Weber Shandwick Reviews

Updated April 18, 2015
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Pros
  • Collaborative office; phenomenal resources; good work-life balance (in 8 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Work Life balance can be a little crazy at times, but you'll experience that at an agency (in 19 reviews)

  • The work/life balance tends to shift to the work side of the scale, so be prepared for long hours (in 23 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    innovative, creative and awesome

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The People - Crazy smart PR and communications professionals that are personable, fun, creative, down-to-earth and GSD.

    The Culture - Feels like a spunky small company on the growth curve, but with big company established values and a well known reputation.

    The Opportunities - The chance to work with high profile Fortune 500 brands and up-and-coming companies is invigorating and educational.

    Cons

    For such a large and established agency that tracks billable hours, it is surprising that the internal technology is so poor.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the positive momentum and energy to empower and engage the entire office, especially junior staff.

  2. Surprisingly amazing!

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    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People are smart AND nice. Great client roster. Passion for BIG and different (aka. truly Creative) ideas. Growing from an awesome PR firm to awesomer full-service agency. A leadership that ACTUALLY listens and is open to change; hiring (responsibly by being picky), improving processes...

    Cons

    Growth and change come with challenges. Some of the people who've been there forever feel a little uncomfortable. The place can't hire people fast enough to keep up with business. Wish it weren't in midtown, downtown is so much cooler (clearly, i'm searching for cons at this point.)

    Advice to Management

    Stay open-minded. Listen to the great people already working there when they say they are being underutilized or want to shift to another department, for example. Sometimes, it is better to have a department lose a good person than to have to the organization lose them.

  3. Administrative Assistant

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great company culture, excellent benefits package

    Cons

    Difficult for administrative assistants to gain a promotion

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  5. Healthcare team intern

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Weber Shandwick as an intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    A professional PR agency, with a great deal of leading pharmaceutical clients. Interns could get yeah whole idea about what PR works are.

    Cons

    Hierarchy is obvious sometimes, especially for interns. I worked for a team of 9 and was familiar with each of them but never was invited to a team meeting.

    Advice to Management

    None. Not immersed enough to make comment about that.

  6. Great Company

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    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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.

  7. Professional growth and mentoring

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Culture of learning
    Team environment
    Excellent manager
    Learned the ropes of PR

    Cons

    There was little I did not like about the job, would work there again

    Advice to Management

    It's been many years since I worked for Weber's Emerging Business Practice in Cambridge, Mass., so not much would apply, if the practice still exists.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Among the best agencies

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Creative environment that provides professionals with ample opportunity to grow their career. Strong emphasis on professional development and team building. Strong consumer practice.

    Cons

    Corporate practice is burgeoning but needs to better compete with Fleishman, Edelman, Ketchum and Burson. Emphasis on fun -- possibly too much.

    Advice to Management

    Chicago office is very strong and will continue to be among the best offices in the network. Senior management is consistently among the best.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Great opportunities in digital for early in career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Receptive management, steady work, client-facing opportunities

    Cons

    Top heavy, little investment in new capabilities, not much "groundbreaking" work

  10. Helpful (2)

    Great work, but at a cost

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Delivers solid work
    Attracts top talent and brightest minds in the industry
    Long standing clients
    Creative

    Cons

    Little to no work-life balance
    Salary is not up to par
    Little reward for hard work
    Top down culture, management is not responsive because everyone is stretched thin

    Advice to Management

    Creativity comes from letting the mind rest and wander to think differently

  11. Great place to work!

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    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 (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The amount of resources that the agency has is second-to-none; the people are super friendly and the culture is very good for mid-senior people. Like any agency, it can work you hard but the teams celebrate and party together as well. Work-life balance is what you make of it - as long as your work is done, you aren't required to work long hours or weekends.

    Cons

    Benefits are standard - 401k, health, dental, etc - nothing creative. Training of junior/new employees can use some work. Very "standard agency" orientation.

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