Weber Shandwick
3.5 of 5 166 reviews
www.webershandwick.com New York, NY 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jul 4, 2014
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3.5 166 reviews

                             

90% Approve of the CEO

Weber Shandwick CEO Andy Polansky

Andy Polansky

(39 ratings)

72% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Great opportunities to work with great clients"
    in 13 reviews
  • "Collaborative office; phenomenal resources; good work-life balance"
    in 7 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work life balance is definitely tough - but that also comes with the industry"
    in 15 reviews
  • "The work/life balance tends to shift to the work side of the scale, so be prepared for long hours"
    in 20 reviews
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    Great Opportunities, Poor Work/Life Balance

    Digital Manager (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsGreat opportunities to work with great clients

    ConsPoor work/life balance
    Management is unorganized

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Innovative firm with all the resources and bureaucracy that comes with a giant company

    Group Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsSmart, strategic, creative colleagues. Great training ground for entry level (but expect to pay in brutal hours and sad salaries). Fun work environment. Interesting clients, often with the budgets to execute solid campaigns. Exciting working for a global firm that is growing at the pace or above the industry.

    ConsLack of work-life balance. Lots of corporate bureaucracy and drama among senior level management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOffer your employees more opportunities to grow with you. Flexible schedules. Lateral mobility across accounts and practice areas.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Work-Life Balance

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsExtremely diverse, smart culture, relaxed environment

    ConsLow compensation for entry-level employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Wonderful Company!

    Account Executive (Current Employee)
    Dallas, TX

    ProsOffice culture, innovative people, perks and various accounts.

    ConsLong hours and it is sometimes hard to maintain a work-life balance.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Talented people, great clients and great work, but limited accountability

    Senior Vice President (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsLeadership is smart, inspiring, friendly, approachable and supportive.
    Really great work coming from very talented staff.
    Rockstars can pave their own way. If you're well-liked, the company will invest your ideas as long as you can show how they build the business.
    Junior folks are very empowered.
    People are mostly treated like adults and management is hands off.

    ConsInfrastructure is messy, under resourced (Finance, HR and IT) and significantly behind the times. It's obvious to everyone and extremely frustrating to navigate.
    Compensation is notoriously low for an agency who's numbers are great. Sadly, this is true for even the strongest employees. Finance makes it very difficult to reward star performers.
    Under performers never seem to go away.
    You have to scream and fight to get anything approved by finance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf everyone is over allocated all the time, burn out is going to happen.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A great place to learn!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsExposure to a lot of companies, project and products.

    ConsThey demand a lot of hours!! Very stressful. Starting pay is not very good.

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    No hierarchy or politics. If you know your stuff, you're empowered.

    Vice President, Digital (Current Employee)

    Pros- Amazingly smart, collaborative and even funny group of ppl to work with
    - Culture starts from the top; Andy, Gail, Jack are not only all wickedly smart and savvy, but very approachable, kind human beings. They meet you once and remember your name, types. Rare to see in such a huge company + from those at such high levels.

    Cons- High performers are counted on quite a bit, while dead weight skates by.
    - Laziness at the most sr. levels can sometimes be evidenced by how much jr. staff end up taking on. Cut these ppl lose. They are toxic to the overall culture.

    Advice to Senior Management- Keep doing what you're doing. Mediaco, Scientific Element, Employee Value Propositioning etc, the Incite -- these are all things that are helping us win.
    - NYC should spend more time in other (smaller) offices so they know they are valued. There tends to be an "us vs. them" mentality b/c NYC is so absorbed in their own office/clients/people and it feels like they forget there is other great work, teams and clients across the globe.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Wouldn't work here if you're in social media.

    (Former Employee)

    ProsThis was my first job out of college and I did build up my skills to an extent.
    My direct manager was great and we had a good relationship.
    Right before I left, I was able to take on a leadership role which really helped in finding other opportunities.

    ConsThere is a lack of structure and distribution of responsibility. Oftentimes 1 person is doing the job of 5 people, or there are people who don't have enough to do.
    Several people that I worked with were under-qualified for their positions.
    People are either severely underpaid (mostly at the mid and entry level) or grossly overpaid for their qualifications.
    Senior management doesn't have a good grasp on everyone's responsibilities and what the day-to-day work and client management is like.
    Clients are over-serviced due to the PR agency culture, which leads to incredibly long (and thankless) hours. The scope was rarely referenced when clients had one-off requests.
    Senior management completely unprofessional when I put in my notice.

    Advice to Senior ManagementToo much time was spent talking about changes that were going to be made instead of actually making them. Pay more attention to the needs and workload of lower-level employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Energetic culture

    Assistant Account Executive (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsLaid back culture, intelligent employees, opportunities for growth, great benefits

    ConsSalary could be more higher, but promotion rate is high

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A good place to work

    Senior Digital Manager (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsA ton of resources internally and at the global level

    ConsLack of culture outside of sporadic happy hours

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