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WE Communications Senior Account Executive Reviews

Updated 7 Mar 2019

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WE Communications CEO Melissa Waggener Zorkin
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  1. Helpful (7)

    "Unfair Promotion Process"

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at WE Communications full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Overall, nice people, many of whom are smart and dedicated. Nice office in Bellevue, WA but it can be a bear if you're commuting from Seattle.

    Cons

    The promotion process is conducted by the circle of "mean girls" -- EVPs and SVPs who have been with agency for ions and meet regularly with the chiefs Promotions rely on you the employee of having an advocate in room, i.e., a senior leader who likes you and will go to bat for you but that only happens if you're a golden child. Even if you do quality work and go the extra mile for clients, it goes unnoticed unless you're...

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    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate the promotion process and be equitable throughout, not just favored flavors of the month.

    WE Communications2019-03-07

    WE Communications Response

    April 5, 2019Chief Talent Officer

    We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback and are disappointed to hear about your experience. We strive to provide advancement opportunities for our employees and we will take your concerns into account as we continue to evolve our process. If you have specific insights ...

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  2. Helpful (10)

    "Agency that produces strong work, but doesn't value employees"

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at WE Communications full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The agency does great work for its clients. The brands that are part of the client portfolio provides great opportunities to work on accounts that are household names.

    Cons

    Extremely inconsistent promotion tracks. Incredibly poor managers. Extremely long hours with pressure to meet high billable hour goals. Bonus program is used extremely sparingly and oftentimes was used to keep employees who were clearly unhappy. Tremendous loss of middle level (AE/SAE) staff due to those levels carrying huge burdens of the workload while higher levels took credit. Benefits are mediocre. The agency touts...

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    Advice to Management

    Find a way to let your employees shine for the work they do. Get rid of the superficial attempts to keep your employees and take a much closer/careful look of how you honor your mid-level employees. Get in-touch with your employees. The company is not big enough for key senior leaders to not know what is happening in the day-to-day account roles.

    WE Communications2018-08-22

    WE Communications Response

    September 4, 2018Director

    Thank you for sharing feedback about your experience at WE, we’re disappointed to read that you didn’t experience how much our agency values employees. As a professional services company, employees are the heartbeat of our company. The ideas, energy and hard work from each employee ...

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  3. Helpful (2)

    "Gain valuable experience representing top companies worldwide"

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WE Communications full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Clients represented are some of the most well-known companies and brands in the world. At WE, we are responsible for full-scale communications, getting to work on incredible projects and work on behalf of these companies. -For those looking to gain PR experience to either go to another agency, in house, or even advance up the ranks at WE, this agency has one of the best reputations in the business. They're doing...

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    Cons

    -Team dynamics and opportunity for advancement varies (sometimes drastically) across the agency so that even if you are operating at a high level, if your team (or manager) is slow to promote, you could get "stuck" at a more junior level. -Salary is not competitive with the marketplace, but experienced gained oftentimes outweighs that. -Lack of diversity within the agency, although we support those efforts for...

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    Advice to Management

    -Create a standardized process across the agency for considering promotions, and if a title promotion isn't available, bring options to the table (such as merit bonus, vacation days, etc.) That goes a long way in creating company loyalty and encouraging people to stay at the agency, when competitors are paying much more.

    WE Communications2018-03-09
  4. Helpful (1)

    "A good agency to build and advance your career"

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WE Communications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Lots of senior team members to learn from. -Exposure to senior execs on the client side. -Ability to move between teams, different business groups

    Cons

    -Pay seems below the industry average. -Can easily get burnt out. -High turnover at the entry and mid levels

    WE Communications2018-01-18
  5. Helpful (17)

    "Nothing was ever good enough"

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at WE Communications full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Modern office Work from Home flexibility Young professional dominated Client travel Well known in industry Good on your resume going forward

    Cons

    The culture here is terrible. It is a cycle of burnout and client over servicing. I just kept trying and waiting for it to get better and thinking I’ll finally hit certain goals but the bar kept moving. Their strategy is to get people in there young, abuse them by working them to the core and paying them nothing and just letting them burn out til they leave. They just need the labor. Then the only people who succeed are...

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    WE Communications2018-01-11
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Fantastic agency, great place to work and grow"

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WE Communications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Amazing work culture, lots of room for growth and travel opportunities. Exposure to international markets. Highly proficient, intelligent and switched-on colleagues. Great management and mentorship. Overall, the best agency I've ever worked at :)

    Cons

    Salary could be better and more competitive

    WE Communications2017-01-27
  7. Helpful (9)

    "Laid off in 2013"

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at WE Communications full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work from home on Fridays; people who work there are pretty smart; bucolic views of large Douglas Fir trees during a brief moment you walk by the Windows; a golden Moroni gazing upon you from the next door Mormon temple

    Cons

    Terrible open office environment; top heavy organization where politics trumps results; obsession with employees sending 'think mails' to show the agency how smart you are instead of doing real work; a management team haunted by the ghosts of The go-go 90s Microsoft; inability to create a functioning new business department or involve people who only work on the Microsoft account.

    Advice to Management

    I brought in $60k revenue via a new Microsoft client and got laid off a few months later. That is peanuts to you but no wonder you had to eliminate a floor at 3CP--your priorities are all messed up. Forget the politics and figure out how to run an agency that doesn't entirely revolve around Microsoft.

    WE Communications2016-06-01
  8. Helpful (1)

    "A positive place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WE Communications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    ability to work from home, good benefits

    Cons

    work place balance is difficult

    WE Communications2015-12-28
  9. "Solid communications company with great people"

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WE Communications

    Pros

    WE knows its craft and is a great place to start, grow and thrive in your career. You learn the trade and learn it well, attaining highly marketable and valuable attributes that you will carry forward in your career. Very flexible work schedule and work from home options along with a fantastic benefits package and generous PTO.

    Cons

    It is easy to lose of sight of what work/life balance looks like here - those flexible work schedules enable an "always on" condition that clients and teammates alike come to expect and see as normal.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in your people!

    WE Communications2015-12-08
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Lots of good opportunities but lots of politics"

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at WE Communications full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good culture and opportunities to work with big clients and products. Generally smart and fun people work here. Good employer for the market.

    Cons

    If you aren't tabbed a favorite you'll wait a long time in between promotions. There can be lots of politics between teams.

    WE Communications2015-11-05
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