WE Communications Reviews

Updated Jul 5, 2020

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WE Communications President and CEO Melissa Waggener Zorkin
Melissa Waggener Zorkin
205 Ratings
  1. "Very good"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Consultant in Seat Pleasant, MD

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

    Pros

    very good management because the manager vis very good

    Cons

    Not so good because the management is so so

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  2. "Great place to learn"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Singapore
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at WE Communications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Caring and generous leaders who look out for you

    Cons

    Political / tends to be a popularity contest

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  3. "Unique individuals need not apply"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at WE Communications full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There are some good people at the Account Manager level and below.

    Cons

    Are you a unique individual with outside the box thinking and a strong personality? Then run in the opposite direction. Conformity is king especially if you’re in a Microsoft account and bringing anything new to the table is lauded as “desirable” but no one actually wants it.

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  4. "Great benefits."

    3.0
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    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WE Communications

    Pros

    Hasn't been here for long but experienced better top people previously.

    Cons

    No longer a people-first company.

  5. "A company with sufficient worklife balance"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Sufficient Work-Life Balance - Good Employee Benefits

    Cons

    - After change of management team, management don't seems to be a people person. - Doesn't really know what employee wants as well.

  6. "Incredible PR agency with finger in advertising"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at WE Communications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, scope-creep protection, great customer service, strong work ethic, high-quality work, stellar creative talent and work, general friendliness of everyone.

    Cons

    Inexperience in advertising - keep in mind that this is a PR-first agency so much if not all of the advertising business has been built out of PR work, not been pitched and won thanks to experience, expertise, and capabilities. Consequently, media experience and knowledge were limited across most of the agency except within the media team (which was tiny) and there were few tools. There was little focus on building out advertising as evidenced by biz dev. While there were solid ad agency hires in upper management to the team during my time, those above and below that level had limited knowledge of how media worked within and across channels: what is a pixel, how to effectively use retargeting, what CPM points to, identifying audience overlap, how to build a pivot table, how to properly set up and measure an A/B test, understanding importance of R/F, importance of site-side measurement, siloed in the upper funnel without properly considering the down-funnel effects, right-sizing campaigns to budgets, attribution, how to build a media strategy deck (vs. tactics), etc., etc.

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  7. "Creative and flexible"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Sydney
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible, driven, Value, great clients, fast paced

    Cons

    Change in staff is sometimes high

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  8. Helpful (5)

    "Mundane work for you without any reward or growth bu managers gets promoted."

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at WE Communications full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Have learned over the years how not to be a bad leader by observing managers who have overstayed their welcome, and making really bad decisions. I've seen individuals being disrespected, used condescending tones, second guessing your own colleagues work ethic, unaware of peoples cultures, and making comments that would lead to termination had it been said by a minority. Taking all of these expeirences, I've learned to stay away from negativity and had to change myself to work with these individuals with a fake smile, but its hard when people who have created a safe haven for themselves in this company by being there for so many years that others can never hope to succeed.

    Cons

    Managers being promoted for their subordinates hard work to complete projects. Cherry picked projects to assign to individuals and then setting up roadblocks so they can never get this achieved aka setting them up failure.

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  9. Helpful (5)

    "Learn what you can, then move on asap"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I learned how to write a good email. I learned a great deal from my Microsoft colleagues. My WE colleagues were cutthroat however.

    Cons

    I've never worked someplace where there are so many women working to cut each other down. The pettiness and the obsession with hierarchy here is just beyond toxic. Management rewards tattling and acting out. This is not a place to stay.

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  10. Helpful (2)

    "A Great Place to Learn, But For Me, Not to Stay"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Consignment Inventory Analyst in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at WE Communications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great training opportunities, paid time off to serve, frequent catered meals, and chance to see (and play a part in) how big companies like Microsoft run their communications. I had a wonderful manager who looked out for me.

    Cons

    A lot of grueling, rote work--mostly hours upon hours spent recapping and analyzing the news--with little personal payoff. Less opportunity to pursue creative ideas at this level. Working to support a complex product I didn't understand well and had little passion for.

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