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Weber Shandwick Reviews

Updated September 13, 2018
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  • "Work-life balance and people are great" (in 29 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. "People > Clients > Work > Fresh Thinking > Internal Politics"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Pros

    Good people. Good clients. Good work.

    Cons

    Stunted thinking. Lots of internal politics.

  3. 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.


  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.


  5. "Senior Associate"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to work on a variety of business units, clients and across different marketing platforms.

    Cons

    Lack of support from senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Competitive pay


  6. Helpful (1)

    "a good place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    the people. hands down the best part of the job.
    perks - bagel fridays, work happy hours, etc.
    the work is interesting
    committees to enhance morale - work culture, workplace diversity, fitness, etc.

    Cons

    lack of diversity at the top. it's wonderful that there's a lot of women, but we need more diversity i.e. poc/lgbtq. no company can grow w/o that.

    pay! you'll be required to work a lot and it's a rather thankless job -- least that could be done is commensurate pay w/ the amount of work done and to be level w/ other agencies.

    Advice to Management

    take care of ALL employees - not just the ones that work on client business. almost all trainings are geared toward those on the account side. it's important to remember what also keeps the company running.


  7. "Great Exposure, Some Hoops"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Pros

    Working for a top global PR company has its perks - access to exciting clients, big budget projects, top talent, creativity galore and some internal perks.

    Cons

    Because the company is so large, there is a very intense striver driver mentality. If you are not the one to stay late, you aren't seen as a top performer. There is also the game of politics which gets a bit exhausting.

  8. "Senior Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good brand name that attracts big name clients

    Cons

    Depends on offices, but in Asia offices ery bad hours and some management team seem to have emotional control problems; hierarchical, very tenure based promotion


  9. "Digital Designer"

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

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Pros

    I met other great designers

    Cons

    No growth opportunities. No creative work. No competitive salary

    Advice to Management

    Value creative and design work more


  10. "Incredible learning opportunity, sub-park workplace values (and salary)"

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    Current Employee - Junior Associate
    Current Employee - Junior Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people here are fascinating and so, so smart. You will learn so much working here, and will get the opportunity to do fascinating work!

    Cons

    Work can be incredibly stressful, and pay is horrible. Incredible lack of internal transparency, and very little real commitment (in my office, at least) to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    Advice to Management

    Pay junior staff more; invest in having hard conversations about D&I; be more transparent and invest more in your hardest working employees; recognize that different people lead and achieve success in different ways.


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