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PHD Worldwide Reviews

Updated March 21, 2019
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Pros
  • "Have met a lot of great people and been able to learn at my own pace" (in 21 reviews)

  • "Great culture, great quality of work" (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • "Also work/life balance can be lacking depending on the account" (in 21 reviews)

  • "Bad work/life balance, long hours" (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "Amazing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PHD Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Great experience and company culture

    Cons

    None that I could think of


  2. "Great people, but management could use some work."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Strategist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Strategist in New York, NY

    I have been working at PHD Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    This place is very casual, open minded, friendly, and theres plenty of opportunity for professional growth

    Cons

    Depends on the individual teams. There is definitely mis communication from upper management, they use a lot of fancy language that basically amounts to you wont get a raise ever unless you;re promoted, and turnover at all levels is suprisingly very high.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees what they deserve. Lateral movements are not flat in terms of salary, especially if they didnt choose to move.

  3. "hard to be promoted"

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    Current Employee - Senior Search Strategist
    Current Employee - Senior Search Strategist

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

    Pros

    work life balance
    everyone you work with
    clients you work on

    Cons

    pay
    benefits
    moving upward
    lack of transparency across smaller teams


  4. "Great people, horrible leadership"

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    Current Employee - Media Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Media Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people at PHD are what made for an amazing couple of years. Some of my best friends were made there.
    The accounts I worked on were fun and the clients were for the most part enjoyable to work with.

    Cons

    Horrible leadership in San Francisco. Despite multiple pleas for more staff (that the client was already paying for) teams were staffed between 50-75% for over a year.
    Constant lies of promotions and lack of ability to be promoted unless being on specific client teams.

    Advice to Management

    Get new West coast leadership.


  5. "Perfect first job in Media"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Media Strategist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Media Strategist in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    if you're on a good team it is fun, work-life balance and ability to work on passion projects. The president of the Chicago office is an amazing leader as well as many other senior staff members.

    Cons

    It is a struggle to get promoted


  6. "Work Hard, Play Hard Mentality"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PHD Worldwide (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    People make lifelong friends at PHD and build strong relationships with their client partners. You can really blaze trails at this agency if you have an entrepreneurial personality. If something doesn't exist yet, you can build it yourself.

    Cons

    At times, resources were difficult to navigate or did not exist. There were communication lags between PHD's U.S. headquarters in NYC and the Chicago office and the culture of the NYC office did not always translate to Chicago.


  7. "Great Company - Great Team"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture and really smart people

    Cons

    Benefits could be better, specially 401K

  8. "Good agency, zero culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Strategy Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Strategy Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is opportunity to manage up

    Cons

    No culture or cool perks you would expect

    Advice to Management

    Intermix account teams more


  9. "True Gem in Media Agency World"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredible management in the Chicago office- across all accounts and overall
    Truly value their employees and take care of them
    Management open to rotating people on accounts for growth opportunities
    Fun environment with awesome people

    Cons

    Agency world standard but the only time you'll get a raise is when you're promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  10. "need to prioritize employee training"

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

    I have been working at PHD Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    coworkers are nice and office is new. the culture is great for young professionals

    Cons

    employee training is lacking in various department. zero accountability leadership is lacking

    Advice to Management

    listen to your employees more and do a better job training staff