LEWIS Global Communications Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2020

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LEWIS Global Communications CEO and Founder Chris Lewis
Chris Lewis
98 Ratings
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  • "Work/life balance can be tricky (as with any agency in the industry), however the company is making improvements in this area(in 12 reviews)

  • "Occasional long hours but nothing outside of the norm(in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Great Place to Work At"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at LEWIS Global Communications full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Great Benefits - Amazing Managers - Growth Opportunities - Good Clients

    Cons

    - HR is a bit of a mess

  2. Helpful (2)

    "Leadership lacking"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at LEWIS Global Communications full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The internal team is good.

    Cons

    Leadership is lacking with poor communication.


  3. COVID-19
    Helpful (12)

    "Interesting"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at LEWIS Global Communications full-time

    Pros

    Good PTO work life balance

    Cons

    Poor executive leadership, old school values, poor HR

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  4. COVID-19
    Helpful (11)

    "Stay far away. Would give -5 stars if that was possible."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PR 
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at LEWIS Global Communications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The junior level staff looks out for each other. There are definitely a few key mid-level leaders that show genuine care for lower-level employees, but this is not the norm.

    Cons

    -There have been good times at Lewis, but those days are long gone. Before coronavirus, workloads were already out of control and teams were thrown to the wolves for whatever clients demanded with minimal opportunities for growth. -The coronavirus response has been for the CEO to remain locked away and refuse to even send one email to his employees, while some employees are furloughed and others have pay and hours cut. His first email that was sent after more than 2 months of silence was a Lewis anniversary congrats email to one of his top dogs, ignoring the rest of the staff suffering with 0 acknowledgement. -Employees have been fed platitudes about how inspiring and resilient Lewis is, while people are begging for minimal consideration and assurance about job security and being ignored. - The CEO's first communication to employees (when he finally decided it was worth his time to communicate during a global pandemic and rampant protests over civil rights issues) was a video message that was insulting at best and heartless at worst. It was a tone-deaf, generic message about "what a hell of a week it's been" and told employees that these times have shown who the real leaders are, when he has been absent all along. - Hardly any diversity. A supportive culture exists within regular staff at offices that is not supported by the efforts of the C-suite who make decisions. BLM has gone completely ignored and no commitments to supporting a diverse staff have been made. Hardly any POC in the company. -Aside from this, clients are uninspiring, B and C list companies who Lewis sells pipe dreams to and then throws the staff on the grenade to make the impossible happen.

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  5. Helpful (18)

    "Do NOT work here... Run away!"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at LEWIS Global Communications full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    **Some cool coworkers **Good PTO Sadly, that is all.

    Cons

    Where to begin.. *New business is abysmal. The clients we bring in are uninspiring with no ROI and employees are forced to work on them even with full workloads. Employees on these accounts are constantly over servicing them and eventually burn out and leave. Additionally, the majority of the clients are unable to see tangible results and diminish budgets (while still having staff do anything and everything for them) before ultimately taking the assets and cutting us. Pitch teams are thrown together last minute, always unorganized and under prepared. \ Overall, the agency takes any piece of new business they can to stay afloat. *HR is horrendous. In addition to knowing absolutely nothing about proper policies, procedures, benefits, they are basically salaried bullies. Ex: calling out an employee's skin issue during an all-staff meeting... Just plain cruel. There is nothing that promotes any sort of company culture other than the Friday meetings that are only attended because of the sheer amount of alcohol provided. Or the "summer party" that was basically a party bus for everyone, senior staff included, to get completely wasted on. Employees were scared to go to HR in fear of retribution and would keep things inside until they were able to escape. This stems from the fact that both junior and senior staff are fired almost monthly with little to no reason why. Simply "it wasn't a fit" after 6 months doesn't cut it when they are the third person who has been terminated on the account that year. HR also does nothing to communicate these changes but instead sweeps it under the rug. *Favoritism -- good luck getting any recognition/raises/promotions if you aren't involved in the politics or buddies with the CEO. However, make nice with senior leaders (mostly digital) and you'll be overpromoted and overpaid. Please, look at LinkedIn profiles on the Digital team and tell me I am wrong... I could go on but we'd be here until 2020.

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  6. Helpful (13)

    "Something is Rotten in the State of LEWIS"

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

    I worked at LEWIS Global Communications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    To say that I did not have positive experiences during my time at LEWIS would be irresponsible: - My PR skills have never been sharper. - Some team members DO know how to pick each other up. - CEO, Chris Lewis, is a nice guy with some interesting thoughts about the advertising and PR industry.

    Cons

    - No transparency within teams. - For all intents and purposes, direct managers do believe there is an "I" in "team". - Cliquey culture; if you're not part of one, you're being backstabbed constantly. - They will criticize your every single move even though you do exactly as they instructed. - Creativity within the company is repetitive in nature with little-to-no feedback accepted from junior employees. - No room to grow, to the point where I got laughed at for exposing my five-year plan during my midyear evaluation. - Boring clients with zero intentions of looking for better brands.

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  7. Helpful (9)

    "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at LEWIS Global Communications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    LEWIS is great- you're surrounded by incredibly smart people and big ideas. Work/life balance is good for an agency.

    Cons

    Process is a bit lacking, but that is normal when things are so fast paced.

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  8. Helpful (7)

    "Like every other agency"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at LEWIS Global Communications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Many chances to learn and grow your career.

    Cons

    They need to hire more experienced people.

  9. Helpful (9)

    "Beware of Executive Leadership Team"

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

    I have been working at LEWIS Global Communications full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Decent clients and good comrade with staff, remote offices workers and account teams. Perhaps a good place to start your career - but recommend moving on quickly afterward after you've garnered some solid experience. Smart and good people are leaving. They talk about culture, but the executive team truly doesn't care or support staff.

    Cons

    Burnout Burnout. Executive leadership team would rather see team members burn out than find a way to support team members who are overworked. They keep opening new offices to make it look like they are growing, but they can't find a way to support the overworked and understaffed offices now. The agency life is fast paced and can be demanding, which can be fun, exciting and present new opportunities. The Exec team in San Francisco and CEO just don't seem to care about the teams. Smart and good people are leaving.

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  10. Helpful (9)

    "Happy I joined LEWIS"

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

    I have been working at LEWIS Global Communications full-time

    Pros

    LEWIS by far has the nicest group of people than any other place I’ve worked at. Everyone is supportive and fun to be around. I feel like my line manager and office head really care about me and want me to succeed. I’m working on some interesting clients and the kinds of clients we are pitching and winning show me that the agency is going in the right direction. Work life balance is great and they have been very flexible when I’ve needed to attend to personal matters.

    Cons

    While everyone is nice, it seems that we have a few people that don’t always pull their weight or work on the same level as the rest of the team. Sometimes that leads me to pick up their slack. Also I work in a smaller growing office so we don’t get things like weekly breakfasts that other offices get but I hope that changes when we get bigger.

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