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5W Public Relations Reviews

Updated January 19, 2018
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Ronn D. Torossian
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Pros
  • 5W provides a great work environment (in 12 reviews)

  • 5W values and appreciates hard work (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance not great especially as a commuter (in 7 reviews)

  • boasts about its fast-paced, intense environment, but in reality 5W is just dysfunctional, dead-end place (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Associate Vice President"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at 5W Public Relations full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    5W provides a great work environment. The staff is extremely smart, creative and fun! 5W also offers its employees the opportunity to grow and work on some unique clients. I've been with the agency for four years now, and there is a reason why I've stayed. I've made some great media and client relationship, and friends for a lifetime. I look forward to further developing my skills at 5W.

    Cons

    No cons at the moment


  2. "company with good culture and OK pay"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate
    Current Employee - Research Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great team, benefit and projects

    Cons

    everything else is OK but not excellent

    Advice to Management

    keep investing in technology

  3. "New Employee - Very Happy"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have worked at 5W for a few months and have already experienced a lot of pros.

    On my team, I have a real opportunity to contribute my input. I find the work rewarding and the clients interesting.

    Separately, the agency has a lot of team building. Currently, there is a company-wide food drive competition with an ugly sweater party on the horizon.

    I am very happy. I am glad I applied for the position!

    Cons

    More variety during the company-wide lunch and breakfast!

    Advice to Management

    I love the charity work, keep it up!


  4. "I learn so much everyday surrounded by amazing people"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Coordinator
    Current Employee - Account Coordinator
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Down to earth employees and upper management
    -Fast paced environment
    -A lot of room to grow and move upward
    -You can pretty much leave on time at 6 pm everyday if you work hard during the day
    -Positive energy

    Cons

    -No flex hours/work from home

    Advice to Management

    It would be great to be able to work across practices like social and digital and events


  5. "Account Executive"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at 5W Public Relations full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I have been an employee at 5W for a little over 3 years and have learned an incredible amount. This company has not only grown since I have been here but they allow each employee to grow with them. They expect hard word and respect it even more so. They allow team members to contribute the same amount of ideas at all levels and all idea contributions and hard work does not go unnoticed by Senior employees.

    Cons

    I do not have any cons. Suggestions are frequently taken by head of HR and given to employees.


  6. "Great Place to Grow"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've been working at 5W for over a year and a half and the best part is the opportunity to grow and expand your PR knowledge. Hard work never goes unnoticed and the opportunity to advance into higher positions is extremely motivating.

    Cons

    No cons at the moment


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Not the Best Agency"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at 5W Public Relations full-time

    Pros

    The company drives on results and does what it needs to do to obtain the results
    Great events to build morale

    Cons

    Competition within teams
    Not Honest
    Shady with media

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Easy to advance if you work hard"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very entrepreneurial environment. If you outwork those around you, it's not hard to move up in the company. It's the kind of place that has 15% growth company-wide year after year. Definitely the kind of career environment you want to be in if you want to advance to management. If you can handle fast-paced, you will do great.

    Cons

    None at the moment.

    Advice to Management

    Increase vacation time by 1-1.5 days each year you are at the company.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Suffocatingly toxic work environment - stay away from 5W Public Relations!!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at 5W Public Relations full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Summer fridays, nice coworkers.. that's pretty much it.

    Cons

    This company has absolutely no direction at all. You're constantly pressured by inexperienced upper management. There is absolutely no communications and you'll never know whats coming the next day. I've seen more people in and out of these doors than other jobs I've worked combined. During my time at 5W I quickly learned that titles don't mean anything. You are promoted every 12 months regardless of how well (or bad) your performance is. Almost every VP / director has earned that position due to tenure and are very inexperienced. Not to mention, the pay is significantly less than what the titles reflect anyways. The CEO is very mean person. He has absolutely no patience and from the few times I've been near his office I've heard him screaming at clients on the phone, or yelling at employees. Search his name and you'll see the person he is. 5W is nothing special. Clients are constantly leaving and I wouldn't be surprised if this place doesn't exist in 2020. I wish I had read the reviews before coming here. Almost every positive review is fake, and written by the SEO/Social media team. This is a public relations company after all, they're masters of deceiving the public.

    Stay away, for your own sanity. Also don't bother talking to HR about issues, you'll be immediately fired. They are there to protect the company, not you.


  10. "Genuinely great company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accounting Supervisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Accounting Supervisor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Focused on clients
    Amazing office environment
    Care about employee success
    Rapid growth

    Cons

    Can be chaotic but that is what PR is all about. Nothing out of the ordinary.


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