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WE Communications Reviews

Updated December 6, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work but heavy tech oriented"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Intern in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at WE Communications full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Great culture/open office
    -Great pay
    -Great benefits

    Cons

    -Fast working environment full of the same type of work
    -There is a clique-y sorority type of vibe that may not jive with everyone
    -Headquarters is in Bellevue which leaves a far commute if you live in south of Seattle/Bellevue area. Needs a Seattle location.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Find your sweet spot"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WE Communications full-time

    Pros

    The people and the culture are two of the best things about working at WE Communications. When there are times of stress, everyone tends to come together to support one another. It's an extremely hard working environment and a fun one. Benefits are great - especially some of the non-standard benefits like our Wellness Program. The work/life balance also has seemed to improve. Which is also another pro for the agency. Depending on the team you're on, it could include some late nights depending on the work, but overall it's been a bit more relaxed and not as much expectations of needing to physically be at your desk. Most folks take meetings or calls from conference rooms so they may not always be at their desk, but it doesn't mean that there isn't any work being done.
    Plus the office is relocating to NW Portland soon. Huge shift for the agency but a great one to keep moving forward!

    Cons

    There have been times of disrespect coming from the top down which doesn't need to happen! If you want to keep your people, treat them well. Respect them. Think before you speak and before you act. We're all human. We're all in this together. Keep the nastiness away.

    Advice to Management

    More exposure to Sr. Leaders would be nice, especially with so many new ones joining over the last couple of years. Do some brown bags so the company can get to know who they are, where they've come from, what their focused on at WE, etc.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Up your Comms Game with Smart Colleagues and Clients"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    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.


  4. "Long Time Employee"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WE Communications full-time

    Pros

    Opportunities over the years have been fantastic

    Cons

    Senior Leadership changes have evolved the company, but normal change with new leaders coming in

    Advice to Management

    Continue on path going, change will smooth out


  5. "N/A"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Invests in employee leadership and development

    Cons

    Can't think of anything right now


  6. "Intern"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Intern in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    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


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Best time of my life since college"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  8. "WE Comms Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place and people to work with in NY!

    Cons

    Headquarters are located on the West Coast


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Seems to be losing momentum"

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

    Pros

    There are some talented people here who are in it for the right reasons and have a genuine desire to do good work. However, that group seems to be shrinking all the time. Benefits are pretty decent, including 4 weeks vacation to start and sabbatical at 7 years (if you can make it that long.) Traditionally, it has not had the pressure and politics of other NY-based agencies, with more of a Pacific Northwest, easy-going vibe.

    Cons

    Thought they've tried to expand the business, the agency still revolves largely around technology and one client, Microsoft. Agency is in denial about its creative potential; generally speaking, it's work is uninspired and not very cutting-edge. It's struggled with digital and creative. Leadership lacks awareness about what it doesn't know, leading to poor decision making about other practices, such as healthcare. Everything is seen through a narrow technology lens. Environment has grown more toxic in recent years, with back stabbing and politicking among some of it's not especially talented senior leaders. One of the least diverse workplaces as far as ethnicity you will ever work at. Management doesn't make diversity a priority, unless you count having photos of the CEO surrounded by children in Africa. Maybe hire a few African Americans and Hispanics? If you're in management, you better figure out fast how to fit in with a bunch of blondie Pacific Northwest sorority-girls who are not as nice as the pretend to be and not as rock star-ish as they all think they are.

    Advice to Management

    Get a better handle on what is actually happening in the company and stop disingenuously patting everyone on the back for mediocre work. The CEO needs to talk less about the stuff she does outside of the office and focus on understanding what's going on in the different offices. Seems clueless at times. Try talking about the importance of diversity as you simultaneously describe yourself as a "global agency." Focus on tech--it's the only thing you really do well.


  10. "SVP"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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!


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