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Updated December 7, 2017
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Pros
  • Work life balance is a real thing (in 51 reviews)

  • Ability to work from home if needed (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • Very little room for advancement (in 10 reviews)

  • There's not a lot of room for growth outside of the sales department (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Amazing Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Culture- Everyone works closely together
    Work-life Balance is Awesome!
    A lot of Vacation/Floating Holiday/Sick Personal Time

    Cons

    PR Newswire now has expensive Health Insurance since acquired by Cision
    The pay could be much better for the amount of work and stress on the job


  2. "Solid industry leader to gain experience"

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    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cision full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    On the cutting edge of new PR tech

    Cons

    Constant changes in middle management which disrupt the workflow

    Advice to Management

    Less hiring external managers and more promotions from within

  3. "Great, growing company"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cision full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Products, current client base, majority marketshare. Good pay and work-life balance.

    Cons

    Management is young and somewhat inexperienced

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in employees regarding sales and product training


  4. "Sort of creepy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cision full-time

    Pros

    Downtown location
    Diverse PR businesses under one roof

    Cons

    Mix of older staid IT culture and overly aggressive sales group
    Owned by private equity company controlled by Governor Rauner


  5. "Stressful but fun work environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cision full-time

    Pros

    Great time off, free coffee and soda, can work from home

    Cons

    lots of corporate disorganization, buggy technology

    Advice to Management

    listen more to those working on the floor with customers.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Business Development"

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    Former Employee - Business Development Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Business Development Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cision full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    None - well since I have to put at least 20 characters... well that’s 20. Yup, no pros. This company overlooks talent.

    Cons

    If you have career aspirations, stay away! They have absolutely ZERO stock in employee development and if you are skilled, an expert in your field, or are a value driver - you will 100% be overlooked at this company. They have no ability to recognize or grow talent. This goes across the board at Cision.

    This boils down to the biggest single problem at Cision. It is, they have the worst leadership I have seen at any company. Bar none.

    If you are a passionate, career oriented individual that is seeking to take a step forward in your career, you will have to find it outside of Cision, leadership is absolutely incapable of developing individuals. They are so bad, they wouldn’t even have the chance to develop people because of how poor they are at being able to recognize what their employees are good at.

    Worst experience of my life.

    Advice to Management

    Hire leadership from the outside, hire leaders. Stop promoting a top performer to a management position and thinking they can lead others. Asinine to believe plugging a top performing person into a leadership role translates to success.

    Here is what happens - you promote a top performer and they only know how they succeed so what happens is they demand their employees do the job the way they found success. They break down the employees and don’t grow from strengths. They focus on weaknesses and exploit. It’s a horrible, horrible cycle that will continue to demoralize, ruin, and breakdown your employees.

    If you had the sense to put leaders in leadership positions, your company would go from a prison to a career growth factory.

    Nonsense.


  7. Helpful (2)

    ""You're just a number""

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    Current Employee - Media Researcher in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Media Researcher in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cision full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some really cool people, fairly nice office.

    Cons

    "You're just a number." Newish CEO who only cares about being big, not taking care of anybody — clients or employees. Only wants to buy buy buy and grow grow grow.

    Advice to Management

    Do better.

  8. "Growing Organization with Sizable Investment in Employees and Products"

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    Current Employee - Account Management
    Current Employee - Account Management
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cision full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    During the past few years Cision has been tasked with acquiring multiple products/companies to add to their vast product portfolio which strives to be an exclusive offering to the comms industry. The Ceo's vision is pretty clear in that they strive to become the next "salesforce" or" workday" in this industry. Very resource rich in terms of marketing and sales support.

    Cons

    I would not say there are many. Product integrations have occured through the acquisition and everyone is still learning the mass offering of content we are now able to distribute.

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in the products/people and we will continue to do great things.

    Cision Response

    Dec 4, 2017

    Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback! We are happy to hear you enjoy working at Cision, and you are part of what makes it great to work here. Keep up the great work!


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Business Development in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Business Development in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cision full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free Snacks, Games, Flexible Hours, Company Outings, Good Co-Workers

    Cons

    Micromanagement, Poor Company Reputation, Poor Management Morale


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Senior Account Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cision full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    This can be a great place to get experience as a young sales person. You will get to work with big brands and agencies. I really think you get to learn about how different types of business do their marketing and PR. If you can sell you will make all or most of the on target commission number that they give you. There is a lot of flexibility to work from home and have a great work life balance overall.

    Cons

    No room for growth here even for successful reps. They have not really promoted recently on merit of sales success. They have promoted based on looking someone who will stay in line with what that particular VP wants. The PRN/Cision Merger has caused a lot of problems with selling opportunities. There are too many reps overall in both Account Management and New Business. The new sales management is not really engaged with what is going on with the day to day sales team at all. The product issues have not really been fixed at all, it just seems like they did a makeover and still have the same problems. The CEO mentioned that we would get an update on potential stock options in Q3 and that time has came and gone without any new information. The company held a big party when we went public but it just seemed like that has really meant nothing for the rank and file at all.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent. There have been a lot of things said to the sales teams that have not came to fruition. The CEO told us he would be in Chicago every few weeks when he started and he really is not around at all. We are telling a story about our product that just does not add up for clients at this time; especially right after the start working with us. It's time to listen to the clients feedback or else they will continue to go to competitors and/or drive down the price of Cisions deals.


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