Formula PR

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Formula PR Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
22 Reviews
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22 Reviews
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  1.  

    Fantastic learning experience and great people

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good looking company from the outside

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Welcome to back to High School!

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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 as an intern

    Pros

    -Free food on Fridays
    -Beer o'clock
    -hmmmmmm nothing else

    Cons

    Where do I begin:
    - Forced to dress up and wear heels everyday
    -Everyone talks about you behind your back
    -Upper management is not afraid to belittle you in front of your peers
    -Laziest group of girls ever
    -No life outside of Formula
    -High turnovers
    -They talk negatively about clients
    -They have no respect for others
    -Everyone is in cliques at the work place
    -Really just a bunch of mean and nasty girls who pride themselves on false hope

    GET OUT WHILE YOU CAN!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lay off the micromanaging. You should learn how to talk to people. You demand that people ask questions, but when they do you talk to them like they're stupid, and worthless

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Competitive environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Formula PR

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Awesome Company!

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Amazing opportunities with super smart colleagues

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep chasing new business and bringing in great clients!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Incredibly Valuable Experience; The Challenge I Was Looking For

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

    Great clients
    Innovative approach(es) to the business
    Salary & benefits
    Opportunities for advancement
    Will push you outside your comfort zone
    Travel

    Cons

    Hours can be tough, but found that to be true at any PR shop; it's part of the territory

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in the employees that prove they want to be there; be on the lookout for those that don't
    Keep being extremely aggressive with new business that adds brand cache to the agency

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Watch out for this place - prospective employees and companies looking for an agency

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

    - Lots of free snack food
    - You will quickly gain a lot of pitching experience
    - Room for creative ideas (but if VP doesn't like it, your idea goes nowhere)

    Cons

    I read all these negative reviews and still thought I would give this place the benefit of the doubt - bad idea.

    - Terrible culture: excessive micromanaging, talked down to by everyone, junior level staff are friendly but higher level employees aren't friendly and don't seem to be friends with eachother
    - Unethical: represent clients that compete with one another and aren't forthcoming to clients with that information
    - Spam reporters
    - Set unrealistic expectations with clients and put pressure on junior staff to achieve results
    - No work-life balance
    - VPs are involved in EVERYTHING, every email, every client call, every detail so there is no opportunity to lead or make decisions without VP micromanaging every aspect
    - All VPs seem terrified of president
    - Dress code is idiotic: no flats with jeans, but stripper heals and mini-skirts allowed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They wouldn't take advice from anyone, except the pres, so no point in offering it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to learn, then get out

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    - Midsize brands that people have heard of, good resume adds
    - Learn a lot of PR processes to take with you in your career
    - Face time with clients for all levels
    - Expenses are taken care of easily and quickly

    Cons

    - Bizarre culture
    - Forced fun events, where you are judged if you do not act like you are having fun
    - Leadership is all afraid of the President, which makes for many unnecessary fire drills
    - Added value compensations like 401K and benefits are not owned by any one person in the co, so very difficult to get answers to basic questions.
    - The group running operations is not very well educated, which would be tolerable if they were not mean and illogical.
    - The dress code is obviously created by a man, and is quite demeaning. (Can't wear flats with jeans, but stripper shoes and a short skirt is fine)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire good people, and let them do their jobs. Culture happens when you create great environments. Culture is not forced.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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