Weber Shandwick Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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Pros
  • Quite flexible in work life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Agency has great clients, with great activations (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can be a challenge (in 19 reviews)

  • Long hours and it is sometimes hard to maintain a work-life balance (in 23 reviews)

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  1. Assistant Account Executive

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    Former Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun and great culture, caring coworkers

    Cons

    Stressful, a lot of work

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  2. Helpful (1)

    Unprofessional culture, unwieldy workflow, ungrateful AAE/AEs

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    Former Intern - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Weber Shandwick as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Creative executives are great, friendly people. Only worked overtime a few days. Good chance of getting a full-time offer.

    Cons

    Office hours are 8:30-5:30 and they excuse this by saying interns are supposed to take an hour for lunch, but you're looked down upon if you do, not to mention you're scheduled with enough work to last you more than 9 hours, so taking lunch means you'll fall behind. They won't compensate you for staying in during lunch, though, so you're only being payed for 8 hours of work when you're completing 9. Design team is a joke. The account side at this office doesn't have any respect for designers' time and so you're constantly slammed with deadlines that aren't just difficult to meet, they're actually impossible. Edits are never consolidated, so you're always on call for a nitpick vs. having time to devote to volunteering for another project. You're lucky if you get a "thank you" for completing a project on time and saving an AE's job, but it's a lot more likely that they'll talk to you like you're a child. ACDs are all new hires and really cliquey. Don't expect to get to interface with anyone above AD level (and for what it's worth, they call their junior designers art directors, which is an inaccurate title to say the least). Office culture is wild in an uncomfortable way - heard lots of racist, misogynistic, homophobic remarks, even during meetings. LOTS of serious drinking happens in the office during work hours, and don't anticipate any quiet during the work day.

    Advice to Management

    Weekly intern meetings are a waste of time. Buy JIRA or some other project management software. Teach AEs to work with designers in an efficient, polite manner.


  3. A Great Place to Have on Your Resume, but don't be fooled, it has its flaws

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Weber Shandwick as an intern

    Pros

    WS has every possible resource, great big-name clients, smart and hard-working people and lots of good perks that make working a little easier. People are willing and happy to help you if you ask. There is always something to do ,someone to help and something to learn, you will never be bored. They have a really fantastic intern program that allows interns to learn from each other and get advice from their advisor. Weber Shandwick is well-respected in Chicago and you'll be surrounded by tons of potential new business and big, exciting projects. Weber is on top in terms of innovation, creativity and ground-breaking strategy. Weber is not a company that fumbles, employees perform, perform, and perform some more. You will learn to work ten times harder than you ever have, and push yourself to a new limit. I've learned a ton in a short time. I have fun when I'm not working and actually getting to know coworkers.

    Cons

    As an intern, there's pretty much no leeway for mistakes. Meticulous, type A people will thrive here. Cliques thrive here. Mind-readers thrive here. No one seems to really know one another. The environment is stressful, tight, and obsessed with servicing the client far beyond what they're actually paying for and what is necessary. Definitely a work-or-die environment. Workload is skewed. Some interns are buried under work while others take two hour lunches. My supervisors were ready to rip my head off for the slightest faults which definitely created more stress for me. Most of it was petty and mean-spirited. was more afraid to make mistakes than I was excited to learn. There is no room or space to relax. Most people don't care if you're an intern and just got here, they expect you to work just as smart as full-time employees and do everything perfectly, every time. To step outside of boundaries, there is a lot of red tape you have to cut. Ask permission for everything you want to do and overcommunicate your every action. You don't have that freedom to explore here. Can feel like a cog in a wheel. If you get hired, expect to dedicate your heart, soul and TONS of your outside time into doing the absolute best that you can at your job. It sometimes seems like you are on the clock 24/7 This office isn't diverse and it reflects in some of the general thinking. If they were given a project that needed to target minorities, they would be at a loss. It's almost all-female so make of that what you will.

    Advice to Management

    Relax, practice empathy. Understand that interns are learning as well as doing, give them the freedom to do that. Otherwise, great work, thanks for helping out and teaching when you can.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Terrible President

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    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn a ton and work with some of the finest in the field

    Cons

    Tantrums by the North America President and a "Devil Wears Prada" personality. Run!

    Advice to Management

    Change her


  6. Helpful (2)

    Excellent place to work

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -The people: You will get to work with and observe the work of some of the most creative minds in the industry. Some of the work truly is groundbreaking and you will feel inspired to perform your best. -Management: By and large, management really cares about the employees and does a lot to make you feel happy, balanced and glad to be coming to work. This probably varies by office, but in Chicago Rana was the best GM and cared so much about everyone. -Clients: Big names, big brands, potential for big budgets. Clients really trust Weber and give you a lot of room to truly be creative. -Office: Very cool office setup, although around when I left the office was going through a major space crunch. A good problem to have, though. -CSR: Weber cares very much about service and giving back to the community. -First Fridays: Weber loves to have fun, and the First Fridays happy hour tradition was always something to look forward to.

    Cons

    -Corporate ownership: Being part of IPG can mean lots of red tape and endless policies. It can get a bit bureaucratic. -Review system: Another "perk" of being owned by a corporate parent, reviews are very regimented and there is not a lot of room to move up more quickly than once a year. Same goes for raises. -Overservice: This is a problem all agencies have, but rarely ever was there pushback against a client, no matter how much extra cost we'd have to write off. -Favoritism: When it comes to practice area, consumer tends to be king and gets a lot of attention and leeway, while the smaller practices both get more heavily scrutinized in some areas and ignored in others.

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing the care for your employees - it really shows and we are very grateful for it!


  7. .

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    Former Employee - Consumer Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Consumer Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of fun, and good intern group. Able to work on several projects.

    Cons

    So many interns, sometimes they can get a bit competitive.


  8. Administrative Assistant

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company culture, excellent benefits package

    Cons

    Difficult for administrative assistants to gain a promotion


  9. Great Company

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    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people, great culture and a wealth of opportunities. I've learned so much during my time at Weber and am looking forward to learning more.

    Cons

    Clients are over serviced but the quality of the work is always put first so that is understandable. At times creative concepts put forward outside of the creative department seem to hold less value.

    Advice to Management

    The company is well managed and makes a real effort to cultivate the needs and aspirations of its employees. Continuing to treat its employees as real stakeholders in the future of the company as it grows will preserve it's upward motion.


  10. Brightest in the industry

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    Current Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Access to people shaping the industry

    Cons

    Hard to move up in agency

    Advice to Management

    Be more available


  11. Helpful (1)

    Excellent place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Graphic Design Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Graphic Design Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Weber Shandwick as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent Internship program. Didn't feel like an "intern" but more so an actual team member. Great culture, well structured, projects flowed were scheduled well in advanced, young co-workers, good variety of clients

    Cons

    Work Life balance can be a little crazy at times, but you'll experience that at an agency.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing



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