Weber Shandwick Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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  1. Poor Senior Management

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Low Pay and Poor Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Pros

    Great clients
    Travel opportunities
    Fun work environment
    Good benefits package

    Cons

    Extremely low pay for the work/hours
    No work/life balance
    Poor management
    Incompetent employees remain and are promoted
    Management plays favorites; favorites are not necessarily the most talented or hard working

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat the smart, hardworking employees well and pay them fairly
    Don't just promote incompetent employees because you don't know what to do with them

    Approves of CEO
  3. Okay Place to Work

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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 (less than a year)

    Pros

    Work load/life balance seems reasonable depending on what accounts you are on, smart people. Great about letting you head out to a doc appt., etc.
    Agency is buttoned up and there are a lot of resources available to the teams.
    Competitive salaries.

    Cons

    Junior staff act more like admins and are not given a lot of opportunity, so there is a lot of turnover there. A lot of higher level employees tend to micro manage and get stuck in the day to day. There are also a lot of people who have been here for a long time so it tends be be cliquey and new people never feel like they fit. SVPs are super busy and don't have enough time to really act as mentors to the people they manage.

    You also tend to work on what's available, and the agency does not take in to account your interests.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make checking in with direct reports more frequent and more of a priority to reduce turnover. Do a better job of putting account people on businesses they actually were hired to work on.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Account Executive

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Pros

    Great learning experience. Worked on multiple accounts, guidance from senior management really helped.

    Cons

    Salary not comparable to industry standards

    Recommends
  6. Great Company, Office Was Horrible

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Great brands
    Great broad team
    Looks great on resume

    Cons

    The local office was terrible. Each office has its own culture so make sure you know what you want from an employer applies to the local office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why do satellite offices get treated like the red headed step child?

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Assistant Account Executive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick

    Pros

    Big clients, big events, great network

    Cons

    Long hours, poor management, compensation is terrible, treat their low level employees like assistants/admins

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with respect, pay employees what they deserve

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Nice place to visit but I wouldn't want to work here...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Director
    Current Employee - Account Director

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

    Pros

    Respected in the industry, interesting clients, smart people

    Cons

    Longer hours than others in the industry, little respect for junior staff, poor compensation for expectations, forced camaraderie and a phony atmosphere of support

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the junior staff. In the same breath we are told we are not being billable enough (e.g. that our office isn't hitting its numbers) and that people need to attend the non-billable all-staff meetings rather than doing client work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Amazing.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Group Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Group Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    smart people who work hard play hard

    Cons

    long hours but worth it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Good brands, great results, but an overly political internal environment.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great brands to work on; big, well-funded programs, extremely smart junior and mid-level professional staff. This agency really knows how to hire the best and brightest, especially at the junior/mid levels, and its intern program is superlative.

    Cons

    Lots of internal politics; visible and frequent favoritism in many of the practices. Spent way too much time on nonsense politics. It's an agency that is now driven by cronyism and who you know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out who is really producing value, and who is just talking loud. It might surprise them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Playing favorites

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Great work life/life integration (not balance). Understanding when family needs to come first.

    Cons

    Many examples of playing favorites when one rule doesn't apply to all in the office. Promotions held off for some while given to others with lower experience, as an example.

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