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WE Communications Overview

Bellevue, WA
1001 to 5000 employees
1983
Company - Private
Advertising & Marketing
Unknown / Non-Applicable
WE Communications is an independent, integrated communications agency. We work with some of the most innovative companies on the planet, to engage key stakeholders across the media ecosystem. From the earliest planning stages through execution and on to measuring impact, WE ... Read more

Company Updates

  • "Melissa Waggener Zorkin's pivot to integration has helped WE turn the corner, and it is primed for more growth." We are immensely proud to see our Global CEO and Founder, Melissa Waggener Zorkin ranked as #33 on the PRWeek US Power List 2020. #WeAreWE #PowerList #PublicRelations

  • At WE, we lead by example. Through our partnerships with organizations like ColorComm and The LAGRANT Foundation we are taking positive action to advance equality. And by taking concrete steps to achieve equity, inclusion and justice – in our workplace, in our partnerships and in our community – WE has been designated a 2019 Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality by the Human Rights Campaign with a 100 out of 100 point rating. We’re nurturing a community and building a workplace where everyone is equal and everyone belongs. Join us on UNESCO World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development and support the call for equitable societies leading up to PRIDE.

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WE Communications – Why Work With Us?


A few qualities about you we highly admire: you’re insightful, aggressive, strategic, tech savvy, fun loving, a communications giant. So here’s the package: intriguing projects, flexible hours, great people, personalized benefits and comped time off for community service. We also have global office exchanges – there are 16 offices from Shanghai to London – so keep your passport handy. And honestly, you can’t beat the scintillating company.

 

At WE Communications, you will be developed both as a leader and as an integration communications professional. We significantly invest in your continual development through a variety of both internal and external programs including Leadership Forums, Industry Summits, Certification Programs and more. Whether you want to build your business acumen, conflict resolution skills, branding expertise, integrated influence flair or your leadership talents, we have a path to get you there. We are so committed to your success and development that upon arrival, we connect you with a cultural mentor that will help navigate our culture, remove barriers for you, and shorten the ramp-up time it typically takes to be a full contributor to your team.  

We believe that developing you is more than just providing you with knowledge or education; instead, we feel people learn best when they are having fun and are actively involved in learning that is relevant, customized and practical for their current needs. We put you in the driver’s seat to select development solutions that best fit your interests and career desires, no matter how often they might change. Or, if you’d like to spend two weeks visiting one of our other global offices to share best practices, network, learn about another culture and sharpen your presentation skills, then join our incredibly popular Global Exchange program. Whether you’re looking for a mentor, coach, training courses, 360 feedback, best practice sharing, social learning or other development opportunities, we have a variety of solutions to meet your needs.  

Come explore your career with us and see all the ways you can develop yourself and your future.

THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE UP WE COMMUNICATIONS ARE OUR TRUE DIFFERENTIATOR

The health and wellness of our employees is paramount and we believe a happy personal life wherein employees are able to recharge and spend time doing what they love promotes a healthy work life infused with productivity, creativity and overall job satisfaction. That said, WE Communications provides a comprehensive and competitive benefits program to meet the needs of our employees and their families.  In addition to base salary and paid time off, our benefits are tailored to the diverse markets and needs of our employees around the globe but always position work/life balance at the core.  Here are some of the highlights of what we have to offer:

  • Flexible scheduling
  • Time off for community involvement and service
  • Global office exchange
  • “WE Wellness” program
  • WE Connect: Internet & mobile phone reimbursement
  • Commuter benefits
  • Medical Coverage
  • Health care and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • Retirement 
  • Employee assistance program
Diversity and Inclusion at WE

WE is committed to creating and supporting an inclusive workforce, industry and community. WE embraces and advocates three fundamental values that serve as the foundation of an inclusive community: equity, justice and respect.

At WE, diversity and inclusion refers to people, perspectives and ideas. We work with people with different experiences, beliefs, values and accept who they are, what they care about and what they stand for.

Everything we do at WE is guided by our company values: Integrity, Humanity, Excellence, Imagination and Collaboration. Inclusion is an extension of our values to support a thriving employee experience and workplace that fosters collaboration and drives diverse thinking among colleagues, partners and our clients, who operate with and serve diverse communities.


Our approach is designed around: CONNECTION. CULTURE. COMMUNITY.

CONNECTION. Facilitating dialogue and connection among individuals.

