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Weber Shandwick Reviews

Updated November 13, 2018
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  1. Featured Review

    "Not your traditional PR firm..."

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    Current Employee - VP+ in New York, NY
    Current Employee - VP+ in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Smart colleagues and truly collaborative culture (not just on paper). Merit based environment -- you do great work, you get more opportunity. Best ideas win -- no matter where they come from.

    Cons

    Not as diverse as it could be -- though it's better than many firms and a ton of efforts are being made in this area

    Advice to Management

    Keep finding ways to show up and comers their value to the firm


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Only the Best"

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

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Pros

    Weber Shandwick has top notch clients and a compelling culture. It is ideal for those who are innovative, creative, ambitious, collegial and strategic at heart. It allows for diversity of thought and people. Great work gets done every day. The management is committed and respectful and works hard to make people feel ownership.

    Cons

    As expected, the hours are long and not for the faint of heart. But it is worth it because the people are all willing to help and have your back.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focused on making Weber a place where you can bring your true self to work every day. More recognition of the people at all levels would be good.

  3. "Intern Review"

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

    I worked at Weber Shandwick (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There were a lot of interns which made for a fun environment. They had a structured internship program and allowed for interns to get involved in a variety of industries.

    Cons

    The work load was on the lighter side the majority of the time.


  4. "Continuing to get better every year"

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

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

    Pros

    The agency works with some of the biggest brands. The people here are some of the smartest I've ever worked with. The agency might be rooted in PR, but the mix of experience here goes far beyond. The varied experience here is inspiring, and it enables us do the industry-leading work we're doing for our clients.

    Cons

    Stress on bottom lines has lead to fewer opportunities for team outings to strengthen the employee culture. Important not to lose a touch of fun in the mix.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to find ways employees can have their voices heard internally without needing to do so by external means.


  5. "Pretty friendly working environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    worked there as an intern and was a really good experience. You can learn real stuff there

    Cons

    The structure is not as flat as imagined


  6. "Copywriter"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work for

    Cons

    Too much social writing unfortunately


  7. "Weber NYC- not so great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Pros

    - great office space
    - flexible workplace
    - patio and coffee bar

    Cons

    I was part of the consumer team for a little over 2 years. Things were great when I got there in 2016. Come Jan 2017, there was a change in senior management- the EVP Consumer lead came from Chicago. Things were supposed to look up, but in my opinion (and the eyes of many others), he ruined the morale of the company. Prior to him arriving, the culture was cool, work was getting done without a lot of politics. Suddenly people started dropping like flies because no-one was receiving the raises they deserved. Several complaints were made, but still nothing changed. Senior management is very cliquey, they walk around in pairs all day and complain about the silliest things. MOST (not ALL) don't make themselves available to junior staff and (MOST, not ALL) think very highly of themselves even though they lack common sense. I know several folks who were let go in a very unprofessional manner (svps, vp's, ae's)- weber plays dirty so be careful if you're applying there. They are ONLY out for themselves. You can be at a senior level and they will still get rid of you in a moments notice.

    Advice to Management

    listen to your juniors, stop gossiping with your doors open, be professional and have respect for everyone there. Just because you are at a higher level doesn't mean you are better than anyone else. Be open to hearing ideas from the junior staff- as they have younger, fresher ideas.

  8. "Great experience"

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    Former Employee - Consumer Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Consumer Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked directly with VPs and Directors on large campaigns

    Cons

    Bigger office, harder to get to know everyone


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Account Director"

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    Former Employee - Account Director
    Former Employee - Account Director
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great learning experience in terms of working in a fast-paced/high-pressure environment, learning how to manage both up and down, navigating office politics, and getting as involved as you want to be in every aspect of client relationship management/new business.

    Cons

    Opaque promotion process that changes often and lack of willingness to have frank discussions about salary. Not all senior staff are meant to be managers or team leaders, but there is unfortunately little to no incentive to change bad behavior--which translates to high turn-over at the junior and middle-management level.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a promotion process and stick to it. Be transparent about salary bands and open to conversations. Invest in training those people who are expected to manage staff and reward those who do it well. Stop requiring junior staff to be admins to senior staff.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Competitive Lame Internship"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Weber Shandwick (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of hours to learn on the job, experience in multiple work streams at a PR agency.

    Cons

    This internship is skewed towards unfriendly office politics and is not an equitable environment for anyone who is focused on doing work or seriously growing professionally. It is more geared towards the moldable individual who has a high threshold for busy work and little interest in public relations work. There are unclear expectations for hiring but ultimately were centered around politics and "networking." Client portfolio is constantly fluctuating, much like any of their talented junior staff.

    Advice to Management

    Less petty, more worky.


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