Good benefits, often boring work, stress, limited advancement potential
Content Specialist (Current Employee), Cleveland OH – May 5, 2014
Cons: stress, repetitive work
It's a decent job for a new grad with a liberal arts degree. The pay is on the low side but the benefits are strong. Good place for entry-level exposure to media/PR/corporate communications, but probably not a good place to work long term.
Fast-paced global newswire company on the cutting edge of best practices & technology.
Overnight Global Desk Editor (Former Employee), New York, NY – December 22, 2013
Pros: great compensation structure & bonuses, an insider view of all world news, cutting-edge technology & best practices
Cons: long shifts (overnight was 10+ hours per night, four nights on & four nights off), but otherwise, i feel there were few cons.
This global newswire was an amazing place to work. As an Editor, I was coached & uplifted at every step of my career there, even during very high-stress moments during corporate earnings periods (PRN is a stock disclosure point, so quarterly earnings times were frantic). The overnight shift helped hone my skills to work independently, especially with – more... very reduced staff resources (500+ people there during the day; three at night!). As for compensation, overtime & additional shift work were always available; the bonuses were generous; & the salary increases were exceptional. After having to leave this job due to a relocation elsewhere, I've remained in contact with my colleagues at PRN & everyone has proved to be top-notch professionals in every avenue they've chosen. I highly recommend PRN! – less
Windows System Administrator (Current Employee), Jersey City, NJ – October 17, 2013
Pros: longevity, job security, comfortable, many projects, multiple technical environments
Cons: no training, no travel, management, too many managers and not enough workers
PRNewswire is a good place to work if you plan on staying there for years. If you are some one who wants to continue to learn and progress and have a company invest in you and your ideas then this is not the place for you. Our team is the A-Team when it comes to keeping it a float...we are the go to guys. A typical day of work consist of many projects – more... in which third parties cannot provide or lack interest in. The Team Manager is firm and fair but there are just to many executives, managers of mangers of mangers, and not many hands on people to row the boat. The hardest part of the job is knowing that we need better hands on personal, equipment, software, and investments that will allow us to be innovative...when we do receive approval for this its usually after the fact when something crashed or has broken. The most enjoyable part of the job is being able to lead projects and take ownership. The people you meet that seem to be cool but then leave the company. – less
Pros: high pay, easy day-to-day, great coworkers, laid back staff
Cons: no room for advancement, high turn around, low expectations of job security, too much focus on numbers and stats
PR Newswire is a great starter position for any major. The only thing required to obtain the position is a bachelors degree. The people are very open and fluid. The work is easy for the most part. Sometimes it's a stressful situation, like any journalism based profession. This position however does not have much room for advancement.
Cons: limited opportunities for career progression.
PR Newswire has an incredible reputation for serving as a liaison for business news. The priority for the organization was to support clients with stakeholder communication efforts around financial reporting, product roll-outs, and crisis response.
Senior Account Manager (Former Employee), San Francisco, CA – June 12, 2013
Senior Account Manager Ranked among the top Account Managers nationwide. In 2005, managed $2.5 Million Territory - Achieved over 21% revenue growth (112% of goal).In 2004, managed $1.2 Million Territory - Achieved over 21% revenue growth (110% of goal). In 2003, managed $0.8 Million Territory - Assumed responsibility for territory late in Q3.
Account Manager (Former Employee), Cleveleand, Oh – June 11, 2013
Pros: good healthcare coverage and benefits, vacation time
Cons: low pay, poor commission plans, no set career path
Worked several years with PR Newswire and I feel they are an overall pretty good organization. Good place to start your career after college. Good opportunities to learn the industry and meet with a large variety of clients. Great opportunities to learn from your colleagues and create life long friends and colleagues.
Not a lot of opportunity to grow – more... & advance and the organization/management have known this for years. Have not changed or created a clear career path for employees. – less
EDITORIAL MANAGER (Former Employee), Cleveland, OH – May 13, 2013
Pros: performance bonuses and group outings
Cons: none to think of at this time.
