Porter Novelli Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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  1. Delightful, quirky culture

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Porter Novelli full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Made up of fun, sometimes silly people who still know how to get stuff done. There is also a culture of mentorship - many junior staff informally choose mid - senior staff, even in different departments, to go to for advice. Very healthy atmosphere. Gorgeous office space (must love open plans to thrive here) with 360 views of Manhattan. Management vocalizes and backs up sincere interest the career paths and job satisfaction of all employees. There are frequent requests for employee feedback and consistent immediate action taken following to improve.

    Cons

    Any cons I could share are shared by all communication agencies.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work - the open dialogue and steady stream of education sessions has been boosting employee morale!


  2. Senior Account Executive

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Porter Novelli full-time

    Pros

    Massive earnings potential. You can also earn a lot but it's all up to your work ethic and motivation

    Cons

    Management could change to focus more on diversifying industries. It will take forever though but you never know

    Advice to Management

    Please please please focus on your employees. They drive your business and ultimately make you all the money. Continue to diversify industries


  3. Great!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Positive and friendly company culture

    Cons

    None that I have noticed


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Massive amounts of potential

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Porter Novelli full-time

    Pros

    PR has evolved. The days of merely writing press releases and conducting media outreach programs are over. Those are now table stakes. With clients looking for bigger ideas from all of their creative partners, there is incredible opportunity (and directive) to create all types of content, experiential marketing, social media campaigns and digital experiences. Porter Novelli has embraced the seismic shift, from the CEO down. We're building the necessary team - with focus on strategic planning, creative, digital and analytics - to compliment account management. So it's a very exciting time to work with clients who are asking for more than typical PR. There is SO much potential with bigger budgets and really fun briefs. I'm having a blast.

    Cons

    With big change, comes some challenges. The company is still tweaking/educating how to best collaborate across functions. Thus, sometimes the process is not perfectly smooth. But it's getting better every day.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing for bigger ideas from all teams. It would be helpful (and lead to stronger integration) to structure teams with all necessary functions from the onset. When account managers, planners, creatives, digital experts and analysts get in the same room, great things happen.


  6. Potential For Growth

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - high potential for growth if you are goal oriented and have someone sponsoring/supporting you (managerial level) - teams are eager to collaborate and work together

    Cons

    - at a lower level your work can become mundane or boring based on your manager/what accounts the upper execs can win, assignments not always tailored to your desired professional development goals or strengths and weaknesses. - junior level staff also not exposed to work or experiences that will build their business savvy unless they explicitly demand it, which causes weaker management skills if they advance and slowed professional growth.

    Advice to Management

    focus on retaining high performing junior talent and design path to management levels; talent drain can wear on all levels.


  7. Helpful (2)

    good learning, bad atmosphere

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Porter Novelli full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    smart people, boot-camp for PR, great history/pride in the PN name

    Cons

    not winning new biz, tough management changes, negative attitudes

    Advice to Management

    more openness to hearing from jr staff


  8. downward cycle; too much focus on short term results, not winning business

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great client work, great colleagues to work with at junior and mid level staff

    Cons

    long hours; leaders not winning business; omnicom controlling porter novelli with too much focus on short term results and not having long term view. when we don't win business the staff get penalized and we don't get good increases or bonuses and we don't get to grow. staff expected to check email and always be 'on' even during vacation and weekends

    Advice to Management

    hire leaders who get out of the office and grow the business.


  9. Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company culture; opportunities for advancement; strong leadership; flexibility in work schedule when required; great people; strong professional development program

    Cons

    Overall the salaries tend to be lower than what is offered at other agencies. Employee review process is not consistent among offices; the professional levels are not the same in each office, creating some frustrations when reviews are conducted

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on talent and training of your people. that seems to be working. Makes you more invested in the clients when you know that leadership cares about you.


  10. Great internship for students

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Public Relations Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Public Relations Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Porter Novelli (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone at the office is very friendly and willing to help you learn. The teams are all very integrated and interns can try their hand at just about anything they want.

    Cons

    No downsides for an intern here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing! PNDC is a fabulous office!


  11. Good company, but Omnicom

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexibility, friendly staff, fun times

    Cons

    Omnicom of course, short term thinking



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