5W Public Relations Reviews

Updated March 19, 2015
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Pros
  • Great place to learn about the PR business, develop relationships with media and work on a variety of clients (in 5 reviews)

  • Great place to learn PR industry (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Often long hours, but the hard work pays off in the end (in 5 reviews)

  • The company has a clear lack of strategy (in 3 reviews)

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  1. I've almost been working here a year and the atmosphere is great! Great people and a great intern program.

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    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I have been working at 5W Public Relations

    Pros

    Small company feel with big brand name clients.
    Enjoyable work atmosphere
    Alot of intern integration into major projects

    Cons

    No compensation for interns
    Not as much writing practice as I would like

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The intern project is great but it would be helpful to use an actual client for more real world practice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Great company where everyone has the opportunity to grow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 5W Public Relations full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    5W is a wonderful work environment, and strives on PR professionals who are willing to go the extra mile for their clients. The team members here are really incredible people to work with, and for those looking to grow within the media relations field, this is the perfect firm for you. Also, for those who need assistance or guidance on certain aspects of PR, 5W offers classes each week, which is a great additive. Your own development is definitely important, and the upper staff loves to see their teams grow and learn each day. That being said, it is very competitive, but there is also a huge opportunity for everyone to grow.

    Cons

    There are not many cons - sometimes there are demanding clients, but that typically comes with the industry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    5WPR - a company with a multitude of opportunities

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in New York, NY

    I have been working at 5W Public Relations full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The best reasons for working here is the internal competitive environments within each team. The team that I have the privilege of being a part of is known for its sense of inner competition and constant promotion of growth. No matter what, while you are encouraged to drive results for each part of your client roster, you always have the backing of your team to help you strive for greater results day in, and day out. It's an immensely competitive environment that's conducive for the growth of your career in PR.

    Cons

    Not very many cons. Work can be a bit fast paced sometimes, which doesn't leave enough time to cater to every client's need 100% of the time, but otherwise solid work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    Great company to work at. Lots of growth potential!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 5W Public Relations

    Pros

    Strong leadership from upper management. The opportunity to learn from senior level professionals. Free training/classes from outside professionals to help sharpen PR skills and client relationships. A lot of room to learn if you are up for a challenge.

    Cons

    Hours are long but that's the norm for NY.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Great company to be a part of that provides endless opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 5W Public Relations

    Pros

    5w is a great company to be part of. Upper management provides a great learning environment and there is a huge potential for growth. Many of the clients that my group works on are on a tier one level. This experience alone can only help further my career and make me a more competitive candidate in the marketplace.

    Cons

    Typical demanding clients that come with the job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. Account Supervisor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 5W Public Relations

    Pros

    Great work environment, compensation, creative and fun atmosphere, good leadership

    Cons

    the work-life balance and the opportunity to choose clients you are specifically passionate about

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more training and a better work-life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Endless Growth Opportunities For Hard-Working PR Professionals

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    Current Employee - Senior Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at 5W Public Relations

    Pros

    As a long time employee at 5W, I have grown exponentially over the years, resulting from extremely hard work and dedication, as well as through an innate understanding of what it takes to succeed in this fast paced atmosphere. Many people gripe about unrealistic expectations or a difficult CEO. While client expectations are very high, any PR practitioner who has a proactive attitude, strives to succeed and do great work for clients can do amazingly well at 5W. In terms of the CEO, yes, he can absolutely be difficult at times (as I'm sure is the case with anyone leading a company of 100+ employees), but he grown and evolved substantially throughout the years.

    5W is a workplace where extremely smart, motivated people flourish and are present in high numbers, and where a collaborative, supportive environment is fostered.

    Cons

    5W is very results driven, so individuals who cannot quickly adapt and produce great results (whether it be in media relations, client communications, strategy development, etc.) need not apply. On the client side, 5W does tend to represent many B and C level brands in particular categories, which results in limited budgets and difficulty in activating large scale, needle moving campaigns. On the flip side, this can be a Catch22, in that limited budget and lack of red tape allows 5W team members to be creative and nimble in ways that are not feasible at larger agencies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue offering training programs to all levels. Mange client expectations throughout the new business process, so realistic results are vocalized up front. Become more flexible with working remotely, as the changing PR landscape makes it quite practical to work from anywhere.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful

    I know for a fact that all the reviews here were written by the CEO's SEO &Marketing team

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 5W Public Relations full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    There aren't any really. There are a few smart and decent people who work here, but this is one of the most unprofessional environments you can imagine. Unethical behavior is rewarded, backstabbing is expected and trust is not known amongst those fighting their way to stay employed amongst this harsh and volatile work place. You can get paid well if you are in the beginning of your career provided you take the abuse from the CEO and all other supervisors.

    Cons

    Everyone is expected to bring in new business - especially if you are a senior PR professional. The CEO is a very mean and unfair person with a penchant for the irrational. He will berate you via email and then fire you for no other reason than he doesn't like your trying to defend yourself from unfair criticism. He is aggressive and imbalanced. All you have to do is Google him to see the tons of bad press he has gotten through the years, though I know for a fact he has hired SEO firms to bury it - and from what I see from these totally false reviews of him and the firm, I guess it is working. There is an almost Lord of the Flies atmosphere around that office as all of the senior management are trying to protect their own jobs, they have little care for their fledglings or colleagues. Long unreasonable hours are expected. And, unethical business practices are the norm. The CEO will accept any client for any type of fee just to get them in the door, even if they are not right fit for practice. It is a terrible place to work. Period.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What advice can you give when it's the CEO who is the major problem?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Great entrepreneurial environment

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    Former Employee - Associate Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Vice President in New York, NY

    I worked at 5W Public Relations full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Firm gives you tremendous opportunity for growth and deal with many different types of clients. You become much smarter not only about media but also about the business world in general. Access to CEO is also a plus.

    Cons

    Normal growing pains of any high growth business.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    5W Public Relations the best workplace

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 5W Public Relations

    Pros

    After working with the organization for years, I found that I was working in the best working environment along with sincere team members. CEO of the organization is one of the leading experts in the industry and always leads his staff from the front.

    Cons

    Working in PR industry can be hectic due to pressure of deadlines. However, nothing significant to mention.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

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