Cision Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
107 Reviews
3.2
107 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is great, Cision is an Industry leader and the staff is great (in 8 reviews)

  • Some people in Sales can work from home (others are not as fortunate) (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Zero room for advancement, zero growth opportunities and a depressing work environment to top it all off (in 4 reviews)

  • low pay, expect you to do task out of your position title and etc (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Cision full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Culture and Work Life Balance. Cision places a strong emphasis on this and it shows. The people that work here are great and seem to really love their jobs.

    - Upward mobility is an emphasis. Management really believes in promoting from within, which is fantastic if you are looking for a company with a strong career path.

    -Goals are fair.

    Cons

    I don't have Cons to contribute.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great People - Terrible Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - New Business Sales  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - New Business Sales in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Training is really great, and they work hard to onboard new hires and train on new releases and product offerings. The work life balance is good. The people here are fun to work with, for the most part.

    Cons

    There is no team atmosphere in new business. The management is the biggest con to working in this position. Cision keeps hiring new employees, and it seems like they are so worried about hiring new employees, that they aren't focusing on the quality and fit of the hire.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please compensate your performers and loyal workers. It's hard to stomach new people coming in at higher positions, making mistakes, being a bad fit, getting paid more money, and getting promoted. Please make time for your employees so that we know we're appreciated and a priority of yours, cancelling meetings, being unavailable for one on ones and blowing your team members off isn't encouraging anyone to sell. Very few people are happy on this team, and it needs to be addressed, the behaviors of multiple managers also needs to be addressed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Cision is better than most small to medium sized global firms

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Pretty laid back environment and unless you were so driven, you could achieve a balanced quality of life. Definitely the thought leader and market leader of the PR solution industry.

    Cons

    Cision's culture suffered a few ills festered by a few toxic hires and when it came time to retain many of the firm's stars, they opted to jettison them and keep some less than stellar staff. Was resource constrained as much by misappropriated priorities as it was by the volume of work needed to maintain a high level of innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to look for ways to diversify product portfolio

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Enjoyed not having the boss always checking up on us.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Reader  in  Rockford, IL
    Former Employee - Reader in Rockford, IL

    I worked at Cision full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Better chance of meeting goals when you learn how to pace.
    Generous PTO.
    Could always make missed time up or choose PTO if enough available.

    Cons

    Hard meeting goals.
    Takes alot of time to learn all of the "ins" & "outs" of what to key in to get articles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would have appreciated a detailed lesson & examples of how many different wordings to have a better chance of meeting goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Pretty good company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Cision full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Interesting to build expertise on how social is impacting PR. You really get the opportunity to help clients with competitive tools and a good reputation in the industry.

    Cons

    There's a lot of uncertainty with the merging of Vocus. Not sure what will change and that uncertainty translates poorly to clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show you care about your employees by listening to them more about what they hear in the marketplace. Could be a more fun place to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Just a pay cheque, Nothing more. Often a very abusive work environment.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Pool table / game room. No Micromanagement, Which also means a-lot of the sales staff sit around and watch youtube, and facebook all day long... Friday's are a joke. The VP of sales works from home every friday so everyone just sits around and basically does nothing.

    Cons

    The company was purchased by a private equity firm earlier this year and is merging with Vocus, as a result they are laying off entire departments and divisions of the company which brings a-lot of job uncertainty. The main takeaway from my year at Cision at the New York office is that it's highly political, fratty, sexist, and often abusive. There were often times of abuse among employees. Mostly verbal but there has been some physical altercations as well, which management let slide.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to actually be leaders you should instil the same values across every employee. Not have double standards.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Company is falling apart and rightfully so

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Technician  in  Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Production Technician in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at Cision full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Co-workers were nice
    The office location was nice. Shame it had to shut down
    Benefits weren't bad

    Cons

    Horrible pay
    Horrible management
    One of the worst jobs I've ever had
    Most of their offices have closed since I left in 2011 and it's not surprising at all.
    AVOID THIS COMPANY

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck and good riddance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cision has potential to be a great company with a great product suite

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Enterprise Sales  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Enterprise Sales in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Cision full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The executive leadership team is made up some smart and experienced professionals

    Cons

    The Sales team is made up of very junior people. It is an unprofessional, playground type environment. The sales leadership has favorites and she favors those people when it comes to leads and recognition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn what a marketing lead is because it is not someone that signed up for a webinar and didn't attend. Task the lead generation lead with the repeatable tasks not your senior reps. Sales people don't need to be babysat.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A great place to be if you don't care about career advancement

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Cision full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The benefits (including summer hours and PTO) are pretty decent. The people I worked with were all friendly and great to work with. The work environment was casual. Work life balance was excellent. The Chicago office is very conveniently located.

    Cons

    If you plan to work at Cision in hopes of advancing your public relations career, DON'T. There are many young people at Cision with backgrounds in PR/marketing/advertising, and they all end up disappointed that the company does not offer them a way to realize these talents. There are zero opportunities for professional development, even when you attempt to make the opportunities for yourself.

    If you are looking for a steady paycheck in a dull, not wonderfully managed yet (for most departments) not stressful environment, you will like it here. If you have a specific career path in mind (especially if it is in public relations) and you want to gain experience that will one day be worthwhile outside of just one job, save yourself a big stall in your career and skip Cision.

    The compensation is NOT competitive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Cision Response

    Jul 17, 2014SVP, Group Human Resources

    Thanks so much for contributing this feedback. It is great to hear you enjoyed being a part of the Cision culture; we work very hard to create a positive and comprehensive environment for our ... More

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cision Sales

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Cision full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The company offers great benefits including summer hours and colleauges were really great to work with.

    Cons

    Company struggles with communication in between departments sales managers do not work well with each other causing issues with the different sales teams. Sales training is very poor and leadership is non exsisting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to train Managers on how to work well with each other and lead by example.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Cision Response

    Jun 16, 2014SVP, Group Human Resources

    First of all, thank you very much for your input. We pride ourselves on having great people, so it is great to hear you enjoyed working with your team. In regards to the need for additional training ... More

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