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Porter Novelli CEO Karen van Bergen

Karen van Bergen

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50% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Lots of work for mediocre pay. If you can stick it out for six to eight years you will make some money.

    Senior Account Executive (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsInteresting work, friendly atmosphere, fun if you're single.

    ConsVPs do a lot less work and make a ton more money.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay junior staff more a little more money. Start them around 40K.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    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.


    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 Stale ideas, and outdated messaging.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 Outdated technology and not enough laptops to accommodate all employees.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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