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Updated March 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Great place for beginners to learn the PR business at warp speed (in 7 reviews)

  • As an entry level employee, you will learn a lot about PR and have the opportunity to go to a lot of great events (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • VPs treat account coordinators like slaves (in 5 reviews)

  • PR work here is very old fashioned (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Iconic name and clients but very low pay"

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    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    -Arguably the most iconic PR firm in NYC: tons of amazing NYC clients and opportunities to volunteer at huge-scale events
    -Lots of young people work there, so it is a fun place to work right out of college

    Cons

    -They don't pay very much at all; barely any time off
    -Very antiquated norms for progressing through the company


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Account Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Practices with almost all major organizations/institutions in NYC and entertainment clients
    -Friendly peers
    -Great learning opportunities
    -Major PR firm with strong influence

    Cons

    Zero growth for support level staff, outdated system of promotions and raises, unfair treatment of staff: favoritism towards senior staff and disregard towards support staff

    Advice to Management

    To resolve the high turnover rate, fix the system of promotions and raises to create a promising future for your staff. They should be earned and deserved based on performance rather than only issuing them when they are available


  3. Helpful (1)

    "No room for growth"

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    Current Employee - Account Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Coordinator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big clients and big industry recognition. As an entry level employee, you will learn a lot about PR and have the opportunity to go to a lot of great events. Office mostly clears out at 5PM

    Cons

    Upper management and HR both don't care about employees, which can be disheartening. After about 6 months, the learning stops and you start to realize promotions are few and far between. A meeting with HR will then tell you that they see entry level employment as a 12-18 month PR program

    Advice to Management

    Consciously decide to care about entry level employees


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Project Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great colleagues and senior employees. Wonderful opportunity to work with many clients in multiple industries and chance to gain a great amount of industry insight and knowledge. The seminars and outside speakers also help to create a wonderful environment to continue to learn.

    Cons

    Archaic promotion process which makes it seem as if management doesn't know their staff well causing frustration. Additionally,this leads to a high turnover rate in support staff.

    Advice to Management

    Create a more appropriate salary for the level of clients and to retain a higher skill level of employees which as well will help to decrease the high of a rate of turnover.


  6. "lots of challenges"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    name recognition within the industry

    Cons

    organizational structure is a real problem here. the groups are ambiguously divided based on the directors' skills and account coordinators really act as assistants to two higher ups (can be the lowest level account executive all the way up to an EVP, it makes very little sense) and spend most days doing nothing except some clerical work. PR work here is very old fashioned

    Advice to Management

    get rid of dead weight, make the project coordinator position like a formal entry level program, clarify the practice groups, change culture of distrust with hr.


  7. "Company with a lot of prestige, poor management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Name carries a lot of weight. Speaker series is very educational

    Cons

    High turnover, no opportunity for growth, low salary, management that does not care about employees


  8. "Sr. Art director"

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    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in Youngstown, OH
    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in Youngstown, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Rubenstein (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It was the best place to work in!

    Cons

    A new management was not that great...


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good entry level, but not much opportunity for growth"

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    Former Employee - Assistant PR Account Executive in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant PR Account Executive in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Rubenstein (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great client roster. Opportunity to assist on accounts that are not your own. Good place for entry level publicity position. I ended up not wanting to pursue this career path, but Rubenstein have been a great springboard to other opportunities in the PR world as I know former colleagues of mine have done.

    Cons

    Long hours without much reward or benefit - not very flexible in terms of work/life balance. Tends to be a revolving door among the assistants as it is rare/harder to get a promotion.


  10. "Vice President"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    150 + employee is good office size ... lots of talented people here and interesting accounts/opportunities. Work hard, get results, get along, get noticed. move up.

    Cons

    Your work speaks for itself. This is a place that's all about results and satisfied clients - not endless meetings and inaction.

    Advice to Management

    Cultivate leaders - tap their passion and empower sharing.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "... Stale PR"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Rubenstein full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Family environment - Howard and Steven treat employees like family yet dysfunctional.
    Years of expertise in PR; Passionate owner who genuinely cares about employees and clients.

    Cons

    DATED. Executives with temper tantrums, indecisive leadership, and skeptical HR leadership. Reminds of an office sitcom from the 80's.

    Reactive culture which stops progression and development of fresh thoughts, innovation and culture.

    Advice to Management

    Stop adding fresh paint to a moldy culture - Remove, Treat, Clean
    Hire an external consultant firm to assist with culture, upper management coaching and employee development
    LISTEN and PROACTIVELY respond to employees
    If the majority is suspicious of the HR team, pay attention


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