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Porter Novelli Reviews

Updated October 7, 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. "Good place to work, loyalty not rewarded"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Needed to Adapt to the Times"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Porter Novelli (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    benefits and vacation time. always free food which is important when they barely pay you anything. no exciting clients.

    Cons

    clique-ish, high school atmosphere. pay is abysmal. nothing substantive to say but glassdoor says i need to enter 20 word minimum so here we are

    Advice to Management

    nothing substantive to say but glassdoor says i need to enter 20 word minimum so here we are. fix the things noted in the cons.

  3. "Assistant Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Porter Novelli full-time

    Pros

    The culture amongst junior staff is the only thing that keeps them there. There is a family and camaraderie at this level that is unbeatable.

    Cons

    Senior leaders are their own cult of sorts and only concern themselves with issues at the top. Rarely do they attend culture building activities or care about junior staff getting promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the people essentially running the agency, aka the junior staff, or you'll lose them.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Astounded by the incompetence."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some interesting coworkers, minimal supervision, no micromanagers, heart of SF financial district, $ toward your commute expenses.

    Cons

    Silly office party after office party to celebrate birthdays, new account acquisitions, weddings, sports wins, upcoming vacations, colleague transfers etc. absolutely began to hate them because they were constantly interfering with getting my work done. Lots of heavy drinkers. Nit picky about an intern's monitor being 1 inch larger than paid employee's. Nepotism. Unfair Favoriticism.

    Advice to Management

    Leaders need to be more mature and possess a strong work ethic.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great firm, bad holding company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, Good clients, Changing culture that is moving in the right direction. Committed to doing the right thing, but slow moving.

    Cons

    Hard to be innovative when part of a nameless, faceless holding company that advances short term profit over talent and investment.
    Slow moving company bogged down in process and inefficiency.

    Advice to Management

    Do the right thing, not the financial thing.


  6. "OK"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Fun company culture
    -High profile clients

    Cons

    -Cliquey
    -Senior management does not buy in to a lot of things
    -Have trouble winning new biz

    Advice to Management

    No advice


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great people don't always make great managers"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Team in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Account Team in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Porter Novelli (More than a year)

    Pros

    PN recruits the best of the best who really make each client shine bright
    Creative environment
    Warm + inspiring Managing Director

    Cons

    No clear structure for mentorship or training for junior staff
    Terrible lack of work life balance
    High turnover
    Low pay scale

    Advice to Management

    Foster the talent you have because they are already looking for other firms.

  8. "Good People, But Needs New Business!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The account teams are solid and work hard. Benefits are good and managers care about their direct reports.

    Cons

    New business efforts have been lacking for over a year. Some of the leadership team aren't a good fit for the current company's situation.


  9. "Account Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Porter Novelli full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good learnings, great coworkers

    Cons

    Too focused on short term, local management is bad but not a concern because numbers are hit, top heavy

    Advice to Management

    Promotions and bonuses should be based on what is earned, not used as a way to keep employees. Bad culture is a result of uneven workload which is not the same a billability.


  10. "Great culture, management chanes"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Amazing view
    - Fun and interactive culture with weekly happy hours and book clubs and good work/life balance
    - Entrepenurial and social activism permeated the culture
    - Lots of diverse accounts and all hands on deck approach gives you ability to work in different sectors, etc

    Cons

    A lot of management changes and account losses made it a difficult year in 2011


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