  • Employee Resources Groups (ERG)
    • WE formalized its support and encouragement for employees to set-up and participate in ERGs (WE PRISM and WE PRIDE.) The groups aim to create community, increase awareness and education for members and allies.

CULTURE. Create an agile culture that practices, supports and nurtures inclusion and equity.

  • Inclusive Benefits. We make deliberate choices and focus on the details of the benefits we offer employees.
    • WE has offered same-sex domestic partners benefits for more than 10 years.
    • WE added coverage in the medical plan for treatment related to gender dysphoria.
    • WE’s bereavement policy has always been open to whomever the employee defines as family.

COLLABORATION. Partner within community organizations to support the rights of people and create opportunities for minority, protected populations in our industry.

  • Strategic Partnerships: WE has partners with industry organizations to be a voice for social justice, equity and inclusiveness in entrepreneurship and communications industry, specifically:
    • ColorComm. ColorComm is committed to connecting women with other like-minded individuals and to build a strong network of leaders by creating mentors/mentees, business relationships and friendships. WE Global CEO Melissa Waggener serves on the board.
    • The LAGRANT Foundation. For the past 10 years, WE has supported, mentored and hired students and alumni scholars from the LAGRANT Foundation. Kass Sells, Global Chief Operations Officer and President of International is a member of the board. Our global CEO sits on the Board and champions several program offerings including the scholarship recipient dinners.

WE Communications Reviews

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    I have been working at WE Communications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Having been with the agency for a number of years, I've seen our agency go through quite a bit of change and there are so many more opportunities now to learn something other than tech PR.
    The people that work here really are passionate about what they do; it's not an agency that will work for everyone, but those that succeed here have really been the ones who work hard with the team mentality; everyone's in it together
    Leadership - Melissa is a genuine leader and is transparent when she can be. Of course there are so many decisions made at the top level that some of us will never know about, but having been under her leadership for so many years, I've seen her as being someone very genuine and that cares about everyone, even if she doesn't know you personally.
    Clients are growing - not just tech PR at all anymore
    Fun people who come together and work hard

    Cons

    Of course there are always some cons in any organization. Unfortunately in the agency world, one of those is compensation. Very tenured employees receive small raises each year that doesn't always accurately reflect the performance of the individual. New hires coming in are more than likely coming in with higher salaries. Come up with more monetary benefits/bonus structure. Everyone plays a part in the success of this company.
    Sometimes leaders are kept in roles much longer than they should be - despite feedback directly from teams, somehow those leaders always know to manage up and then makes the little people take the fall or not get the support they should have
    Wish we could expand into Los Angeles, or at least Chicago, to continue to grow.
    Could probably be a bit more transparent in what is happening with the agency

    Advice to Management

    Don't play favorites. It's pretty obvious when you see managers/leads doing that with certain team members and the perception is showing that happens especially during the promotion process. Not always, but sometimes.
    It'd be nice for Melissa to have more face time in offices outside Seattle. Knowing her schedule is always full, but it would be nice if she could, and when she does, she stays longer than just an hour or so. Really get to know the people in each office, no matter their level/title.

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WE Communications Photos

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WE Communications Interviews

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    Associate Marketing Designer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at WE Communications (Seattle, WA) in October 2019.

    Interview

    I was invited to an interview but the recruiter never responded after the initial offer. I reached out three times about scheduling our interview, but was ignored by the recruiter. She finally replied 3 weeks after her initial offer, saying that they had already hired another candidate. I wish I knew what I did wrong.

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WE Communications Awards & Accolades

  • Cannes Lion, Gold Lion: WE Communications in partnership with McCann for Microsoft Xbox, Changing the Game, 2019
  • Cannes Lion, Titanium Lion: WE Communications in partnership with McCann for Microsoft Xbox, Changing the Game, 2019
  • Holmes Report Global Sabre Awards 2019, Technology PR Agency of the Year - WE Communications, 2019
  • PRWEEK GLOBAL AWARDS 2019, Best Agency in Asia Pacific: WE Communications, 2019
  • MARKETING PR AWARDS 2019, Best PR Campaign: Consumer Products: WE Communications APAC for Lenovo Asia Pacific, Lenovo Legion Refresh, Asia Pacific Campaign (shortlist), 2019
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Pledges & Certifications

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

Pledge to Thrive

Taking steps to prioritize employee well-being

First Job Programs

Maintain entry-level hiring and career development programs to give people career starts

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