Weber Shandwick

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Weber Shandwick Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
200 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    VPs who care about your well being, opportunities to grow your career as long as you're proactive, very transparent upper management which is great for morale

    Cons

    no HR on site makes some of the bureaucratic processes a bit more difficult

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Will work you very hard but loads of opportunity

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    Current Employee - Digital in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Digital in New York, NY

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick

    Pros

    Young and hip environment. Great benefits

    Cons

    Don't wear out the newbies to the point they leave

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Same

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    opportunities abound

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Digital Manager
    Current Employee - Digital Manager

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

    Pros

    Global agency with great clients and opportunities to work with colleagues worldwide

    Cons

    Some accounts are more limited in scope of geography or lack opportunities for innovative work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to support inter-office collaboration to the extent you have recently -- it is paying off in business development and happy employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A certain lack of authenticity.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Weber Shandwick

    Pros

    Solid benefits/401K
    Professional goals/leadership development is well-structured
    Opportunities to travel and work in offices around the world
    Great industry reputation
    Most leaders want to offer junior staff big opportunities and provide support needed.

    Cons

    Salary not up to industry standard
    Lots of "we're all creative" talk without actually rewarding/promoting people for their creativity
    Creative ideas often were only elevated or executed on if they came from the "creative" team versus account or digital teams

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward and decentralize creative idea solicitation and execution.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big aspirations, difficulty on delivery...

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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)

    Pros

    Big notable agency with large clients and great co-workers. Feels like a family and co-workers care about each other. As long as you're not on large accounts, work-life balance is good.

    Cons

    WS global and main offices seem to have all the perks and best opportunities for new business and large clients. Local office management is slightly clueless as how to mentor and grow employees. The office does enough PR to win awards like "Best Places to Work", but execution is really lacking. Perks in my specific office are actually provided by sister agencies and not actually Weber. Upper management is disconnected with staff untill they need you for something. There is rarely proper staffing for large projects and no real tools or resources available to use for audits or new business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make good on the promises and things used to pitch for awards. Spend time with employees to let them know you are actually interested in them as a person and not just as a skill set. Training in mentoring and growing employees is an absolute must for VP and higher positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Account Executive

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    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

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

    Pros

    If you want to be in PR- Weber Shandwick is an amazing global company to work for. Creative colleagues, ability to work on innovative projects for Fortune 500 companies as well as start ups. Hard work pays off.

    Cons

    Expect to put in your hours and more. Work / life balance is somewhat dependent on your supervisor and projects you work on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you want to work in PR, Weber is the best of the best

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    For a huge agency, Weber Shandwick offers personalized attention from middle management, insanely fun team bonding events and the opportunity to grow in the direction you want. My boss saw that I had an interest in financial services, and made an effort to move me to those accounts. Despite what comes with a big agency (bureaucracy, etc.), the corporate culture is energizing and fresh. People are smart and cool. In fact, some of my best friends I met at work. The fish in the lobby are adorable and we made up names for them (Big Poppa is the fat one who eats the others' food. If you come, you'll see him). I got the opportunity to manage the interns this summer, which was great experience in a supervisory role. The company also offers tons of training via lunch and learns and "classes" you can take on topics ranging from time management to communication styles.

    Cons

    Working on the same clients for the entirety of your job can get a little tiresome -- I get bored of clients after about a year and a half. Luckily, my managers were really supportive of my curiosity and desire to try new things. Sometimes it can feel like you're working on the same projects again and again, so it's up to you to volunteer for out-of-the-box assignments. If you do, management is really supportive, but the onus is on you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Worst Company to Work For

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Digital Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Digital Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Weber Shandwick

    Pros

    Absolutely nothing as a pro

    Cons

    Completely unorganized and no room for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    If big agency life is what you want.,...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Weber Shandwick (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Big clients, relentless focus on profit, high profile agency

    Cons

    No work life balance, difficult clients, no one runs the agency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put someone, anyone in charge. The place is run by committee tilted toward CFO crashing toxic atmosphere

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best "large" agency but not necessarily better

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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

    Pros

    --Incredibly smart people; lots of staff resources
    --Fun office; people genuinely like each other
    --Collaborative
    --Solid roster of clients
    --Decent side benefits (partial gym and cell phone reimbursement)

    Cons

    --As others have said, there's most definitely a sense of favoritism and office politics; whether you are recognized or given new opportunities will depend on who you're buddies with at the office
    --Low salary for the market and not negotiable
    --IT resources (old equipment, takes forever to get upgraded)
    --Virtually nonexistent training (formal training is maybe once every 4-6 months but it's not prioritized)
    --Very top heavy...waaaaay more VPs than AEs or SAEs -- that just doesn't seem sustainable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire junior staff. Offer more training. Pay attention to what's happening at the junior and mid-level.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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