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  1. People first...or so they say

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Porter Novelli full-time

    Pros

    Culture. Flex time off in summer is nice...if you can use it. Fun parties. Great people. Strong commitment to excellence. Collaboration. Even with frustrations below, the people and culture make me want to stay.

    Cons

    Compensation is absolutely abysmal and significantly below industry standards. Management finally acknowledged this but has yet to make improvements. Junior staff is overworked and under respected. Bonuses are rare unicorn. The idea of work-life balance is a joke. Promotions never seem to happen on time for most people, but for a select few they happen all the time. Leadership says people come first but actions show $$$ is all that matters. Difficult to get anything to "move" because of corporate red tape. Finance system horrible. Senior management will listen to your concerns but then nothing is done to correct problems. Unreasonable amount of work piled on some while others seem to have life outside work.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of and invest in your junior staff. They are the future of this company, and there won't be a future if all your best talent realizes they are worth something more and leaves. Compensate people appropriately. Don't talk out of both sides of your mouth - recognize your employees are smart and see through it every time.


  2. Good Senior Leadership, not such great office leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Porter Novelli full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very creative firm, great clients

    Cons

    Small offices means little upward movement.

    Advice to Management

    Go beyond office GMs and their "favorites" to look for talent.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Good for three years max if middle ranking or below

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to learn ins and outs of agency life.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Build a senior team with more skills across disciplines.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Traditional communications firm struggling to break the mold

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Porter Novelli full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Serious 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 Management

    Hire great digital talent and reward key employees at all levels


  6. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Porter Novelli full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Pay junior staff more a little more money. Start them around 40K.


  7. There are pros and cons for everything

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    The 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 Management

    Continue 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.


  8. okay

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good agency. Pretty smart teams.

    Cons

    Too slow to promote at some levels.

    Advice to Management

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


  9. Great client roster, poor leadership

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Porter Novelli full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lack 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 Management

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


  10. Fun clients and culture, limited opportunities for growth and advancement

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Corporate 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 Management

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



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