Porter Novelli

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Porter Novelli Reviews

Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
43 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good company, but Omnicom

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Porter Novelli

    Pros

    Flexibility, friendly staff, fun times

    Cons

    Omnicom of course, short term thinking

  2.  

    People first...or so they say

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Porter Novelli full-time

    Pros

    Culture. Flex time off in summer is nice...if you can use it. Fun parties. Great people. Strong commitment to excellence. Collaboration. Even with frustrations below, the people and culture make me want to stay.

    Cons

    Compensation is absolutely abysmal and significantly below industry standards. Management finally acknowledged this but has yet to make improvements. Junior staff is overworked and under respected. Bonuses are rare unicorn. The idea of work-life balance is a joke. Promotions never seem to happen on time for most people, but for a select few they happen all the time. Leadership says people come first but actions show $$$ is all that matters. Difficult to get anything to "move" because of corporate red tape. Finance system horrible. Senior management will listen to your concerns but then nothing is done to correct problems. Unreasonable amount of work piled on some while others seem to have life outside work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of and invest in your junior staff. They are the future of this company, and there won't be a future if all your best talent realizes they are worth something more and leaves. Compensate people appropriately. Don't talk out of both sides of your mouth - recognize your employees are smart and see through it every time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Great

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Hotmess

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - EVP
    Former Employee - EVP

    I worked at Porter Novelli full-time (more than a 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
  8.  

    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 a 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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 a 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

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