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2.5
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31%
Recommend to a Friend
25%
Approve of CEO
Kevin Akeroyd
9 Ratings
Pros
  • "The New York office of Gorkana has a great "startup" work environment(in 8 reviews)

  • "Throughout the day you work with great people and great projects(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "No room for growth within the company(in 6 reviews)

  • "Long hours may not work for some: I wouldn’t necessarily say it was a con, but this is no 9(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Lots of upside/opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Analysis Team in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gorkana

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities. The US office has been growing its business quickly, with a number of marquee client wins over the past six months. This means the chance to work with some of the best corporate communications teams and agencies in the business. This also means the chance for advancement. Management prefers to promote internally whenever possible, and I have seen many entry level media executives given opportunities...

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    Cons

    The location of the office is great and is open-plan, which is fun and collaborative, however the number of conference rooms can be challenging at times.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be transparent regarding company strategy and direction as Gorkana continues to grow.

    Gorkana2015-06-10
  2. "Great first job out of school"

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      Former Employee - Business Development Coordinator in New York, NY

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

      Pros

      -Growing company based in London expanding its presence throughout the US. -Rapidly growing team, startup environment -Casual, laid back office -Great work/life balance

      Cons

      -No process put in place for the Business Development Coordinator role

      Gorkana2016-06-18

      Gorkana Response

      August 4, 2016Managing Director, Cision EMEA

      Thank you for taking the time to write this review. I will pass your comments on to our leader in the New York office to feed in to any future career/process mapping for that role. If you would like to input any more ideas on this please contact our Recruitment Business Partner, ...

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    • "good"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I have been working at Gorkana

        Pros

        good company to work for

        Cons

        not paid enough for the time spent

        Gorkana2016-05-03

        Gorkana Response

        August 4, 2016Managing Director, Cision EMEA

        Thank you very much for taking time to write a review. It's great that you think we're a good company to work for. As I am unable to tell which department you are in, if you would like to speak about the salary further please contact our Recruitment Business Partner, Ezim, at Ezim.e-agwuegbo@gorkana.com

      • "Great Company"

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

        I have been working at Gorkana

        Pros

        Lovely people, great working environment

        Cons

        There are few cons I have about the poeple I work with.

        Advice to Management

        Listening

        Gorkana2016-02-22

        Gorkana Response

        April 6, 2016Managing Director, Cision EMEA

        Thank you for your review and advice to management. We pride ourselves on our people and it is great that you feel positively about our Gorkana community. Please be assured that I will feed back your listening comment to the UK management team. If you would like to give more details ...

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      • Helpful (5)

        "Media Executive"

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        Former Employee - Media Executive in New York, NY

        I worked at Gorkana

        Pros

        Young work environment, fairly laid back. Not stressful

        Cons

        Extremely monotonous, repetitive work. Need to find other ways to help the employees grow.

        Gorkana2015-10-21
      • Helpful (2)

        "A much needed rebuttal...."

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        Current Employee - Sales in New York, NY
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Gorkana full-time for more than 4 years

        Pros

        I've never been one to hold water with the reviews on Glassdoor, as I had always been under the impression that many of the negative comments were from disgruntled former employees who failed to make a level of impact (be it through lack of interest or not being able to understand why one didn't find success and therefore blaming others). As a current Gorkana employee, it's pretty apparent that the past few negative...

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        Cons

        The culture has taken a bit of a hit, due to recently being acquired by Cision and in turn a lot of the team has left and were not replaced. A lot of talent and personality was lost, but not much could be done about it - as there were no guarantees that could be made regarding roles during the transition. That being said, management did encourage employees to look for roles and to take advantage of the opportunities that...

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        Advice to Management

        Keep it up. The attempts to regain the sense of culture that was lost with the recent departures is noticed. I'm sure over time it'll return.

        Gorkana2015-09-21
      • Helpful (4)

        "Going South"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Gorkana full-time

        Pros

        For a long time it was all about the great people. Easy to get up from your desk to ask co-workers questions, and get valuable opinions. Great benefits. (Was originally a British company)

        Cons

        It's now been bought by it's largest competitor in the US, Cision. Many people who helped build the business to be great have left. It's going south quicker than anticipated. Too many unknowns and the new parent company is not handling things smoothly...yet...

        Advice to Management

        Don't just say you're listening to your workers...Do it. Implementation of things that were needed took too long. Issues can't be brushed under a rug. Don't give all your attention to one department, because the others will suffer. Then they will complain. At times upper management would seem oblivious to on going issues because they aren't connected enough to the overall business, just what they seem to think counts....

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        Gorkana2015-08-21
      • Helpful (1)

        "Media Executive Review -- great experience"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I worked at Gorkana full-time

        Pros

        I worked on the Gorkana US team as a Media Executive for about 1 year and it was an all-around positive experience. Worked with an enthusiastic group of people who care about your career goals and are committed to making Gorkana a great experience. Management looks out for career paths of staff. Employees have a chance for their ideas to be heard and hard work is noticed, appreciated and rewarded.

        Cons

        Small team and environment, which can be good or bad, depending on your personal

        Gorkana2015-06-12
      • Helpful (5)

        "Negative Experience"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I worked at Gorkana full-time

        Pros

        It is important to note while reading these reviews whether they are UK or US based. Positive reviews for the UK are not at all reflective of the US and they are two very different offices/cultures/etc. There are no real pros I can think of besides that while I was working there, I was not unemployed.

        Cons

        Management (specifically the Managing Director of the US office), low pay, major favoritism, lack of opportunities, extremely high turnover, bad IT.

        Advice to Management

        There is not much to say now that Gorkana has been bought by Cision and it is too late to make any real changes. Feedback from employees should have been listened to early on.

        Gorkana2015-07-10
      • Helpful (9)

        "Media Executive"

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

        I worked at Gorkana full-time

        Pros

        the office is young and friendly free coffee & occasional office parties you don't take your work home with you unless you're in client services

        Cons

        Management is irresponsible in many ways. The Managing Director of the US office is a bully who can't hear anything she doesn't want to hear and has an almost pathological need to see a graph with an upward trend. Because she is unreasonable, people often lie to her, sugarcoating results to protect themselves. Pay is also very low in entry-level positions, but you'll have a slightly easier time climbing the ladder...

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        Advice to Management

        The turnover rate in the US office should be a clue that something is really, really wrong here. Maybe if people were paid more they'd tolerate the job better.

        Gorkana2015-05-28
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