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Weber Shandwick Reviews

Updated March 22, 2019
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  • "Work-life balance and people are great" (in 31 reviews)

  • "Great people doing interesting work" (in 41 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Not your traditional PR firm..."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "Great place, great people!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Creative Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Creative Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Love the people -- they're fantastic at hiring.

    Cons

    The hours can be pretty long!

  3. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Learned so much there and was given challenging work.

    Cons

    Long hours, stressful at times.


  4. "Make sure you have a good client mix"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Director in New York, NY
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Big name, opens doors
    - Opportunity to work on blue chip clients
    - Global opportunities

    Cons

    - Pay is much lower than other big/comparable agencies
    - Always trying to upsell clients rather than actually being good consultants
    - Hiring process is terrible and new hires are not well allocated
    - Always chasing big budgets even if the work isn't smart or strategic

    Advice to Management

    To keep teams and the agency competitive, a balance is needed between investing in interesting work and work that will pay the bills. Also the software/technology used (SAP etc) is awful and needs to be upgraded.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Things have changed."

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

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

    Pros

    Talented people, and the culture was engaging at one point.

    Cons

    Firstly, most of the positive reviews are from interns. This company does not pay competitively. Extremely talented, capable people are hired and then spend their days hyperlinking coverage documents - meaningless work with no strategic value or engagement. There has been a mass exodus over the past 2 years and the company refuses to hire more people. Piling that workload on employees causes them to leave, thus repeating the cycle.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on fair pay and re-engaging employees.


  6. "Great if you win at popularity contests!"

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    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very talented and interesting people. Gorgeous NYC office. Renowned clients with a chance to work on interesting projects. Lots of women in leadership positions.

    Cons

    Popularity contest atmosphere - interesting projects go to people who are best at pandering to higher-ups. Salary is on the lower end. Intense workload.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Things have changed from 2016 till now"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people
    Some long time employees have been here for a bit
    Salary is a bit on the higher end (depending on your title/experience)
    Social Activities
    PTO Days seem to be decent

    Cons

    Arguing in the office is starting to become the norm
    Overworked Staff and not hiring replacements when someone leaves (Dominos Effect)
    I started working here in 2016 where the culture was more vibrant and they ordered food about 2 - 3 times a week. Now, we don't even do that anymore. Trying to save as much money as they can.

    If you worked before 2016, it's not the same culture anymore if you decide to return.

  8. "great experience"

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

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    nice work atmosphere to work here

    Cons

    lots of work to do


  9. Helpful (1)

    "May be better now"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked with and under some really great people.

    Cons

    Pressure, long hours, rude/demanding clients and unsympathetic upper management... but that might have changed since I left.

    Advice to Management

    Make people your true priority.


  10. "Pros and Cons"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global network and large U.S. presence. Big brand clients. Great position amongst large PR agencies.

    Cons

    Inconsistent standards for employees. Horrible HR policies. Mean Girl environment.

    Advice to Management

    Be better managers and care about your employees as people. Oh and get a real set of HR standards in place.