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

  • Work-life balance, time-off policies, great work experience (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Terrible lack of work life balance (in 5 reviews)

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

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  1. "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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Astounded by the incompetence."

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    • 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.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great firm, bad holding company"

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    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.


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  5. "OK"

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    • 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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great people don't always make great managers"

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    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.


  7. "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.


  8. "Account Manager"

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    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.


  9. "Great culture, management chanes"

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    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


  10. "People first...or so they say"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Porter Novelli full-time

    Pros

    Culture. Flex time off in summer is nice...if you can use it. Fun parties. Great people. Strong commitment to excellence. Collaboration. Even with frustrations below, the people and culture make me want to stay.

    Cons

    Compensation is absolutely abysmal and significantly below industry standards. Management finally acknowledged this but has yet to make improvements. Junior staff is overworked and under respected. Bonuses are rare unicorn. The idea of work-life balance is a joke. Promotions never seem to happen on time for most people, but for a select few they happen all the time. Leadership says people come first but actions show $$$ is all that matters. Difficult to get anything to "move" because of corporate red tape. Finance system horrible. Senior management will listen to your concerns but then nothing is done to correct problems. Unreasonable amount of work piled on some while others seem to have life outside work.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of and invest in your junior staff. They are the future of this company, and there won't be a future if all your best talent realizes they are worth something more and leaves. Compensate people appropriately. Don't talk out of both sides of your mouth - recognize your employees are smart and see through it every time.


  11. "Good Senior Leadership, not such great office leadership"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very creative firm, great clients

    Cons

    Small offices means little upward movement.

    Advice to Management

    Go beyond office GMs and their "favorites" to look for talent.



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