Weber Shandwick

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Weber Shandwick Reviews

Updated 29 January 2015
Updated 29 January 2015
201 Reviews
3.9
201 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place shame about the culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    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.  

    Great clients but poor senior management.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Falling behind it's competitors, sadly!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    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
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  5. 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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    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
  6. 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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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good name on your CV

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  8.  

    Weber Shandwick is the perfect PR University for people starting out

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    VPs who care about your well being, opportunities to grow your career as long as you're proactive, very transparent upper management which is great for morale

    Cons

    no HR on site makes some of the bureaucratic processes a bit more difficult

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Will work you very hard but loads of opportunity

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Digital in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Digital in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick

    Pros

    Young and hip environment. Great benefits

    Cons

    Don't wear out the newbies to the point they leave

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Same

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    opportunities abound

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Digital Manager
    Current Employee - Digital Manager

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

    Pros

    Global agency with great clients and opportunities to work with colleagues worldwide

    Cons

    Some accounts are more limited in scope of geography or lack opportunities for innovative work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to support inter-office collaboration to the extent you have recently -- it is paying off in business development and happy employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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