I liked that this job was challenging and fast paced. I enjoyed being a problem solver for my clients as well as my staff and that at the end of the day I could leave work without taking it home with me.
My coworkers worked as a team and assisted one another regularly. The work environment was great and we continually created team-building opportunities – more... and activities to keep everyone engaged and motivated. – less
Cons: commission cuts every year even though my goals get increased
- I work with clients daily to help them meet their communication goals. - I have learned about conceptual selling ( Miller Heiman) and PR/Marketing tactics - Management is straight forward and willing to listen to employees concerns and ideas. - My co-workers are great. This is a fun place to work. - The hardest part of my job is dealing with client – more... issues that arise due to corporate disorganization. Mainly billing issues. - The most enjoyable part of my job is learning about my clients and how I can help them meet their communication goals either via sales or PR counseling. – less
Proofreader (Former Employee), New York, NY – January 16, 2013
Pros: located in midtown manhattan at that time.
Cons: not a good company to work for.
Worked with this company for 5 years. Has to rank at the top as one of the worst companies I've ever worked for. No upward mobility, a lousy work environment and a managerial staff that was semi-professional at most. Not a good learning environment. Co-workers were insecure because the company would fire people regularly. Place was run like a sweat – more... shop on all three shifts. Wouldn't recommend working there unless you absolutely have no options. – less
Editor (Former Employee), Cleveland, OH – January 12, 2013
Pros: free soda and juice
Cons: can't use cellphone, stressful, mean people
I don't know where to start ... This was the worst job experience ever. As someone below posted, this is a call center-- not an editorial environment. You get timed on how quickly you deal with clients and if you mess anything up, you're tagged with an error and everyone knows about it. I can't speak for all managers, but mine was nothing short of heinous. – more... This person took personal pride out of humiliating others and playing kindergarten games via email to teach "lessons." This 8th grader of a manager played major favorites and the person above her found it acceptable. I should have gone to HR, but didn't want to make it worse for myself.
I became physically sick from this work experience. I developed stress-related eczema and lost about 10 lbs. I didn't last a year there and don't understand how anyone could, really. – less
Associate Customer Account Specialist (Former Employee), albuquerque, new mexico – August 23, 2012
I do not even know where to start. If you are looking for a job where you are constantly (and I mean constantly) on edge and on deadline, then I guess this job is for you. The job description and interview process lures young hopefuls, who are eager to jump start their careers in communications and public relations, but the entry level position (which – more... I was told everyone-no matter your experience- has to start in) is anything but a breeding ground for professionals. IT IS A CALL CENTER. Being given the title of "Editor" means that you use a database system to make corrections in a press release and code for different things. You are not an editor at all. On the other hand, you are expected to field calls from angry customers, who are calling from all over the country. If you mess up, you are labeled with an ERROR. Nice, huh?
Everyone knows about your mistakes or "finds out" and your boss is mad at you. While there are some good managers there, mine was awful. Need to check your cell phone for something? Forget about it. Hope your loved ones don't have an emergency and need to reach you because that phone must stay in your desk drawer, out of sight out of mind. Until you go on your lunch break or leave the office. As an adult, this was an joke to me.
Trust me, I lasted there all of about 1 month. I am in my early 30's have a college degree in communications and this place was nothing short of a joke. I am now happily employed elsewhere in a place where adults treat each other like adults and where I am not just another rat in the rat race everyday when I come into work. I wasn't the only one. There was major turnover there in the few short weeks I was there from employees who just didn't need to put up with what goes on there.
I can't even express enough how miserable those few weeks at PR Newswire were for me. You can do much, much better and will be so much happier if you DON'T work here. – less
Editor (Former Employee), Jersey City, NJ – June 25, 2012
PR Newswire was my first job out of college and a great organization to work for. I worked my way through PR Newswire as a Fax Operator, Assistant Editor and then Editor. I proofread, edited and formatted press releases domestically and internationally through electronic delivery to the mass media, financial community and general public in a time-sensitive, – more... deadline driven environment. I also ran the Assignment Desk and cultivated a competitive sales contest in order to boost editorial sales. – less