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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.  

    great co-workers

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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

    PRN is a fun company to work for, with lots of energetic and involved co-workers.

    Cons

    They tend to reorganize management and get rid of successful ventures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't change something that's making a profit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Laid back company, bad technology

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PR Newswire

    Pros

    Management is fairly laid back

    Cons

    Technology is not quite up to par.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Modernize technology systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to start a sales career

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    Current Employee - New Business Development  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - New Business Development in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great Miller-Heiman training, superior products, great reputation, nice culture, very strong brand (see cons about the brand)

    Cons

    Transactional business, no long term strategy, small deal size, dying business, very strong brand unfortunately ties you to a dying business and makes it difficult to get to business decision makers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a new path for future growth to eventually move out of the dying press release business. Build a second brand to prepare for renaming the company to avoid the association with the PR business.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good team atmosphere; excellent sales training and much camaraderie. PR Newswire has talented Product Specialists.

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    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    PR Newswire sells a competitive suite of products and are leaders in their space so salespeople have a strong advantage coming out the gate. They make a significant investment in sales training and effective sales methodology.

    Cons

    Long hours and heavy workload - but successful salespeople usually embrace that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More inclusion of sales teams in product analysis/development

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Good growth potential. Great people and culture.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PR Newswire full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The people are great. Ever changing industry. Always something new to learn or be a part of.

    Cons

    Compensation for work and performance could be better on the operations side of the house.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good culture. Job can be stressful, but they try to help you through it.

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    Current Employee - Customer Content Specialist  in  Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Customer Content Specialist in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at PR Newswire full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The job can be very stressful during high-volume times, but the company knows this. They offer a lot of incentives via contests or rewards for high performers, as well as encouraging an enjoyable atmosphere in the office. It's a casual environment, they offer a lot of time off, and they pay well for expected overtime. The people who work there really make the day enjoyable, and are the bright spot during tougher times. They really want you to learn a lot about the job, as well as to develop personal "exit power." The more you know about the industry, the better, as they know that most people don't make a career in the customer content/editorial department. They encourage seeking opportunities within the company to grow your own interests. They encourage innovation. There are a lot of financial incentives for sales/high performance/good customer service/internal teamwork.

    Cons

    There is a lot of emphasis on meeting goals or collecting "stats" based on the work you do. Every mistake you make is logged, and there's a lot of emphasis on "error rate" or "accuracy rate." Seriously, sometimes people live in fear of getting another error. Overtime happens a lot (but at least it pays). It's a 24/7 company, so some holiday work is required. Technology is not always reliable. There's a lot of time spent just logging everything that happens. Clients can be demanding, and I've dealt with some bad calls. There's a confusing array of products that are hard to memorize and keep track of pricing and specifics. Some departments have high turnover, but the high pressure nature of the job on some days is not something that everyone is capable of coping with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate some of the "paper work" and logging that we have to do. Invest in tech upgrades.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Used to be great, but now it's a good company with bad management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PR Newswire full-time

    Pros

    Nice perks and great people to work with

    Cons

    Stressful environment. Some managers do not understand that providing a work life balance to their staff is important. No training even though a budget was approved for it. Low salaries for long term employees. Too much red tape to get things done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage better, and approve training where it is required.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Horrible experience

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    Former Employee - Editor  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Editor in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with; made many friends here. Fast paced environment made the days go quick. Clients were mostly friendly and reasonable to work with.

    Cons

    Upper management was inconsistent and unfair and at times used bullying tactics to make their case; no real growth opportunities available. Lunch breaks were hard to come by.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast track to nowhere.

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    Current Employee - Customer Content Specialist  in  Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Customer Content Specialist in Cleveland, OH

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Could've done this job without a degree

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    Former Employee - Customer Content Specialist  in  Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Customer Content Specialist in Albuquerque, NM

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    This 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 ManagementAdvice

    Mistakes 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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