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Updated October 16, 2017
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  1. "Wonderful, passionate company"

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

    I have been working at Public Communications Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Excellent work-life balance, purpose-driven work, amazing coworkers

    Cons

    Unsuccessful in new business pitching the past 1-2 years, so not many new, fresh clients


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Owners have no vision or direction for the company; Poor business model and practices"

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

    I worked at Public Communications Inc. full-time

    Pros

    There is a level of respect towards employees working remotely if there are emergencies, home repair, and other situations.

    Cons

    In the last ten months, five employees have left, three of which mysteriously were not allowed back to pack up their things. One of those three was the very nice former HR director.

    The new owners have no previous PR agency experience and come off quite shady. They are trying to help a sinking ship, a PR agency that hasn't quite come into the 21st century digital age, but they are doing so in ways that are both sloppy and deceptive.

    "Strategic partnerships" is heavily stressed, a term that is code for using third-party digitally capable agencies to do the work they tell clients that PCI can do.

    Employees are overworked, micro-managed and not given the help they request.

    The agency is understaffed, but continues to say it has over 40 employees outwardly.

    Intimidation is used to silence people, as well as gaslighting and other inappropriate behavior by those above supervisor level is par for the course.

    Many are ill-equipped for the needs of a modern PR agency. Incompetent would be a cruel word to use, but in terms of today's modern PR firm, many would considered that. Those that are very knowledgable are actually not in leadership roles and unfortunately are taken advantage of, tending to leave once they realize they won't be rewarded for their initiative and efforts.

    There is a clear identity crisis at the agency and a lack of acumen in terms of running a business. They hired a marketing consultant who randomly came in and only spoke with a select few, we assume to compile a marketing comeback plan from given feedback.

    There are also questionable and deceptive business practices, as well as cruel and abusive treatment towards employees. PCI is not a digital agency but is on a kick to sell services that are traditionally what a digital agency would offer. The irony is that PCI doesn't have the staff to do any of those digital services.

    Advice to Management

    Take time to reflect and seek counsel.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

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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 Public Communications Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Nice people other than upper management

    Cons

    Overworking is normal & expected

    Advice to Management

    Micromanaging doesn't work. Value your people.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Stuck in the past"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    structured, friendly people, decent pay

    Cons

    antiquated way of doing things, not a lot of room for growth


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company"

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

    I worked at Public Communications Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    PCI is a mid-level PR firm in Chicago. Their clients typically are healthcare associations or museums and local cultural attractions. The people that work there are great and they really go above and beyond to help their clients. Group regularly gives back to charity and they always throw little parties for the teams to celebrate hard work and success.

    Cons

    Turn-over is common. PR is a stressful field as it is, but although they go above and beyond for clients, that often makes for long-hours, no time for lunches, and a workhorse attitude. Granted, you should work hard at your job, but a work-life balance is important, too.

    Advice to Management

    Managers shouldn't be promoted to manager levels just based on years they've been working there. Not everyone makes a good manager, however, PCI did have some outstanding managers.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "VP's are Interesting"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

    Pros

    -Awesome clients
    -Pay is pretty standard for the industry
    -Great office location
    -Most employees are friends with each other outside of work

    Cons

    -Some upper level management (VPs) has favorites
    -Very poor communication between some VPs and employees
    -Employee opinion of some management is negative
    -Job performance is not revealed to you until you have a review

    Advice to Management

    Speak to employees about job performance outside of reviews, encourage team unity, don't assume employees don't put forth effort if you are not their primary supervisor.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Good "starter" agency"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Provides experience in healthcare and other types of communications; peer training of industry resources; heavy media relations training, which eventually translates into expertise

    Cons

    Extremely hierarchical, with most of the writing and strategy reserved for senior employees alone; heavily reliant on broad, not at all targeted, media pitching; unclear and different expectations set by senior management

    Advice to Management

    it would serve senior management well to show appreciation to all employees, work to boost morale and improve company communication

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Fine place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

    Pros

    Many nice people work there

    Cons

    Not much opportunity to work on different projects

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice to offer management. They do a good job. Here are eight needed to finish the review.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Public Communications Inc."

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    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Public Communications Inc. is very understanding and flexible when there is a need to take time off to be with your family.

    Cons

    Public Communications Inc. pays its employees very little when compared to other agencies. Also, many employees at the low end of the food chain are required to work long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Listen when employees are telling you they have too little or too much work. Try to equally distribute the work.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Very Good Experience"

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    Current Employee - Public Relations Intern
    Current Employee - Public Relations Intern
    Recommends

    Pros

    very nice people, opportunities to learn more about the industry, interesting accounts to work with

    Cons

    I wish there was more feedback and less negativity in general

    Advice to Management

    Good agency, good place to work