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Porter Novelli Reviews

Updated Feb 23, 2014
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3.5 33 reviews

90% Approve of the CEO

Porter Novelli CEO Karen van Bergen

Karen van Bergen

(10 ratings)

76% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Experience depends on your office, clients & team

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    Pros(Based on experience at the NY office)
    - strong culture, people are kind and outgoing, work hard together to make sure things get done and also participate in outside of work activities
    - good hires in the past year, smart and hard-working people who are eager to lead/learn; starting to get more of a "just do it" attitude in the office instead of the old "can we do it"
    - being in NY helps tune you in more to what corporate is doing

    Cons- some of management are inexperienced, and training for management focuses on business growth and selling (which is fair enough, but if your team is unhappy, it won't matter)
    - there are the few office sloths who get away with doing less because they know people will pick up slack; same people seem also to be stuck in the old safe/can we do it mindset
    - lack of digital education for lower level staff - using social media and understanding how to use it are two different things in PR, both lower level and senior level staff on the account side need extra support on this

    Advice to Senior Management- demand training to build both your teams and your business the right way
    - find opportunities to support your staff's efforts to stay on top of trends in the industry

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good for three years max if middle ranking or below

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood place to learn ins and outs of agency life.

    ConsHistorically has management issues, lack of strength in new biz generation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBuild a senior team with more skills across disciplines.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Traditional communications firm struggling to break the mold

    Account Executive (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsWhat you would expect from any large agency -- detail-oriented, process driven culture with lots of type A talent.

    ConsSerious shifts in leadership. Loss of key clients over the years. Not sure if the org has what it takes to evolve it's digital practice, which will be key for its survival.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire great digital talent and reward key employees at all levels

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

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    Lots of work for mediocre pay. If you can stick it out for six to eight years you will make some money.

    Senior Account Executive (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsInteresting work, friendly atmosphere, fun if you're single.

    ConsVPs do a lot less work and make a ton more money.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay junior staff more a little more money. Start them around 40K.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    There are pros and cons for everything

    Senior Account Executive (Current Employee) Fort Lauderdale, FL

    ProsThe working environment is very positive and colleagues are support of each other, helping out when needed. The agency as a whole tries to be up to date on trends in the industry providing support and guidance from its headquarters. There are great relationships with clients. There is flexibility in schedules, working from home, taking off for doctor appointments, etc.

    ConsThe days are long and agency work is always stressful. Don't think the company does enough to support and reward its staff - for example, there are hardly ever any financial incentives or bonuses. The benefits of working in a big agency are not as strong when working outside of one of the bigger offices. Training on key company value proposition tools does not always make it to the smaller offices.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue focusing on leading in industry trends, but don't forget the people who get the "company" there. There should be a stronger program in place to ensure employee motivation and morale is high - whether that includes bonuses, on the spot rewards, incentives and other activities to build community throughout the different offices. Otherwise, staff will burn out and get out.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    okay

    Senior Account Executive (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGood agency. Pretty smart teams.

    ConsToo slow to promote at some levels.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to know more about the direction that the firm is going and your interest in investing in junior staff for the long haul.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great client roster, poor leadership

    Consultant (Former Employee) Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

    ProsSolid consumer team, primarily in the FMCG sector. Strong public affairs offering. Beginnings of a digital/social offering.

    ConsLack of leadership and clear career progression opportunities. Client load per staff member is managed relatively well but at times can be put across far too many accounts/projects.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSet clear goals/milestones for staff to work towards. Focus on building from the bottom up.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fun clients and culture, limited opportunities for growth and advancement

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPorter Novelli is a collaborative agency that provides opportunities for challenging and interesting work. They provide a competitive benefits package (except salary).

    ConsCorporate leadership has struggled to develop and stick to a well-defined vision and direction for the agency. Advancement within the company is based more on tenure than performance. Salary for the majority of employees is at or below industry and market averages.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlace a stronger emphasis on employee satisfaction and professional growth. Decide on an identity for the agency and stick to it.

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