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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    Their grass is not as green as they would like you to think.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Dallas, TX

    ProsPeople except for the top management.

    ConsTop management does not respect the low people.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe nicer to people under you.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to grow

    Digital Associate (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    Pros-You get to work with a lot of smart and talented people
    -It's a growing company with a lot of potential
    -There are a lot of opportunities across the network to grow yourself professionally
    -Entrepreneurial atmosphere
    -Excellent client roster

    Cons-Upper management tends to be extremely busy, so it can be tough to get face time with them
    -There isn't much in the way of corporate structure on the digital side
    -The digital team is still struggling to identify their niche, but they seem to be getting close
    -The hours can be long
    -Salary tends to be on the lower side

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou have all of the components to make a really strong team. The group's recent hires are instrumental in bringing structure to the company; however, you should make sure that structure doesn't replace the one-on-one guidance that you often preach. Makes sure that you're listening to your employees as some of them have been working extraordinarily hard and they may not feel like they are appreciated.

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

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    Great agency, great opportunities.

    Account Supervisor (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsStrong agency with a great client roster.

    ConsPoor compensation. Not the best work-life balance. Same as any agency.

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

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    Terrible place to start a career; perfect place if you're in the middle of one and ready to start phoning it in

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    Pros- All the resources you'll ever need to do your job well.
    - Senior management are very personable and approachable.
    - Strong tech/IT backbone. You can really tell that those who actually possess tangible/technical skills are great at what they do.
    - Benefits are solid.
    - Sweet perks. There's a party practically every other week, and you'll have free food thrown your way even more often than that.

    Cons- Pay doesn't quite cover the damage done to your work/life balance.
    - Opportunities for advancement are completely reliant on budget and politics rather than merit or enthusiasm. Your above-and-beyond hard work can be completely overlooked while the slackers and drones schmooze their way to the top.
    - Full of people who have a poor/non-existent understanding of modern internet tools and therefore rely on interns and AAE's to execute those strategies without any oversight or accountability.
    - Even the "digital strategists" are unfriendly, poor communicators and a massive pain to work with. Have a great idea for a campaign? Tough luck.
    - Your experience ends up being a complete luck of the draw. Some teams are great to be on while others are a nightmare (due to your colleagues, not the client).

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of all the middle management. The biggest problem with PR agencies at the moment is that the bottleneck for lower-level positions is so tight that the talent needed to tackle 21st century PR challenges isn't being snatched up. Meanwhile, upper and mid-level PR "professionals" are increasingly jaded, out of touch and marginalized when it comes to their skill set. Here's looking at you, VP's and groups managers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Environment

    Intern (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsVery comfortable and laid back work environment, every employee seems to be happy with what they are doing on a day to day basis. Lots of interaction with executives, even as an intern. Everyone's voice is heard and other employees are more than willing to share their expertise.

    ConsWork was based on what clients needed, so sometimes the work day could be very slow.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up and continue with the interactions of everyone in the office.

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

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    Summer Intern (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGreat experience, great work environment, friendly employees.

    ConsNothing negative to say, Overall great experience.

    Advice to Senior ManagementN/A

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    Collaborative & Customer Focused Company

    Senior Account Executive (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsVery collaborative company with solid credentials in all practice areas--healthcare, technology, public affairs, consumer and of course digital which has amazing talent and creds. Senior team is committed to the company's success and that of its employees. Excellent clients.

    ConsCannot think of any downside except better compensation although everyone says that. Build a greater presence in the marketplace.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work.

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

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    Overall, pretty good experience

    Account Manager (Former Employee)
    Minneapolis, MN

    ProsDiverse clientele, exciting projects, great benefits, fun atmosphere - always a reason to celebrate something.

    ConsPromotions were given to managers "friends" not really qualified for the position. Volume of work was unmanageable. Not a lot of room for advancement.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Exciting and full of life atmosphere

    IT Support (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThis environment is very vibrant and full of life. Has a strong individuality towards workers and growth potential. Everyone is very helpful.

    ConsI haven't experience any at this time.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Incredibly talented group of dedicated, hard working professionals.

    Vice President (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsTop notch talent, focused on results.

    ConsUsually very fast paced, but occasionally can seem a bit bureaucratic.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue recruiting and retaining top talent.

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

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