Widmeyer Communications Reviews
Pros – Widmeyer does a great job of recruiting very bright, interesting and passionate people. Account staff are great team players and provide great client service. The company culture supports relationship and trust building among staff and does not support selfishness, back-biting or drama.
Cons – Employee retention seems to be a challenge, as it is easy to burn out.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company
Pros – Great PR experience, Great office locations and Benefits.
Cons – No sense of working as a unit. Different practice groups are forced to only think about bringing in $$ that it becomes a divider. It is all about who is the highest biller, how many hours do I get, and who can I blame. The issues amongst the partners is visible, there is allot of tension and a culture of "throw someone under the bus". Walking around the office is discouraging. It makes you feel like major layoffs are going to take place (when everything is fine). Fake smiles, lots of stress and no sense of job security.
Advice to Senior Management – Develop a culture for the company. Employees treat this place as a drama magnet. Treat your employees like family to encourage growth. Promote activities and programs that shows the company as one unit and not the way it is currently. DO NOT BRING YOUR PERSONAL ISSUES TO WORK. It impacts everyone else.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company
Pros – If you are deeply entrenched and interested in education policy this is a good place to make connections and pursue this very specific subject matter. Agency is well respected in this area, less so in other practice areas. The staff at VP level and below are top-notch-- very smart, motivated and competent-- and for the most part also very friendly, helpful and professional.
Cons – There is a lack of consistent senior leadership and the various equity partners/principals don't seem to get along well which sets the tone for the agency. Huge focus on new business, billable hours and the company's bottom line, above all else (all agencies are like this to some degree but this was excessive). They want you to zero in on these issues but the bonuses are meager, there is no profit sharing or even 401K match so there is not much incentive to do so. I would rather focus on current client work vs. having to constantly feel concerned about signing up more. Phoney rah-rah environment but not a whole lot of genuine appreciation or support for employees.
Advice to Senior Management – Communicate more to junior staff about the decisions and changes that will affect them; realize the talent you have across the board and offer more financial incentives and rewards.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
Pros – Opportunities for leadership
Opportunities for professional growth
The work is very timely and, in many cases, socially and politically effective
Cons – Management not transparent
Questionable hiring, retention of some managers
Advice to Senior Management – Continue to encourage opportunities for professional growth and leadership. Improve considering needs of employees and being critical of underperforming managers.