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Porter Novelli Overview

New York, NY
501 to 1000 employees
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Advertising & Marketing
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Porter Novelli is one of the world’s leading public relations agencies. With 90 offices in nearly 60 countries, Porter Novelli delivers best-in-class service to clients around the globe. As the agency that pioneered social marketing, Porter Novelli’s heritage ... Read more

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

Company Updates

  • Learn more about our Discovery and Development program that allows PNers to spend a month in any of our offices as they keep growing in their career. Alex spent a month in Seattle - showing that growth at PN has no boundaries.

    As you discover, you develop. A reflection of my time in Seattle - Porter Novelli

    It all started on the last week of May. I packed my bags, laptop and walking shoes, and moved to Seattle for an entire month. It was the first time since I can remember that I was leaving home for such a long period of time, but I was excited to challenge myself for a good cause: GROWTH.

  • Porter Novelli was recognized by PR Week for best diversity initiative for our campaign "You are Welcome Here" and our very own, Soon Mee Kim, was awarded the Diversity Champion award. We could not be more proud and excited for what is next!


    New York, New York - (September 27, 2018) - The PR Council (PRC) announced the winners of the eighth annual Diversity Distinction in PR Awards today at its annual member dinner. The awards, sponsored by the PR Council in partnership with PRWeek, recognize and reward organizations and individuals who play a key role in promoting and strengthening diversity ...

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Porter Novelli – Why Work For Us?


Over forty-five years ago, Jack Porter and Bill Novelli opened our doors—and people’s eyes and minds—with a company driven by the idea that the art of communication could advance society.

They looked for clients willing to find their purpose—and in doing so, achieve better results than they thought possible.

Today, we continue to build that bridge between business imperatives and cultural goals.

  • We inspire brands to think higher.
  • To make a difference.
  • To leave a legacy.
  • To create a movement.



Benefits - Plan options include choices between four medical plans (all include prescription coverage), two dental plans, vision coverage and flexible spending accounts for both health and dependent care expenses and a legal plan. In addition to the basic life insurance provided by Porter Novelli, you may also elect supplemental life insurance, accident insurance, and long-term disability insurance.

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.

Adoption assistance- Adoption can be a lengthy and stressful process. And also an expensive one. PN offers all full-time employees an Adoption Support benefit of $5,000 per adoption. To cover legal and agency services fees.

2 Bonus Holiday Days –In 2018, all NA employees are given two “Extra Happy Holidays” days off to be used the week of December 25.  These days are bonus company holidays (for a total of 12 paid US holidays in 2018) and can be used any two days that week.

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.

UnCommon Ground is Porter Novelli's Dynamic, multi-faceted learning platform that brings together diverse thinking and experiences, and extends beyond the classroom to incorporate social and on-the-job learning.

At each office, we provide at least 90-120 minutes of training each month. Some of our programs include: Emerging stars, Omnicom University, Planner Academy, CRL Acadamy and Discovery and Development – 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!”

Diversity & Inclusion - We view diversity as moral and business imperatives. In 2017, 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.

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    PN is an amazing place full of smart, forward thinking people. I absolutely adore my team and will always remember this place. There are the typical agency quirks for sure, but the people make every day worth it.


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    Continue to keep lines of communication open and sharing positive affirmation for the hard work everyone is doing. Great job while I was there!

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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: Our 2018 Summer intern class
Porter Novelli photo of: The Diversity Alliance sponsored an offsite tour to learn about the impact of the African Diaspora on New York City.
Porter Novelli photo of: The PN team in action at a career fair.
Porter Novelli photo of: Alert: young PR professionals in the making - our internship will give you a hands-on experience, a look into agency life and PN. Looking for our next all-star interns starting in January!
Porter Novelli photo of: Our Australia team got together with the ABC's Nicolaas Earnshaw and other client leaders to discuss how to be human in a digital world. They talked about the tension between data, privacy and trust.
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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

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

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

Pledge to Thrive

Taking steps to prioritize employee well-being

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

First Job Programs

Maintain entry-level hiring and career development programs to give people career starts

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

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