Weber Shandwick
3.4 of 5 153 reviews
www.webershandwick.com New York, NY 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Apr 10, 2014
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3.4 153 reviews

                             

88% Approve of the CEO

Weber Shandwick Andy Polansky CEO

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(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 Work-Life Balance

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsExtremely diverse, smart culture, relaxed environment

ConsLow compensation for entry-level employees

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

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Talented people, great clients and great work, but limited accountability

Senior Vice President (Current Employee)
New York, NY (US)

I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time

ProsLeadership is smart, inspiring, friendly, approachable and supportive.
Really great work coming from very talented staff.
Rockstars can pave their own way. If you're well-liked, the company will invest your ideas as long as you can show how they build the business.
Junior folks are very empowered.
People are mostly treated like adults and management is hands off.

ConsInfrastructure is messy, under resourced (Finance, HR and IT) and significantly behind the times. It's obvious to everyone and extremely frustrating to navigate.
Compensation is notoriously low for an agency who's numbers are great. Sadly, this is true for even the strongest employees. Finance makes it very difficult to reward star performers.
Under performers never seem to go away.
You have to scream and fight to get anything approved by finance.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf everyone is over allocated all the time, burn out is going to happen.

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

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A great place to learn!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Weber Shandwick

ProsExposure to a lot of companies, project and products.

ConsThey demand a lot of hours!! Very stressful. Starting pay is not very good.

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Wouldn't work here if you're in social media.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsThis was my first job out of college and I did build up my skills to an extent.
My direct manager was great and we had a good relationship.
Right before I left, I was able to take on a leadership role which really helped in finding other opportunities.

ConsThere is a lack of structure and distribution of responsibility. Oftentimes 1 person is doing the job of 5 people, or there are people who don't have enough to do.
Several people that I worked with were under-qualified for their positions.
People are either severely underpaid (mostly at the mid and entry level) or grossly overpaid for their qualifications.
Senior management doesn't have a good grasp on everyone's responsibilities and what the day-to-day work and client management is like.
Clients are over-serviced due to the PR agency culture, which leads to incredibly long (and thankless) hours. The scope was rarely referenced when clients had one-off requests.
Senior management completely unprofessional when I put in my notice.

Advice to Senior ManagementToo much time was spent talking about changes that were going to be made instead of actually making them. Pay more attention to the needs and workload of lower-level employees.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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