Weber Shandwick

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Weber Shandwick Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
178 Reviews
3.5
178 Reviews
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Weber Shandwick CEO Andy Polansky
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great opportunities to work with great clients (in 14 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 16 reviews)

  • The work/life balance tends to shift to the work side of the scale, so be prepared for long hours (in 22 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A unified corporate culture would make this an even better place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good senior leadership, ambition to be at the forefront of PR and marketing, willing embrace of innovation, a willingness to invest in talent

    Cons

    The absence of a unfiied corporate culture makes the "experience" of Weber Shandwick widly different from office to office. Some offices are meat grinders, while others are as perfect a place to work as you could hope for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Failure or success in culture building will determine whether WS remains a top agency a decade from now.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A great ride

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Firm has a collaborative culture and a strong global network. Creates opportunities to work on interesting assignments across practice areas and geographies. Given depth and breadth of expertise attracts leading clients in different industry sectors.

    Cons

    Must be a self-starter to truly thrive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people faster

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company, inspiring work, fun culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Lots of recognition for great work, promotions
    - If you're good, you can create your own career here -- very entrepreneurial, and new roles being created every day
    - Leaders care about people - people are people, not numbers
    - Fun environment - work hard, play hard

    Cons

    - Takes time to learn the company as a new person
    - Long hours sometimes (as with most client-based agencies), but flexible

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    World-class agency environment that fosters collaboration, growth and transformation

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Pros

    Highly collaborative culture; entrepreneurial spirit; a focus on doing great, high-impact work

    Cons

    Honestly I have nothing negative to share about the company.

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great agency for an internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consumer Public Relations
    Former Employee - Consumer Public Relations

    I worked at Weber Shandwick as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    - Great exposure to major brands/campaigns
    - Lots of hands on experience
    - Great office
    - Friendly coworkers

    Cons

    - The hiring process after the internship is vague. You're never given direct answers as to whether or not you will be hired at the end of it. During each of my reviews, I was given false hope about getting hired permanently.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Growth Potential for only the lucky

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Intern in Boston, MA

    I worked at Weber Shandwick as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Very few, I can't even depend on them to help me find another job after being laid off for reasons beyond my control.

    Cons

    Poor planning and outlook for employees.

    I was hired as a consumer intern and placed on a handful of campaigns by upper management. I was not instructed on how to do my job correctly from the onset, simply only told, vocally, where I was going wrong and no advice as to how to recognize my own mistakes. As time went on, I learned, but this could have been much smoother and less frustrating for all, had I received even a few hours of training.

    I found out a few months into my internship that the clients no longer required our office as part of their contracted work, and that my position for the client would be made redundant...however, rather than transitioning me, an employee with knowledge of the office and already in the company system, to another job and client who's services would still require a consumer intern, I was to be let go. I didn't ask to be placed on a finite campaign, and I assumed the company would look after an employee beyond the life of a single contract, especially as I look around at other interns who, by apparent luck of the draw, were placed on campaigns that lasted longer than the required intern period.

    Long story short, because of poor planning by the management and reasons I can't control or asked for, I was laid off and have left all of the financial burden of my young family to my husband. When I asked for references or any help finding a new job, I was simply told to use part of my day to fill out applications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't understand why the company policy is to lay off a hardworking employee rather than transition them to other work that needs to be done. Why spend more time and frustration training new employees when you simply set aside hard-working and deserving employees already in your database?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Low Pay and Poor Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Pros

    Great clients
    Travel opportunities
    Fun work environment
    Good benefits package

    Cons

    Extremely low pay for the work/hours
    No work/life balance
    Poor management
    Incompetent employees remain and are promoted
    Management plays favorites; favorites are not necessarily the most talented or hard working

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat the smart, hardworking employees well and pay them fairly
    Don't just promote incompetent employees because you don't know what to do with them

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Okay Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Work load/life balance seems reasonable depending on what accounts you are on, smart people. Great about letting you head out to a doc appt., etc.
    Agency is buttoned up and there are a lot of resources available to the teams.
    Competitive salaries.

    Cons

    Junior staff act more like admins and are not given a lot of opportunity, so there is a lot of turnover there. A lot of higher level employees tend to micro manage and get stuck in the day to day. There are also a lot of people who have been here for a long time so it tends be be cliquey and new people never feel like they fit. SVPs are super busy and don't have enough time to really act as mentors to the people they manage.

    You also tend to work on what's available, and the agency does not take in to account your interests.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make checking in with direct reports more frequent and more of a priority to reduce turnover. Do a better job of putting account people on businesses they actually were hired to work on.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Company, Office Was Horrible

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    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Austin, TX

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great brands
    Great broad team
    Looks great on resume

    Cons

    The local office was terrible. Each office has its own culture so make sure you know what you want from an employer applies to the local office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why do satellite offices get treated like the red headed step child?

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Assistant Account Executive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick

    Pros

    Big clients, big events, great network

    Cons

    Long hours, poor management, compensation is terrible, treat their low level employees like assistants/admins

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with respect, pay employees what they deserve

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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