Formula PR Reviews

Updated July 7, 2015
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  1. Amazing PR and Professional Learning Experience

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Formula PR

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    At this firm, you learn something new every single day and your senior mentors want to make sure that you're constantly being challenged and always growing. There's no doubt that you work hard--that's agency life and PR life--but the long, hard hours make you a well-trained PR professional who understands PR inside and out. Formula provides employees with the opportunity to have face-to-face time with clients and often perform work that's above their level. These constant challenges create a strong learning environment and give employees the opportunity to move up the ladder and grow at their own pace--which is usually fast for the hungriest PR professionals. The dress code is professional and not anti-feminist as stated below; the firm wants you to dress and act professionally and be prepared for an on-the-spot meeting with a client if the opportunity presents itself. There are fun social events such as happy hours and backyard BBQs which are optional but recommended it you want to get acquainted with your colleagues and build relationships in the workplace. I always attended the social events and now my once employees are some of my best friends. All in all, I wouldn't trade my 2+ years for anything and recommend Formula to any young professional who wants to enter the professional world, learn a ton, and be a competitive candidate in the communications world.

    Cons

    There is high turnover, but again, this is agency life and PR life; it's not for everyone, but rather for hungry, energetic and passionate professionals.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management is to find a more consistent and transparent way to notify employees of other employees' departures; this would make the "turnover experience" less nerve-racking for current employees.


  2. Incredible Learning Experience, Smart People Who Work Hard and Play Hard

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Formula PR full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Learned something new everyday and constantly challenged - Continually offered new opportunities to grow - Great opportunity to work with smart, motivated and passionate people - Hard work was always recognized and rewarded - Not only established great professional relationships, but many developed into lifetime friendships - The company and management really care about the staff as the agency was always organizing culture activities, offering incentives and really making sure the staff was rewarded for all the hard work - I felt like I had a voice and management listened to what I had to say...and even more importantly, acted upon it - Loved the youth and vibrancy of the agency

    Cons

    - Expectations are high at all levels which was difficult at first coming into the agency at a young age, however it forced me to really push myself and realize my capabilities - Long hours at time, but worth it in the long run as I learned so much and was offered more opportunities the more I pushed myself - Expectations to get up to speed quickly

    Advice to Management

    I greatly enjoyed my experience at Formula. Continue to chase big business and grow the agency like it had over my many years there. The effort that management puts into the culture is so important, so continue to make that a priority to recognize the staff for all the hard work they put it.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Mean Girls 2: The Workplace

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Formula PR full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Seems to attract good clients for the San Diego area. Get to participate in fun events.

    Cons

    -For a company that's almost entirely comprised of women, this place is extremely anti-feminist. Rules include a throwback dress code (no flats with jeans, heels required!) and draconian sit-at-desk work hours. You move up in the company by tearing down those below you. Almost every exec and above has little experience beyond Formula (and seem to have little PR experience to begin with). - If you don't attend all social events, you will get blackballed. - Lots of secret meetings to talk about other employees - Your boss will be in your business and not trust you to do your work

    Advice to Management

    There should be enough reviews on here saying how this place treats women to serve as a warning. If you like a mean college sorority atmosphere, by all means apply.


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  5. Worst PR Agency

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Formula PR

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are very few good things about this company. The junior staff is very nice and eager to learn.

    Cons

    Blatant false advertising about what the agency does. They are a media relations pitch factory and nothing more. Upper management is out of touch with modern PR tactics yet doesn't listen to anyone's new ideas. New business pitches are the same deck over and over again just with a different client name included. There is an unusually high rate of client turnover - even for the agency world. The CEO is sexist and unprofessional. Overall, the agency is extremely poorly run and managed and it's amazing that they're still in business.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Good looking company from the outside

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Formula PR full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great first PR experience, learned a lot trying to work up to high expectations, glossy office and job titles with job perks like free snacks and social gatherings

    Cons

    high expectations from interns and junior staff, women there are not friendly and very catty, they don't care about your professional growth, no patience to give guidance or be mentors, gossip behind everyone's back, unsupportive team members

    Advice to Management

    I suggest that they create a more nurturing environment for team members to flourish and grow.


