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Updated September 22, 2017
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  • Inconsistent when it comes to work life balance (in 55 reviews)

  • You'll work long hours under a manager who might be getting paid 2x your salary but doesn't know how to do your work (in 53 reviews)

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  1. "Top Workplaces"

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

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

    Pros

    The people are talented, the perks are nice, the culture is fun. Senior leadership genuinely cares about the company and the employees.

    Cons

    Company morale has seemed to wane in the past year or so. There seems to be a lot of turnover but no replacements coming in. Lately it feels a little like a ghost town.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent/communicative about changes going on. Find a way to build morale again (even on a budget).


  2. "Great company, smart people, great clients"

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people who are extremely smart, hard working and supportive. Top name clients.

    Cons

    Work life balance needs improvement.

  3. "Not bad"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Weber Shandwick is a top global PR firm and has unmatched opportunities for employees.

    Cons

    With that, employees are easily disposable . Talent is not always invested in because of the "easily replaceable" mentality.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to invest in more growth opportunities for middle to junior staffers. Make employees feel wanted and desired. Otherwise it will continue to be a revolving door.


  4. "Fantastic exposure to the PR industry and great learning experience in a fast-paced work environment"

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    Former Intern - Integrated Media in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Integrated Media in San Francisco, CA
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Weber Shandwick as an intern

    Pros

    Weber Shandwick's intern program is phenomenal! The SF office recently changed the structure of it in order to give interns a more broad, diversified range of experience. Instead of hiring interns for specific practices (i.e. healthcare, tech, or consumer), they hire interns as "Integrated Media Interns." The work I did ranged across PR functions - paid, earned, and owned media. I worked on some major accounts, which was really exciting. I always had work to do and hardly had any slow days. Everyone was extremely friendly and approachable. People were more than happy to answer my questions, and I never felt that "I should already know this." You will learn a lot in a short period of time!

    Cons

    The only con I would say is the pay. Considering most interns are graduated seniors, the hourly wage is tough to live off of in the SF/Bay Area. I was lucky to be hired while I still had a year left in college, so pay was not as big of a concern for me.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the dedication to the intern program! I really appreciated how engaged the intern coordinators were. They made an effort to make sure us interns were kept busy, but never overwhelmed, and provided workshops for us to learn from more senior people at the office.


  5. "Fun workplace"

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Weber Shandwick (More than a year)

    Pros

    Casual dress, bagel Fridays, fun perks throughout the weeks

    Cons

    Treated based on your position


  6. "Director, Digital"

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

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

    Pros

    Passionate executive team that genuinely care about the office
    Great benefits, schedule flexibility and HR team to support employees
    Opportunity to shift positions within the company to find a role that is the best fit for your passions

    Cons

    Somewhat still lean on the core v. digital team set up which can be limiting for digital team members wanting to learn and grow
    Senior mentors sometimes aren't available or engaged enough to help employees continue to grow
    Lack of transparency about the state of business and how this might affect team members

    Advice to Management

    Continue to refine team structures and roles so people don't feel relegated
    Make sure all employees feel empowered and don't have to operate in a specific silo


  7. "Solid agency"

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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

    Smart people, quality clients, great management

    Cons

    Lack of learning opportunities, little expectation or ability to negotiate salary

  8. "Great company and culture."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Pros

    great culture and lots of room for growth.

    Cons

    low pay compared to others in the industry.


  9. "Account Exec"

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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 office and nice people

    Cons

    Low pay and fluff work


  10. "Consumer PR Internship"

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

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

    Pros

    The work I performed as a Consumer PR intern was identical to the work of the account executives. We attended all the same meetings, and I got to work on real client work. This is a fantastic portfolio builder, and you will leave the internship with more than enough pieces of solid work to add to your portfolio to help you land a great role after you are finished.

    Cons

    The account executives treated interns as inferior and sometimes it felt like being an extra on Mean Girls. Also because they have so many interns, becoming employed afterwards is mostly unlikely. Not impossible, but competition is so high, the likelihood of becoming an AAE after your internship is over is unlikely. I tried many times, and they would not hire me on, despite my achievements during my internship, and incredible amount of media coverage I earned for the client.

    Advice to Management

    Try to include interns more in work outings so they don't feel so left out, and work harder to keep the best interns in the company.


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