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Weber Shandwick Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
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3.4 170 reviews

90% Approve of the CEO

Weber Shandwick CEO Andy Polansky

Andy Polansky

(41 ratings)

72% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great opportunities to work with great clients(in 13 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 15 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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    Okay Place to Work

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

    ProsWork 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.

    ConsJunior 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 Senior ManagementMake 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.

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    Low Pay and Poor Management

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

    ProsGreat clients
    Travel opportunities
    Fun work environment
    Good benefits package

    ConsExtremely 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 Senior ManagementTreat 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

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    Great Company, Office Was Horrible

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

    ProsGreat brands
    Great broad team
    Looks great on resume

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementWhy do satellite offices get treated like the red headed step child?

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Assistant Account Executive

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBig clients, big events, great network

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your employees with respect, pay employees what they deserve

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Account Director (Current Employee)

    ProsRespected in the industry, interesting clients, smart people

    ConsLonger 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 Senior ManagementListen 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Amazing.

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

    Prossmart people who work hard play hard

    Conslong hours but worth it

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

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    PR Bootcamp

    Senior Account Executive (Current Employee) New York, NY (US)

    ProsAgency has great clients, with great activations. Great place to learn about all aspects of smart public relations campaigns. Could not ask for better pr training.

    ConsNon-existent work life balance. Office politics are very much in place. This is not the place for your if you need hand holding- its all about being self-motivated, self-starter.

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

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

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

    ProsGreat 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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Playing favorites

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Minneapolis, MN (US)

    ProsGreat work life/life integration (not balance). Understanding when family needs to come first.

    ConsMany examples of playing favorites when one rule doesn't apply to all in the office. Promotions held off for some while given to others with lower experience, as an example.

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    Intern

    Consumer Intern (Former Employee)

    ProsLots of responsibility in Public Relations and Digital Public Relations field. Decent pay for interns and lots of job perks such as out of office activities.

    ConsHighly unlikely you will get hired unless you're a favorite of supervisors. Did not have weekly reviews as other interns did with their mentor. Wish Human Resources monitored this more than they did.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more upfront with interns about full-time employment reality

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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