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Weber Shandwick Chicago Reviews

Updated August 19, 2017
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  • Inconsistent when it comes to work life balance (in 55 reviews)

  • There are long hours that are treated as part of the territory and industry (in 53 reviews)

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  1. "Fun workplace"

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Weber Shandwick (More than a year)

    Pros

    Casual dress, bagel Fridays, fun perks throughout the weeks

    Cons

    Treated based on your position


  2. "Director, Digital"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Digital Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Passionate executive team that genuinely care about the office
    Great benefits, schedule flexibility and HR team to support employees
    Opportunity to shift positions within the company to find a role that is the best fit for your passions

    Cons

    Somewhat still lean on the core v. digital team set up which can be limiting for digital team members wanting to learn and grow
    Senior mentors sometimes aren't available or engaged enough to help employees continue to grow
    Lack of transparency about the state of business and how this might affect team members

    Advice to Management

    Continue to refine team structures and roles so people don't feel relegated
    Make sure all employees feel empowered and don't have to operate in a specific silo

  3. "Consumer PR Internship"

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    Former Intern - Consumer PR Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Consumer PR Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work I performed as a Consumer PR intern was identical to the work of the account executives. We attended all the same meetings, and I got to work on real client work. This is a fantastic portfolio builder, and you will leave the internship with more than enough pieces of solid work to add to your portfolio to help you land a great role after you are finished.

    Cons

    The account executives treated interns as inferior and sometimes it felt like being an extra on Mean Girls. Also because they have so many interns, becoming employed afterwards is mostly unlikely. Not impossible, but competition is so high, the likelihood of becoming an AAE after your internship is over is unlikely. I tried many times, and they would not hire me on, despite my achievements during my internship, and incredible amount of media coverage I earned for the client.

    Advice to Management

    Try to include interns more in work outings so they don't feel so left out, and work harder to keep the best interns in the company.


  4. "Consumer Intern"

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    Former Intern - Consumer PR in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Consumer PR in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing Place to get your feet wet in the industry. Weber embraces creativity and has endless opportunities to learn and grow in public relations.

    Cons

    Only bad if you are one who hates hard work. It's a work-hard play hard environment. All the tough moments are more than worth it.


  5. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Pros

    Intelligent, ambitious people that do amazing work.

    Cons

    No structure for advancement in certain departments.

    Weber Shandwick Response

    Jun 2, 2017 – Vice President

    Thanks so much for your feedback. We just rolled out a program to help our employees identify opportunities for growth beyond their current role. Looking forward to seeing it in action!


  6. Helpful (1)

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

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    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.

    Weber Shandwick Response

    Jun 2, 2017 – Vice President

    Thanks for sharing your experience. We’re glad to hear that the review process was helpful for you! We do work to offer a competitive total compensation package, including our US benefits programs... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "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

  8. "Weber Shandwick"

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    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.


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

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    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.


  10. "Great people!"

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    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.

    Weber Shandwick Response

    Jun 2, 2017 – Vice President

    Great to hear you enjoyed our collaborative culture during your internship. We are adding new talent and continuing to grow our team around the world to deliver on our exciting client work.


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