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Weber Shandwick Reviews

Updated October 10, 2017
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  • Inconsistent when it comes to work life balance (in 55 reviews)

  • There are long hours that are treated as part of the territory and industry (in 53 reviews)

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  1. "Creative & Engaging Work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Weber Shandwick is a great place to grow as a young employee. You get to learn from clients in a variety of industries, build your communications skills, and be mentored by some of them most creative minds in the business.

    Cons

    It's easy for remote employees to feel disconnected from the larger company and mission - especially younger staffers.

    Advice to Management

    Make it easier for young staffers to change managers over time if their initial manager isn't a good fit.


  2. "Strong expertise, good culture and work/life balance"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Pros

    Coming to Weber Shandwick has been one of the best choices in my career. The caliber of clients is very high, and colleagues are smart, collaborative and work effectively without ego. Work/life balance is also great.

    Cons

    There's sometimes less hands on training with more junior staff on PR basics.

  3. "A special place!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Pros

    - A collaborative culture with friendly people
    - Managers who support you and challenge you (that's been my experience at least)
    - A flexible role - the ability to flex between different specializations based on interest
    - Smart teams that really know how to further existing businesses
    - Solid work/life balance

    Cons

    - Pay is on the low side
    - WS can do a better job of informing us about promotion cycles and eligibility

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work! and thank you for all you do


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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  5. "Great place to work"

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

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Pros

    Intelligent, ambitious people that do amazing work.

    Cons

    No structure for advancement in certain departments.

    Weber Shandwick Response

    Jun 2, 2017 – Vice President

    Thanks so much for your feedback. We just rolled out a program to help our employees identify opportunities for growth beyond their current role. Looking forward to seeing it in action!


  6. "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


  7. "Senior manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Pros

    Great people and interesting work

    Cons

    Fast pace and work demands

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Fluff and vision aplenty but no direction"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. "Well managed agency"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    For a large, global agency, Weber is surprisingly collaborative and welcoming. Highly progressive and open to new technology, creative approaches, and fresh ideas.

    Cons

    Sometimes difficult to navigate, and can be bureaucratic

    Advice to Management

    Try to streamline some of the bureaucracy.


  10. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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