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Weber Shandwick Reviews

Updated August 6, 2014
Updated August 6, 2014
173 Reviews

3.4
173 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Consumer Intern
    Former Employee - Consumer Intern

    Pros

    Lots of responsibility in Public Relations and Digital Public Relations field. Decent pay for interns and lots of job perks such as out of office activities.

    Cons

    Highly unlikely you will get hired unless you're a favorite of supervisors. Did not have weekly reviews as other interns did with their mentor. Wish Human Resources monitored this more than they did.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more upfront with interns about full-time employment reality

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Mixed Bag

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - Diligent workforce
    - Insightful at times

    Cons

    - Relies on interns for grunt work
    - Struggles to think outside of the box at times

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Vice President

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good culture in the DC office, great people, interesting work

    Cons

    Long hours with a lot of juggling

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase salaries to compensate for higher costs of living in DC

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Very rewarding for hard, ambitious workers

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    Current Employee - Account Director
    Current Employee - Account Director

    Pros

    - autonomy to pursue personal passions
    - flat leadership and clear roles/responsibilities
    - great brands, great clients
    - global opportunities and often multi-office opportunties

    Cons

    - can be stressful and very busy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Public Relations Intern in Seattle

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    Former Employee - Public Relations Intern  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Public Relations Intern in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Great network, interesting clients, good coworkers

    Cons

    Minimal mentorship for interns, mediocre compensation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on mentoring your interns more. We may not end up being hired full time, but we are more than just lackeys for the summer. I had no chance of being hired onto my team because we had two AAEs already and needed to hire senior management. While my team was very kind to me, I didn't feel that they invested any time with me while I was there. I still learned from my fellow interns, but less from people in my own team, which was disheartening.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great Opportunities, Poor Work/Life Balance

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    Current Employee - Digital Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Digital Manager in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Great opportunities to work with great clients

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance
    Management is unorganized

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Innovative firm with all the resources and bureaucracy that comes with a giant company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Group Manager
    Former Employee - Group Manager

    Pros

    Smart, strategic, creative colleagues. Great training ground for entry level (but expect to pay in brutal hours and sad salaries). Fun work environment. Interesting clients, often with the budgets to execute solid campaigns. Exciting working for a global firm that is growing at the pace or above the industry.

    Cons

    Lack of work-life balance. Lots of corporate bureaucracy and drama among senior level management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer your employees more opportunities to grow with you. Flexible schedules. Lateral mobility across accounts and practice areas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Work-Life Balance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Extremely diverse, smart culture, relaxed environment

    Cons

    Low compensation for entry-level employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wouldn't work here if you're in social media.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    This was my first job out of college and I did build up my skills to an extent.
    My direct manager was great and we had a good relationship.
    Right before I left, I was able to take on a leadership role which really helped in finding other opportunities.

    Cons

    There is a lack of structure and distribution of responsibility. Oftentimes 1 person is doing the job of 5 people, or there are people who don't have enough to do.
    Several people that I worked with were under-qualified for their positions.
    People are either severely underpaid (mostly at the mid and entry level) or grossly overpaid for their qualifications.
    Senior management doesn't have a good grasp on everyone's responsibilities and what the day-to-day work and client management is like.
    Clients are over-serviced due to the PR agency culture, which leads to incredibly long (and thankless) hours. The scope was rarely referenced when clients had one-off requests.
    Senior management completely unprofessional when I put in my notice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much time was spent talking about changes that were going to be made instead of actually making them. Pay more attention to the needs and workload of lower-level employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A great place to learn!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Exposure to a lot of companies, project and products.

    Cons

    They demand a lot of hours!! Very stressful. Starting pay is not very good.

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