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Updated February 15, 2018
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Pros
  • Work-life balance and people are great (in 25 reviews)

  • I've gained a valuable learning experience and connected with a group of great people (in 36 reviews)

Cons
  • Inconsistent when it comes to work life balance (in 57 reviews)

  • Long hours & communication to employees is poor (in 56 reviews)

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  1. "Great culture!"

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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

    Great company culture and inclusive environment where people collaborate on a day to day basis.

    Cons

    Like at any big agency, if you don't speak up, you won't get to work on the projects you want most.


  2. "Internship? Or just cheap labor?"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Pros

    - Nice, open office
    - Fun office events
    - Overall laid back office culture, beer Fridays, breakfast served on Fridays, etc.
    - Opportunities to work with big-name clients

    Cons

    - Interns are taken advantage of for cheap labor (running errands, cleaning, other tasks you did not earn a college degree for) and are shown little appreciation for their hard work
    - Zero job security
    - Catty office environment
    - Evident frequent turnover of staff

  3. "Fun place for an internship"

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    Former Employee - Internship in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Internship in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Weber Shandwick (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Snack room, experience earned, good location.

    Cons

    Salaries there start low, but you move up fast in a fun environment. Work load can be overwhelming, but that's every firm!

    Advice to Management

    Start entry level employees off with a higher salary.


  4. "Too much dead weight brings down the overall caliber of talent"

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    Former Employee - Vice-President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice-President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Flexible work policy. Work from home or remotely when needed, plenty of tools to get that done-from-home policy
    - Roof-deck at NYC office
    - Transparent leadership for the most part

    Cons

    - A boys club through and through. While they like to brag about the number of women in positions of leadership, women in the mid-levels are treated very poorly
    - Lack of career path for anyone below a VP level.
    - Claim to value creativity, but only career paths are in account services
    - There's a lot of "lifers" and people who don't have other work experience, so people are just comfy and phoning it in. Tough to be challenged in that sort of work environment, or to do work that you're truly proud of.

    Advice to Management

    - Cut the dead weight. You can't hold new talent because old, out-of-touch employees are dragging everyone down.
    - It's not enough to give women the title. Give them the same compensation their male colleagues receive. As well as the respect.
    - Treat all employees equally. I watched SVPs who repeatedly made women uncomfortable berate junior-level female staff in large meetings. I knew Director- and VP-level women who wouldn’t take a meeting with some of those men alone. Wish I had spoken up more/gone to HR, but it should be on management to recognize.
    -Give junior staff a chance to contribute. They’re being squashed by the dinosaurs at the SVP+ levels and the company is suffering.


  5. "Great people and culture"

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

    Pros

    I've gained a valuable learning experience and connected with a group of great people. Weber is a great place to embark your PR career.

    Cons

    Please hire more fresh graduates.


  6. "VP of Technology"

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

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Pros

    Great clients & nice coworkers. for the most part senior management was incredibly approachable and willing to work with employees to make their work life more enjoyable (willingness to work from home when necessary, transfer offices, gain more experience in a particular field).

    Cons

    the new business process is a beast and always churning in the background. Also, lower level staff struggled to make ends meet on their salaries, which made staff churn high.

    Advice to Management

    Increase lower level staff pay to be commensurate with Bay Area cost of living


  7. "Digital Team Associate for four years"

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

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

    Pros

    Great culture and benefits. People are incredibly helpful and friendly. Decent work life balance and mobility within the company.

    Cons

    There can be a bit of politics at times. Also, not always the greatest transparency in the business itself.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in resources to help employees achieve their own career goals and improve performance.

  8. "Build Your Career Here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Pros

    You can build your career here -- truly.
    Opportunity to work with smart, bright communication minds
    A+ office culture
    Given strong sense of ownership on projects

    Cons

    Lack of attention to detail from senior management
    Cross-office politics
    Growing pains

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more
    Value junior talent
    Invest in creative services


  9. "Leadership/Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Finally hired a GM after over a year.

    Cons

    Poor leadership, none of them are interested in filling the funnel. They don't know how to go after new clients. The CFO is clueless.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the majority of the current leadership. They are the issue.


  10. "Get in, get out!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Pros

    You get the opportunity to work with big-name clients and projects that make your PR/marketing resume very impressive for future interviews.

    Cons

    Long hours, it's not unusual for junior employees to get in at 8 am and leave at 8 pm, and it's expected that you work long hours.
    Little to no training, you have to schmooze around to get people to direct you to resources that are hard to find, so that you can train yourself.
    Lots of in-office bullying, the louder your voice, the more you're respected.
    Unhealthy habits encouraged: most employees have no work/life balance, poor family lives, no friends outside of work.
    Office lead is very unprofessional and inexperienced with no business savvy.

    Advice to Management

    You're getting away with treating people poorly, paying at the low end of the market rate while making them work overtime with no pay.


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