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Porter Novelli Washington Reviews

Updated June 27, 2017
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  • Fun projects and overall great people to work with (in 8 reviews)

  • Company culture and great teamwork (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 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.


  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. "Culture Can't Be Beat"

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

    Pros

    I can honestly say that I work with my friends. The company culture is amazing. Supportive and encouraging. Not competitive or snarky like other PR Firms I've worked at. At our office, they even welcome humor and don't take themselves seriously. Keeps morale high which at the end of the day, means better service for clients.

    Cons

    The only con that I can think to write is that we work long hours, but I suppose that is true of most PR firms.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people so your current team is not tapped beyond capacity.


  4. 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.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "good learning, bad atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    smart people, boot-camp for PR, great history/pride in the PN name

    Cons

    not winning new biz, tough management changes, negative attitudes

    Advice to Management

    more openness to hearing from jr staff


  6. "downward cycle; too much focus on short term results, not winning business"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great client work, great colleagues to work with at junior and mid level staff

    Cons

    long hours; leaders not winning business; omnicom controlling porter novelli with too much focus on short term results and not having long term view. when we don't win business the staff get penalized and we don't get good increases or bonuses and we don't get to grow. staff expected to check email and always be 'on' even during vacation and weekends

    Advice to Management

    hire leaders who get out of the office and grow the business.


  7. "Great internship for students"

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    Former Employee - Public Relations Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Public Relations Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Porter Novelli (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone at the office is very friendly and willing to help you learn. The teams are all very integrated and interns can try their hand at just about anything they want.

    Cons

    No downsides for an intern here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing! PNDC is a fabulous office!

  8. "Great experience if you're prepared to work hard and learn!"

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    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Porter Novelli as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    I learned a lot! If there was something specific I wanted to learn someone could teach me. Once I showed that I could work hard, I was given more responsibility and trust as a team member not just an intern.

    Cons

    Expect to work past 5 on occasion
    When everyone gets super swamped with work, a lot can be pushed onto interns - interns need to know they can say no


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Traditional PR firm struggles to define itself and keep up with the times."

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

    I worked at Porter Novelli full-time

    Pros

    1. It's a recognizable name in the PR world, and has had some talented and well conected people walk through the doors.

    2. Young staff with not that much experience, get to work with some reputable clients in hands on ways.

    3. If you're on the food team you get to travel.

    4. If you're high up enough, you get really good experience delegating work.

    5. Junior staffers get many client facing opportunities with little to no experience.

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    Cons

    1. Lack of company culture.
    2. Upper level management struggles to agree on major decisions.
    2. Extremely high turnover.
    3. Employees are overworked, underpaid, under-appreciated, and overlooked.
    4. No definitive leadership.
    5. Benefits are not competitive.
    6. Very late nights are standard and expected.
    7. There is no leading by example.
    8. The loudest voices are the ones that thrive. Not the people with the best ideas.
    9. Stale ideas, and outdated messaging.
    10. Lack of creativity and willingness to take risks leads to not only losing new business pitches but losing current clients.
    11. Lack of transparency.
    12. Outdated technology and not enough laptops to accommodate all employees.
    13. Career development opportunities are few and far between.
    14. It's not collaborative, or cross cultural. Teams are siloed and rarely work together. And despite PN being a global company, offices do not work together on projects and rarely communicate.
    15. Resources are allocated poorly because people are unaware of the skills, background and knowledge that their colleagues posses.
    16. No exit interviews which show a complete lack of wanting to understand why turnover is so high.

    Advice to Management

    Show your employees you care about them, and the work that they do. Lead by example, and let company culture happen organically. Get to know people in other offices, and get to know the people in your own office. Learn what everyone has to offer to better form teams and pool insights. Stay open to new ideas and make more of an effort to stay on top of industry trends and technology.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of work for mediocre pay. If you can stick it out for six to eight years you will make some money."

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Porter Novelli full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work, friendly atmosphere, fun if you're single.

    Cons

    VPs do a lot less work and make a ton more money.

    Advice to Management

    Pay junior staff more a little more money. Start them around 40K.


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