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Weber Shandwick Reviews

Updated 18 April 2015
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Weber Shandwick CEO Andy Polansky
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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. Featured Review

    innovative, creative and awesome

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The People - Crazy smart PR and communications professionals that are personable, fun, creative, down-to-earth and GSD.

    The Culture - Feels like a spunky small company on the growth curve, but with big company established values and a well known reputation.

    The Opportunities - The chance to work with high profile Fortune 500 brands and up-and-coming companies is invigorating and educational.

    Cons

    For such a large and established agency that tracks billable hours, it is surprising that the internal technology is so poor.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the positive momentum and energy to empower and engage the entire office, especially junior staff.

  2. Great company, sometimes contradictory in nature

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Obviously a huge focus on the future and the actual values of the company is great- really easy to be inspired. Clearly an industry leader with many good accounts. Fantastic name to have on your CV and had a great time, loved the work being done

    Cons

    The work environment sometimes wasn't the most enjoyable and could be awkward. If you're good at what you do this isn't a problem, but can tend to be a bit cliquey. Also hugely disorganised. Reality of the company doesn't quite match up to the values: aka the company says one thing about itself, whereas the reality sometimes is a bit different.

  3. Over-inflated egos of Directors and Managers

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some nice people with amazing talent and passion for media/PR... Fantastic work from the teams! Fabulous office in Holborn... :-)

    Cons

    A lot of stuck-up employes who are not at all friendly, a lot of two-faced, backstabbing people who are nice to your face... :-(

    Advice to Management

    Get new HR department, they are all rubbish and a bunch of nasty gossips!
    Colin Byrne is the greatest CEO but needs to start listening to the lower-level employees for their feedback regarding this place to work...

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  5. Great clients but poor senior management.

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in London, England
    Former Employee - Associate Director in London, England

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to work with interesting brands. People with lots of experience to learn from if they give you the chance.

    Cons

    Bullying culture from senior staff which trickles down. Favouritism is everywhere. Progression not always based on merit, but who is in with the CEO or MDs.

    Advice to Management

    Shake up senior management across the board. Need more people centric and fair management.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Great place shame about the culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Director in London, England
    Current Employee - Associate Director in London, England

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good remuneration, good clients, good offices, interesting workload, great peers and employees,

    Cons

    Terrible senior management, emotionally led rather than professional, bullying and overbearing, lack of foresight and encouragement

  7. Helpful (1)

    Falling behind it's competitors, sadly!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Account Manager in London, England

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic CEO
    Great office
    Salary
    Friday beers
    Reception staff

    Cons

    Bullying culture
    Closed shop for progression
    Appalling HR

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the deadwood and let the next generation help make the company the top PR Firm in the UK again.......

  8. Helpful (1)

    Uninspiring environment with a lot of pressure to perform but little close to none incentives to do well

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Account Executive in London, England
    Former Employee - Assistant Account Executive in London, England

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great team working environment, good benefits such as health plan/discounted hotel rates etc.

    Cons

    Ridiculous bureaucracy, laughable and offensive pay, difficult access to other positions within the company in other departments, stressful sector, slave work for little pay.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Was a tremendous learning experience but gruelling and laden with politics stemming from the top down.

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    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in London, England

    I worked at Weber Shandwick

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Global, creative, a collection of great minds.

    Cons

    Very political in the London office, CEO is a headache and somewhat bi-polar in treatment of staff.

    Advice to Management

    Be less political and focus on the work.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Good name on your CV

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounts Executive in London, England
    Current Employee - Accounts Executive in London, England

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Competent management, understanding when need to take time off, training, good location, opportunities to move to other departments, good name on the CV as it is a global company.

    Cons

    Often have to work long hours, hierarchical, often have value of work overlooked, departments do not often work together so not very integrated.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure younger members of staff are given proper recognition so that they feel valued for their input into the comany and that their work makes a difference

  11. Weber Shandwick is the perfect PR University for people starting out

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Director in London, England
    Current Employee - Account Director in London, England

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The sheer size of the company and its worldwide network means that you get to work on a range of international business and large brands on major campaigns. There is a level of training, knowledge-sharing and experience that cannot be matched by the vast majority of PR agencies.

    Cons

    Long hours and a tendency to go after every piece of new business at the expense of employees' free time. Often not enough time to truly think about how to deliver the best service for a client.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more efficiently with staff. There are often 'open secrets' that could have easily been communicated by senior management but instead spread their way aroudn the company via Chinese whispers

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