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Weber Shandwick Reviews

Updated June 7, 2018
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  • "Work-life balance and people are great" (in 28 reviews)

  • "Great people doing interesting work" (in 38 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Not your traditional PR firm..."

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    • 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. "senior management"

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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

    WS lives up to its reputation as a very collaborative place...which probably contributes more than anything else to our success. We like to think our success is due to how smart and creative we are...which certainly contributes greatly...but it's the fact that we bring the best of the firm to each client every time, regardless of geography, that really makes us different. Also I love the way we are always pushing boundaries, trying to take PR / communications field to new heights. We don't always get it right the first time, but no one does...and the learnings from our stumbles make us stronger.

    Cons

    Can be challenging to represent smaller, startup clients which are a rollercoaster ride but fun...unfortunately big agencies just aren't built for them. Also we are constantly under attack from recruiters trying to take our people, particularly in major markets...which is distracting for management and teams. Thankfully we do well with employee retention despite that disruption...largely because it's a fun and successful place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course...winning global agency of the year four years in a row means we are doing something right. Also don't be afraid to make hard choices (on people, clients and service offerings)...we all suffer when we avoid making those tough calls.

  3. "Great place to work"

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

    Pros

    Great people doing interesting work.

    Cons

    Fast paced isn't for everyone.


  4. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities for growth
    Challenging work
    Great people

    Cons

    Lack of process and standardization of ways or working


  5. "Great place to start. Great place to innovate."

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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

    Tons of potential working with some huge clients.

    Cons

    Creative teams could use more support and resources from upper management.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Wouldn’t Recommend"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great benefits (including ample paid time off and overtime if under a certain level)
    -Good client list
    -Rooftop in New York office

    Cons

    -No work life balance (even though you’re given many PTO days, managers and teams don’t respect them)
    -Highly political environment
    -HR and practice leads receive complaints but very little is done to address them
    -Gossip prone culture
    -Your entire experience depends on which account you’re on - some are great, but the majority of teams are understaffed and members are overworked

    Advice to Management

    Reach out and listen to junior staff. Many people feel like they can’t speak up for fear of getting in trouble and that continues to decrease company morale.


  7. "Top PR agency to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Pros

    Positive,full with energy,Creativity,work life balance

    Cons

    efficient, cross-team, resource sharing,

  8. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Pros

    amazing culture, people and clients

    Cons

    no cons from my perspective

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing a great job


  9. "Building Something New"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity for junior and mid level staff to diversify skill sets and work with a wide range of big name clients, social impact groups, start ups — you name it.
    Senior management genuinely cares about culture, upskilling and opportunities for staff.
    Talented, diverse group dedicated to great work.

    Cons

    Certain high performers folks are overburdened while others have plenty of time available.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on building high performance culture through rigorous hiring practices and recognition for top talent.


  10. "Ups and Downs"

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    Former Employee - Senior Producer/Editor in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Producer/Editor in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits & PTO, fun social events, easy to climb the ladder, great place to start a career.

    Cons

    Long hours, boring clients, unethical clients, some people were a little stuffy.

    Advice to Management

    Take more creative risks!


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