Weber Shandwick Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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Weber Shandwick CEO Andy Polansky
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Pros
  • Quite flexible in work life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Agency has great clients, with great activations (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can be a challenge (in 19 reviews)

  • Long hours and it is sometimes hard to maintain a work-life balance (in 23 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    innovative, creative and awesome

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. Helpful (1)

    Avoid like the plague

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good client roster, will be busy the whole time even on weekends, good resume builder, lots of experience, possibly travel

    Cons

    Creepy New York office impacts day to day operations, many staff get pigeonholed for doing good work and passed over for promotions, compensation is on the low end, hierarchy attitude among leadership, medical benefits are the worst and the highest staff turnover of any large agency.

    Advice to Management

    Take some classes on leadership and stick up for staff


  3. Too Big, yet doesn't Fail

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Collaboration between offices and some stellar talent throughout the network.

    Cons

    Lack of qualified leadership as it pertains to worldwide management of production, design and development. A severe lack of communication, relevant thought leadership and a clique culture that does not allow for empowerment, mentorship, inclusion and constant feedback.

    Advice to Management

    De-centralize this unified approach to production and implement and empower localized autonomy. I cannot get a quick response to anything and my requests are piling up. We will lose accounts if this continues to operate in this fashion. I manage multiple accounts and currently pass on trying to implement within the system or I pursue outside companies.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Lousy environment

    • Culture & Values
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company does good work for clients.

    Cons

    People at the top are insincere and don't really care about you despite their lip service.

    Advice to Management

    You are self centered and self serving.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Worst Company to Work For

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Digital Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Digital Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Weber Shandwick

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Absolutely nothing as a pro

    Cons

    Completely unorganized and no room for growth

    Advice to Management

    Get some


  7. Helpful (2)

    Poor Senior Management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    -Clients/brands you have the opportunity to work on

    Cons

    -Poor senior management (senior management is very inexperienced)
    -So many office politics (they reward/promote those who schmooze vs. recognizing hard work)
    -High employee turnover
    -Constant account changes (switching employees to different accounts to try to make up for the turnover)

    Advice to Management

    Leave the gossip and politics at home. Invest in management training.


  8. The Worst Company I ever Worked For

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Management in New Delhi (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Management in New Delhi (India)

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    -Great Colleagues and meeting clever people
    -Working on with multiple clients across industries

    Cons

    -Bad treatment and lack of appreciation from senior management
    -Extremely hierarchic in its implementation
    -New ideas are not encouraged if they do not fit in with the idea the senior management has in mind
    -Terrible paymaster with breach of contracts
    -Lying to clients in our capacities
    -Senior management refuses to accept the advent of the digital era despite being a PR firm
    -Extremely poor retainership of talent

    Advice to Management

    -Fire the top management and let the employee talent flourish
    -Restructure its organizational set-up


  9. China Office Doesn't Live Up to Global Reputation

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tongzhou, Beijing (China)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tongzhou, Beijing (China)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It has a good global reputation that strengthens your résumé/CV (but only if you're searching for a job outside of China).

    Cons

    As with many PR agencies in China, the Beijing office is a sweatshop and offers little opportunities for career and personal growth, particularly for junior employees. Senior staff also seem to have little interest in the growth of junior staff, leaving this instead to the middle managers.

    Rampant bootlicking has resulted in favorites being promoted quicker regardless of their capabilities.

    Employees that leave the company are often not replaced, resulting in existing staff working long and often unreasonable hours. This leads to a vicious cycle that eventually sees them leaving for the competition as well.

    The inability to find relevant talents means that a number of employees (many of whom have no China experience and don't speak the language) are brought in from other offices to do a job they are not
    well-equipped to carry out.

    There is a general lack of professionalism and business ethics practiced in this office. Clients only find out about the departure of their account leads and team members long after they have left the
    company, many smaller accounts are serviced only by junior staff with little senior presence, former employees receive wages several months late etc.

    Having worked in the PR industry for a decade and encountering senior management from various practices, I have to say the quality of senior managers here is mediocre at best. A lack of strong leadership skills, strategic direction and adequate market knowledge/ experience seem to be the main issues with a number of the senior managers I have worked with.

    I spent a couple of years in an in-house role and have been trained to look out for red flags when it comes to hiring a PR agency, i.e high turnover, absent senior management on smaller accounts etc. The Beijing office is exhibiting a number of these warning signs, which unfortunately, is testament to how it is performing in the market and/or is how the local industry views the agency.

    My advice for those looking to join Weber Shandwick's China offices is to research the agency thoroughly and ask around the local PR industry for insights into the company before signing on the dotted line.

    Advice to Management

    In a fickle industry like Public Relations, acquiring and retaining talents is instrumental to the growth of an agency. Taking genuine interest in the advancement of your employees and treating them with respect will help you retain the best talents, which in a fast-growing market like China is increasingly difficult to come by.


  10. assistant account executive

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    really enjoyed colleagues. Personalities and interests are similar throughout the office

    Cons

    terrible salary. Programs were usually extensions of American clients. Not very active in new business at the time

    Advice to Management

    build credibility for better clients and bigger budgets


  11. What A Mess

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beijing, Beijing (China)

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Some loyal and honest middle managers who eagerly want to see you grow
    - Global brand is well-known and a plus for your resume
    - Big client names giving you opportunities for bigger projects

    Cons

    - Probably the least competitive salary in the industry
    - Senior managers seem to be clueless/ not there
    - Poor accountability structure
    - Some clearly unethical business practices
    - The most un-transparent pay structure ever seen
    - HR does not work objectively; you need to be a favorite in order to get a fair look into your performance and pay
    - Absolutely no mentorship program in place; you'll be lucky to have the few managers who actually know what their doing and want to spend the time to train you as a professional
    - Because of poor accountability, work is usually done by the responsible ones.

    Advice to Management

    Where to start...
    - Start to look internally for talent instead of seeking seemingly experienced 'foreign talent'
    - Learn to grow your junior staff so that you can grow a sense of loyalty
    - Start fairly compensating and recognizing the diligent
    - Take accountability more seriously
    In general, take more time to identify and nurture your staff instead of resting on your lorels. This way, you won't have to spend time trying to keep clients because it will naturally come with the great work and morale within the teams.



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