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PHD Worldwide Reviews

Updated January 28, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people, great culture, phd challenges you, after work activities are very regular (in 5 reviews)

  • Great people, great C level management (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance might be a concern if your "life" is outside of your work friends (in 5 reviews)

  • long hours, unpaid overtime, high turnover rate (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great Atmosphere, great people, fun work environment, room to grow, great vacation time

    Cons

    long hours, unpaid overtime, high turnover rate


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    "Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at PHD Worldwide (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are many different projects you can work on which provides a lot of exposure.

    Cons

    There are some people who take advantage of the laid back environment which causes other to pick up the slack. Even if management was aware, it doesn't seem like they care.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your team, all levels. Everyone should be carrying equal weight and when senior members are not they should be replaced.


  3. "Really Great Starting Place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Integrated Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Integrated Coordinator in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PHD Worldwide full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    PHD gives you an expedited and well-rounded introduction to the media agency world. But more importantly, it really allows you to gain experience quickly, which in turn will afford you a lot when you're looking for jobs in the future. Depending which account you're on, you have room to add more work to your plate if you're an active hand-raiser. The company culture is pretty fun, and you can easily take part in planning the company outings/volunteering/holiday parties — also, the semi-weekly Happy Hours are a nice touch too :). Work-life balance isn't a concern if you're cool with the "life" part being some really fun outings with clients and partners/vendors!

    Cons

    Depending what type of client you have (entertainment is a good example), you can definitely be expecting to work long and tiring hours with quick turnover time and little to no advance notice. Team spirit is based largely on which team you are placed on, and there's no guarantee that you will fit into the general vibe of your team. Upward mobility can oftentimes be based on either luck (i.e. if they need you to be promoted) or your relationships with team management — that said, it isn't always merit based. Work-life balance might be a concern if your "life" is outside of your work friends.

    Advice to Management

    Really pay attention to the inner-workings of each team/account. Oftentimes you can find the best information and insight from the coordinator/strat level employees.


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  5. "Awesome company, team based experiences"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at PHD Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    HUGE room for opportunity

    Cons

    Your team makes your experience - this could be a pro or con


  6. "Digital Project Supervisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Project Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Digital Project Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great working environment, helpful upper management willing to stick their neck out for you. Gives you a sense of where you stand in the company.

    Cons

    Clients aren't the biggest, shiniest accounts. Some work may seem like hand-holding rather than innovative.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to grow from within, especially at the lowest levels. Maintaining younger individuals and showing they matter is the key to promotion in this company into the upper echelons of advertising.


  7. "Nice... but hardly inspiring"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Strategist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Strategist in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PHD Worldwide full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people, laid back enviroment

    Cons

    Senior management entirely focused on new business, no ambition for quality of work provided. Day to day role is routine. No exciting vision from the company to engage with if you're at a strategist/account level. Resolutely middle of the road experience.

    Advice to Management

    Innovate how you solve problems.


  8. "Assistant Analyst"

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

    I have been working at PHD Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Great people, great C level management

    Cons

    Low pay, long hours depending on account

    Advice to Management

    Develop a better onboarding process


  9. "PHD"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Strategist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Assistant Strategist in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    PHD has a good culture. Able to have upward mobility

    Cons

    Not a good work life balance.


  10. "Media Planner"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at PHD Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    You will learn alot and wear all types of hat related to media planning. The company is a very well known company.

    Cons

    Micromanaged.
    Very very low pay.
    Long hours.
    Managers are rough and will yell at you.
    Feels belittle to be micromanaged as if we are little kids.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees more. Let them know. Pay more!


  11. "Not a good place to work if you're over 40"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PHD Worldwide (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are a lot of good people there to work with and learn from.

    Cons

    Office space is old and crowded.
    President of PHD is obsessed with only hiring young, good looking people regardless of there lack of experience and skills.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up the office and bring more experienced staff.



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