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PHD Media Reviews

Updated September 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people, great clients, fun place to work (in 8 reviews)

  • Great clients and rotation opportunities within the local company (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Pay, work-life balance, felt a bit like you were being treated like children (in 10 reviews)

  • uncompetitive salaries, lack of direction in the senior management (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great Leadership, process needs work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PHD Media full-time

    Pros

    An outstanding leadership team gives the work support and purpose

    Cons

    Relatively unorganized for a company of this size.


  2. "Upside of Growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PHD Media full-time

    Pros

    Small, fast moving, high-visibility opportunities

    Cons

    Structure & process still being built as teams have grown dramatically

  3. "Assistant Strategist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at PHD Media full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Generous PTO, renowned accounts, name recognition

    Cons

    Needs to implement a better way for lower level employees to learn about the industry in terms of knowing how to RFP and select partners and optimize campaigns.


  4. "Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PHD Media full-time

    Pros

    Great clients and rotation opportunities within the local company.

    Cons

    The office space in New York is a disaster. But outside of that, the office dynamic is great and the people are nice.

    Advice to Management

    Keep putting importance on all of the teams at the agency, regardless of their size and how much money they bring in.


  5. "Digital Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PHD Media full-time

    Pros

    Exposure and access to higher ups
    Great experience on across multiple teams and accounts do to people

    Cons

    Lack of clear communication around organizational structure


  6. Helpful (4)

    "A good agency to start a career with"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Science in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Marketing Science in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PHD Media full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Senior level leadership is great and very progressive. By senior I am referring to the president of our company, a select few directors and of course Nathan our CEO. Nathan encompasses everything that is great about PHD Media and is the heart that can and will drive this agency into greatness.

    Cons

    The entry-level and mid-level management has allowed a cut throat culture to develop. Many people are promoted to quickly and though they may have technical skills, they severely lack in maturity and the ability to be an accountable manager/leader. This, along with the legacies of previous HR individuals and certain senior level leaders who are out of touch or simply complacent has allowed a toxic and overly competitive culture to exist which is in great constrast to the company culture that the C-level leadership is attempting to foster.

    Advice to Management

    Stop looking internally for promotions, stop promoting individuals who haven't the degree of maturity and accountability to lead. Rotate teams so that the clicks don't have time to consolidate their influence and ultimately exclude certain members of the team. Finally, there are quite a few highly valuable employees who have left or have lost their drive to give it all to the company as they have constantly been overlooked when they deserve to be promoted. If this continues we will likely lose some of our best minds, and as we are attempting to really establish ourselves as more than just the scrappy ad agency, then it needs to start from the bottom up. Collectivism and collaboration for the greater good of the company, if implemented can yield the impossible.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great culture, people and encourage growth opportunities

    Cons

    Limited communication regarding staffing changes

    Advice to Management

    Keep open communication with employees

  8. "Great Place to Start a Career Value Hard Work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst, Marketing Sciences in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst, Marketing Sciences in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PHD Media full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Value hard work, interesting work that is different every day, nice vacation benefits, great social atmosphere, and chill working hours

    Cons

    Tight timelines, research is sometimes siloed in the planning process, poor communication between teams, limited training opportunities, and limited on boarding

    Advice to Management

    Better communication about growth opportunities


  9. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PHD Media full-time

    Pros

    Organization going in the right direction. Good leadership. Good perks

    Cons

    Specific account team disorganization. A lot of churn. Bad pay

    Advice to Management

    Work to retain good talent


  10. "Media Strategist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    people are what keeps you. all are young, driven young professionals and love to work hard and play hard.

    Cons

    compensation is mediocre, job appreciation and acknowledgement is minimal and opportunities for growth are really only for the upper level management.

    Advice to Management

    acknowledge your lower level employees, compensate more adequately.


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