Cision Reviews

Updated Sep 18, 2020

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2.9
41%
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Cision Interim CEO Brandon Crawley
Brandon Crawley
12 Ratings
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  • "Low pay and commission structure(in 30 reviews)

  • "There's no room for growth or promotion(in 23 reviews)

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  1. "Great!"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cision full-time

    Pros

    Worked at the company they acquired before, just a great team!

    Cons

    Nothing bad really at all.

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    Talent Acquisition Manager

    We are happy to hear you enjoyed working at Cision! I want to thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback, and thank you for sharing your experience! Best of luck in your future endeavors.

  2. "Great first job"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Associate Customer Content Specialist in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cision full-time

    Pros

    very nice people to work with

    Cons

    having to make pitches when working in editorial


  3. "Always a need for what Cision offers"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Cision full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There is a great work life balance

    Cons

    Continuous change: acquisitions, public to private and back a couple of times, leadership

  4. Helpful (5)

    "Bored and Over It."

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Customer Service 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cision full-time

    Pros

    Laid back environment, made great friends.

    Cons

    - It doesn't matter what department you work for, you'll end up doing the job of someone else because so many people here are incompetent. - The work is redundant and boring. - There's no room for growth or promotion.

  5. COVID-19
    Helpful (8)

    "The True Cost of Not Paying Employees"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Junior Project Manager in Ann Arbor, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cision full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    1. The best pro of Cision used to be the culture. With COVID-19, all company culture is gone so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 2. Pretty good PTO

    Cons

    1. Catastrophically low pay. You will not get paid more by working hard. You will not get paid significantly more moving jobs internally. You will just not get money at all. There has been massive talent bleed from the low pay and constantly losing knowledgeable and experienced employees because literally everywhere else pays better. 2. The constant brain drain from #1 means that there is always missing information everywhere. Combine this with no one caring enough to actually document anything because no one is paid to document anything means good luck figuring how anything works. This wouldn't be as much of a problem but Cision historically and still is awful about sunsetting obsolete product lines. Good luck figuring out how that old system works! 3. Constant leadership changeover, no actual change. The upper management has been cycling constantly over the past few years but the bad trends continue. Most notably is a cultural abandonment of operations in favor of just higher more sales people. This works for neither as operations doesn't have enough support/people to get the product where it needs to be and the sales people have to try to sell a product that is underserved by the company. No one wins in the long run. I could write pages on how so many parts of the company are just completely rotted from the lack of investment in employees but for the sake of brevity, just don't work here. If you do work here, get a new job.

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "They will threaten you"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Sales Development Representative in Beltsville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cision full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It's a great place to start a career and grow with people your age. But, you will have to trade in your emotional/mental health.

    Cons

    I have started to really dislike my position at Cision over the course of a year. They really burn you out and then threaten you with performance plans after you have made them revenue during a PANDEMIC. Looking around and speaking to another SDR who was supposed to get promoted a long time ago, who has been there for 3 years. They don't care about him or the hundreds of thousands of dollars he has made for the company. All they care about is taking advantage of him and exploit his work. There are several times he has come into work early unpaid. Several times he has been threatened with performance plans in the past and during this time where millions of Americans are losing everything. Then, they try to manipulate the situation like the reason he isn't doing well is because of his numbers. No, the reason he isn't doing well is that he has no help, and threatening him regularly isn't helping. All the employees here are under some type of emotional duress. There was a time in which Cision cared about its employees but not anymore, You can be the top performer and they will overlook you for someone newer who doesn't have as much experience or who doesn't work as hard. Even people who have been there for 2 years do not get promoted. Ever since they merged with Trendkite and are under Platinum Equity it hasn't been the same. We are now just a money machine that will exploit, take advantage of, and manipulate its employees for management to get ahead. They told us all these things that they were gonna do before the merger that would help us but that has fallen through the cracks. No wonder why PRNewswire under the Cision umbrella has lost market value to Buisnesswire. The platform will lose market value and do the same soon to Meltwater and Agility.

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  7. Helpful (5)

    "Add this to the 700+ other reviews that mention insulting, catastrophically low pay"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Customer Service in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cision full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Absolutely nothing. Don't take my word for it, read through the other 750 reviews on here if you want to know more. It'll be easy to tell which ones are comically fake and submitted by HR in an absolute frenzy to bring up anything they can think of to distract from the fact that your salary is less than a truck driver.

    Cons

    Do you know that Cleveland, Ohio is 25% below the average cost of living in this country and your wages are not even 50% up to market??? There is literally nothing you can do to distract from or compensate for this other than to finally pay up. In money. As in United States currency. Your senior specialists max out at less than entry level salaries and you interview candidates with no experience 17 times and then hire them anyway bc you have no other option and your business strategy is to micromanage desperate fresh grads who will work for nothing until they get burnt out and it's time for the next batch of inexperienced, incompetent poverty workers. If new employees make a 1% 401K contribution, their full-time semi-monthly net income won't contain a comma when a Bachelor's degree is required as a pre-requisite to be employed in any department companywide.

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  8. Helpful (4)

    "Low Pay, Poor Culture"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Operations in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cision full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    allowed to work from home, diversity and inclusion

    Cons

    No sense of culture, pay very low, not much respect of employees, bad management

  9. "Great Place to start off in Software"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cision full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Awesome work environment -Great people/culture -Solid tech/software -Room for advancement quickly

    Cons

    -Low pay and commission structure -Lots of change -Quota information was limited and delayed

  10. COVID-19

    "A Great Place to Work and Build Your Career"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cision full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Fun product to sell. Interesting prospects/clients to speak with. It's genuinely interesting to learn about a PR/Comms professional talk about what they do, what their challenges are and how our product can help. You can't say that about every sales job. Clients come in all shapes and sizes from essentially all verticals. The people in Chicago are a good group to work with. People take pride in their work. There are some wonderful leaders to connect with in and out of your department. While there has been change at the company and can have a start-up vibe at times, its about as stable of a software company you are going to find in Chicago outside of the big 3. They've gotten better about pay over the last year or so as well. There are opportunities to do well and become a big fish in a smaller pond if that's your thing. The Chicago office is currently hiring for all kinds of positions. Good to see a reinvestment in this office compared to the last CEO's lack of vision here. No company is perfect but this one does a pretty decent job considering its size compared to the big 3.

    Cons

    Changes are constant. Some for good, others not. The one thing you can take away from that is you have experience going through change at a company. Would like to see the company pony up for some real happy hour experiences with input from more people that just office managers. Opportunity to be better here which then helps with recruiting better talent over time.

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