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Weber Shandwick Reviews

Updated 6 August 2014
Updated 6 August 2014
173 Reviews

3.4
173 Reviews
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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 22 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    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.  

    Falling behind it's competitors, sadly!

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

    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

    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

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

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

    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 agency for an internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consumer Public Relations
    Former Employee - Consumer Public Relations

    Pros

    - Great exposure to major brands/campaigns
    - Lots of hands on experience
    - Great office
    - Friendly coworkers

    Cons

    - The hiring process after the internship is vague. You're never given direct answers as to whether or not you will be hired at the end of it. During each of my reviews, I was given false hope about getting hired permanently.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Intern

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    Lot's of experience, great people and fun work!

    Cons

    May not be a job at the end, but you have a higher chance of being hired than most places.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Working for the Big Agencies has its pros and its cons

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Former Employee - Director in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

    Pros

    Being part of a network, having access to 'sister' agencies, having access to experts from all areas of the communication industry, possibilities to move from one office to another.

    Cons

    Lots of red tape, high cost, too many people who arent revenue generating; they hire you by saying you will join a big family but will fire you as soon as there arent enough clients

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the red tape, become more nimble

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Low Pay and Poor Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dallas, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX (US)

    Pros

    Great clients
    Travel opportunities
    Fun work environment
    Good benefits package

    Cons

    Extremely 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 ManagementAdvice

    Treat 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

    Approves of CEO

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