Weber Shandwick

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Weber Shandwick Reviews

Updated 29 September 2014
Updated 29 September 2014
178 Reviews
3.5
178 Reviews
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Weber Shandwick CEO Andy Polansky
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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 23 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place shame about the culture

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

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

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fantastic CEO
    Great office
    Salary
    Friday beers
    Reception staff

    Cons

    Bullying culture
    Closed shop for progression
    Appalling HR

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 for less than a year

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Be less political and focus on the work.

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Weber Shandwick is the perfect PR University for people starting out

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

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great network connections

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    You can move up very quickly and have connections to a large network across the agency. You can also collaborate with people from other offices.

    Cons

    We don't have an office that is very fancy or offers many benefits for employees. I would also say that the salaries are fairly low for how much work you do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would suggest the leadership thinks about ways that they can make the workplace a better place to be.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A unified corporate culture would make this an even better place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Baltimore, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD (US)

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good senior leadership, ambition to be at the forefront of PR and marketing, willing embrace of innovation, a willingness to invest in talent

    Cons

    The absence of a unfiied corporate culture makes the "experience" of Weber Shandwick widly different from office to office. Some offices are meat grinders, while others are as perfect a place to work as you could hope for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Failure or success in culture building will determine whether WS remains a top agency a decade from now.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A great ride

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

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Firm has a collaborative culture and a strong global network. Creates opportunities to work on interesting assignments across practice areas and geographies. Given depth and breadth of expertise attracts leading clients in different industry sectors.

    Cons

    Must be a self-starter to truly thrive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people faster

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company, inspiring work, fun culture

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

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

    Pros

    - Lots of recognition for great work, promotions
    - If you're good, you can create your own career here -- very entrepreneurial, and new roles being created every day
    - Leaders care about people - people are people, not numbers
    - Fun environment - work hard, play hard

    Cons

    - Takes time to learn the company as a new person
    - Long hours sometimes (as with most client-based agencies), but flexible

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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