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PR Newswire Reviews

Updated September 20, 2014
Updated September 20, 2014
83 Reviews
3.3
83 Reviews
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PR Newswire CEO Ninan Chacko
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great energy, good people, laid back culture (in 13 reviews)

  • Lots of vacation and everyone seems to get it done while maintaining a great work/life balance (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Some managers do not understand that providing a work life balance to their staff is important (in 4 reviews)

  • This leads to high turnover within departments, especially customer content services (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Nice company to work with

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PR Newswire full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Mid size company and many things to learn

    Cons

    Company needs a focused approach.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great group of colleagues to work with!

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    Current Employee - Outbound Sales  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Outbound Sales in New York, NY

    I have been working at PR Newswire full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    PR Newswire is the leader in its field. Staff is very well versed on the latest trends and shares their knowledge with clients on a very on-going basis.

    Cons

    As part of the sales team, I work around the clock to meet client demands.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't have too much contact with upper management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Loved my coworkers. Hate the management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PR Newswire full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The laid back work environment, fun coworkers who became amazing friends, medical benefits, lots of vacation time, nice retirement plan

    Cons

    Management. Where do I start? I worked there for 4 years but got so tired of the politics. So much bullying and belittling by management. Got to be too much especially when the entire sales team got screwed over by commission "restructuring" and unattainable goals - which the upper level management even copped up to but said.. Oh just wait it out until 2015. No! When I started at PRN I had fun but over the last year it became such an awful place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your employees and their hard work by respecting them and fairly compensating them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great work/life balance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PR Newswire full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The working environment is great, I don't feel like a slave to the job.

    Cons

    some of the current technologies need revamping or improving

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Disappointing

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    Former Employee - Editorial  in  Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Editorial in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at PR Newswire full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Never bored, always something to do. There's a lot to learn and grow from. Excellent stepping stone job. Really nice office with a great downtown Cleveland Location.

    Cons

    Management is very unwilling to help. There is a clique-like environment, especially on the editorial side where I worked. If they don't like you, they will figure out a way to push you out, and they did for me. Sometimes you get nasty phone calls from clients who are just allowed to treat you unprofessionally with no help from upper management. Need to get rid of the instant messaging communication system. The negative criticism you receive at this job is out of control and unfortunate. They do not care about you as a person, only how your personal situations will affect their company. Typical big business who treats their employees like disposable solo cups. There is no room for personal creativity and you are like a robot doing the same thing every day. Not worth staying there for more than 6 months. If someone around you that has been working there longer they will figure out a way to get you out the door anyways. No one says "hi, how are you?" No one looks up from their desks. Very impersonal office culture. There are better jobs out there with way nicer people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to how old employees are treating your new employees. Many of them are very unwelcoming and mean. I don't have a college degree to go back to high school. There is a lot to learn with this job and training is very daunting. Reassuring in the beginning and then negating what you say when it comes time for newbies to be on the floor is hypocritical and stressful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Growing Pains

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    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Dallas, TX

    I worked at PR Newswire full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great product development, suite of industry-leading solutions, history and top leadership. They have high caliber people there that know marketing, social and digital media. The on boarding process/HR training is great and they have invested in the right tools for their future (CRM, benefits, etc.)

    Cons

    They have too many internal disparate systems that don't talk to each other. This creates some problems in client billing and sales/account management. Due to their investments and top-down vision, they have put extreme and pressure on their sales teams and have lost a lot of good people. Sales expectations are unrealistic and there is high turnover. This looks bad if you are a customer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Consolidate your internal systems from a billing and reporting standpoint to make it less burdensome on your client-facing teams.
    2. Stop the sales hemmoraging and high turnover. It is a waste of time/money to keep hiring people only to churn them out. Create sales teams by market/industry and company/agency size so that you don't have experience large account representatives handling small accounts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Depends on which department you work in

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

    I have been working at PR Newswire full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great colleagues as most are very laid back and fun to work with; good vacation days: you get 17 days off during your first year (1 week vacation, 7 personal and 5 floating holidays); benefits (health, retirement, support) aren't bad either. You can't beat the dress code, where you can wear jeans 5 days a week (unless you're meeting a client), just no sneakers, t-shirts, shorts, flip flops.

    Cons

    Depending on which team you work in, some managers are old school and do not really understand the concept of work-life balance and like to micro-manage. Younger managers are much more flexible and laid back, these are the teams you want to work in.

    Raises are minimal and the company took away a lot of benefits like tuition reimbursement. The pay scale in on a lower end in comparison to industry averages. Management seems to change direction all the time and overrules all the priorities that were previously approved. There aren't a lot of growth either within the company as people tend to stay, unless you go over to sister companies under the UBM umbrella.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We don't need more VPs and Directors at the company. We need more people to do the work. Provide the teams with sufficient resources to do their jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    PROFESSIONAL

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    Current Employee - Data Administrator  in  Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Data Administrator in Jersey City, NJ

    I have been working at PR Newswire full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    LOCATION is very key, close to NYC

    Cons

    Not many opportunities to advance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a, company is a good place to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to work

    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager

    I worked at PR Newswire full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Good Hours
    Great Direct Supervisor

    Cons

    Compensation is very limited and hard to advance in the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management should be more engaged and collaborative.

  11.  

    Seems all hunky-dorry at first, then reality sets in.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at PR Newswire full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Laid-back office environment. Pay is ok. Co-workers and camaraderie among those in same departments: great. If you can multi-task, work day goes by quickly as there is alot to juggle.

    Cons

    Training gets a "C". should be much higher. Employees on the front line (= copy editing) are really just clerks in a glorified customer service role, and they have far more talent than they get credit for. Employees in these internal departments are expected to "hit the ground running" so training is only marginal. Add to that the fact that there is a HUGE focus on any mistake made and intelligent, conscientious, forward-thinking employees become drones who are far more worried about KEEPING their jobs than what they can do to improve functions Upper mgnt does not listen to nor are they concerned about the real issues front line workers face daily; many in upper mgnt were not promoted from within, they speak a real good corporate-rhetoric, and that is about all they're good for...very demotivating! Work hard, work hard, work harder and the only light at end of the tunnel is that you didn't get written up for an error. Negative reinforcement at its finest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to those in the ranks beneath you! You know that you hire intelligent individuals yet you do nothing to support them! Turnover in some of these departments is so rampant that obviously huge gaps in processes and productivity are the result, not to mention low morale among the ranks, yet you turn blind eye and deaf ear to the issue because you do nothing to address the root causes. Employees, even in mid-management are left wondering what kind of leadership model the senior mgnt follows. Too much head-shaking and lack of belief in company leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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