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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. Helpful (1)

    "Exceptional Communications Firm"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Smart, creative staff; great clients; challenging atmosphere

    Cons

    Not really a con, but be prepared to work hard


  2. "Intern"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing people, unbelievably creative and supportive culture, great work-life balance, gorgeous office, excellent benefits and great clients.

    Cons

    Bit of a loose management structure. You really need to seek out upper level support on your own.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to take chances on interns with varying backgrounds and retain those who show dedication and enthusiasm.

  3. "Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The people are fantastic - smart, passionate and driven - and the environment is welcoming. The work is intellectually stimulating and some clients are a pleasure to work for.

    Cons

    Uncompetitive pay, poor interorganizational communication for planning and scheduling, unequal teams, overload of deliverables

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in the growth and happiness of junior staff


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to start a career"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interdisciplinary company that values creative thinking from all levels; the client portfolio is second to none; and senior management is quite smart and forward thinking.

    Cons

    I guess this is a pro and a con, but you typically get to do something different every day. Sometimes this means just you aren't busy at all, and other times you have way too much. Comes with the agency territory I suppose. Roles tend to be siloed too, meaning if you are an AE, you really have to wait for SAE to take on those increased responsibilities -- as opposed to being an associate at a smaller firm, where there may be a greater fluctuation in responsibilities in a single role.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. Maybe encourage more cross practice communication, and invest more in retaining young talent.

    Weber Shandwick Response

    Nov 4, 2015 – VP, Digital & Social Marketing

    Thanks for taking the time to share more about your experience here. We agree that Weber Shandwick is a great place to start a career, and we’re glad to hear that has been your experience here thus... More


  5. Helpful (1)

    "innovative and meaningful work at weber shandwick washington"

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    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I get to work on really exciting global accounts while working with a very creative, smart and fun group of people. I think we're among the best agencies when it comes to marrying traditional and digital communications. It's a pretty exciting time in communications and I love working for a firm like weber that is constantly innovating. Everyone I work with is really proud of working here and even though there's not a lot of formal training, I feel like I'm learning a lot.

    Cons

    The office is starting to get pretty crowded due to our rapid growth the past couple years. There's not enough sharing between floors and between account teams, so we don't always know what's going on beyond our own part of the office.

    Advice to Management

    It would be great to have a more formal training program with courses offered repeatedly throughout the year.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Great name, great clients, not so great pay"

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great name, great reputation - the company is very well respected within the PR world and you have the opportunity to work with a lot of really high profile clients

    Cons

    I don't know if it's an industry trend or just my office but the compensation is pretty horrendous. Very top heavy in the DC office with lots of big egos who delegate to junior staff. In some ways the junior staff benefit from being given so much responsibility, but the low pay / lack of recognition takes it's toll. Pretty high turnover

    Advice to Management

    I think it would be beneficial for WS to examine the employee structure and find ways to beef up the middle of the "chain of command" so that VP-level employees and above can focus on running the accounts instead of managing 25 year old employees. Hire more Group Manager and Director-level employees with the understanding that they are going to be "in the middle"


  7. "Nice place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company has a lot of high profile clients
    Also has a great reputation within the industry
    Culture is one of strong collaboration
    Flat organization in that title doesn't matter in providing best services to the client

    Cons

    compensation lower than peers
    bureaucracy often gets in the way of timeliness, good client work
    limited flexibility to choose work

    Advice to Management

    compensation needs to reflect industry norms
    more flexibility/autonomy needed in client services

  8. "Weber Shandwick - A good place for a career."

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    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility. Great people. Creative. This is a company for the long haul. Make it a career here. Other reasons include the benefits package, team atmosphere, availability to move up the ladder quickly and a great learning environment. It is a large organization, but each office is run differently, so look for the place that's a good culture fit.

    Cons

    There aren't many actually. It's a family atmosphere there. Very fast paced, too. So for those who aren't into that, not such a match. Also, make sure you fit in culturally with a firm. That's hard for some, easy for others. You don't want to regret your decision, especially when you need to service clients.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, but make sure that people stay busy!


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