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Weber Shandwick Reviews

Updated January 10, 2018
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  • Inconsistent when it comes to work life balance (in 56 reviews)

  • Long hours and little financial reward (in 55 reviews)

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  1. "Protect and grow the reputations of Fortune 100 companies, run multi-million dollar integrated accounts"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Freelancer - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Freelancer - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Weber Shandwick (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Stable business, decent benefits, good location

    Cons

    Currently run solely by the finance department as IPG is trying to squeeze as much margin out of Weber as possible to make up for advertising business revenue shrinkage. No one in the finance department understands how the PR business works or has the desire to focus on big-picture, long-term thinking. Count those pennies...every day, every possible way.

    Senior agency leadership has also decided that, in the interest of the current client shift toward omnichannel comms (which is right), it wants to become an ad agency (which is wrong...not to mention that IPG owns ad agencies).

    This was a great company that has achieved much success over the years but has made some very poor strategic decisions recently. It also no longer cares about the wellbeing of staff, which is sad given the amount of effort that goes into this kind of work.

    Advice to Management

    you would need to give me a notebook with five hundred pages to accurately provide my advice to management.


  2. "Billing Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Billing Supervisor in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Billing Supervisor in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Weber Shandwick (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Leading global communications agency
    - Great place to work if you want experience in public relations

    Cons

    - High company turnover rate
    - No management structure within the Finance Billing team
    - No room for growth - workload is very repetitive
    - Self training environment with no training materials to resort to
    - Merit increase is extremely low (solely based on if company meets revenue goals)

    Advice to Management

    Weber Shandwick should really consider having a solid management structure in place especially when it comes to managing a small team. Employees should not have to feel as though they've reached a plateau due to poor leadership skills and false hope of being able to grow in their positions. Hence the main reason why the company turnover rate is high.

  3. "Poor senior management"

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

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Pros

    While fast paced the work was never overwhelming

    Cons

    Senior management structure is disorganized
    Company philosophy seems outdated


  4. "Flexibility"

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

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Pros

    The company is very flexible with wfh and vacation time. They also allow you to work from home when sick which is great. The office is really nice and there are some fun typical agency perks such as alcohol and food randomly.

    Cons

    While I was there it seemed we lost a bunch of business. A lot of the new business that we did win were more in the healthcare sector. This could be good depending on what you are looking for.

    I think your experience really depends on your manager. Mine never really had time to meet with me and I felt I didn’t learn much from them. It would have been nice if they could have made the time but it seems a lot of managers were either too busy or too lazy to take an active part in managing employees.

    The hours can also be crazy at times but that’s true of a lot of agencies.

    Advice to Management

    Take more time to get to know and work with the employees you manage.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to start (but not continue) a career"

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

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Pros

    Can touch a variety of businesses and work closely with a lot of senior staff. Great place to cut your teeth—as long as you are aggressive and learn who in the office will work with you to help you achieve your goals.

    IPG benefits are great, plus schedules are pretty flexible.

    Cons

    Too many egos and overall a really poor company culture. There's not a whole lot of diversity, which probably is why creative is usually pulled from the same stagnant pool of ideas generated by account leads.

    Pay is awful. Very little room for growth unless you're in a traditional PR role.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to nickel and dime everything. Employees who feel valued will do better work because they take pride in the company.

    That, and invest in strong creative leadership. Talent filters in and out of the office but without direction that people can trust, you end up with a mess of completely flaccid work.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Okay culture but two-faced management"

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    Current Employee - Finance
    Current Employee - Finance
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers.
    Everyone is earnest and works hard.
    Benefits are standard to less than okay: Standard PTO days (18), 2 summer "Fridays", health, dental, vision, 401k matching up to 3%

    Cons

    Management has an old school mentality: do work all the time. They preach "good" work-life balance but underneath they want you to be a workaholic like most of the upper management who are all old school (e.g. they will work up until 2am sending emails on a Saturday). Yet some management take their time with their own agenda and don't work.

    Very behind on modern times on how to make employees happy and stick around. Most of the people who do stay have been here for too long and are too comfortable to get promoted or find a new job. Sub par benefits only fit towards other departments, not all of the company.

    Upper management is two faced. Telling you that growth and new possibilities are possible but won't happen unless you actively pursue it or if they approve of your work ethic (i.e. you have to be a workaholic like them)

    Advice to Management

    If you want to promote good work life balance then actually follow through. If you want people to work hard, then give them incentives or better experiences not berate them.


  7. Helpful (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

    Weber Shandwick Response

    Jun 2, 2017 – Vice President

    Thanks for your feedback. If you ever wish to talk through some of the issues you raise, your HR partner is always available to assist. Please feel free to reach out to Jose at any time to talk... More

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Upper Management mistake on value and vision for SVP Talent Acquisition"

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

    Pros

    The Human Resources team in New York (not to include Talent Acquisition which is a separate entity) are extremely professional and make new hires feel very welcome. They are proactive and have a sense of urgency. The office is beautiful. Unfortunately the choice and addition of the new SVP Talent Acquisition Lead could have been a more authentic and strategic minded individual.

    Cons

    A good amount of the recruiters brought into the company were soon after thrown under the bus when they hired the SVP TA. This person did not back up the staff and personally insulted applicants who interviewed for roles on the team. A self-consumed lead intimidated by other talent who does not push back on hiring managers when necessary is a detriment to the organization. An ego driven vision of this nature can be very harmful to a company that has a lot of potential. When other recruiters brought ideas to the table they were ignored or knocked down. It's typical for hiring managers to complain that TA isn't moving fast enough but there were many hiring managers who whined and complained. The SVP should have the teams back and involve the recruiters in providing metrics and push back and create a partnership.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on the quality of hires brought in and the metrics. Just because people complain (which is a given in recruitment within many companies) doesn't mean you blame the recruiter. All stakeholders should be involved. Be very aware of people who are in it for themselves and not for the vision of the company. That's not what your culture claims to be.


  9. "Interns are treated poorly"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Wobbly direction"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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