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PHD Media Reviews

Updated January 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people, great clients, fun place to work (in 8 reviews)

  • Great clients and leading strategic thinkers (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • The work life balance is not as equal as it seems (in 9 reviews)

  • Employees are overworked - no work/life balance (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Supervisor"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Digital Supervisor"

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    • Senior Management
    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


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    "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


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    "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.


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

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    • Senior Management
    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


  7. "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


  8. "Great Company"

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

    I have been working at PHD Media full-time

    Pros

    Phd media is a nice company with a lot of great people and amazing diversity. They give a lot of hope that there is room to grow. As an entry level person only two months in, I hope to see growth come to fruition.

    Cons

    The work life balance is not as equal as it seems. They need to manage workload better to properly divide and conquer projects. For those who make under 48k doing the type overtime that I've hear during of is not only not worth it but also illegal. Luckily a law set in place will help change that and provide overtime pay.

    Advice to Management

    Manage down projects earlier to get them done faster.


  9. "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.


  10. "Assistant Analyst"

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

    I worked at PHD Media full-time

    Pros

    Great people work here! Definitely a work hard play hard type of environment. Fun activities, such as Big Hug Day and a company Softball and Bowling team.

    Cons

    Very slow to promote. Very small HR department that does not always know what is going on with their employers. Over crowded office. Low salary with no over time as an assistant.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people in the HR department. Promote early if the individual is ready to be promoted. Increase salaries, or give assistants overtime.


  11. "Mostly Great"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -culture
    -new business opportunities
    -top/down everyone helps out
    -great place to learn
    -great place to grow

    Cons

    -some teams are not as forgiving as others, so it depends on how well you adapt
    -gossip happens, best to stay out of it
    -at times idealistic
    -sometimes too chill, on some teams

    Advice to Management

    Keep an eye on management styles as well, make sure people aren't bullying the junior staff to the point that they lose confidence in themselves and everything snowballs into destruction



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