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Updated April 19, 2017
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  • Work life balance can be hard to maintain if you are on demanding accounts (in 52 reviews)

  • work life balance issues and long hours (in 49 reviews)

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  1. "Terrible work-life balance, high-stress, low pay"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Group Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Group Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to work on high-prestige clients at a global level

    Cons

    No work life balance
    Long hours
    No staff to support huge scopes of work
    Low pay
    Petty, high-drama teams


  2. "Interns are treated poorly"

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    Former Intern - Consumer Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Intern - Consumer Intern in Boston, MA

    I worked at Weber Shandwick as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Good brand recognition
    -Time and a half paid overtime
    -Office is nice and in a good location

    Cons

    -Interns are treated with no respect and no regard
    -Upper management does not acknowledge or respect junior staff
    -Work hours of 60+ hours per week
    -No benefits (insurance) for full time paid interns

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like humans, appreciate them.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Wobbly direction"

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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

    Pros

    Customer-focused agency.
    Can attract some top talent.
    Long-term goals for clients.

    Cons

    Low regard for creatives.
    "Disposable" work force.
    Some questionable recruitment practices.

    Advice to Management

    Consider whose career you're affecting with off-the-cuff decisions. I watched you hard recruit (with a VP no less!) a younger talent away from other opportunities only to jettison him in a purge of your Minneapolis new talent 3 months later. I left soon after. Terrible.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "VP, Executive Producer"

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    Former Employee - Vice President, Executive Producer in Marina del Rey, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President, Executive Producer in Marina del Rey, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Weber Shandwick (More than a year)

    Pros

    Middle management staff is amazing.

    Cons

    Absolutely no leadership and no standard across all sister agencies. It's a PR firm that has no idea how to communicate with the multitude of resources they have at their fingertips.

    Advice to Management

    Interpromote more.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Not what I expected"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Pros

    -Recognizable and reputable agency that can certainly look nice on a resume
    -Big name clients with large budgets
    -Digital, social and creative teams are strong

    Cons

    -Cold and unfriendly office vibe, with individual exceptions, of course
    -Unfortunately poor treatment of junior staff, especially interns
    -Growth and development is hindered by rigged corporate structure
    -The presence of cliques is very strong, and its certainly not an easy place to break in to socially, let alone professionally
    -No work-life balance


  7. Helpful (10)

    "Horrible Internship"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The name is good for the resume
    The have a lot of extracurricular activities that try to boost comraderie and morale
    Smart, hardworking people
    Fun interns and well-run internship program
    HR is on top of things
    Interesting clients with big budgets
    I liked the learning opportunities and conferences

    Cons

    The team I worked primarily with was borderline abusive, rude, demanding, thankless, and robotic. I hated some of them because they made me miserable. I wish I had told them to get off my back many, many times or switched teams. Our SVP was so awful to me--not a nice guy.
    So stressful for no reason (you don't pay me enough to work through lunch everyday or jump in traffic for a client)
    Men in AD, GM, VP or SVP positions are unnecessarily arrogant and immature. This is not Mad Men get ahold of yourself.
    They don't trust interns to do anything creative, interesting or fun. You basically have to beg to get the good stuff. And for that reason, you miss out on learning a new skill.
    it's a revolving door for interns. Different people in and out. They hire based on what they need and when they need it.
    Interns aren't paid very well. No one is paid very well except the managers, actually.
    The bagel schtick gets old.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to interns: DON'T LET THE VP'S MISTREAT OR ABUSE YOU AND LET THEM KNOW WHEN THEY'RE DOING IT. You CAN switch teams.

    advice to management: Shape up. Pay more. Trust your interns and lower-levels to do their job well and give them exciting projects, not just grunt work all day. Come back down to earth and be accessible, no one is THAT great.


  8. Helpful (10)

    "Looks Good On Paper, But That's It"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Digital Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Weber Shandwick (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The younger/lower employees have a great camaraderie with each other, which made the long days/nights more bearable.

    Good name recognition, it opened a lot of doors.

    Cons

    I don't know where to begin. Sexism is painfully evident. Male coworkers with the same experience and job title make considerably more (read: more than $20K more than female counterparts). Female digital associates are "expected" to order cars and catering and are treated like glorified secretaries. The lowest person on the accounts somehow was responsible for ALL the purchasing, because the higher-ups didn't feel like it, which would amount to $3K on corporate cards each month. There is NO room for advancement unless you get in via client nepotism. Expect to work 70 hour weeks on less than a teacher's salary. Politics, long hours, painfully low wages, sexism. I left and never looked back.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing on an online review will change their processes. They operate in a 20th century style and show no intention of ever changing it.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Smart people, unclear direction"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will work alongside some of the smartest people in digital, PR and editorial.
    Work life balance is seasonal; you'll work 50-60 hr weeks for months, followed by almost nothing to bill for weeks after. They're great about working remote so long as you get deliverables in on time.

