PHMG Reviews

Updated Aug 3, 2020

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80%
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51 Ratings
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  • "Hard work could be seen as a demanding workforce but The success of the company speaks for itself(in 37 reviews)

  • "Long hours, but this was expected and they told me this before I started so it did not come as a shock(in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Great community and an eye for progress"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audio Brand Executive in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PHMG full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The individuals within the company are great, very fun to be around and represent several different groups. The entire company is also in a state of high growth, making the moral in the office great as records continuously get broken.

    Cons

    Several layers of management make doing some jobs complicated. In addition, we have several different departments and teams that are dedicated to one specific function or group of clients, making it tricky to understand where you need to send certain tasks.

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  2. "Great people to work with, grueling hours and low base"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Media Development Executive in Chicago, IL

    I worked at PHMG full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The team you are placed in is tight knit and helpful. Everyone wants you to succeed. The company is very social and there are a lot of outgoing people there that welcome you right away. Lots of social nights out after work. The office is located in a prime spot right by the river and the views are spectacular. Free coffee and snacks at all times.

    Cons

    Great place to be but not a lot of room for growth. You will be cold calling all day but then required to source an enormous amount outside of work hours. Although base is pretty low, the commission structure does allow you to make some decent money if you are good at the job.

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  3. COVID-19

    "No Work-Life Balance"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Media Development Executive in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PHMG full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Welcoming employees that actually try to make you feel at home - Clear payment progression laid out before you start - Weekly cash bonus for hitting certain goals

    Cons

    - The job is supposedly 8-5, however, you are expected to source 100-150 leads a day and are 'encouraged' not to do this during normal working hours. You are hounded to be on the phones all day to get your call minutes up and so sourcing your own leads is to be done when you get in early, over lunch and staying late. I know many people that would also spend 4-5 hours sourcing over the weekend to make the weeks more manageable. This job IS NOT 8-5. - Sourcing the leads is a painful process where you are essentially taking a shot in the dark. You use google maps and similar websites to get the information of businesses in your territory and then have to copy and paste into an email to send off to get verified. 9 times out of 10, if you submit 25 you would be lucky to get back 5. It is a tedious, time-wasting activity. - The upper management team is a boys club. I felt uncomfortable multiple times around some of the men and upper management. You have to be prepared to be 'one of the lads' to fit in. - They claim to care about their employees but have a massive turnover rate. If you don't look like you're 'getting it', you're out the door and someone else replaces you. - When COVID hit, they were sending the outside sales guys to any state that wasn't shut down which felt incredibly irresponsible and morally wrong. We were expected to call any territory to get appointments despite the shut down. Replacing the appointments with a safer option of Zoom calls was briefly considered and binned as they had a lower deal ratio and wasn't pulling in enough profit. We were told to just blind call businesses which was a complete shambles. Then on the last day of the month they sent an email saying all sales staff were 'temporarily' laid off and haven't heard a word from them since (its now July). Likewise, when the BLM movement gathered momentum, not a peep from them with any kind of support for the POC in their staff (of which there were few). When called out, they simply posted a black and white version of their logo on instagram with the comments turned off. The hole, 'we care for our staff' is just a lie, it's all for show.

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  4. "The highs are HIGH & the lows are LOW"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Media Development Executive in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PHMG full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great work environment, very fast paced, they love to party but work hard too

    Cons

    Source your own leads, a lot of the top sales reps already have some of the leads so it can be annoying at times Trying to get their leads. They typically don’t want to give it up even if they haven’t Called the lead in over 6 months

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  5. "Former employee"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Media Development Executive in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PHMG full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Fun environment with decent people

    Cons

    They act like you can make a lot of money. Some did but most didn't

  6. COVID-19
    Helpful (5)

    "Pass on this company"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Head of Client Relations 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PHMG full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    High base salary Lots of travel opportunities Easy expense reporting and travel arrangements You're provided with all the base equipment to complete your work

    Cons

    PHMG is a company that has retained its antiquated and stiff British thinking for 21 years, and now attempting to layer itself towards US expansion. Clients in the field either hate or love the company. The ones that love the audio branding only do so until they get hit by PHMG's shady contract terms, and join everyone else. This organization is a boy's club at the top, and are more concerned about their pockets versus employee well-being. They are much more happy to profit off of your work after you've left the business rather than make any changes at all to how they conduct business. My role was 100% field based and even when travel was starting to get banned due to COVID, the field was not grounded until well after most states/countries shut down travel. In short, and contrary to their slogan, PHMG does not care and would have had me out there in a mask if they could have. They do not encourage free thinkers, and would much rather have an army of poorly trained Account Managers and Branding Consultants to just accomplish the bare minimum to ensure top management can still get paid absurd salaries. It would not be uncommon to have 5-6 face to face meetings scheduled EVERY DAY with little thought to how the logistics would work out. The inside team was KPI'd on how many meetings they scheduled and therefor did not care about the practical application of making it to those meetings. Any realistic alterations to those plans were seen as insubordination and negatively reflected on the rep. It was not uncommon for my own director to ambush call me from the UK (pre 9a in the US) yelling and questioning not only my reasoning, but also my intelligence! There is little to no upward mobility in this organization, and very high turnover rate. Avoid this company if you care about your well-being, or are looking for an organization to grow within.

  7. "So so"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Park City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PHMG full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Long work week hour and demands

    Cons

    Poor leadership and unrealistic expectations

  8. Helpful (3)

    "What the hell is "work-life balance?""

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Media Development Executive in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PHMG full-time

    Pros

    Wearing a suit every single day makes you feel important. Free gym in building. 80% of the staff are enjoyable to be around

    Cons

    The job is 8-5, on paper, in reality you are expected to get in early, work during lunch, stay after when your territory hasn't met their daily quota, and spend time after work prospecting new clients. Per the subject line there is no work-life balance. You are expected to bring in 100 new leads everyday, however the system in place to do so is non-existant. You basically go on Google maps and get contact info for businesses in your territory and you have no idea if the info you submit to their data department is even going to come back positive. For every 10 leads you check to see if you can call them, you might get 2 back. It is so backwards. This system is terrible because it leads to shady behavior from other salespeople. Say they call a lead that I have but I haven't called it yet. Even though that lead belongs to me they can blind call it and guilt you or the head of sales to make you give it to them, even though it was your lead. It's pretty scummy and I truly believe some of the people that work their would help you look for your wallet even though they were the one that stole it. There is no real training. You get a week of orientation about the company and get put on the phones with a script. Pretty standard for a telemarketing company like this. The sad thing is though that you will get canned for not hitting your quota and not even given any sort of remedial training. The management is constantly riding everyone to pick up their dials, get more and more appointments that you might feel you are going to get fired any second. The burnout is outrageous and after 5 weeks 90% of my training class had quit. This place is very much a telemarketing boiler room. I've worked in a handful of "inside sales" jobs like this, some better and some worse. This place is pretty soul crushing and quite frankly I'm glad that I'm no longer there.

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  9. Helpful (2)

    "Do not understand how to pay their employees"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audio Branding Consultant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PHMG full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There was a great work culture. I loved everyone that I worked with.

    Cons

    The commission structure makes no logical sense. A small deal is worth the same amount of points as a huge deal. When I was handed too many accounts and I needed to hit my target, it made more sense for me to focus on the simpler accounts rather than the expensive complicated accounts that require way more work. Logically, I should have been invested in those big deals but I I had no incentive to do so because of the commission structure. Honestly, I loved the work that I did but what I was getting paid did not match the hard work I put into it. What I put into my work and the value of my position should result in financial compensation that matches the role, but it doesn't.

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