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  1. "PDN 2015"

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

    Pros

    Inspiring and motivating work environment.

    Cons

    Not everyone works out of office (many will spend days here and there working from home). Not ideal for efficiency.

    Advice to Management

    More "mandatory" in-attendance work days.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Boiler Room"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Professional Diversity Network full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Cool co-workers, you get to work on polishing your skill set in customer service, sales, and marketing. Cool location in the city to work.

    Cons

    What a joke. No loyalty, lots of back stabbing, and"use you till we lose you" mentality from the owner. Nobody feels safe about their responsibilities and jobs. The owner acts like a bullying that smiles in your face.

    Advice to Management

    Never work for a politician that owns the company.

  3. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Professional Diversity Network full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This company has potential. The employees here are great and it is a good work environment
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    Cons

    The only complaint i have is that there is no structure, they have me work on 10 different things and don't see myself moving up in this company.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more employees.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Career Services Advisor"

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    Current Employee - Career Services Advisor in Darien, IL
    Current Employee - Career Services Advisor in Darien, IL
    Recommends

    I have been working at Professional Diversity Network (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Provides a diversified and supportive work environment with team building initiatives. Allows, you to work independently as well.

    Cons

    IT/Tech department could improve upon and coordinate technical issues as well as resolving them in a timely basis.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "With great work ethic and genuine belief in the mission, you'll have the opportunity to be successful"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Professional Diversity Network full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    • If you're not afraid of working hard and open to taking on more than your role requires, it can be a very rewarding experience. Showing initiative and putting in a full days work everyday will gain the respect of your peers. The most important step is understanding you are not working for Google, who offers a million perks and benefits, you are working for a smaller company who is growing and is dependent on the success of each of its employees.

    • Every department interacts with each other on a daily/weekly basis which fosters a collaborative work environment and makes it easy to get to know the other employees. The atmosphere was very friendly and upbeat, there were a few incidents that occurred during my time there but every office has its clowns.

    • The location of the office is terrific with a lot of great restaurants and parks to go to for lunch and happy hours and the layout of the office is open lofted with a lot of windows which is very welcoming.

    Cons

    The compensation is a little below average to average if you're a fresh graduate but once you prove yourself to be valuable there's improvement.

    Advice to Management

    Offer employees training for their respective positions


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Just walk away. Tall."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Professional Diversity Network full-time

    Pros

    You learn to take ownership of your projects. If you want something done right, you have to either do it yourself or come up with the most efficient process that you can and stick to it. It's easy to prove yourself at first. If you're like me and don't care if people like you or dislike you, you should be fine.

    Cons

    This is a very unhealthy work environment. I actually agree with one of the reviewers (see "No Hope Here") on many things. No structure, no efficiency processes, very inexperienced employees fresh out of college, lacking in organization (especially in sales), and lots of overhype.

    They have a Boys Club culture. The leadership is usually dismissive of issues with sexism and sexual harassment. Document, document, document and consult with a labor lawyer if you need to.

    The CEO is not very professional and he enjoys trying to intimidate employees that he perceives to be weak. If you have thick skin and you are good at what you do, this is less likely to be an issue for you, but you will definitely see it happen to your coworkers. He also micromanages and inappropriately shares information about certain employees with other employees. If he does not change his behavior and attitude, he could potentially ruin the company. The rest of the management team needs to learn to put their foot down with the CEO.

    Advice to Management

    This is a Diversity company, so start acting like one. Put all of your employees and leadership through diversity and sexual harassment trainings.

    Keep up to date with knowledge on current diversity issues and discuss with employees to increase awareness. This will show your clients that you are experts in your field.

    Management consulting.

    Structure - Create protocols for employees to follow to improve professionalism and make processes more efficient.

    Get Leadership Training for the CEO. Also include him in the diversity and sexual harassment trainings. He needs it too.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Disorganized, Management is still struggling to get key people in place to effectively run the business."

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

    Pros

    Start up company can be a ground floor opportunity for a bright leader to take a strong leadership role and get a company like this off the ground and turning a profit.

    Cons

    Very challenging culture and environment with constant change and employee turn over and loss.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your loyal employees well and give them a reason to stay during the tumult and transitions.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "You get back what you put in"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Professional Diversity Network full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    For anyone looking to be on a groundfloor of a recently funded business PDN has a great opportunity. I like the atmosphere of sharing new ideas and pioneering new concepts. I find the CEO to be a big thinker which I like.

    Cons

    High turnover. Many moving parts that make it difficult to focus on new products before next one is introduced.

    Advice to Management

    Need product specialists who are responsible for new products.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Dynamic company with a solid social justice mission"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Professional Diversity Network full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A publicly traded company with an entrepreneurial spirit.
    Terrific work life balance as long as you perform as expected. Hard work is rewarded at every turn.
    Great coaching by a wealth of industry experienced leadership.
    Terrific opportunities to grow professionally if you take them. Not an organization where you are just handed responsibilities, you must prove yourself and be willing to put in the time and get great at your job, not just good or satisfactory.
    I love the transparency that managers provide as to performance, you are never left guessing or dreading a review, because you always know how you are doing.
    Tight knit family but welcoming of new employees, not cliquish, which is refreshing.
    The addition of NAPW to the family is tremendous. I am proud to be a part of it.
    If you love the hustle and have the drive, you will fit in.

    Cons

    There are many challenges with a company that is constantly growing. If you are not able to turn on a dime and accept changes in procedures or shifting priorities, this is not the place for you. If you need constant supervision and constant direction to complete your tasks, and are not self motivated, you may feel lost. Lean teams and fast moving projects require a commitment of time and energy that some people just don't have.

    Advice to Management

    Be more clear about the expectations for new employees, try to hire for aptitude and attitude vs. experience. We can train in our processes, we can not train drive and self motivation.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Company with a great mission"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Professional Diversity Network full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working for a company which has such a great mission fueled by the Founder and CEO. The passion for the mission is great, The CEO has tremendous vision which can prove to be exciting challenges for the team. Always learning something new as the needs change due to regulations and client's need. The company is a dynamic environment always adding new dimensions to ensure the clients growing needs are met.

    Cons

    With new product and extensive product offerings a lot to learn.

    Advice to Management

    Take time to share the wins and losses with the team.


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