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5W Public Relations Reviews

Updated May 18, 2018
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Pros
  • Great place to learn PR industry (in 7 reviews)

  • To start, there is truly a great work-life balance (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • implement better PTO program, sick leave and ability to work remotely / work from home (in 8 reviews)

  • Absolutely ZERO work life balance (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "I learn so much everyday surrounded by amazing people"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    5W Public Relations Response

    Mar 15, 2018 – SVP, Human Resources

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We particularly like to hear from our newer employees who provide a different look into the agency.
    There will be some exciting changes in the... More


  2. "The Sky is The Limit"

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    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 a year)

    Pros

    5W is the third agency I've worked in during my 9+ year career and the one at which I am by far the happiest. To start, there is truly a great work-life balance. It is not an agency where one is expected to burn the midnight oil. There is no looking down on those who get their work done and leave at 6 (which is the case in many other agencies). It is also a place that believes in hiring from within - giving staff at all levels the opportunity to lead important initiatives and communicate directly with the client. You also get to work with some really great people who are creative and take risks/ often introduce new program elements that make every project exciting and unique.

    Cons

    The agency is signing on new clients regularly which can occasionally lead to large workloads. To succeed in this fast-paced environment you must be organized, great at multitasking and a strong communicator.

  3. "Great place to learn and grow!"

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

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

    Pros

    I built my career at this award-winning agency and have been so fortunate to work with some of the smartest, creative and driven individuals day in and day out. 5W continues to harness a great roster of clients, bringing in a wealth of both innovative and established brands year after year. You're never bored with such an eclectic range of brands to work with or pull ideas from! Clients and staff stick around more than at other agencies so there is a ton of institutional knowledge and resources within the agency as well. Not to mention, the array of marketing and social media capabilities all available under one roof!

    Cons

    - no work from home policy
    -Need more holiday vacation time

    Advice to Management

    Continue to reward and acknowledge your staff’s accomplishments, it truly goes a long way!


  4. "Real work/life balance and a nurturing environment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account 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

    - supportive upper management that want you to thrive and succeed
    - awesome perks like free lunches, team building activities, and happy hours

    Cons

    - implement better PTO program, sick leave and ability to work remotely / work from home
    - improve holiday schedules to allow for family travel


  5. "Motivating, Rewarding, Dedicated, Determined"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -amazing place to learn
    -team spirit / great people to work with
    -good work/life balance
    -constantly rewarded for amazing work
    -fun employee programs/outings/incentives

    Cons

    -no work from home policy

    Advice to Management

    Keep rewarding good work, it will keep employees ,motivated, focused and determined to succeed in what they do


  6. "Fun agency"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor 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

    - Great culture
    - Fun environment
    - Amazing benefits

    Cons

    - Need more work from home days


  7. "Current VP"

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

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

    Pros

    5W is all about opportunity - the more you put in, the more you will get out of it - end of story. It is the ideal work environment for self directed learners who want to grow in their profession. With a Senior Leadership Team that believes in promoting from within the sky is the limit and I am proof of this - started as an SAE, worked really, really hard and now I am a VP.

    The agency is always evolving: expanding its practice areas and capabilities (especially on the digital side), creating an even more collaborative culture and welcoming new ideas and points of view as it pertains to the agency overall.

    As someone who has in a sense grown up here (got engaged / married, had 2 kids and moved to the burbs), I find the work/life balance to be fair, as well as accommodating (within reason).

    Cons

    High pressure environment - we are a results driven business and you must push yourself daily.

  8. "Exciting, Progessive and Rewarding Place to Work"

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

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

    Pros

    I've worked at 5W for more than six years and will continue to build my career at the agency for many more to come. It's a fast-paced environment filled with smart people with the opportunity to work on media relations as well as larger integrated initiatives on both challenger and mainstream brands. Proactivity is key - You will set your own progress here and need to bring your critical thinking and positive energy to the table. If you do this, you will be heard! I have been able to carve out new programs, protocols and team structure and love getting to focus on my preferred category (beauty) while learning from and working with publicists across health, food, lifestyle, tech and B2B. My team invests in training, culture and personal growth, and genuinely cares about building a successful, happy group.

    Cons

    Clients here can be high-need, high-pressure. You must be able to handle a variety of client personalities and objectives with results-oriented ideas and a roll up your sleeves attitude.

    Advice to Management

    Keep building on the cultural and structural improvements that have been introduced in the past couple of years. Tools like Slack and Trendkite have been huge productivity boosters, and the in-office wellness incentives (running groups, meditation, etc.) have been incredibly well-received.


  9. "Some of the most hardworking and creative people"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive 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

    I have been at 5W for over 4 years. I've seen nothing but growth both in individual employees and the company! I have some of the most hardworking and creative people on my team and I dont see myself leaving anytime soon. I have worked my way up and have been pushed along the way, which I am grateful for. Your hard work doesn't go unnoticed here, show your worth and it will be accounted for.

    PTO- great time off policy.

    Cons

    -Would love to get more face time with the entire company!
    -Suggest work from home days


  10. "Great benefits!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Competitive compensation
    Comprehensive benefits package, 401(K), and a fantastic vacation policy
    Catered lunches and breakfasts each month
    In-office Manicure and Barber
    Membership to exclusive wellness program and corporate gym membership
    Lunch and Learn - opportunity to develop and grow my skills

    Cons

    Quickly expanding and out growing our space in the iconic Helmsley Building in Grand Central


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