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PR Newswire Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work life balance and excellent team work environment, opportunity for good income potential and ability to do different things (in 12 reviews)

  • Great work environment, people, challenges (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • high turnover rate of editorial employees (in 14 reviews)

  • High stress considering how inconsequential this job is (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Great Co-Workers"

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing people, learned so much from Finance Director, VP of Finance, and CFO.

    Cons

    Company purchased and normal changes that come along with that kind of transaction

    Advice to Management

    Not familiar with new management team from Cision but the PRNewswire folks have great vision. Keep up the good work!


  2. "PR Newswire"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Media Researcher in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Media Researcher in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at PR Newswire (Less than a year)

    Pros

    PR Newswire is a great company. I can honestly not thing of a single negative comment to make about it. Its parent company, UBM, sold it to Cision, which is the company who laid people off. I have no opinion on Cision as I wasn't there long enough to know it. But I was nearly 20 years with PRN and it is a fantastic company that treats its employees like people, not robots. I still love PRN!

    Cons

    This site is making me fill this in but I do not have any negatives.

    Advice to Management

    I am not familiar with the current CEO so I am leaving that rating blank. But he must be good as the company is still good.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Director of Business Development"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Business Development in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director of Business Development in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at PR Newswire full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work for and they seem to really care about their employees. The compensation is very competitive in the industry.

    Cons

    Could be more opportunities to advance in company.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Great starter job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PR Newswire (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -decent pay for 1st or 2nd job out of college
    -nice amount of PTO (before acquisition, not sure what it is now)
    -good health insurance plans

    Cons

    In the beginning, I loved working for PR Newswire, and made good money doing so. Ultimately, you see the favoritism set in and people become disgruntled with no way to vent the frustrations to management.

    The main goal of the company is to make more money every year in sales but pay employees less in the process.

    An unbelievable amount of inappropriate behavior and office politics lead people to eventually leave. They typically don't fire people but in exchange, slowly drive people out through calculated tactics in which the people eventually quit because they have no other option.

     If you desire to work in an office that is just like High School in its "clique"-iness and popularity contest atmosphere, this is the place. However, there are some people that are so dumb you're surprised they even graduated high school, let alone college.

    Advice to Management

    Be less fake and tell the truth. Get to the point in meetings and don't speak to us like we are children.


  6. ""Meh""

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Editor in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Senior Editor in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Clear pathways for advancement but clear favoritism gets in the way. I call it a good "starter job" but not a career.

    Cons

    Females not advanced as often as males, despite more female editors. Company not very forward thinking or strategic. Training and marketing depts inevitably lose their staff after a bad sales year. People have sex in the handicapped bathroom. Maturity level is garbage.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Glorified Call Center"

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    Former Employee - Customer Content Specialist in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Customer Content Specialist in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are all friendly enough and are mostly why you'll be able to deal with this job. Some managers are nice. You generally feel supported during the work day. Pay is good, as are the benefits.

    Cons

    Tech is hopelessly outdated.
    There's practically nowhere to advance. This lack of opportunity, combined with the dull grind of customer service, makes the job pretty painful after a few months.
    Innovation is feared to an absurd degree. The company expects people to be robots and puts way too much emphasis on punishment for errors, rather than asking, "Could we improve the system and make it easier for people to work effectively?"
    You have to kiss up to people a lot. Very cliquey atmosphere.
    No real direction. Feels like the company is just spinning its wheels and getting by on name recognition.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people and accept that what worked decades ago is no longer as effective today.


  8. "Account Manager"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at PR Newswire (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good client list, interesting job, good management

    Cons

    Staff is catty and very cliquesh

    Advice to Management

    Do more team building


  9. "You can probably do better"

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    Former Employee - Associate Customer Content Specialist in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Associate Customer Content Specialist in Albuquerque, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    At PRN, you will either accept that this is "good enough", become complacent, and tolerate the awful corporate culture or you will become extremely motivated to figure your life out and improve your circumstances. Some people use this as a springboard to other communications jobs.

    Cons

    Management will do everything they can to keep your pay as low as possible. You will be inundated with tasks and will not compensated. High stress considering how inconsequential this job is. The work is repetitive.

    Advice to Management

    Robots can and should do this job. Get it over with, already.


  10. "A job if you need one"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Program Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at PR Newswire (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some of the people are nice.

    Cons

    The company has things it needs to work on.


  11. "General"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people really make the company what it is. They have some extremely tenured employees and I don't think people would have stuck around so long if it wasn't a great place to work.

    Cons

    Lots of stress. Management tends to play favorites. If you're not on the favorites list, you're basically invisible.

    Advice to Management

    Some of the people in senior leadership positions probably shouldn't be there or should at least be coached on how to retain valuable employees.


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