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I worked at Phelps (More than 3 years)
I begin my career at Phelps right out of college as an intern. What attracted me to Phelps was the people and culture. Coming in as a newbie, I felt as though my opinion was definitely encouraged and valued. Phelps has a very "silicon startup" type of feel. They continually reinforce this culture through house-meetings, agency-wide brainstorming sessions and off-site retreats (these activities are seldom at the larger agencies) In addition, as an integrated agency, you truly do get a genuine opportunity to see multiple sides of the marketing communications business. Some other perks include:
-Catered lunched twice a week
-Open workstation layout
-Some kick-butt agency celebrations (i.e. Halloween)
-Solid work-life balance, especially for the agency world
-A free book (see "Pyramids are Tombs")
I believe that a lot of the agency challenges came from not having one large marquee client. Because of this, I found that it was challenging to continue to learn and grow in the mid-level to senior range (unless you were at the very top driving holistic strategy) In addition, having smaller clients means lower budgets, less risk-taking which arguably stifles creativity in output.
Advice to Management
Phelps needs to continue building a strong case to win a large client. That could mean taking big risks, which is understandably difficult for a smaller agency with less room for overhead costs. However, if Phelps was to land a BIG client (i.e. Ad Age report worthy) I think a lot of the aforementioned challenges would be solved. It would be the best of both worlds if Phelps can have one large client and several smaller ones so it's people can get exposure to both types of the business
I applied in-person. I interviewed at Phelps.
The interviewers never shook hands nor did they really even introduce themselves to me. They did not say very much about what they exactly did for their clients in the discipline I was interviewing for. I understand not being able to go into much detail, but typically interviewers will talk about process in this discipline and strategy. None of this was discussed. Questions asked of me were generic for the most part. Anyway, I left thinking that this department did not really do a whole lot in terms of this type of strategy in this particular discipline. I walked away feeling that this role would be very junior even though they were looking for a senior. Weird interview over all and I didn't have much confidence in this department or its staff.