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WE Communications Reviews

Updated May 9, 2017
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WE Communications President and CEO Melissa Waggener Zorkin
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at WE Communications full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment - from the people, to the office, to the accounts. Range of activity benefits such as volunteer opportunities and working abroad.

    Cons

    Pay could be a little more competitive.

    WE Communications Response

    Jun 5, 2017 – SVP

    I’m thrilled that you are having a good experience at WE. Volunteer opportunities and working abroad are a couple of my favorite benefits of working here too. As you might have heard, we even ... More


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Up your Comms Game with Smart Colleagues and Clients"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Bellevue, WA
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at WE Communications full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Global agency with a lot of opportunity for growth and travel.
    Big, important clients and projects with high expectations and massive reach.
    Resources to do really cool storytelling on the account side and services side (creative, content, digital, etc)
    Sophisticated management and HR structure that values experience and career growth.
    Fair compensation and bonus structure.
    Ability to move up quickly in salary and responsibility.

    Cons

    I suspect some people would say a con is having Microsoft as a major client. It's not. It's a real opportunity to work on a major global account and you will do really sophisticated and top tier work.

    As far as actual cons go, the commute to Bellevue from Seattle isn't always the most fun part of your day. But WE does provide transit passes and parking compensation which helps.

    Advice to Management

    Consider building in 5% of time for AEs and above to moonlight on other agency or client projects. That can be anything from a trip one year to another office to help on an announcement to being part of a new business pitch team. It's hard to do that on top of the L&D investments the company already makes, but those kinds of opportunities are rare at other big agencies and WE is primed to open the door wider for their staff.

  3. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Intern in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Intern in Bellevue, WA
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    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at WE Communications (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Incredible people, incredible office, incredible experience.

    Cons

    Large scale of clients, can be a pro as well.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Best time of my life since college"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Oswego, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Oswego, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at WE Communications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Amazing leadership, great location and strong teams. Having a location that isn't too central means a better space and the ability to focus on letting excellence happen by focusing a gold standard of client service. Fantastic clients like Microsoft that challenge your work to strive for your professional best. Inspirational leadership from the CEO down

    Cons

    I've heard of people complain of work life balance. I disagree with that. If you aren't focused, not willing to push the envelope of your ability, and don't want to work on clients who are changing the world go to Edelman or Weber Shandwick instead.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. Having a values based business where doing good is as important as profit is something other businesses are only waking up to. You have a strong culture it, treasure it. It was amazing to work alongside industry thought leaders.


  5. "SVP"

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    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WE Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's a great place to build a career. Teams work well together, managers and management are decent and transparent and smart. Overall, it's a very nice place to work.

    Cons

    Not too many here - it's a very nice place to work!


  6. Helpful (2)

    "WE is great!"

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    Current Employee - Client Service Accountant I in Lake Oswego, OR
    Current Employee - Client Service Accountant I in Lake Oswego, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at WE Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, great company culture.

    Cons

    Can easily get over loaded when people leave.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Account Director in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Account Director in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at WE Communications full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful place to work, smart and fun colleagues, clients with a high bar that push and challenge you to go above and beyond your previous best, great leaders, flexible work from home policy.

    Cons

    Not for everyone, must be willing to go beyond the billable hour, will stretch you outside of your skillset ( a great thing for a lot of people)

  8. "WE Worldwide - the company I dreamed of"

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    Current Employee - PR Account Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - PR Account Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at WE Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Growth opportunities, Multiple big-name clients to work on, Smart and Thoughtful leadership to serve as mentors, great benefits and pay, focus on individuals rather than masses, learning opportunities are a plenty, flexible schedules

    Cons

    Office location on East side, very tech heavy client rolodex, no Southern California location

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the goodness. This company feels like one brimming with opportunities. Would love to see more diverse clients come through the door that puts us on par with the 'big guys' and keep developing bigger presence in NYC.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Wonderful company driven by a visionary leader & a passionate agency focused on doing good."

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    Former Employee - Executive Creative Director in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Executive Creative Director in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at WE Communications full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you want to work with good wholehearted, intelligent, creative people the WE Agency is your home. Independent. Dynamic. 31 years strong & definitely 30+ more years ahead work hard on behalf of their clients.

    Cons

    WE is not terminally unique to agency politics. No different than any where else. With Kass Sells at the helm in North America & incredible leaders around the globe whatever negatives you've read are being addressed.

    Advice to Management

    Stay strong. Don't bend to market demands and continue to be a purpose driven business.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "SAE"

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    Current Employee - SAE in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - SAE in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at WE Communications full-time

    Pros

    WE has enabled me to flex my creativity in a variety of ways - from running projects to working alongside clients to helping with new business pitches - while giving me the resources to grow professionally. I always feel trusted and valued, and know there are good people to learn alongside. WE also is incredibly flexible with schedules and PTO (they give a lot!) which is valued.

    Cons

    It can be stressful and busy at times with heavy projects, but it's very rewarding.


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