  7. Fantastic learning experience and great people

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in New York, NY

    I worked at Formula PR full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a fast paced environment full of smart and talented people. It is always a great idea to learn in a challenging environment. This being my first real job out of college, it really gave me a great introduction to the working world of PR and allowed me to work on some great clients and projects. Formula really does care about their employees and works to make life at the company as enjoyable as possible. You really get out what you put in. While the expectations are high, the rewards can be as well in terms of promotion and company social events.

    Cons

    Very high expectations. I have noticed that for some, especially upper management, the work life balance can be a challenge. This seems to be in the nature of the industry as a whole. You just need to be a hard working individual to thrive at a company like Formula

    Advice to Management

    Keep rolling in new business and providing junior staff with a clear path to new opportunities.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Competitive environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Formula PR

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people who want to succeed

    Cons

    Leadership is all over the place. Too many women. Backstabing culture. -preferencial treatment -does not provide adequate room to fully encompass a leadership role-micromanaging approach -belittles direction and creative ideas in front of junior staff -upper management is not open to suggestions, unless they like you Overall, the culture is driven on fear and competitiveness and you either play the game or you're out.

    Advice to Management

    To not pin people against eachother and assume thats going to drive better ideas and strategic thinking. A competitive management style doesn't create a welcoming environment that fosters creativity for everyone.


  9. Awesome Company!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Formula PR full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Friendly employees -Offsite gatherings and work parties -Being able to listen to music at work -Business casual attire - don't have to wear a pant suit :) -Very open and honest communication w/ managers -Operations division is very accommodating and helpful in the office -Encouraged to be creative and work smarter not harder -Always able to interact with the President when he is in the office -President is personable and always loves interacting with all employees even the interns -Promotes a healthy lifestyle with fitness challenges and group workout sessions after work -Breakfast is served every Friday morning -Beer is served every Friday at 4pm -Everyone's birthday, engagement, and pregnancy is celebrated or acknowledged -Although there are multiple different divisions within company everyone works as a team to create a healthy and cohesive environment

    Cons

    -Forced to park on the street if you arrive after 8am because there are not enough spots in the parking lot and most of the time the only spots on the street are a couple blocks away

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing! Everyone appreciates your hard work and knows how difficult it is to manage work and life, especially at a level with so much responsibility. The managers are very understanding and easy to communicate with. They reward people for their hard work and good work does not go unnoticed.


  10. Amazing opportunities with super smart colleagues

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SAE in New York, NY
    Former Employee - SAE in New York, NY

    I worked at Formula PR full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fast-paced environment that offers a wealth of opportunities. There are a lot of really smart people at Formula and you will ultimately end up learning so much on a day-to-day basis. Unlike a lot of PR firms, Formula focuses on strategy for clients and services go beyond just media relations. In addition, Michael, the president, has an open door policy and is genuinely interested in getting to know employees at every level. The office environment is very open and inspiring as well. Formula has three offices and that translates to a ton of resources beyond your immediate team.

    Cons

    It's fast-paced so it's not for everyone but you will learn so much if you're a hard worker and want to be challenged at work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep chasing new business and bringing in great clients!


  11. Smart People, Amazing Brands and a place to grow and learn constantly!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Account Executive in New York, NY

    I worked at Formula PR full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    · The firm has really Good brands, you will have the chance to work with really amazing and relevant brands. · In Formula it takes talent to succeed, so if you’re not strong you get weeded out · Good culture: fun environment, challenging, supportive... you work long hours but you are surrounded by a really fun talented team · Leadership is strong with good upward management opportunities · Smart people work here and it is a firm that´s really outstanding for excellent opportunities for talented people · If you’re good, you will be recognized. be ready to face a challenging job with long hours but if you love PR and you are involved you will grow and succeed

    Cons

    · Extremely high expectations, it is a demanding company. if you're talented and motivated you will succeed, but you can expect the company to ask a lot of you Be ready to work Long hours and heavy workload. this is not a 9-5 job. the opportunity of traveling and being involved in events will be there from there early on, but expect to stay late



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