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Updated March 20, 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. "Senior manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Pros

    Great people and interesting work

    Cons

    Fast pace and work demands


  2. "Well managed agency"

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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 part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    For a large, global agency, Weber is surprisingly collaborative and welcoming. Highly progressive and open to new technology, creative approaches, and fresh ideas.

    Cons

    Sometimes difficult to navigate, and can be bureaucratic

    Advice to Management

    Try to streamline some of the bureaucracy.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Fluff and vision aplenty but no direction"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Asia, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Asia, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Because of the brand name, Weber Shandwick attracts the best and brightest young PR talent. Excellent place to get your career started and understand the workings of big name brands. Great resources in all areas of communications, even if you don't have a subject expert in your market it's easy to reach out to someone who does at the other end of the world. Overall people are nice and there is minimal politicking at the working levels...no time for it.

    Cons

    Poor benefits and long hours but that's just PR in general. Senior management is great at giving presentations and holding pep rallies but don't follow through. Lack of ethnic diversity in global management and too US-centric. Despite the good intentions, a yearly pilgrimage to Asia does not a global organisation make.

    Middle management often stuck with no progression because the agency is not growing and there are way too many people in senior management. Yearly rebranding and restructuring efforts in the past few years (3-4 in the last 8 years?) which obviously cost a lot of money, yet produce minimal impact.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities and direction. Give better salaries. Choose effective people for regional roles, not just those who can talk. Be humble and aware of your gaps, don't rest on your laurels just because your office wins awards. It doesn't mean anything except that you have a good marketing team. Instead of charting sweeping changes from a top down perspective, perhaps consult some employees who actually do the day to day work? People leave when they realise what they're getting is not worth the burnout.


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  5. "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.


  6. "Great people, poorly organized right now"

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

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Pros

    The company culture and people are great to work with
    Benefits are good

    Cons

    Poor upper management
    Shrinking client base
    Not as innovative as they should be

    Advice to Management

    Allow your junior level employees growth opportunities by bringing in new and different kinds of business


  7. "SVP"

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

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

    Pros

    Smart, entrepreneurial, creative people. Great culture.

    Cons

    No work/life balance, need more communication from management

    Advice to Management

    Staff up


  8. "Great people, positive environment, fast paced, some growing pains"

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent agency to learn the multi-faceted components of strategic storytelling. Given the company is worldwide, there are also many opportunities to work with, tap the skills of, and learn from colleague around the U.S./globe. Leadership tries hard to instill a culture that embraces work/life balance.

    Cons

    Uneven promotion strategies across offices -- and within offices and teams. Healthcare benefits package can be incredibly costly.


  9. "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


  10. "Great place!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Pros

    Weber is a great place to work

    Cons

    Can be a demanding job


  11. "Weber"

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    • Senior Management
    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 does great work for its clients. They are constantly trying to push the envelope and solve business problems. The benefits and office culture are also a huge plus, but office environment varies across the offices.

    Cons

    Work life balance varies from office to office; lower level salaries are competitive within the industry but not great in general

    Advice to Management

    Reward the lower level staff



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