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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Assistant Account Executive (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON

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

Prosreally enjoyed colleagues. Personalities and interests are similar throughout the office

Consterrible salary. Programs were usually extensions of American clients. Not very active in new business at the time

Advice to Senior Managementbuild credibility for better clients and bigger budgets

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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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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Wonderful Company!

Account Executive (Current Employee)
Dallas, TX (US)

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

ProsOffice culture, innovative people, perks and various accounts.

ConsLong hours and it is sometimes hard to maintain a work-life balance.

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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Falling behind it's competitors, sadly!

Account Manager (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

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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No hierarchy or politics. If you know your stuff, you're empowered.

Vice President, Digital (Current Employee)

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

Pros- Amazingly smart, collaborative and even funny group of ppl to work with
- Culture starts from the top; Andy, Gail, Jack are not only all wickedly smart and savvy, but very approachable, kind human beings. They meet you once and remember your name, types. Rare to see in such a huge company + from those at such high levels.

Cons- High performers are counted on quite a bit, while dead weight skates by.
- Laziness at the most sr. levels can sometimes be evidenced by how much jr. staff end up taking on. Cut these ppl lose. They are toxic to the overall culture.

Advice to Senior Management- Keep doing what you're doing. Mediaco, Scientific Element, Employee Value Propositioning etc, the Incite -- these are all things that are helping us win.
- NYC should spend more time in other (smaller) offices so they know they are valued. There tends to be an "us vs. them" mentality b/c NYC is so absorbed in their own office/clients/people and it feels like they forget there is other great work, teams and clients across the globe.

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

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Great place shame about the culture

Associate Director (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

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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Energetic culture

Assistant Account Executive (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL (US)

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

ProsLaid back culture, intelligent employees, opportunities for growth, great benefits

ConsSalary could be more higher, but promotion rate is high

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

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