Phelps Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
13 Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dynamic

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    Current Employee - Overhead Staff  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Overhead Staff in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Pros

    Engaging people and innovative minds, the culture is unique and we are encouraged to give feedback, support one another and offer suggestions on any topic. The associates are caring, challenging and so talented. Centered around client-based teams makes for better servicing a client. Internal competition is erased as each discipline (PR, MEDIA, Copy writing, Acct Mgt., Social, digitial, etc) is represented on each client team. Very collaborative.

    Cons

    Growing too fast, the space will be limiting later as we are at full capacity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Join the happy hours more! Continue your feedback, training and 1-2-1s, they work and you're effective.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    No structure = no growth/direction

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Phelps full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    location, schedule flexbility, decent salary

    Cons

    Depressing office space, super cliquey work enviornment, no leadership/personal growth oppurtunity, time recording painfully tideous and inefficient, mediocre benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend less time trying to create an image of being innovative, creative and flexible and spend more time creating a professional work enviornment that is condusive to actually gaining valuable knowledge and experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Looks can deceive

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Phelps full-time

    Pros

    On the surface, very open with mottos written on the wall espousing truth, honesty and a full-feedback environment. Management pays lip service to the credos but periodically does things such as marching long-term and valued "associates" in to be fired without warning or justification. Fortunately for most newcomers and/or juniors, they figure out the game, pretend to drink the Kool-Aid and grab as much experience as possible before looking elsewhere.

    Cons

    Some consider it a cult-like atmosphere. Yes, it is - but at least Phelps is upfront and blatant about it! Management in most "disciplines" (not departments - we are not siloed!) is closed, insecure and only interested in promoting their own ideas or ideas they can appropriate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're going to use the "processes" then please seriously consider and implement the feedback from associates. When you ignore the feedback from the BBB/Wall you make the hypocrisy unbearable and we all see the man behind the curtain with the white hair and beard pushing the levers. Not fun. Not fair.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Untraditional

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    Former Employee - Team Manager  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Team Manager in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Phelps full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Integrated exposure means you know what other brands typically silo many agencies to do

    Cons

    Awkward cult-ture. Fun for some.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    align more with traditional titles. now that job role distortion is rampant, a nice "tan" screams better than any democratic-inspired idea.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Gotta look beneath the surface

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Phelps full-time

    Pros

    Appears very employee friendly as "one of the best places to work in LA". In theory yes as no one has bosses, only "coaches".

    Cons

    Not all those who are "Team Leaders" have project management experience and it shows with disorganization and disarray. Lack of communication to those who need to know leads to inefficiency and frustration. The power they have to whack off any billable hours you put in is ridiculous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider restructuring or adding true project managers not team leaders or poor coordinators totally unqualified to do so. Open your eyes to not those who have played the political game to be 'golden boys' or 'golden girls'

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Gray Hair And Stale Ideas Are In No Short Supply

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Phelps full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice people who are encouraged to be accessible. Fairly flexible hours. Office is next to 2 pizza places.

    Cons

    Phelps is dying slowly. The average age is 40. When new business pitches are put together, everyone in the room has gray hair, low energy, and recycle the same ideas they've used for 20 years. Young, hungry digital associates are excluded. There are lots of legacy traditionalists who call all the shots and have no interest in new technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Evolve or die. Also the office interior looks like the early 1990s puked all over the place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Culture, Smart People, Healthy Work-Life Balance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Phelps full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Truly foster a healthy work-life balance, tight-knit culture is great, free meals twice a week, ESOP status= yearly bonuses, matching 401k, awesome people that are smart and not full of themselves, excellent learning and mentoring opportunities, collaborative, casual dress environment, 100% dog friendly, room for growth as long as you are hungry to strive for more and can forge your own path.

    Cons

    This isn't a traditional company with yearly reviews accompanied by yearly salary increments so if you're used to this structure like I was then you might be surprised.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Much better opportunities on the LA Advertising scene

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Phelps full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice people, catered lunch 2x a week, dog friendly, my direct supervisor was great.

    Cons

    No room for advancement. Layoffs happen with no warning and for no reason. In my time, they let go of some very long term, dedicated employees, people that had over 10 years at the company. Really shoots morale down. Creativity is stifled - too many cooks in the kitchen.

    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great co-workers. I learned a lot, then hit a ceiling. To continue to grow in my career, it was necessary to move on.

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    Current Employee - Team Manager  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Team Manager in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Phelps full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Team atmosphere, open work environment.

    Cons

    There is a very strong culture at the agency, which means you're either "in" or you're "out."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With the economy improving, best to pay your people what they're worth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great environment and deserving clients

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    Current Employee - Team Manager  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Team Manager in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Phelps full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Flexible, mostly decent hours, room for advancement in account management

    Cons

    it's really a nice place to work, pay could be more though

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    since you believe the people are the most important asset, you need to reward the ones who have been around a long time and not get rid of a long time Associates and replace them with juniors who make less. That's just not cool

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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