Weber Shandwick
3.5 of 5 157 reviews
www.webershandwick.com New York, NY 1000 to 5000 Employees

Weber Shandwick Reviews

Updated Apr 20, 2014
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3.5 157 reviews

                             

88% Approve of the CEO

Weber Shandwick Andy Polansky CEO

CEO

(34 ratings)

73% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Better agency-wide work/life balance than Edelman or Waggener Edstrom"
    in 7 reviews
  • "Has great clients with big names, and interesting projects"
    in 10 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work life balance is definitely tough - but that also comes with the industry"
    in 12 reviews
  • "The work/life balance tends to shift to the work side of the scale, so be prepared for long hours"
    in 19 reviews
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Great place shame about the culture

Associate Director (Current Employee)
London, England

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

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

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

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

I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time for less than a year

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

I worked at Weber Shandwick

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

I have been working at Weber Shandwick

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

I have been working at Weber Shandwick

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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Great experience for the self-motivated learner

Intern (Former Employee)
Singapore (Singapore)

I worked at Weber Shandwick as an intern for less than a year

ProsGreat starting point as you get:
-reasonable working hours (especially for PR industry)
-opportunities to engage in the suite of PR work (media releases, events, media toolkit etc)
-room for growth (onus is on one, company does not restrict you)
-strong global network with good and diverse mix of clients to choose from

Cons-not a united work place, individualistic culture (people eat by themselves mostly)
-scope of work depends on practice assigned to
-no clear training or growth plan; its fight for your learning opportunities or wallow and stagnate forever

Advice to Senior Managementdont think that interns are slacking all the time, and take the time to talk to them - they are humans too.

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

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Public Relations Intern in Seattle

Public Relations Intern (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA (US)

I worked at Weber Shandwick as an intern for less than a year

ProsGreat network, interesting clients, good coworkers

ConsMinimal mentorship for interns, mediocre compensation

Advice to Senior ManagementWork on mentoring your interns more. We may not end up being hired full time, but we are more than just lackeys for the summer. I had no chance of being hired onto my team because we had two AAEs already and needed to hire senior management. While my team was very kind to me, I didn't feel that they invested any time with me while I was there. I still learned from my fellow interns, but less from people in my own team, which was disheartening.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Opportunities, Poor Work/Life Balance

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

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

ProsGreat opportunities to work with great clients

ConsPoor work/life balance
Management is unorganized

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Innovative firm with all the resources and bureaucracy that comes with a giant company

Group Manager (Former Employee)

I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time for more than 5 years

ProsSmart, strategic, creative colleagues. Great training ground for entry level (but expect to pay in brutal hours and sad salaries). Fun work environment. Interesting clients, often with the budgets to execute solid campaigns. Exciting working for a global firm that is growing at the pace or above the industry.

ConsLack of work-life balance. Lots of corporate bureaucracy and drama among senior level management.

Advice to Senior ManagementOffer your employees more opportunities to grow with you. Flexible schedules. Lateral mobility across accounts and practice areas.

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

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