Weber Shandwick
3.5 of 5 157 reviews
www.webershandwick.com New York, NY 1000 to 5000 Employees

Weber Shandwick Reviews

Updated Apr 20, 2014
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3.5 157 reviews

                             

88% Approve of the CEO

Weber Shandwick Andy Polansky CEO

CEO

(34 ratings)

73% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Better agency-wide work/life balance than Edelman or Waggener Edstrom"
    in 7 reviews
  • "Has great clients with big names, and interesting projects"
    in 10 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work life balance is definitely tough - but that also comes with the industry"
    in 12 reviews
  • "The work/life balance tends to shift to the work side of the scale, so be prepared for long hours"
    in 19 reviews
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Excellent

Guest Relation Officer (Current Employee)
Delhi

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

ProsFriendly Environment, professional Staff and lots to learn for everyone

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

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Public Relations Intern in Seattle

Public Relations Intern (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA (US)

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

ProsGreat network, interesting clients, good coworkers

ConsMinimal mentorship for interns, mediocre compensation

Advice to Senior ManagementWork on mentoring your interns more. We may not end up being hired full time, but we are more than just lackeys for the summer. I had no chance of being hired onto my team because we had two AAEs already and needed to hire senior management. While my team was very kind to me, I didn't feel that they invested any time with me while I was there. I still learned from my fellow interns, but less from people in my own team, which was disheartening.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Innovative firm with all the resources and bureaucracy that comes with a giant company

Group Manager (Former Employee)

I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time for more than 5 years

ProsSmart, strategic, creative colleagues. Great training ground for entry level (but expect to pay in brutal hours and sad salaries). Fun work environment. Interesting clients, often with the budgets to execute solid campaigns. Exciting working for a global firm that is growing at the pace or above the industry.

ConsLack of work-life balance. Lots of corporate bureaucracy and drama among senior level management.

Advice to Senior ManagementOffer your employees more opportunities to grow with you. Flexible schedules. Lateral mobility across accounts and practice areas.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great experience for the self-motivated learner

Intern (Former Employee)
Singapore (Singapore)

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

ProsGreat starting point as you get:
-reasonable working hours (especially for PR industry)
-opportunities to engage in the suite of PR work (media releases, events, media toolkit etc)
-room for growth (onus is on one, company does not restrict you)
-strong global network with good and diverse mix of clients to choose from

Cons-not a united work place, individualistic culture (people eat by themselves mostly)
-scope of work depends on practice assigned to
-no clear training or growth plan; its fight for your learning opportunities or wallow and stagnate forever

Advice to Senior Managementdont think that interns are slacking all the time, and take the time to talk to them - they are humans too.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Opportunities, Poor Work/Life Balance

Digital Manager (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL (US)

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

ProsGreat opportunities to work with great clients

ConsPoor work/life balance
Management is unorganized

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Work-Life Balance

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsExtremely diverse, smart culture, relaxed environment

ConsLow compensation for entry-level employees

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Wouldn't work here if you're in social media.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsThis was my first job out of college and I did build up my skills to an extent.
My direct manager was great and we had a good relationship.
Right before I left, I was able to take on a leadership role which really helped in finding other opportunities.

ConsThere is a lack of structure and distribution of responsibility. Oftentimes 1 person is doing the job of 5 people, or there are people who don't have enough to do.
Several people that I worked with were under-qualified for their positions.
People are either severely underpaid (mostly at the mid and entry level) or grossly overpaid for their qualifications.
Senior management doesn't have a good grasp on everyone's responsibilities and what the day-to-day work and client management is like.
Clients are over-serviced due to the PR agency culture, which leads to incredibly long (and thankless) hours. The scope was rarely referenced when clients had one-off requests.
Senior management completely unprofessional when I put in my notice.

Advice to Senior ManagementToo much time was spent talking about changes that were going to be made instead of actually making them. Pay more attention to the needs and workload of lower-level employees.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Talented people, great clients and great work, but limited accountability

Senior Vice President (Current Employee)
New York, NY (US)

I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time

ProsLeadership is smart, inspiring, friendly, approachable and supportive.
Really great work coming from very talented staff.
Rockstars can pave their own way. If you're well-liked, the company will invest your ideas as long as you can show how they build the business.
Junior folks are very empowered.
People are mostly treated like adults and management is hands off.

ConsInfrastructure is messy, under resourced (Finance, HR and IT) and significantly behind the times. It's obvious to everyone and extremely frustrating to navigate.
Compensation is notoriously low for an agency who's numbers are great. Sadly, this is true for even the strongest employees. Finance makes it very difficult to reward star performers.
Under performers never seem to go away.
You have to scream and fight to get anything approved by finance.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf everyone is over allocated all the time, burn out is going to happen.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A great place to learn!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Weber Shandwick

ProsExposure to a lot of companies, project and products.

ConsThey demand a lot of hours!! Very stressful. Starting pay is not very good.

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Wonderful Company!

Account Executive (Current Employee)
Dallas, TX (US)

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

ProsOffice culture, innovative people, perks and various accounts.

ConsLong hours and it is sometimes hard to maintain a work-life balance.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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