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PR Newswire CEO Ninan Chacko

Ninan Chacko

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52% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Lots of vacation and everyone seems to get it done while maintaining a great work/life balance"
    in 7 reviews
  • "Great energy, good people, laid back culture"
    in 10 reviews
Cons:
  • "This leads to high turnover within departments, especially customer content services"
    in 5 reviews
  • "Some managers do not understand that providing a work life balance to their staff is important"
    in 3 reviews
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    Fast track to nowhere.

    Customer Content Specialist (Current Employee)
    Cleveland, OH

    ProsYou are required to have a college degree to be hired so your coworkers are of above-average intelligence.

    ConsThere is very high turnover which creates an atmostphere of low morale, disengagement, lack of motivation and general dissatisfaction.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRetain employees. Offer more chances for advancement. Pay a higher wage to match the high demands of the job.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Could've done this job without a degree

    Customer Content Specialist (Former Employee)
    Albuquerque, NM

    ProsGood benefits, lots of paid time off, nice co-workers. Most of the managers are nice.

    ConsThis job is HIGHLY stressful. You cannot make a lot of mistakes or you can get fired quite easily. The turnaround rate at this company is high within the editorial team. Everyone has their resume updated and ready to go. I feel I got paid as if I was in a retail job. This is mostly a customer service job with other random crap to do. Clients mistakes=your mistakes. Some of the managers are impossible to work with and have no compassion for mistakes. Don't expect to ever be rewarded or even recognized for the good work you do. This job made me mentally and physically sick.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMistakes happen, this is why your turn around rate is high. Every one of your employees are miserable. I haven't met one that said "This job is fantastic", they stay for the money and benefits. Appreciate your employees, they work dang hard.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It was fun while it lasted

    Customer Content Specialist (Former Employee)
    Albuquerque, NM

    ProsGreat energy, good people, laid back culture.

    ConsNot a lot of room for advancement.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A good place to start, but be ready to play politics.

    Account Manager (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsSome of the best PEOPLE I've ever met were or are at PRN. A good place to start if you want to work in media communications or business services.

    ConsWay too many politics. Very incestuous workplace - especially in sales, editorial and amongst the executive branch.. Hard to advance if you're not politically "in" no matter how well you do. Stay away from the NYC office if you despise corporate politics. High turnover in sales - they do not pay well.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLets advance some people who actually have some new ideas and not continue to promote those who have politically made it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The company is fantastic-- the Content Services positions are very, very intense.

    Customer Content Specialist (Current Employee)
    Albuquerque, NM

    ProsLots of time off
    Excellent benefits
    fair entry-level pay

    ConsNo (really, no) upward mobility. You can move horizontally, however.
    The most stressful job gets paid the very least.
    The core technology of the company is dysfunctional

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLaid back. Good colleagues. Fun location in Jersey City.

    ConsManagement is trying to figure out what to do. Sales operation folk suck big time

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhen you say something you are going to do, then do it

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    Great work/life balance, little chance for career advancement.

    Sales (Current Employee)

    ProsCo-workers are the best, direct manager is razor sharp and clients are great to deal with. Lots of vacation and everyone seems to get it done while maintaining a great work/life balance.

    ConsUpper mgt. is aloof and almost absent. Their very rare personal interaction with clients keeps them out of touch with industry trends and realty. No career path AT ALL if you're past entry level.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake expectations more realistic and get a better understanding of marketplace. Company jargon and terminology are so out of touch with marketplace, that staff almost need to translate between internal and external stakeholders.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good entry-level position; tolerable 'day job'

    Editor (Former Employee)
    Cleveland, OH

    ProsKnowing the ins and outs of press release distribution pays career-long dividends for any communications professional. Name recognition in the industry makes for a fine starting point as a recent grad looking for that first rung in their ascent of the corporate ladder. Due to the confidential nature of commercial news syndication, work seldom follows non-managers home.

    ConsLong office hours and high stress for what ultimately amounts to a hybrid position of call-center customer service and simple data processing. Low opportunity for advancement in a business environment that values consistency over risk-versus-reward, which makes it difficult to demonstrate excellence and innovation. Job security is contingent upon ephemeral performance metrics, and favoritism runs particularly rampant. Skillset requires some creativity when presenting to future employers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEncourage the Editorial team to cross-train and develop additional skills for internal promotion of employees who began their careers working with the core product. Press releases will always be indispensable to public companies, but their value is questionable for privately-held businesses, savvy to Google's preference for organic search and linkbuilding efforts.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fine entry level experience, but don't waste your time there long term, regardless of what they tell you.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood corporate experience (understanding the chain of command and organizational structure), good benefits and time off, pay is decent, young culture, people are nice. EXCELLENT for learning sales strategies and skills.

    ConsSenior management has no idea what people low on the totem pole do, which is horrible for the corporate culture. They do things inefficiently, management is not in high spirits, they are not technologically advanced however they sell themselves as being the communication / tech leaders of the PR industry. If you begin working at PRN, all is good in the beginning of training because nobody will allude to the truth of working there. After a few months and when you get to know your co-workers, you'll realize most everyone is miserable. They are known to cut your pay, require you to stay late and work extra hours for no additional pay, and no job security (often people getting let go for ... what reasons?) When being hired, if they tell you they won't be doing cold calls, that's not true. You will at some point. For being the leaders in the communication industry, there is a strong lack of leadership at this company. Also, cliquey. This is definitely a SALES job - which is a GREAT skill to have but not a good fit for some. Not much of an opportunity to advance, unless you want to spend 10 years in a position before moving up. I heard it was better to work there 10+ years ago. Sorry to burst your bubble, but a LOT of cons.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe company does not take advantage of the intelligent, young, driven individuals they hired. You lose a lot of great employees because they are not given the opportunity to be held accountable for more than making sales calls. Stop jacking around the lower departments with cold call tasks and cutting pay. Give people the chance to move up into higher positions. Also, you guys have to figure out how to stay competitive in a technological world. You just keep patching up everything. It's keeping you a float for now, but not forever.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Too much inconsistency

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGood pay, decent benefits and the chance to make a sizable bonus, that is, if the corporate honchos London don't set artificially high targets to achieve said bonus.

    ConsConstantly shifting priorities. Absence of senior management support for many projects unless they can be shown to provide an immediate payout. There is little in the way of nurturing "out of the box" solutions. Account managers are often left with too many products to sell, with too many competing priorities. People can be stars one day and shown the door the next.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to those in the lower rungs. Just because you have a big title doesn't mean you have all the right ideas.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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