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Weber Shandwick Reviews

Updated 19 March 2019
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  • "Work-life balance and people are great" (in 31 reviews)

  • "Great people doing interesting work" (in 41 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Not your traditional PR firm..."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - VP+ in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - VP+ in New York, NY (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Smart colleagues and truly collaborative culture (not just on paper). Merit based environment -- you do great work, you get more opportunity. Best ideas win -- no matter where they come from.

    Cons

    Not as diverse as it could be -- though it's better than many firms and a ton of efforts are being made in this area

    Advice to Management

    Keep finding ways to show up and comers their value to the firm


  2. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Pros

    The people, the work, diversity of projects.

    Cons

    Salary is pretty low compared to other industries

  3. "Great place for experience with multinational clients"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Junior executives get plenty of formal training.
    - A great place to get experience working with multinational clients and to collaborate with other offices in an international network.
    - Met several interesting and intelligent people who I continue to be in touch with.
    - Very useful to have a wide variety of specialist sector groups for purposes of client referrals, and the company leverages this effectively.

    Cons

    There can be lots of office politics at the senior levels, but not a bad place to work.


  4. "Experienced Professionals Avoid at all Costs"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Oxford, England
    Former Employee - Manager in Oxford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great CEO with clear vision. Energetic, enthusiastic and talented consumer team. High profile brands/clients. Other practices act as bolt on offerings.

    Cons

    Business reliant on young, inexperienced staff. High cost/high value clients but team given none or minimal resources. Bloated tiers of Senior to Mid-weight management = high fees. Lots of egos and no clear leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Weed out the bullies. Cut-down mid level management.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "One to avoid"

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    Former Employee - Digital Marketing Executive in Glasgow, Scotland
    Former Employee - Digital Marketing Executive in Glasgow, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Weber Shandwick full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The salary and client list is competitive and impressive.

    Cons

    Weber Shandwick is struggling to remain progressive in term of workplace culture - acceptance of diverse employees who have disabilities is negligible and wholly unacceptable. Without a doubt, Weber Shandwick is one to avoid.

    Advice to Management

    Employing a diverse staff who have integrity to match their talent would be a good start. Further to this, it's advisable to implement diversity training to empower staff and upper management to actually adhere to Weber Shadwick's diversity and inclusion policies.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good culture, smart people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

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

    Pros

    Great culture, look after employees, good work life balance, wide range of top clients.

    Cons

    Could do with better structure in terms of career developement


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Digital Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Pros

    - Very approachable people
    - Interesting clients
    - Frequent mentoring and advice on how to improve

    Cons

    - The on boarding process is ridiculous and you're often left in the dark about what's going on before suddenly being expected to manage four or five accounts at once.

    -If you're not one of the girls and don't instantly clique then you're looked down on. Loads of backstabbing and bitchiness.
    -You're not trained thoroughly enough, especially as junior.
    -Wellbeing and mental health seem to be at to be at the bottom of their list, and if you show any signs of human weakness you're patronised and left in the dark yet again about how your performance is and what the future holds for you.

    -Promises the world but can't actually deliver, you can totally forget about career progression here.

    -They keep changing what type of agency they are and have no real structure.

    Advice to Management

    -Grow your junior members into people THEY can be proud of, don't see them as just another asset!

    -Pay attention to how your staff really feel.

  8. "John Dannon"

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    Current Employee - Account Director in Richmond, London, England
    Current Employee - Account Director in Richmond, London, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work for progression

    Cons

    long hours are often necessary


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent collaborative culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Weber Shandwick full-time

    Pros

    Fair leadership and excellent collaboration across international and cross-practice teams.

    Cons

    Nothing specific to add. I loved to work there.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Fantastic, stimulating and rewarding place to work - I enjoy work everyday"

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    Current Employee - Associate (Health) in London, England
    Current Employee - Associate (Health) in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    + you get to work an a massive variety of projects
    + you get fantastic exposure and can deliver real impact
    + you are given responsibility and learning opportunities from day one
    + you can tailor your experience by asking to get more exposure on X Y Z
    + they really care about personally developing you
    + The structure is fantastic, there is no hierarchy and from day one you can work alongside the MD and chairs, who trust and value you
    + The company really try and promote a work life balance and reward you for your hard work
    + free friday drinks
    + Summer working hours (finish at 4 on a Friday)
    +Your team gets a budget they can spend on all social events to help promote team bonding etc
    + the team are so cohesive
    +you get to work with the most intelligent people who are leading the field

    Cons

    - they could pay slightly higher but the job is so meaningful