Weber Shandwick

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Weber Shandwick Reviews

Updated 16 September 2014
Updated 16 September 2014
175 Reviews
3.4
175 Reviews
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Weber Shandwick CEO Andy Polansky
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Review Highlights

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

  • Collaborative office; phenomenal resources; good work-life balance (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is definitely tough - but that also comes with the industry (in 16 reviews)

  • The work/life balance tends to shift to the work side of the scale, so be prepared for long hours (in 22 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Excellent

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

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time for 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.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A unified corporate culture would make this an even better place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Baltimore, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD (US)

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good senior leadership, ambition to be at the forefront of PR and marketing, willing embrace of innovation, a willingness to invest in talent

    Cons

    The absence of a unfiied corporate culture makes the "experience" of Weber Shandwick widly different from office to office. Some offices are meat grinders, while others are as perfect a place to work as you could hope for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Failure or success in culture building will determine whether WS remains a top agency a decade from now.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A great ride

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

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Firm has a collaborative culture and a strong global network. Creates opportunities to work on interesting assignments across practice areas and geographies. Given depth and breadth of expertise attracts leading clients in different industry sectors.

    Cons

    Must be a self-starter to truly thrive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people faster

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company, inspiring work, fun culture

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    - Lots of recognition for great work, promotions
    - If you're good, you can create your own career here -- very entrepreneurial, and new roles being created every day
    - Leaders care about people - people are people, not numbers
    - Fun environment - work hard, play hard

    Cons

    - Takes time to learn the company as a new person
    - Long hours sometimes (as with most client-based agencies), but flexible

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    World-class agency environment that fosters collaboration, growth and transformation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Pros

    Highly collaborative culture; entrepreneurial spirit; a focus on doing great, high-impact work

    Cons

    Honestly I have nothing negative to share about the company.

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great agency for an internship

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    Former Employee - Consumer Public Relations
    Former Employee - Consumer Public Relations

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

    Pros

    - Great exposure to major brands/campaigns
    - Lots of hands on experience
    - Great office
    - Friendly coworkers

    Cons

    - The hiring process after the internship is vague. You're never given direct answers as to whether or not you will be hired at the end of it. During each of my reviews, I was given false hope about getting hired permanently.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Intern

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Lot's of experience, great people and fun work!

    Cons

    May not be a job at the end, but you have a higher chance of being hired than most places.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Working for the Big Agencies has its pros and its cons

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Former Employee - Director in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

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

    Pros

    Being part of a network, having access to 'sister' agencies, having access to experts from all areas of the communication industry, possibilities to move from one office to another.

    Cons

    Lots of red tape, high cost, too many people who arent revenue generating; they hire you by saying you will join a big family but will fire you as soon as there arent enough clients

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the red tape, become more nimble

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Low Pay and Poor Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dallas, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX (US)

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Pros

    Great clients
    Travel opportunities
    Fun work environment
    Good benefits package

    Cons

    Extremely low pay for the work/hours
    No work/life balance
    Poor management
    Incompetent employees remain and are promoted
    Management plays favorites; favorites are not necessarily the most talented or hard working

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat the smart, hardworking employees well and pay them fairly
    Don't just promote incompetent employees because you don't know what to do with them

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Okay Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Work load/life balance seems reasonable depending on what accounts you are on, smart people. Great about letting you head out to a doc appt., etc.
    Agency is buttoned up and there are a lot of resources available to the teams.
    Competitive salaries.

    Cons

    Junior staff act more like admins and are not given a lot of opportunity, so there is a lot of turnover there. A lot of higher level employees tend to micro manage and get stuck in the day to day. There are also a lot of people who have been here for a long time so it tends be be cliquey and new people never feel like they fit. SVPs are super busy and don't have enough time to really act as mentors to the people they manage.

    You also tend to work on what's available, and the agency does not take in to account your interests.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make checking in with direct reports more frequent and more of a priority to reduce turnover. Do a better job of putting account people on businesses they actually were hired to work on.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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