Cision Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
109 Reviews
3.1
109 Reviews
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Peter Granat
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There was a great work life balance, and laid back culture, but that is gone as well (in 9 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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  1.  

    Great Place to Work

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

    I have been working at Cision full-time (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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Big revolving door of a company, watch out!

    Former Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Cision full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Benefits, great health insurance, 401k employee match, PTO, day of to volunteer
    -Conveniently located close to public transportation
    -Great training program

    Cons

    They have one of the worst commission plans I've ever seen! You won't get paid until your at least 50% to monthly goal but the goals they have are high therefore you can't make any money. Their sales department is comprised of all men in their mid-20's so you feel like your working in a frat house environment. No structure of sales territory so you are competing against your co workers for leads. They have a CRM system from the 1990s that is extremely outdated and constantly crashes so organizing yourself is a real struggle. They have a revolving door culture in the sales department makes you feel de-valued and replaceable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a new sales manager as the department is falling apart and needs a boost of morale. Change your commission structure so that your employees can actually make money and be happy. Stop mico-managing everyone as it creates a stressful work environment and is counter productive.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Politics dominate decisions, promotions, opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, good current and future location for Chicago staff.

    Cons

    In virtually every department, promotions and key assignments are based on politics. Promotions are not posted so somebody with skills and experience but not the personal connections doesn't get even a chance to apply. For one division, the division boss's smoking buddies are the only ones who get opportunities. In another, it's the people who spend face time chatting with managers, not the person at their desk doing their job. People get laid off and you don't find out until you call them for an update on a project and find out they're gone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open and transparent. Post new openings and opportunities. People shouldn't have to be somebody's personal best buddy to get ahead.

    There should be great opportunities with the merger with Vocus. Don't let personalities and favouritism get in the way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Steer Clear!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Client Services in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Client Services in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Cision full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people that you work with (before they move on to bigger and better) are they best thing about the company.

    Cons

    Middle Management is full of people who worked at the company longest, rather than those who are actually qualified. Poor management leads to poor work environment which leads to unhappy employees.

    Teams are constantly being cut and the client service team is expected to pick up their responsibilities yet they are not given any type of pay raise or incentive.

    There is no upward mobility. Management continues to preach about "promotions" but in actuality there is no such thing as a promotion. One so called "promotion" does not even come with a pay raise. In Tier 3 you are expected to be a sitting duck and wait for someone to leave from the Tier 2 or Tier 1 team so you can move positions. Also, "promotions" are not based on who is best for the role, but usually are based on who threw the biggest fit or threatened to quit if they aren't promoted.

    Pay is awful and you are payed well below the industry standard. Company is a revolving door.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure the department or you are going to continue to lose good people. When you team comes to you with legitimate concerns about pay, upward mobility, workload, stress, etc.- LISTEN TO THEM!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Communications company, no communication.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Cision full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    the pros have disappeared over the last several months. When I first started there was no micromanagement, you did your job and went home. There was a great work life balance, and laid back culture, but that is gone as well.

    Cons

    Management expects you to read their minds, no communication. When asking for help or advice its hard to get managements attention. The only time you do talk to management is when they are basically telling you your job is at risk. This is great, if you like dreading coming to work. Management plays favorites when distributing leads, which is obvious to all. Since the merger there are very few opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire managers that can communicate and lead employees, not someone that has been around the longest and feels like they're next up. Scare tactics work against the company and are counter productive. Marketing needs to learn what a real lead is and how to gain more of them. They constantly say leads are up, but what does it matter if they're crap and have no interest. Majority of leads are no shows for webinars.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great People - Terrible Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than an 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Enjoyed not having the boss always checking up on us.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Reader in Rockford, IL
    Former Employee - Reader in Rockford, IL

    I worked at Cision full-time (more than an 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
  9.  

    Cision is better than most small to medium sized global firms

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than an 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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company is falling apart and rightfully so

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than an 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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Enterprise Sales in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Enterprise Sales in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Cision full-time (less than an 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

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