WE Communications Reviews

Updated Jul 5, 2020

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WE Communications President and CEO Melissa Waggener Zorkin
Melissa Waggener Zorkin
205 Ratings
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  • "Work life balance differs amongst teams(in 44 reviews)

  • "Extremely long hours with pressure to meet high billable hour goals(in 18 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Great agency to join"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WE Communications full-time for 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

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  2. "Very good"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Business Consultant in Seat Pleasant, MD

    I worked at WE Communications full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    very good management because the manager vis very good

    Cons

    Not so good because the management is so so

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  3. "Unique individuals need not apply"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at WE Communications full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There are some good people at the Account Manager level and below.

    Cons

    Are you a unique individual with outside the box thinking and a strong personality? Then run in the opposite direction. Conformity is king especially if you’re in a Microsoft account and bringing anything new to the table is lauded as “desirable” but no one actually wants it.

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  4. Helpful (5)

    "Mundane work for you without any reward or growth bu managers gets promoted."

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at WE Communications full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Have learned over the years how not to be a bad leader by observing managers who have overstayed their welcome, and making really bad decisions. I've seen individuals being disrespected, used condescending tones, second guessing your own colleagues work ethic, unaware of peoples cultures, and making comments that would lead to termination had it been said by a minority. Taking all of these expeirences, I've learned to stay away from negativity and had to change myself to work with these individuals with a fake smile, but its hard when people who have created a safe haven for themselves in this company by being there for so many years that others can never hope to succeed.

    Cons

    Managers being promoted for their subordinates hard work to complete projects. Cherry picked projects to assign to individuals and then setting up roadblocks so they can never get this achieved aka setting them up failure.

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  5. "Incredible PR agency with finger in advertising"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at WE Communications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, scope-creep protection, great customer service, strong work ethic, high-quality work, stellar creative talent and work, general friendliness of everyone.

    Cons

    Inexperience in advertising - keep in mind that this is a PR-first agency so much if not all of the advertising business has been built out of PR work, not been pitched and won thanks to experience, expertise, and capabilities. Consequently, media experience and knowledge were limited across most of the agency except within the media team (which was tiny) and there were few tools. There was little focus on building out advertising as evidenced by biz dev. While there were solid ad agency hires in upper management to the team during my time, those above and below that level had limited knowledge of how media worked within and across channels: what is a pixel, how to effectively use retargeting, what CPM points to, identifying audience overlap, how to build a pivot table, how to properly set up and measure an A/B test, understanding importance of R/F, importance of site-side measurement, siloed in the upper funnel without properly considering the down-funnel effects, right-sizing campaigns to budgets, attribution, how to build a media strategy deck (vs. tactics), etc., etc.

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  6. Helpful (5)

    "Learn what you can, then move on asap"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at WE Communications full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I learned how to write a good email. I learned a great deal from my Microsoft colleagues. My WE colleagues were cutthroat however.

    Cons

    I've never worked someplace where there are so many women working to cut each other down. The pettiness and the obsession with hierarchy here is just beyond toxic. Management rewards tattling and acting out. This is not a place to stay.

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  7. Helpful (2)

    "A Great Place to Learn, But For Me, Not to Stay"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Consignment Inventory Analyst in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at WE Communications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great training opportunities, paid time off to serve, frequent catered meals, and chance to see (and play a part in) how big companies like Microsoft run their communications. I had a wonderful manager who looked out for me.

    Cons

    A lot of grueling, rote work--mostly hours upon hours spent recapping and analyzing the news--with little personal payoff. Less opportunity to pursue creative ideas at this level. Working to support a complex product I didn't understand well and had little passion for.

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  8. "Work hard, learn a lot, growing variety of clients"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Vice President 

    I worked at WE Communications full-time

    Pros

    You work and learn from great colleagues in an environment committed to communications excellence. Over the past 5 years, the agency leadership has strengthened, and the business is in better shape, the client roster is more diverse.

    Cons

    Client service isn't for everyone, and sometimes the "how high" response to Microsoft requests and demands puts agency people in the role of having to take hits they don't deserve.

  9. Helpful (3)

    "A Refreshing and Inspiring Health Practice"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WE Communications full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Having spent my career in healthcare PR, I have worked for several agencies that do healthcare PR the way it’s always been done. I was specifically drawn to WE Health because of the exceptional, visionary leadership that wanted to create something different, with a unique and refreshing point of view that has attracted a diverse range of clients across the healthcare spectrum. But what makes WE and WE Health particularly special is the people. The people at WE are genuine, kind, hard working and supportive, across all sectors. No one is afraid to roll up their sleeves no matter what their level, and it truly is a “leave your ego at the door” environment. I joined WE Health because I wanted to help define our growing sector’s unique voice in a competitive market, to work with leaders that genuinely care about your success in and outside of work, and to work alongside talented people from all walks of life. Never have I been at an agency where people enjoy new business, until now. It is truly an honor, a privilege and FUN to problem solve amidst the industry’s most seasoned professionals, not to mention our tech, consumer, media and digital experts who willingly jump in to lend a hand. If you’re looking for status quo, you won’t find it here. If you’re looking for “good enough,” you won’t find it here. WE is about working hard to set new precedents, defining new ways of communicating in this progressive, purpose-driven world, and doing it with people you genuinely respect and enjoy. I can say with confidence that I’m here for the long run as I can’t imagine a better place to further your career and love what you do.

    Cons

    As with most agencies, you want more of a good thing. Specifically more talent at the junior and mid-level, and more specialists. With our headquarters in Seattle, a large portion of our integrated specialists sit on the West Coast, so continuing to build our East Coast bench strength is a priority.

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to learn"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at WE Communications full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Smart people, good clients, lots of opportunity to learn

    Cons

    Hierarchical, favortism can get in the way sometimes

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