Weber Shandwick

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Weber Shandwick Reviews

Updated 2 March 2015
Updated 2 March 2015
213 Reviews
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213 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Collaborative office; phenomenal resources; good work-life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Great opportunities to work with great clients (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Work Life balance can be a little crazy at times, but you'll experience that at an agency (in 19 reviews)

  • The work/life balance tends to shift to the work side of the scale, so be prepared for long hours (in 23 reviews)

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  1.  

    Takes a position of vendor with clients and thus they stop respecting you and your work as professionals.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore

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

    Pros

    Office culture was good and fun though there is a lot of cold wars among managers. The agency has good clients worldwide. They allowed sabbaticals if you wanted to travel and explore the world. But you'd have to give atleast a 2 month notice. Quite flexible in work life balance.

    Cons

    The managers take a position of vendors than consultants and doesn't set the expectation of clients. The brunt of it will be borne by the the lower position employees who will have to stalk journalists to get a story that isn't even news worthy.
    No ethics or integrity when it comes to client delivery.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    The Worst Company I ever Worked For

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Management in New Delhi
    Former Employee - Senior Management in New Delhi

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

    Pros

    -Great Colleagues and meeting clever people
    -Working on with multiple clients across industries

    Cons

    -Bad treatment and lack of appreciation from senior management
    -Extremely hierarchic in its implementation
    -New ideas are not encouraged if they do not fit in with the idea the senior management has in mind
    -Terrible paymaster with breach of contracts
    -Lying to clients in our capacities
    -Senior management refuses to accept the advent of the digital era despite being a PR firm
    -Extremely poor retainership of talent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Fire the top management and let the employee talent flourish
    -Restructure its organizational set-up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Excellent

    Current Employee - Guest Relation Officer in Delhi
    Current Employee - Guest Relation Officer in Delhi

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

    Pros

    Friendly Environment, professional Staff and lots to learn for everyone

    Cons

    conveyance a bit of a problem for those no having own.

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  5.  

    Great opportunities in digital for early in career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Receptive management, steady work, client-facing opportunities

    Cons

    Top heavy, little investment in new capabilities, not much "groundbreaking" work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    innovative, creative and awesome

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    The People - Crazy smart PR and communications professionals that are personable, fun, creative, down-to-earth and GSD.

    The Culture - Feels like a spunky small company on the growth curve, but with big company established values and a well known reputation.

    The Opportunities - The chance to work with high profile Fortune 500 brands and up-and-coming companies is invigorating and educational.

    Cons

    For such a large and established agency that tracks billable hours, it is surprising that the internal technology is so poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain the positive momentum and energy to empower and engage the entire office, especially junior staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    The amount of resources that the agency has is second-to-none; the people are super friendly and the culture is very good for mid-senior people. Like any agency, it can work you hard but the teams celebrate and party together as well. Work-life balance is what you make of it - as long as your work is done, you aren't required to work long hours or weekends.

    Cons

    Benefits are standard - 401k, health, dental, etc - nothing creative. Training of junior/new employees can use some work. Very "standard agency" orientation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Brightest in the industry

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick

    Pros

    Access to people shaping the industry

    Cons

    Hard to move up in agency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more available

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company, sometimes contradictory in nature

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

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

    Pros

    Obviously a huge focus on the future and the actual values of the company is great- really easy to be inspired. Clearly an industry leader with many good accounts. Fantastic name to have on your CV and had a great time, loved the work being done

    Cons

    The work environment sometimes wasn't the most enjoyable and could be awkward. If you're good at what you do this isn't a problem, but can tend to be a bit cliquey. Also hugely disorganised. Reality of the company doesn't quite match up to the values: aka the company says one thing about itself, whereas the reality sometimes is a bit different.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great agency on paper; but a bit too big for its own good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick

    Pros

    Many activities at the office. Ability to travel/work from other offices

    Cons

    work-life balance non existent. In the NYC office, personal advancement comes, but only if you push and push for change yourself. Everyone is so busy with client work that advancement is not easy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acknowledge your junior level staff as humans

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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