    Cons

    Ego. Ego. Ego.
    Bros of all ages and genders.
    Typical agency culture.
    Minimal holidays/PTO.
    Constant reminder to "bill" even when there is nothing to bill.
    No clear direction from upper management. One minute you're leading a project, the next minute it's been passed to someone else with no reason given.
    Incredibly difficult to advance. If you get an offer negotiate title/salary because you will be stuck at that for a while.

    This company is a PR firm trying so hard to be a 21st century digital ad agency, but they have no idea how to do it. Even when hiring strong digital/editorial people, no one can direct. You'll spend most of the time fighting to get noticed in meetings and on projects by people who have ambiguous job titles. You will have no idea what they do, but they won't have any idea who you are either. Everyone is in a silo. Ego is the name of the game here and every time you think you've seen the biggest, watch out, here comes a bigger one!

    This company is set up to make money, they're amazing at pitching and winning. Not sure about retaining biz though. But this is the only reason I say their outlook is good.

    Advice to Management

    Clear direction is needed. Reward good work, not the loudest person in the room. Quit hiring bros. Work on long-term strategies for employees.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great Clients Fun Projects but no work-life balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somerville, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somerville, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really cool clients and fun projects.
    Super smart people and great facilities.

    Cons

    No work life balance. Forget taking lunch. Forget having a weekend or anything you like to do outside of work. They basically own your life.


  11. Helpful (9)

    "Double Standard Organization"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - EVP in New York, NY
    Former Employee - EVP in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Leadership is very approachable, all the way up to Andy Polansky (CEO). I've had the pleasure of pitching with him and others, and they are the nicest, most down to earth people you'll ever meet. The best way to describe them is that rare breed of top level exec who remembers your name after having only met you once months ago, and jokingly gets offended when you re-introduce yourself because you assume they forgot who you were. Super talented, smart and on top of their game types who recognize hard work and talent when they are made aware of you. Admirable.
    - Agency usually gets a crack at most big brands through the RFP process and has been winning a lot lately because of smart new people they have brought in.
    - Mediaco is showing clients how to think beyond the press release and inspiring great work around the firm
    - North American and Global Leadership team are made up of roughly 22 people, and 13 of the are female which is rare to see. However see CONS section for some more thoughts on this.

    Cons

    As a few have mentioned in other reviews, the males in this company are a little out of control. I think if Andy and the leadership team spent some more time in the trenches they'd be embarrassed by how the men in this firm act.

    First, let's start with the Digital Practice. From a professional standpoint, women do not have a chance at ever running a digital team here. Quite literally every office (Seattle, Chicago, Dallas, LA, New York, St. Louis, Detroit and now even San Francisco, etc.) are all male-led. The most sr. roles are held by guys who have either been with the company for 10+ years and think they run the place, talk a big game but do very little to drive the business forward or give others the spotlight, or guys they bring in from other firms or outside industries who land mega-salaries and titles because of their pedigree. They too also think they run the place. Either way, bro-ey egos, buzzwords and "you're lucky you get to work with ME" type of stuff fly about like crazy making it nearly impossible for any female digital leads to breakthrough.

    There were a few bright shining female stars recently that worked hard to bring some clout to the table and give them a run for their money and for a second there, many of us up and coming digital gals thought things had evolved. They had a lot of potential to shake things up at the top, but they were let go or pushed out by egotistical male counterparts, double standards, and the boys club culture. Don't speak up or you might get called "abrasive." Don't ask for a raise or you might get told you're "lucky to be on the team you're on because no one else has the opportunities you do handed to them."

    From a personal standpoint (and as someone else also mentioned in another post), the Digital practice and beyond use the firm as their dating pool whether they are married or not. I have personally been on business trips with these men and have been solicited by some of the company's most visible and Sr. Executives, watched female colleagues been outright hit on to the point of harassment, seen interns get swept up into dating men who are 10+ years older than them, only to have them move on to the next fresh intern the following quarter. There are even active sexual harassment complaints against a few Sr. Men in this company, and yet they still walk the halls like no big deal. Even though it's 2015, being female in this company, you can't help but feel like you're in a modern day episode of Mad Men sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on purging the top level management. Get some fresh blood in there and start supporting your female employees more, especially in the digital practice.


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