Weber Shandwick

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Weber Shandwick Reviews

Updated 16 December 2014
Updated 16 December 2014
193 Reviews
3.9
193 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 an 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.  

    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 an year)

    Pros

    Friendly Environment, professional Staff and lots to learn for everyone

    Cons

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

  3.  

    Account Executive

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

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

    Pros

    If you want to be in PR- Weber Shandwick is an amazing global company to work for. Creative colleagues, ability to work on innovative projects for Fortune 500 companies as well as start ups. Hard work pays off.

    Cons

    Expect to put in your hours and more. Work / life balance is somewhat dependent on your supervisor and projects you work on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    If you want to work in PR, Weber is the best of the best

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    For a huge agency, Weber Shandwick offers personalized attention from middle management, insanely fun team bonding events and the opportunity to grow in the direction you want. My boss saw that I had an interest in financial services, and made an effort to move me to those accounts. Despite what comes with a big agency (bureaucracy, etc.), the corporate culture is energizing and fresh. People are smart and cool. In fact, some of my best friends I met at work. The fish in the lobby are adorable and we made up names for them (Big Poppa is the fat one who eats the others' food. If you come, you'll see him). I got the opportunity to manage the interns this summer, which was great experience in a supervisory role. The company also offers tons of training via lunch and learns and "classes" you can take on topics ranging from time management to communication styles.

    Cons

    Working on the same clients for the entirety of your job can get a little tiresome -- I get bored of clients after about a year and a half. Luckily, my managers were really supportive of my curiosity and desire to try new things. Sometimes it can feel like you're working on the same projects again and again, so it's up to you to volunteer for out-of-the-box assignments. If you do, management is really supportive, but the onus is on you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Best "large" agency but not necessarily better

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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

    Pros

    --Incredibly smart people; lots of staff resources
    --Fun office; people genuinely like each other
    --Collaborative
    --Solid roster of clients
    --Decent side benefits (partial gym and cell phone reimbursement)

    Cons

    --As others have said, there's most definitely a sense of favoritism and office politics; whether you are recognized or given new opportunities will depend on who you're buddies with at the office
    --Low salary for the market and not negotiable
    --IT resources (old equipment, takes forever to get upgraded)
    --Virtually nonexistent training (formal training is maybe once every 4-6 months but it's not prioritized)
    --Very top heavy...waaaaay more VPs than AEs or SAEs -- that just doesn't seem sustainable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire junior staff. Offer more training. Pay attention to what's happening at the junior and mid-level.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Learned Tons

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    I learned so much in my short time here. They really do work you hare as an intern - which in a long run is a great thing. The next firm I went on to could see the great experience I gained from Weber Shandwick.

    Cons

    Sometimes it seems like the place is a bit of factory - like everyone is just a cog in the wheel. I guess that goes along with the corporate culture though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make everyone feel equally important, and that they are actually adding a unique benefit to the firm.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It's Got What You Need (And MUCH More)

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Honestly, there's so little that I can complain about. We are a big company and have a massively cooperative and collaborative network across the board. I don't feel like just another cog in the wheel and I'm really junior on the team. We get regular communications from our leadership and recognition for what we do as a team/offices. Benefits are nice and make you feel like you're appreciated and that there is a good mix of downtown/happy hours/just for fun sessions to relax. Also, when I need to go to a doc's appt or leave earlier to attend a personal/professional event, my supervisors have been very flexible with my own schedule.

    Cons

    Since you're working with passionate and type A people, we are really focused on the details which can sometimes hinder the overall movement forward. There's also a culture of working late (even if you might not have much to do) and the more junior the harder. Sometimes I'm not too sure what are vision and goal is and how we are stacking up against that even though we win all of these awards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a communications about our goals, visions, and steps to get there. Where did we measure up to these goals in comparison to last year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Chart Your Own Course

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Fast moving environment, client focus, very nice people. Leadership shows a strong commitment to continue to change and evolve. If you have ideas and speak up for yourself then this is the type of culture that will let you chart your own course.

    Cons

    Could improve knowledge sharing (cross practice / cross office) and new hire onboarding. Given the rapid pace of change at the moment both are important to stay ahead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Pros

    Very smart and talented employees as well as great and well-known clients! Weber has very high standards that allow us to attract "the best of the best". There are vast opportunities to get cross-trained or mentored.

    Cons

    Employees need to be more vocal about opportunities or programs within the company that they may be interested in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Consumer Intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick as an intern

    Pros

    Smart, hardworking and fun office environment. People genuinely care about the clients they work for.

    Cons

    Managers of separate accounts don't communicate with each other, sometimes leaving the interns confused and spread thin

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate

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