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5W Public Relations Overview

New York, NY
51 to 200 employees
2003
Company - Private
Advertising & Marketing
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Since 2003, 5W Public Relations (5W) has worked with world-class and emerging brands, corporations, consumer companies, technology companies of all shapes and sizes, healthcare interests, regional businesses, non-profits, and high profile individuals to help them achieve their ... Read more

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5W Public Relations – Why Work For Us?


Since 2003, New York City-based 5W Public Relations (5W) has worked with world-class and emerging brands, corporations, consumer companies, technology companies of all shapes and sizes, healthcare interests, regional businesses, non-profits, and high profile individuals to help them achieve their strategic public relations and marketing objectives across a broad range of interests.

5W practice areas include Consumer Brands, Food & Beverage, Health & Wellness, Travel & Hospitality, TechnologyBeauty, Entertainment, Nonprofit, Corporate Communications and Reputation Management, Public Affairs, Crisis Communications, and all campaigns encompass digital strategy. Resourceful, innovative, and nimble, we work hard, think big, and deliver successful, game-changing results.

We are resourceful, and known for public relations programs and a novel approach. The age of social media and nonstop reporting means we exist in an environment that is quick to jump to conclusions. Information zips through the virtual environment with opinions formed in just seconds.

5W's team of 150 knowledgeable, tenacious, and passionate professionals understand how to leverage any story, and direct the conversation to your best advantage. As our name suggests, 5W digs into the essential questions, the "Who," "What," "When," "Where," and "Why," of your needs - the answers drive our Public Relations programs, which are built around compelling stories that resonate.

We develop and execute novel and fresh ways for our clients to connect with their target audiences in memorable ways. As a result, we measurably increase the positive results of their communication efforts. Our diverse roster of client experience includes Sparkling ICE, Medifast, Walgreens/Duane Reade, KRUPS, Jane Iredale, Anheuser Busch, Camp Bow Wow, All-Clad, T-Fal, GoHealth, Jetsmarter, Zeta Global, and other publicly traded companies, consumer brands, technology companies, start-ups and personalities.

Our programs lead to award winning recognition, including PR Agency of the Year, Digital/Social Media Campaign of the Year, PR Executive of the Year, Product Launch of the Year, Business to Business Program of the Year and others.

PR trade magazines rank 5WPR as one of the 15 largest independent U.S. PR Firms, and a top 5 independent NY PR Agency.

At 5W, employees get the best of both worlds. Our company encourages an entrepreneurial culture, with an emphasis on teamwork and the greater good. We provide a work environment conducive to boosting an individual's ability to learn, grow and be his or her best. We also strive to give back to the community and enhance our employees' lives in a variety of areas. 
Welcome to 5W. We get PR. And we want our employees to succeed.

We welcome you to explore the perks of being part of the 5W team:

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

We believe in the power of giving back. We organize walks, drives and other events to support the well-being of our community.

WELLNESS AND BENEFITS

We understand that benefits matter. Competitive medical, dental, vision, flex spending, and more!

SUMMER ACTIVITES

Let's embrace summer, shall we? Summer Hours, Summer Company Party, and a Cocktail Competition!

LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL

We love to spend time pampering ourselves, to look and feel our best. We offer barber services and on-site manicures.

COMPANY BREAKFAST & LUNCH

The day before we get paid, we get fed. We have a company-wide breakfast and lunch once a month.

5W UNIVERSITY

Continuing education and skill development are top priorities at 5W. Our unique approach to learning is a blend of traditional and unconventional methods that helps employees keep their skills sharp while giving them the opportunity to succeed and grow within the agency.

COME CELEBRATE

Employees enjoy celebrations every month from Cinco de Mayo to an Ugly Sweater Contest!

Growing a PR Career at 5W Public Relations

Joining the 5W team a year and a half ago, I never could have anticipated the growth and opportunities that would come my way as I stepped foot into the buzzing offices on my first day.  Leading the Recruitment team means I get an up-close and personal view of our staff on a daily basis and it’s truly been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career.  Not only does every individual care about doing and being their best, but you have the ability to pave your own path.  There’s nothing more rewarding than walking through the halls and hearing teams brainstorming or applauding each other’s success.  It’s what makes my job and the work of our team so rewarding.

So what do we look for in prospective 5W employees?  That is the million dollar question my team is asked, and answers on a daily basis.  As the Recruitment team for 5W, we spend our days speaking with the best and brightest in the industry, and although the field is constantly evolving, there are a few characteristics that never go out of style. Here are a few specifically that we look for when speaking with talent:

Proactive

We welcome the individuals that sat in the front rows of their classes, took on projects that were outside of their comfort zones and consistently raised their hands to get involved.  This is an innate quality that can’t be taught, is difficult to replicate but is greatly appreciated at 5W!

Creative

One of our favorite mottos is that we don’t live by a playbook here.  5W is a company that thinks outside of the box and encourages staff to get creative for our clients.  We look for individuals that go against the grain and can bring fresh ideas and perspective. How have you flexed your creativity muscles in your previous and current work?

Researcher

Do your homework.  Come to the conversation prepared with industry knowledge and recent campaigns that caught your attention.  Show us your expertise of the field and the movers and shakers within! Even better, top this off with your knowledge on 5W; recent blog posts from our team, business we won, placements that caught your eye, etc.

Collaborator

No two days are alike at 5W, but there is one constant–your team.  We look for individuals that can be leaders and take ownership of their work, while working cohesively and successfully within a group.  How have you demonstrated this and made an impact on your team?

5W is growing and we’re always looking for talent and individuals that truly love what they do, are passionate about the industry and want continued opportunities for growth.  If this sounds like you, let’s talk!  Visit our careers page.


5W Public Relations Reviews

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    "Amazing people and benefits"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in New York, NY
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at 5W Public Relations full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    5W is truly a great place to work. I enjoy the perks like. Small things like breakfast/lunch twice a month and in-office manis make me feel appreciated as an employee. Supervisors are all very kind and really seem to embody the characteristics of good leaders, including problem solving and listening to any concerns you may have. So many people in management positions have been there at least 6 years and still seem satisfied with 5W which, in my opinion, says a lot about the company.

    Cons

    Only one 1 WFH day a month - it would be ideal to have a more flexible policy, or at least 2/3 WFH days a month.

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5W Public Relations Photos

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5W Public Relations Interviews

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    Account Executive Interview

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    Application

    The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at 5W Public Relations.

    Interview

    Applied on LinkedIn. From the very first call, this place felt right for what I was looking to accomplish and aspire to in my career.

    The recruiter had opened up to me about her own experience with the company and how there is always opportunity for growth for those looking to work hard and commit. Her story really inspired me to come in and interview with 5W as advancement was a major issue at my previous employer.

    After a series of interviews in their Manhattan office, I was later presented with an offer.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about the types of clients that you’re looking to work on in your next role.   Answer Question
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5W Public Relations Awards & Accolades

  • Gold Stevie - PR Agency of the Year, American Business Awards (the Stevies), 2013
  • Gold Stevie Award-, American Business Awards (the Stevies), 2018
  • Silver Stevie Award-Agency of the Year, American Business Awards (the Stevies), 2018
  • Bronze Stevie Award, American Business Awards (the Stevies), 2018
  • 2019 Stevie Entrepreneur of the Year, Stevies, 2019
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