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Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates Overview

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Washington, DC
201 to 500 employees
1975
Company - Private
Business Services
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
Unknown
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Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates Reviews

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Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates CEO Curtis Freet
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    "Good place to be, but lots of growing pains"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Intelligent colleagues
    Interesting clients
    Ownership opportunities
    Open-door policy in office
    Convenient downtown location

    Cons

    Leadership changes
    Part of a large bureaucracy - needs to answer to WPP Holding company
    Raises and bonuses hard to come by. At times, I've thought it doesn't matter how strong PSB performs, when it's ultimately up to WPP to decide on raises and bonuses and therefore senior PSB management has their hands tied (or it appears this way).

    Advice to Management

    I think management is trying to steer the ship in the right direction with promoting a better culture, and the most recent executive leadership hires have been solid in my opinion.

    I would like to see more collaboration across teams and/or remove the siloed team approach. PSB is still small enough to fluidly work across offices and teams, and I can see a real benefit to this style. More communication is needed about how leadership is investing in growth opportunities, including investments in employees.

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Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates Photos

Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates photo of: Smile! --the whole Washington DC office at the 2015 summer retreat
Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates photo of: Just a few of our many smart, fierce women repping PSB from DC on International Women's Day 2017!
Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates photo of: Some representatives of PSB DC, LA, and Denver having a blast at a Wizards game post-conference!
Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates photo of: The whole DC squad, 2016 PSB Summer Outing
Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates photo of: Who said potato sack races were a thing of the past?
Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates photo of: Innovation at its finest; PSB 2016 Summer Outing
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Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates Interviews

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    Phone interview with multiple people that involved discussions of job responsibilities, work environment, and potential future opportunities. Phone discussion involved description of an average day working and placed significant emphasis on interviewee having intelligent questions. Interviewers were informative and pleasant and the tone was very relaxed and personable. Time in the position has demonstrated that descriptions and advice given during the interview were very accurate and helpful.

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Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates Awards & Accolades

  • Gold Pollie Award for Best Use of Negative or Contrast (for the overall campaign), American Association of Political Consultants, 2016
  • Gold Pollie Award for Best Use of Opposition Research (for the TV ad “Deplorable Vitter”), American Association of Political Consultants, 2016
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