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Porter Novelli Overview

New York, NY
501 to 1000 employees
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Business Services
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Porter Novelli is a global public relations agency built on a rich heritage of marketing for social good. We’ve been motivating people to change deeply ingrained behaviors rooted in cultural and social norms for more than 40 years. Porter Novelli is a different kind of ... Read more

Mission: Our mission is to drive purposeful action through engagement and influence.

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    "Sometimes people need to hear a voice and be reminded that diversity and inclusion is a core value."

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Porter Novelli – Why Work For Us?


Over forty years ago, Jack Porter and Bill Novelli realized that classic marketing disciplines could be reapplied to public relations communications to make a positive social impact on the world. We like to say that we pioneered communications for behavior change. Through the years, we have never veered from the idea that smart and nimble messaging driven by a deep understanding of our target and market challenges can influence the audiences who matter most to our clients.


A fully integrated, global team works together to solve your business challenges.




We partner with industry leaders in four practice areas to make positive impacts on their customers.

  • Consumer Brand
  • Global Health + Wellness
  • Technology
  • Food and Nutrition

Destination Employer – Porter Novelli offers junior and mid-level staff the opportunity to choose to sit at another office within the PN network, either nationally or internationally, for 6-8 weeks.

Here is what Louis from our Ireland office had to say about her experience:

“A PR consultant’s dream: seven weeks working and living in a partner Porter Novelli office through the Discovery and Development programme? I didn’t have to think twice about applying for the opportunity. Whether it was taking part in team events, to learning about the nuances in the US media landscape and getting involved in the different practices from healthcare to brand, the time I spent in the programme was invaluable to my own career and for the learnings I was able to bring back to the Irish office. Along with all of that I also made some incredible friends and fell in love with the city, it is a fantastic opportunity I would recommend to any PR consultant!”

Greater Than University (GTU) - Courses range from self-paced to videos to “classroom” training taught by internal experts as well as external facilitators. In 2016, Porter Novelli offered roughly 520 hours of training to our employees.

Fitness Reimbursement –We encourage employees to utilize a wellness benefit that reimburses fitness activities like gym memberships, yoga classes, a ski weekend getaway, or even purchasing those-to-die-for running sneakers.

Volunteer Day- Making a positive impact is a part of who we are. We believe in giving back to our community and giving you the time to do so. Every year, our PN employees receive a full day, or 8.00 hours, to volunteer for a cause that they are passionate about.

Diversity & Inclusion - This past year, Porter Novelli redoubled its efforts to be a more diverse and inclusive organization. Two new talent-centric leadership positions focused on training and development and diversity and inclusion were established under the belief that diversity leads to innovation, keener insights, and real solutions. Moreover, our diversity alliance employee-led groups across the network partner with local non-profits to set up events, organizing guest speakers/training for diversity education.

Porter Novelli Reviews

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    "Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
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    I have been working at Porter Novelli full-time (Less than a year)


    The company has collaborative space, an inviting and warm working environment, and a culture that you can really get behind. Really intelligent leadership and an invigorating business ethos.


    Only con is that the culture is almost "too relaxed."

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work -- continue to hire folks with great experience and personalities!

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Porter Novelli Photos

Porter Novelli photo of: Named the #1 place to work for by PR Week! Our biggest asset- our people
Porter Novelli photo of: Meet and Greet our LATAM partners at happy hour
Porter Novelli photo of: Our team attending the PR Council Diversity Awards
Porter Novelli photo of: PN fun fact: We have 15 Boomerangs in our N.A. offices
Porter Novelli photo of: Colorful celebration of Pride Month
Porter Novelli photo of: Our N.A. Managing Directors know how to work hard and play hard
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Porter Novelli Interviews



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    Account Executive Interview

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    I applied online. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at Porter Novelli in June 2016.


    I applied online, and three days later I received an email request for an in-person interview. The first round of interviews were with two VPs within the division. They asked questions related to my experience, goals, and work style. The second round of interviews took place with members of the team that I would be working with, and some senior level management. The second round of interviews touched on my experience a bit but really delved into the company's culture. I could tell it was crucial that the chosen candidate be a good fit for the company's culture. Everyone was super friendly, and the communication throughout the interview process was superb. It was without a doubt, one of the better interview experiences that I have had.

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Porter Novelli Awards & Accolades

  • Best Large Agency to Work For, North America, The Holmes Report, 2017
  • Top Places to Work, PR News, 2016
  • Best Places to Work, PRWeek, 2016
  • Top Places to Work, PR News, 2015
  • Best Places to Work, PR Week, 2014
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