Porter Novelli
3.4 of 5 29 reviews
www.porternovelli.com New York, NY 500 to 999 Employees

Porter Novelli Reviews

Updated Mar 17, 2014
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3.4 29 reviews

                             

86% Approve of the CEO

Porter Novelli CEO Karen van Bergen

Karen van Bergen

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72% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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The Los Angeles Porter Novelli office has a small staff, very close-knit and fun group

Account Executive (Former Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I worked at Porter Novelli full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat benefits, staff outings, exciting account work - on retainer, so new ideas are nurtured and explored. And the receptionist is sort of the best person ever.

ConsSometimes really amazing, deserving professionals are skipped over for promotions. And the promotion standard seems to be very different across offices.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't overlook hard-working professionals for promotions, just because they may not be the squeakiest wheel!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Experience depends on your office, clients & team

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Porter Novelli full-time for more than a year

Pros(Based on experience at the NY office)
- strong culture, people are kind and outgoing, work hard together to make sure things get done and also participate in outside of work activities
- good hires in the past year, smart and hard-working people who are eager to lead/learn; starting to get more of a "just do it" attitude in the office instead of the old "can we do it"
- being in NY helps tune you in more to what corporate is doing

Cons- some of management are inexperienced, and training for management focuses on business growth and selling (which is fair enough, but if your team is unhappy, it won't matter)
- there are the few office sloths who get away with doing less because they know people will pick up slack; same people seem also to be stuck in the old safe/can we do it mindset
- lack of digital education for lower level staff - using social media and understanding how to use it are two different things in PR, both lower level and senior level staff on the account side need extra support on this

Advice to Senior Management- demand training to build both your teams and your business the right way
- find opportunities to support your staff's efforts to stay on top of trends in the industry

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Stay away...stay far, far away

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
New York, NY

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

Proslots of experience if you are at a junior level

Conshorrific management, staff is overworked and underpaid, lack of recognition, terrible clients, no incentives to perform well, the politics are the worst I've ever seen along with the lack of morale that exists

Advice to Senior Managementrecognize the hard work that your staff does each day, pay them more and actually begin caring about their work/life balance

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

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Porter Novelli was a GREAT experience

Vice President, Client Accounting Manager (Former Employee)
New York, NY

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

ProsI was given many opportunities for growth

ConsMy department was unfortunately outsourced

Advice to Senior ManagementWhen something is working well there is no need for a change

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good for three years max if middle ranking or below

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Porter Novelli

ProsGood place to learn ins and outs of agency life.

ConsHistorically has management issues, lack of strength in new biz generation.

Advice to Senior ManagementBuild a senior team with more skills across disciplines.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Respectful, Intelligent people

Intern (Current Employee)

I have been working at Porter Novelli full-time for less than a year

Pros-People were nice, and offered help whenever I needed it.
-No one slacks off. It's a very professional atmosphere.
-Company is actively making improvements to its corporate structure.
-Good communication between executive level employees

Cons-Office life can be a bit stale
-Takes a long time to move up the ladder
-US account teams for certain clients could use more organization, but that's typical in an agency environment.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet your employees more excited to work for you!

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

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Traditional PR firm struggles to define itself and keep up with the times.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

I worked at Porter Novelli full-time

Pros1. It's a recognizable name in the PR world, and has had some talented and well conected people walk through the doors.

2. Young staff with not that much experience, get to work with some reputable clients in hands on ways.

3. If you're on the food team you get to travel.

4. If you're high up enough, you get really good experience delegating work.

5. Junior staffers get many client facing opportunities with little to no experience.

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Cons1. Lack of company culture.
2. Upper level management struggles to agree on major decisions.
2. Extremely high turnover.
3. Employees are overworked, underpaid, under-appreciated, and overlooked.
4. No definitive leadership.
5. Benefits are not competitive.
6. Very late nights are standard and expected.
7. There is no leading by example.
8. The loudest voices are the ones that thrive. Not the people with the best ideas.
9. Stale ideas, and outdated messaging.
10. Lack of creativity and willingness to take risks leads to not only losing new business pitches but losing current clients.
11. Lack of transparency.
12. Outdated technology and not enough laptops to accommodate all employees.
13. Career development opportunities are few and far between.
14. It's not collaborative, or cross cultural. Teams are siloed and rarely work together. And despite PN being a global company, offices do not work together on projects and rarely communicate.
15. Resources are allocated poorly because people are unaware of the skills, background and knowledge that their colleagues posses.
16. No exit interviews which show a complete lack of wanting to understand why turnover is so high.

Advice to Senior ManagementShow your employees you care about them, and the work that they do. Lead by example, and let company culture happen organically. Get to know people in other offices, and get to know the people in your own office. Learn what everyone has to offer to better form teams and pool insights. Stay open to new ideas and make more of an effort to stay on top of industry trends and technology.

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

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Traditional communications firm struggling to break the mold

Account Executive (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Porter Novelli full-time for more than a year

ProsWhat you would expect from any large agency -- detail-oriented, process driven culture with lots of type A talent.

ConsSerious shifts in leadership. Loss of key clients over the years. Not sure if the org has what it takes to evolve it's digital practice, which will be key for its survival.

Advice to Senior ManagementHire great digital talent and reward key employees at all levels

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

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ProsLarge office and international network, name recognition for future gigs

ConsContinually understaffed. Top heavy organization with not enough junior staff. Everyone is spread way too thin.

Advice to Senior ManagementShow that you value employees. Consider the high turnover rate an indication that people are feeling overworked, underpaid and unsupported in their role.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to start a career

Account Supervisor (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

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

ProsAwesome leadership and client opportunities

ConsTakes a long time to move up. Depending where you are in your career.

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

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