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Updated July 4, 2017
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  • Inconsistent when it comes to work life balance (in 54 reviews)

  • Poor benefits and long hours but that's just PR in general (in 51 reviews)

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  1. "Okay place to intern"

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

    I worked at Weber Shandwick as an intern

    Pros

    -Interesting clients
    -Some teams were fun to work with
    -Fun perks....very much a work hard play hard mentality

    Cons

    -Could be very boring sometimes


  2. "Nice"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people and team to work with

    Cons

    work life balance issues and long hours

  3. "Fast paced interesting company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Weber Shandwick (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing talented managers and interesting clients and projects

    Cons

    Long hours & communication to employees is poor


  4. "Assistant Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great opportunity for learning and growth

    Cons

    Junior staff often limits abilities


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Fluff and vision aplenty but no direction"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Asia, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Asia, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Because of the brand name, Weber Shandwick attracts the best and brightest young PR talent. Excellent place to get your career started and understand the workings of big name brands. Great resources in all areas of communications, even if you don't have a subject expert in your market it's easy to reach out to someone who does at the other end of the world. Overall people are nice and there is minimal politicking at the working levels...no time for it.

    Cons

    Poor benefits and long hours but that's just PR in general. Senior management is great at giving presentations and holding pep rallies but don't follow through. Lack of ethnic diversity in global management and too US-centric. Despite the good intentions, a yearly pilgrimage to Asia does not a global organisation make.

    Middle management often stuck with no progression because the agency is not growing and there are way too many people in senior management. Yearly rebranding and restructuring efforts in the past few years (3-4 in the last 8 years?) which obviously cost a lot of money, yet produce minimal impact.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities and direction. Give better salaries. Choose effective people for regional roles, not just those who can talk. Be humble and aware of your gaps, don't rest on your laurels just because your office wins awards. It doesn't mean anything except that you have a good marketing team. Instead of charting sweeping changes from a top down perspective, perhaps consult some employees who actually do the day to day work? People leave when they realise what they're getting is not worth the burnout.


  6. "Good place to work, if you establish boundaries early on!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Nice, smart people
    - Wide variety of clients/work (corporate and consumer departments)
    - Culture Club for diversity, Weber Works Out for free workout classes and discounts, interesting lunch and learns, drink/snack carts every Friday, special holiday parties/happy hours, bring your parents to work day, town halls!
    - Thorough review process- good, quality feedback from teammembers you select
    - Beautiful office downtown
    - Decent benefits

    Cons

    - Long hours!
    - Pay is under industry standards

    Advice to Management

    - Work to pay lower-level employees fair salaries for work expected/required
    - Improve transparency between upper management and lower-level employees
    - Offer lower-level employers some reimbursement for personal cellphone plans, lots of work is performed on-location where wifi is not available.

    Weber Shandwick Response

    Jun 2, 2017 – Vice President

    Thanks for sharing your experience. We’re glad to hear that the review process was helpful for you! We do work to offer a competitive total compensation package, including our US benefits programs... More


  7. "Great people!"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, great work! I enjoyed the collaborative environment and how everyone was willing to help and answer questions. I felt welcomed from the moment I started.

    Cons

    Lots of work and not enough people to do the work.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people.

    Weber Shandwick Response

    Jun 2, 2017 – Vice President

    Great to hear you enjoyed our collaborative culture during your internship. We are adding new talent and continuing to grow our team around the world to deliver on our exciting client work.

  8. "Decent"

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Environment is pretty good, ya know?

    Cons

    Hours are kinda long, ya know?

    Advice to Management

    Not really a whole lot to say


  9. "Titles blurry at this company"

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    Current Employee - Group Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Group Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, office perks like Friday happy hours, people who I work with are nice and don't position the work as overly intense

    Cons

    Low salary, management not overly involved in career development and don't seem to have any desire to offer competitive salaries


  10. "Great Place for Millennials who've never had a real job"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you love PR, this is the place for you. There are perks, but they're used to keep you working 14 hour days. Office is gorgeous and in a convenient location.

    Cons

    Overworked and underpaid. Rather hand out titles then raises. Crisis department is cutthroat and management does not have your best interest at heart. They care more about results than how they were obtained.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to actual manage.


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