Porter Novelli Reviews

Updated 16 Sep 2020

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3.4
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Porter Novelli CEO David Bentley
David Bentley
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Pros
  • "Great people, tremendous history, pockets of excellence(in 12 reviews)

  • "Fun and interactive culture with weekly happy hours and book clubs and good work/life balance(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Slow to promote; Compensation does not meet industry standard for junior staff(in 8 reviews)

  • "Unhealthy working attitudes promoted: Lots of people seem to think working long hours(in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Thriving Health Team"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Porter Novelli full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Really close bunch of colleagues Great variety of work on offer The culture is lovely Introduced Time To Change (mental health) initiative and are very hot on Diversity and Inclusion

    Cons

    Would love to see more training and development but looks like this has been noticed and plans are in place

  2. "Overall Great Place to Work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Porter Novelli full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities, great clients, international agency - so you get to meet people from all around the world.

    Cons

    Can have long (but typical in PR) hours. They will make you go above and beyond for promotions, generally you are already working at the level above for 6 months before they'll even consider promoting you.

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  3. "Average agency"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - N/A in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Porter Novelli full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Flexitime - Decent salary - Interesting global brands to work with

    Cons

    - Lack of learning / development: I was there for a long time and didn't receive any external training. Lots of the development schemes have a small print - e.g Are only eligible to people who've been there for 2 years+, or they make employees agree to pay back the cost if they leave within a certain time period after the training (which makes you feel unvalued/not trusted). Other opportunities are rationed so only 1 / 2 people within the agency will get to enjoy them. - Unhealthy working attitudes promoted: Lots of people seem to think working long hours = doing good work, and openly judge those who leave on time. If people are regularly having to work late, there's an issue with capacity and management should be sorting it out. - People's time poorly managed: People will be moved around projects or taken off new biz pitches without much notice / without being communicated - this makes people feel their time isn't valued and that they're not being thought about. If you question the logic, you just get told that this is what it's like working for a PR agency (it's not) - No bonus scheme, promotions all have to go through global which means inevitable holdups. Ultimately, it just feels like there's not much energy in the agency, and people are often negative as they're not being encouraged or inspired.

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  4. "Project"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Porter Novelli full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Friendly, lot's of social activities

    Cons

    Long hours and understaffed. No healthy options on drinks trolley

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  5. "Account manager"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Porter Novelli full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Drinks trolley on Friday, flexi hours, senior management are approachable, ambitious business goals. There are some great people that work at the agency but certain individuals within the brand team especially, make it a difficult and unsupportive place to work.

    Cons

    No sense of ‘team’ at all and a blame culture very much exists which seems to come from SAD/associates within the team and filter down. Lots of bad mouthing of others takes place behind backs, and some individuals in particular are extremely critical of peers in an unconstructive way, which leads to unprofessionalism and a divided structure. Also a problem with resource which means people are often working below their level. Staff turnover is extremely high and new joiners are given less than satisfactory training and briefings. Also seemed like new joiners were judged against unrealistic expectations and almost setup to fail.

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Avoid This Company"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Porter Novelli full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Some talented colleagues Big ambitions Drink cart on Fridays

    Cons

    Dreadful two-faced management Management are all talk, no action No personal development support No team structure Overworked - huge unrealistic workload Horribly catty atmosphere

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  7. "Intern"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Porter Novelli full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Engaging work, extraordinary clients, close knit and dedicated culture

    Cons

    Felt like I could have been given more challenging tasks

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  8. "Friendly atmosphere"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Porter Novelli

    Pros

    Good internal support, non-aggressive atmosphere

    Cons

    Uninspiring senior leadership team , high turnover

  9. Helpful (5)

    "Empty values and lack of team leadership"

    1.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Porter Novelli full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    People are promoted regularly and success is rewarded.

    Cons

    I would never work for Porter Novelli again. The agency has a master-servant relationship with many of its clients which makes working here very unpleasant on a day-to-day basis. There is no sense of team whatsoever and the leadership (particularly the team I worked in) is nonexistent - I can't stress this point enough. If you want to succeed here you have to be prepared to be unhappy, unheard and utterly disappointed with the values painted on the walls - they simply do not ring true on the worker bench.

  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great company but structure needs attention"

    2.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Porter Novelli full-time

    Pros

    great team atmosphere and interesting workload

    Cons

    lack of interest in progressing junior staff

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