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Weber Shandwick Reviews

Updated 6 August 2014
Updated 6 August 2014
173 Reviews

3.4
173 Reviews
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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.  

    Great agency for an internship

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

    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
  2.  

    Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    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
  3.  

    Working for the Big Agencies has its pros and its cons

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Former Employee - Director in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

    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
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  5. 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)

    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
  6.  

    Okay Place to Work

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

    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
  7.  

    Great Company, Office Was Horrible

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    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Austin, TX (US)

    Pros

    Great brands
    Great broad team
    Looks great on resume

    Cons

    The local office was terrible. Each office has its own culture so make sure you know what you want from an employer applies to the local office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why do satellite offices get treated like the red headed step child?

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Assistant Account Executive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Big clients, big events, great network

    Cons

    Long hours, poor management, compensation is terrible, treat their low level employees like assistants/admins

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with respect, pay employees what they deserve

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Nice place to visit but I wouldn't want to work here...

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    Current Employee - Account Director
    Current Employee - Account Director

    Pros

    Respected in the industry, interesting clients, smart people

    Cons

    Longer hours than others in the industry, little respect for junior staff, poor compensation for expectations, forced camaraderie and a phony atmosphere of support

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the junior staff. In the same breath we are told we are not being billable enough (e.g. that our office isn't hitting its numbers) and that people need to attend the non-billable all-staff meetings rather than doing client work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good brands, great results, but an overly political internal environment.

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

    Pros

    Great brands to work on; big, well-funded programs, extremely smart junior and mid-level professional staff. This agency really knows how to hire the best and brightest, especially at the junior/mid levels, and its intern program is superlative.

    Cons

    Lots of internal politics; visible and frequent favoritism in many of the practices. Spent way too much time on nonsense politics. It's an agency that is now driven by cronyism and who you know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out who is really producing value, and who is just talking loud. It might surprise them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Amazing.

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

    Pros

    smart people who work hard play hard

    Cons

    long hours but worth it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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