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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 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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    Great place shame about the culture

    Associate Director (Current Employee) London, England

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Falling behind it's competitors, sadly!

    Account Manager (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsFantastic CEO
    Great office
    Salary
    Friday beers
    Reception staff

    ConsBullying culture
    Closed shop for progression
    Appalling HR

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the deadwood and let the next generation help make the company the top PR Firm in the UK again.......

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

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

    Assistant Account Executive (Former Employee) London, England

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

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

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

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

    Senior Vice President (Former Employee) London, England

    ProsGlobal, creative, a collection of great minds.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe less political and focus on the work.

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    Good name on your CV

    Accounts Executive (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsCompetent 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementEnsure 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Weber Shandwick is the perfect PR University for people starting out

    Account Director (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsLong 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 Senior ManagementCommunicate 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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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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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