Porter Novelli

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Porter Novelli Reviews

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

    A great place to come into your own - freedom to try and experience new things.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Porter Novelli full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Family environment, innovation, cutting edge, diversity of clients.

    Cons

    Removed from the headquarters and the pulse of the company's bigger initiatives.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Porter Novelli full-time

    Pros

    Porter Novelli is a great place!

    Cons

    Nothing negative to say here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good Senior Leadership, not such great office leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Porter Novelli full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very creative firm, great clients

    Cons

    Small offices means little upward movement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go beyond office GMs and their "favorites" to look for talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Hotmess

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    Former Employee - EVP
    Former Employee - EVP

    I worked at Porter Novelli full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay
    Some of the people are nice

    Cons

    Very political
    High turnover rate / constant shuffling of business leaders
    Completely disconnected offices with little or no collaboration
    Very few creative people at this agency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people with more integrity and creativity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Wonderful Junior Team Members, Senior Leadership Causing Ship to Sink

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Porter Novelli full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work-life balance, time-off policies, great work experience.

    Cons

    Lack of management, very low pay for much responsibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a managing director outside of existing talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Most awful employer ever, with terrible management and tolerates poor treatment of junior level employees

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    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY

    I worked at Porter Novelli full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Tolerates incompetent people if you are one of those--but are attractive and "look the part."

    Cons

    Tolerates very poor treatment of employees by management including yelling and bullying. The agency has no vision and therefore won't do anything cutting edge and this has resulted in its decline. My guess is that Omnicom will ultimately merge it with one of its other more successful PR agencies and liquidate much of the existing staff. Given that the existing CEO, Karen van Bergen, has a senior background at Fleishman Hillard, my guess is that is where Omnicom will integrate Porter Novelli and ultimately lay off most of the existing employees and try to retain what clients Porter has left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in a management consultancy to audit everything including the abilities / competencies of senior management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Just ... don't

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    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY

    I worked at Porter Novelli full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Porter Novelli is wide open to you if you are entry level, and don't mind low compensation and long hours ... you will also be well treated if your greatest achievements happened 25 years ago. Everyone is super friendly. Lots of parties!

    Cons

    Exceptionally weak senior management who are not able to act definitively. The most senior people there did great things 25 years ago, and nothng interesting since then. Be prepared to compete for billable hours across offices, across sister companies, and potentially within the office as well. The agency is still looked at poorly by Omnicom management, so it can be hard to get tools you need. The agency is viewed at by the industry as the people you go to for block and tackle work - not for thought leadership or innovation. This agency has the dumbest people I have ever met, though they are quite friendly and attractive!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to innovate. Learn to act. Fix the new business win ratio.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    VP

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    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    I worked at Porter Novelli full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    nice looking downtown offices overlooking WFC

    Cons

    Terrible management. 7 years ago the NY office was well over 200 employees, 2014 is now less than 65.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    One of my best career moves

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    Former Employee - Office Manager in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Office Manager in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Porter Novelli full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Porter Novelli, here in Orange County, was a collaboration of creative people and a great change of pace for me. We built an office and made it our home away from home.

    Cons

    Corporate struggled to share in the vision we, as a satellite office, had here in Orange County. When they announced our office would be closed down, the creative energy evaporated.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Finance

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    Former Employee - Senior Vice President, Director of Finance for North America in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President, Director of Finance for North America in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Porter Novelli full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent work environment in SF and NY. Strong emphasis on team play, service and open to new ideas/collaboration.

    Cons

    None. Left due to finance restructure to NY. Worked there for 10 years and gained lifelong relationships.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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