DeVries Public Relations

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DeVries Public Relations Reviews

Updated June 20, 2014
Updated June 20, 2014
19 Reviews

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    Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, great environment/people

    Cons

    younger account coordinators are a bit overworked

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    None

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    Overall, I really enjoy my work at Devries. There are days were I have very little to do and days when Im swamped.

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

    Pros

    Great location in midtown. Love bar cart Thursdays and of course leaving work at 3pm on Fridays

    Cons

    Not enough work given to interns

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really structure the internship program more. Make them more involved and get hands on account coordination/management experience

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    DeVries

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

    Pros

    DeVries is a well oil machine with a set of strategic and creative thinkers. The 360 collaboration and brand planning is far above traditional pr standards.

    Cons

    While there have been efforts to improve work-life balance among the entire company there are teams that are working late hours around the clock and then others that seem to stick to company office hours.

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    Senior management should regulate each teams work load and consider staffing where needed.

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Wrecking Ball and House of Cards

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    Current Employee - Account Supervisor  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY

    Pros

    Beware my friends of the reviews listed here. I started six months ago moving from Chicago to New York and this place is a disaster - everything is disorganized and the people are rude

    Cons

    Clients are horrific - expecting wha results with retainers at 15 to 20k - clients treating staff horrible and Management refuses to do anything due to money

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shut the doors, turn off be lights, and say adios to the worst PR firm in the world - adios

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    Disapproves of CEO
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    A powerhouse of ideas and great thinkers. People that really get it.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Dynamic teams and a sophisticated approach to the business. A mid-size agency that enables growth for its employees and for its clients. While many agencies seem stuck in the world of traditional PR, DeVries Global pushes the envelope mixing earned and social media in a way that is credible and interesting.

    Cons

    I haven't experienced any negative experiences.

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    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Social Media Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Social Media Manager in New York, NY

    Pros

    They highly value work/life balance and strive to make this a priority. There is huge opportunity for career growth if you are specialize.

    Cons

    If you start in an entry level position it is hard to get senior management support.

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
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    Great place

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

    Pros

    Devries is a great agency. Lots of very smart people and fantastic clients. You definitely get high visibility to the client even at a junior level. It is a very hands-on environment. The benefits are great as is the PTO policy.

    Cons

    The compensation is horrible -- but that is true of most agencies. Also, it is very hard to get promoted at Devries. It seems as though promotions are based solely on need instead of merit. So while this agency is great for people who are comfortable with the status quo, you do find that go-getters leave after a few years so they can move up and get better pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work in terms of the overall positive environment at the agency. However, be sure to reward employees who are smart and work hard so that they stay.

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    Great place to work but you sacrifice some pay for the lifestyle

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

    Pros

    Amazing, big brand experience with hard-working, smart professionals.

    Cons

    Low pay and tied to Interpublic so company performance feels out of your control

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great growth opportunities and fun work -- terrible compensation

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    Current Employee - Account Supervisor  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY

    Pros

    DeVries is a great agency. Smart employees, driven supervisors. Overall positive atmosphere. People really care and want to deliver the best they can for the clients.

    Cons

    DeVries is not competitive with salaries. While you may get a decent amount when you first start, they are not competitive to keep you there. You will need to leave and jump jobs to get the raise you deserve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward employees that are loyal and stay with you for years by making their salary match what it would be if they left to go to a competitor. It's hard to stay loyal when you get emails from recruiters on a daily basis trying to steal you with the promise of a much higher salary.

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    DeVries is a great place to work!

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

    Pros

    DeVries cares about its employees, and working here is a pleasure. In 3+ years, I can only think of maybe 3 days that I wasn't a smiling, happy employee. My team is great and is very collaborative.

    Cons

    If I had to mention a con, it would be our building. It's a bit run down and that can be frustrating, but the building management team is great and they try to help where they can.

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    It would be nice to have more communication between employees and management at times, but I feel like I can trust the management to steer us in the right direction as an agency.

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