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Porter Novelli Reviews

Updated October 12, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people, Good clients, Changing culture that is moving in the right direction (in 7 reviews)

  • Positive and friendly company culture (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Terrible lack of work life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • New business leader was a cruise director (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Account Executive"

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    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 Porter Novelli full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company has collaborative space, an inviting and warm working environment, and a culture that you can really get behind. Really intelligent leadership and an invigorating business ethos.

    Cons

    Only con is that the culture is almost "too relaxed."

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work -- continue to hire folks with great experience and personalities!


  2. "Friendly Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Porter Novelli full-time

    Pros

    Good culture. Most colleagues are friendly and willing to spark up conversation. Room to embrace exciting work if you take the initiative and put yourself with the right people.

    Cons

    PN stresses collaboration but has yet to fully embrace the model. It does appear to be closer to reaching a process that works than most agencies.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire charismatic senior leaders who have expertise across multiple disciplines and are skilled at leveraging the talents of junior staff. Seek out processes that bring fourth talent from all levels and departments for new business pitches. Lastly, encourage a program that helps identify mentor relationships for junior staff.

  3. "Great agency"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and growth opportunities, flexible, collaborative work environment, solid senior leadership team

    Cons

    Client roster is uninspiring, demanding


  4. "A great place to work"

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

    I worked at Porter Novelli full-time

    Pros

    Talented people. Great mission. Wonderful facility.

    Cons

    An organization in transition, with all that goes with that... opportunity as well as danger.


  5. "Good place to work, loyalty not rewarded"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Porter Novelli has great teams and teams with talent with room for working on projects that interest you. Office culture is a plus but dwindling with the shrinking team.

    Cons

    At the end of the day you are working for a publicly traded company. Therefore bottom lines, not loyalty and hard work, is the focus of the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Checking in on employee satisfaction is important. I think there is a disconnect between junior and senior staff which is causing people to be disgruntled.


  6. "Best Agency Around"

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

    I worked at Porter Novelli full-time

    Pros

    Culture, People, Diversity, Clients, Rewarding work

    Cons

    Typical agency hours - occasionally work/life balance is a challenge

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  7. "Used to be the best place to work"

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

    I worked at Porter Novelli full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers and managers. Always had interesting and varied clients.

    Cons

    In recent years the company has begun to decline mainly from over involvement from the parent company. Sweeping company-wide changes were applied to agencies as a one-size-fits-all solution which ultimately lead to a decline in clients and accounts.

    Advice to Management

    Update your resumes, you're next to be let go by OMC regardless of your agency's wishes to keep you.

  8. "Sinking Ship"

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

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

    Pros

    The people were a fun group (for the most part).

    Cons

    Terrible leadership on both the corporate and NY office level. ZERO accountability by Executive Team, no self awareness or a solutions oriented strategy to turn the company around. The only accounts they are winning are Health Care related. I don't know how or why any esteemed client would consider employing this agency. They are stuck in the past with their ideas and creativity.

    Advice to Management

    Get some serious leaders in there who can effectively change your offices across the network.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Supportive"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Porter Novelli full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Extremely professional and helpful environment. A good climate for growing and improving skills and helping a variety of clients.

    Cons

    At times, it can be difficult to know how best to approach a situation, but even in those situations people are able to work together and come up with productive solutions.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and encourage people to develop new skills to continue growing in multiple areas.


  10. "A stepping stone in my career—nothing more."

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    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in New York, NY
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Porter Novelli full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I learned TONS. I also respected and admired many of the people I worked under. Thirsty Thursdays were also fun.

    Cons

    Extremely overworked. Lean teams managing major accounts. I quit without having another job lined up because I physically and mentally could not continue. Lack of internal communication.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees and be aware of the amount of work allocated to each account team.


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