Waggener Edstrom

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Fun people almost make it bearable
Grunt (Former Employee) –  Bellevue, Lake OswegoNovember 4, 2013
Unless you work your way up from the internship program, you're not valued. It is a good first job though you will not receive media relations training as entry-level employees only do coverage reporting.
Pros
interesting work, big-budget accounts, paid internships, multiple office locations, mobile data and home internet reimbursment
Cons
health plan, lack of managemet transparency, uncecessarily competitive/non-supportive team leads, external hires treated as entry-level, if not the "waggener way" ideas not considered, 80% female, little agency identity outside microsoft, long hours/poor work|life balance
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Fun environment with great people
Executive Assistant (Current Employee) –  Bellevue, WAOctober 21, 2013
This company has been great to work for with fun and dynamic people. Very relaxed environment and flexible schedules make it very appealing to work there. Competitive benefits
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Woman based company with a global outreach
EA and PA to CFO (Former Employee) –  New York, NYSeptember 24, 2013
- Provided strategic support to Executive’s direct reports and leadership team
- Independently acted as a liaison between Executive leads, agency resources and outside consultants
- Heavy calendar management
- Organized teleconferences using MOC/LiveMeeting or RoundTable where possible.
- Coordinate travel for Executive both domestically and internationally along with transfers, hotels, visas, etc
- Processed Executive’s complex expense reports
- Created and format documents electronically including letters, memos, trip reports, itineraries, status reports, presentations (PowerPoint), spreadsheets (Excel), scorecards/dashboards and other related documents
- Managed logistics for business planning/strategic planning efforts and workshops/meetings
- Supported Executive in managing contributions to non-profits and funding from the Agency’s general account.
Pros
kind people
Cons
not enough work to challenge me, 80% women
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Great pay, interesting work, awful culture.
Assistant Account Executive (Former Employee) –  Bellevue, WASeptember 16, 2013
Most accounts are extremely well-funded (a benefit of working for Microsoft), so the work is varied and has a lot of open-endedness to it. There won't ever be a 'boring' day there, unless you find technology as a whole less than exciting.

The culture, on the other hand, is a complete mess. 'Work life balance' is a term everyone throws out there, but no one lives. You're expected to be available to the client 24/7, and 10 of those hours each day are expected to be in office. Heaven help you if you 'put your foot down' and start leaving at 6pm... The usual political BS you see at agency is magnified here, and if you don't play the game well, you'll be out of a job in a year.

The pay is higher than you'd see at other agencies in the area exactly because the leadership knows exactly what it's paying for: 60 hour weeks and absolute devotion to toeing the company line.

Would not recommend.
Pros
high pay relative to the rest of the industry
Cons
soul-crushing hours, impersonal environment, terrible culture
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Limited Growth and strong tie to Microsoft politics
Insights & Analytics Analyst (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJuly 26, 2013
The best way to be successful at WE is to be proactive while also playing the Microsoft politics game. You really have to watch your back.
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Great place to learn communications
Assistant Account Executive (Current Employee) –  Portland, ORJuly 6, 2013
Waggener Edstrom is a great place to learn the ins and outs of communications. I have learned a lot about what it means to do PR on behalf of a large corporation and how our activities amount to a larger picture. Additionally, there is never a dull moment so having time management has been critical for staying up to speed in a strategic way.
Pros
great benefits and lots of internal programs, volunteer opportunities
Cons
salary
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Productive & Exciting Work Environment
Sr. Admin (Corp) - Global Marketing & Business Dev (Former Employee) –  Portland, ORJuly 2, 2013
Great managers, involved leadership. Highly recommend this collaborative and engaging public relations firm.
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Worst place I ever worked
Hard Working Employee (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CAMay 31, 2013
Don't apply, if you work there now, run while you still can. If you are in the middle of interviewing decline the next rounds, it is a horrible place and they will suck the lifeblood out of you and wonder why you're unhappy...

I have been in the job market for over 25 years and this is hands down the worst place I have ever had to walk into every day at 8am SHARP!
Pros
no pros.
Cons
no team atmosphere, cut throat, management competitive w/entry level staff, folks hired as management were treated as entry level staff
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Great place to learn and grow
Account Manager (Current Employee) –  Seattle, WAMarch 23, 2012
This is a great place for developing junior talent; providing strong opportunities to gain diverse experiences on major global brands working with top tier national media.
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Work hard, play hard culture
Assistant Account Executive (Current Employee) –  Bellevue, WashingtonMarch 13, 2012
This is a great place to launch your PR career - many great professionals are willing to help guide you throughout your journey at the agency.
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QA Manager (Current Employee) –  Lake Oswego, ORMarch 13, 2012
They hired me as a manager but laid off my employees before I started. The VP's do not have a lack of direction for their software products. They do not understand Security. Their pay was very low. The Vacation was okay. The Health Insurance was poor.
Pros
they paid $149 for a cell, $50 towards the internet bill, $40 towards a data plan
Cons
poor management, would not pay for s/w tools, would not pay for hardware, lack of understanding for developing software
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