Weber Shandwick Reviews

Updated April 26, 2015
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Weber Shandwick CEO Andy Polansky
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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. SVP

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    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great local, empowering leadership and a fun, caring and supportive team. Support of a global network. Numerous career paths and tracks. Great clients.

    Cons

    Pressures of a publicly-owned company.

  3. 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.

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  5. Good experience

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Weber Shandwick as an intern

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

    Pros

    I learned a lot about PR within technology department. It was a lot of computer work and tiring at times but I learned a lot.

    Cons

    Tiring, routine computer work, lots of deadlines but worth it to learn pr!

    Advice to Management

    N/a

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. All talk, no action

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I worked at Weber Shandwick

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits. Great HR in China. If you have initiative, you will go far-- but you need to make tasks for yourself, pursue your own opportunities because... [see: cons]

    Cons

    ...lots of admin tasks being thrown even to consultants. Also: some directors and VPs are there, no idea why, they are ridiculously underqualified.

    Advice to Management

    Stop focusing so much on P&L when collaborating with other IPG agencies. Stop using past powerpoints prezzos for everything to allow creative team the room to grow

  9. Over-inflated egos of Directors and Managers

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some nice people with amazing talent and passion for media/PR... Fantastic work from the teams! Fabulous office in Holborn... :-)

    Cons

    A lot of stuck-up employes who are not at all friendly, a lot of two-faced, backstabbing people who are nice to your face... :-(

    Advice to Management

    Get new HR department, they are all rubbish and a bunch of nasty gossips!
    Colin Byrne is the greatest CEO but needs to start listening to the lower-level employees for their feedback regarding this place to work...

  10. Helpful (1)

    Low pay, unpredictable hours, very admin focused at junior levels.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Management make an effort to make a good company culture, some offices give additional days of leave (e.g. Birthday leave). One of the better agencies in Apac though for sure.

    Cons

    Not well paid, junior positions are very administrative. If you're not local you literally can spend hours a day proofing copy. Promotion slower than in the US.

    Advice to Management

    Give people challenges when they ask to be challenged or they will end up getting bored and go somewhere else.

  11. Great Company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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.

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