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Weber Shandwick Reviews

Updated July 24, 2017
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  • Work life balance can be hard to maintain if you are on demanding accounts (in 53 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 50 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

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

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


  2. "Titles blurry at this company"

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

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

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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Overall Great Place to Work"

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    • 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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great paid time off benefits from the the very beginning, ample time off around holidays, my direct manager is super supportive and fellow colleagues are passionate, hard-working with a "work hard, play hard" mentality, great ability to choose your own work schedule and location if you still get your work done and go to all your meetings

    Cons

    Often times there is a lack of transparency from upper management about the overall health of each office (since we have offices all over the world), the client-centric mentality often gets in the way of proper work/life balance so employees are consistently coming to work super early, staying late and working on the weekends


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Culture and the people make it worth it. Lots of opportunities to work across different groups, on different projects and with all different kinds of people. Very reasonable hours for the PR industry and you get to work with some of the top brands and smartest people in the world.

    Cons

    Junior staffers make much less than industry standards or what they could potentially make at a competing agency. They will not do summer Friday's and when it's a holiday they consider 3pm a half day.

    Advice to Management

    Should just increase everyone's base salary instead of paying overtime. It's not going to work the way it's set up and its only going to create confusion, and more work for people above who will then need to handle the work if they overtime isn't approved by the manager. Also lower level employees are going to start making more money than more senior level team members,


  6. "Consumer Intern"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consumer Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consumer Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Fantastic company culture and employees

    Cons

    Everyone is so good at their job, it is competitive


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Account Executive"

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    • Senior Management
    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

    Great client exposure, great work environment, great people, great management team. There was also beer/spirits on Fridays, creating a reward of sorts for another week's worth of hard work.

    Cons

    Pay could've been better from an entry level standpoint. Also, for those looking to expand their horizons and see other markets, travel was at a minimum.

  8. "My experience with WS"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is one of the best companies you can work for if you're starting out in a career in PR. The network of WS people is vast and there is an enormous wealth of knowledge you can be exposed to if you work here.

    Cons

    Pockets of unnecessary hierarchy lie in the shadows, and some managers are terrible while others are fabulous. It can be the luck of the draw, sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Train managers how to manage people well; don't just assume they know how to be a supervisor based on their job title or tenure.


  9. "Best in the industry"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Collaborative culture and opportunity to work on blue-chip clients

    Cons

    High expectations associated with continuing to raise the bar


  10. "Great Culture, Great Clients"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I work with Top 10 Fortune 500 clients every day and the hours can be long sometimes, but my team is so supportive and so is my work. I wouldn't work anywhere but Weber. It's clear that they know happy people = better work. The free coffee and food is also a major plus.

    Cons

    Demanding clients who sometimes ask far, far too much of junior level staff. Sometimes I was working 60 hours +, but senior staff helped me with my workload.

    Advice to Management

    Keep treating your staff the way you are treating them and offer junior level employees room for growth. The knowledge of the promotion cycle is what is keeping me motivated day in and day out.


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