senior levels, rather than making business development and business acumen apart of everyone's responsibilities--makes it so junior stafffers aren't as business savvy as they could be.


  9. Smart and professional team

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Waggener Edstrom Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Smart and creative with ability to spread your wings if you can prove yourself

    Cons

    Can be challenging to sync up if you're not a non-account PR professional + reliance on the largest software company in the area


  10. Good company, but not if you're looking for more well-rounded experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Measurement Associate Analyst
    Former Employee - Measurement Associate Analyst
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Waggener Edstrom Communications full-time

    Pros

    The work environment was very laid back and the vacation/benefits were fantastic. The pay was alright but I have heard of more competitive salaries at other agencies. Very Microsoft focused organization.

    Cons

    When I was at Waggener they kept their departments very boxed off. This meant that if you ended up working as an analyst then there was no way you could get over to the PR side or any other area of the company even if you had relevant experience in the area. This is not a company to work for if you're looking to acquire a lot of different experiences and skill sets. The company itself is okay but your growth opportunities will be very specific and this can hinder you from delving into possible other jobs down the road, especially once you look for roles at other firms where they pride themselves on employees being more well-rounded.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on having more well rounded employees rather than experts who have only one specialty. It's a bad way to grow talent and will ensure that employees will leave to find better opportunities elsewhere where they can gain broader experience.


  11. Serious about work/life balance. Positive impact of external hires.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Waggener Edstrom Communications full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The COO recently asked everyone on our team to take some time to "recharge our batteries" and get serious about taking vacation time, work from home days, early Fridays or whatever it takes to take good care of ourselves and achieve work/ life balance. I've never worked for a company where the leaders actually walk the talk about balance--particularly at the C-suite level--very impressive. Senior leaders here have started to strategically bring in some external hires to the leadership table, which has made a positive impact on strategic planning conversations for our future. They are also very supportive of employee's participation in outside professional organizations, etc. I've been impressed with the level of transparency that the agency as a whole and it's leaders have demonstrated thus far. Benefits here are the best of any job I've ever had. Opportunity to work in another global office for 2 weeks through the Global Exchange program--great way to learn about co-workers half way across the world and learn about another culture. The agency makes investments in team building activities--our entire team chose to do glass blowing this year--which was really cool. I've never worked for a company that took team building so seriously.

    Cons

    Open work environment in the Bellevue office (no walls), can be a challenge for more Introverted types to adjust to--but I just learned to communicate with my co-workers about my needs, and wear my headphones to help block out extra noise. It's a gorgeous office, though.



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