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Weber Shandwick Chicago Reviews

Updated March 17, 2017
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  • Work life balance can be hard to maintain if you are on demanding accounts (in 49 reviews)

  • Occasionally have to work long hours (in 45 reviews)

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  1. "Weber Shandwick"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Company culture is work hard play hard.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be hard to maintain if you are on demanding accounts.


  2. "Good place to work, if you establish boundaries early on!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Nice, smart people
    - Wide variety of clients/work (corporate and consumer departments)
    - Culture Club for diversity, Weber Works Out for free workout classes and discounts, interesting lunch and learns, drink/snack carts every Friday, special holiday parties/happy hours, bring your parents to work day, town halls!
    - Thorough review process- good, quality feedback from teammembers you select
    - Beautiful office downtown
    - Decent benefits

    Cons

    - Long hours!
    - Pay is under industry standards

    Advice to Management

    - Work to pay lower-level employees fair salaries for work expected/required
    - Improve transparency between upper management and lower-level employees
    - Offer lower-level employers some reimbursement for personal cellphone plans, lots of work is performed on-location where wifi is not available.


  3. "This place changed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good benefits
    sometimes fun atmosphere
    friendly fun hardworking staff
    beautiful offices
    always food around

    Cons

    low pay
    digital practice is gone - forcing people who want to work on digital to work on core
    loosing clients
    upper management is out of touch with younger staff, leaves them in the dark
    no one trusts HR department
    mysterious layoffs


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  5. "No personality throughout the office, survive off of email communication and lack of teamwork day in and day out."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Consumer PR in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Consumer PR in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Weber Shandwick as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Holidays off, free LaCroix machine and office supplies. Orientation and on-boarding is organized and a lot of big accounts throughout the company.

    Cons

    Zero personality throughout the office, very stuffy environment and better suited for individuals who don't have a college degree. Pay is extremely low and not worth the 9 hour days, when only paid for 8. Co-workers only look out for themselves and the passive aggressive tone is un-motivational and is shown in the work sent to the clients.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire so many interns on such little pay, and teach employees how to smile and say hi.


  6. "Great people!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, great work! I enjoyed the collaborative environment and how everyone was willing to help and answer questions. I felt welcomed from the moment I started.

    Cons

    Lots of work and not enough people to do the work.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people.


  7. "Super!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Such nice people and cool location.

    Cons

    Interns could have a more comprehensive onboarding experience.


  8. "Best place I've ever worked - hands down!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get to work on what you're passionate about. Truly a global agency with global opportunities.

    Cons

    huge agency so you have to find your niche or specialization to stand out

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing - empowering your employees!


  9. "Business Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Weber Shandwick is a great place to work. The more responsibility and challenge I want, the more they'll provide me.

    Cons

    Pay starts out low, but benefits are amazing. Some Senior Leaders work so much it's sometimes hard to get time with them.

    Advice to Management

    Keep developing the teams and showing how much you care about the employee development process and the clients as well.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Specialists beware..."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Lots of well-known clients
    -Many opportunities to learn the ropes of PR
    -Special programs for employees
    -Potential to grow
    -Part of large IPG network

    Cons

    -Can be toxic environment
    -Work never ends
    -Constant turnover
    -Not many avenues if you are a specialist vs. PR generalist
    -Very hierarchical
    -Can be spread very thin with assignments and obligations to clients
    -Billable hour

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to managers that have a constant turnover of subordinates. I had a terrible manager that the management didn't do anything about because they valued her work more than the people under her. As a result, she had to constantly hire and on-board people under her because she couldn't keep them. I'm pretty sure my experience would have been more positive if she was a better manager.


  11. "A Great Interview Experience!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Consumer Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Consumer Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Weber Shandwick as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunities exist at Weber Shandwick for those who seek them out. You're able to do anything you want in your internship, as long as you're willing to fight for those opportunities. Anyone - and I mean anyone - at the company will sit down with ANY intern for 30 minutes. It is a very VALUABLE experience for those will to take advantage.

    Cons

    I felt a little misled by the phrase "we love to hire our interns" during the interview process. Of the 40 or so interns that went through during the same summer I was there, only 3 were hired on full time.

    Advice to Management

    "We like to hire our interns" is not the same as "we hire our interns." A little more clarity in the interview process would be helpful for many.



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