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  1. Hilfreich (5)

    „Fast moving, entrepreneurial business. You'll need to be politically savvy to make it here.”

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    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Vice President in San Francisco, CA (Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika)
    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Vice President in San Francisco, CA (Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika)
    Empfiehlt nicht
    Neutrale Prognose
    Keine Meinung zu Geschäftsführer

    Ich habe in Vollzeit bei LEWIS Global Communications gearbeitet (Über 8 Jahre)

    Pros

    Fast moving agency with a few creative clients. Generally the team working here are fun and they have a nice location in downtown San Francisco.

    Kontras

    The CEO can be a narcissistic, mercurial tyrant. Leadership is trying to change things but this company is focused on making money at the expense of its employees.

    Rat an das Management

    Start valuing your employees


  2. Hilfreich (1)

    „LEWIS review”

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    Akt. Mitarbeiter - N/A in London, England (Vereinigtes Königreich)
    Akt. Mitarbeiter - N/A in London, England (Vereinigtes Königreich)
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    Positive Prognose
    Befürwortet Geschäftsführer

    Ich arbeite in Vollzeit bei LEWIS Global Communications (Weniger als ein Jahr)

    Pros

    - A good place to learn - that's partly because of a recently up-weighted focus on people / career development, but also because senior people get stuck in and involve more junior staff in nearly all client sessions

    - LEWIS is independent. So it can invest where it sees fit and be flexible. Not being beholden to a holding company or private equity makes a difference

    - Senior management is open and transparent with regular updates and are willing to invest in team spirit - an example here is not only summer and Christmas parties, but also the retox party which takes place every year late January

    - Regular resourcing meetings with team leaders mean that everyone's time and allocations are kept an eye on, so people aren't overloaded. This is probably reflected in working hours. If someone stays til 6.30/45 that's thought of as a late night, whereas in my previous agency, that was pretty much standard home-time

    Kontras

    - I don't love the location (Westminster), but it's likely we'll be moving in the not too distant future when Millbank Tower turns residential

    - It seems to have taken a while to get the new career development proposals off the ground. In that time we lost some good people and so I think this should have come sooner

    Rat an das Management

    - Ensure line management constantly looks ahead - not just how are we doing, but are we on track for where we want to be and what do we need to learn or experience to get there

    - It's good that we have exposure to Chris Lewis in paper reviews, but London is the HQ and Chris is here most of the time. It would be good to hear more from him on trends and his thinking. We have talks from internal and external speakers, so why not involve Chris in this?


  3. Hilfreich (1)

    „Driven and ambitious agency with stacks of opportunities for staff”

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    Akt. Mitarbeiter - Director in London, England (Vereinigtes Königreich)
    Akt. Mitarbeiter - Director in London, England (Vereinigtes Königreich)
    Empfiehlt
    Positive Prognose
    Befürwortet Geschäftsführer

    Ich arbeite in Teilzeit bei LEWIS Global Communications (mehr als ein Jahr)

    Pros

    - Great people to work with: smart, quick, curious and committed to delivering excellent work
    - Some fantastic recent hires across the business are injecting new energy and giving different and interesting perspectives
    - As agencies go, there is a good work life balance - there definitely isn't a stay late culture. Everyone knows that agency world (particularly when it's global) doesn't just run 9-5 and there are lots of agencies out there really do pile on the pressure and the hours.
    - Everyone is empowered and expected to take some responsibility for their career development. There are plenty of opportunities (including the chance to spend time in other market offices across Europe, the US and Asia) for those who want to take them.
    - Open to flexible working at all levels
    - The social team has done a really good job, particularly recently, of coming up with various events and chances for everyone to get together
    - We're working more and more across teams, combining all the expertise we have in-house, which is a good way of keeping things interesting and also means everyone continues to learn

    Kontras

    - Sometimes, new ideas and initiatives are introduced but not followed through
    - Internal comms could be improved
    - There could be a bit more focus on personal career development plans (which are apparently in the pipeline now)
    - More external training would be helpful

    Rat an das Management

    - Keep communicating with the wider team
    - Follow through on new initiatives and keep everyone updated
    - Keep hiring great people: don't compromise on standards
    - Be brave: building for the future isn't always easy but stick to a clear strategy and it will pay off


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  5. Hilfreich (1)

    „Would recommend to a friend”

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    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter in London, England (Vereinigtes Königreich)
    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter in London, England (Vereinigtes Königreich)
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    Positive Prognose

    Pros

    Great co-workers and work life balance

    Kontras

    Can get very hectic at times.


  6. Hilfreich (4)

    „Lost faith in the leadership”

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    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter in London, England (Vereinigtes Königreich)
    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter in London, England (Vereinigtes Königreich)
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    Stimmt gegen Geschäftsführer

    Ich habe in Vollzeit bei LEWIS Global Communications gearbeitet

    Pros

    Generally, the people who LEWIS hire are smart, capable and driven professionals who care about their clients, the quality of the work they produce and want to deliver to help their clients' business objectives as best they can.

    LEWIS also has a great international network and are flexible about international travel - it it encouraged and funded in various ways, and genuinely is something to be applauded.

    Kontras

    LEWIS claims to care about its people but has a heartless, soulless way of showing it. People are nothing but numbers and it comes across very clearly.

    There is no inspirational management, and any kind of creativity or deviation from pure money-making initiatives is discouraged and stifled before they are allowed to flower.

    There has been a massive exodus of employees which has been completely unaddressed by management.

    Rat an das Management

    A genuine leader for the UK and Europe is long overdue.

    Allow for creativity - it's what PR and marketing is ultimately about.

    Show that you care about your teams rather than treating them like numbers. Culture and values are instilled by actions - not by sending emails to everyone saying "look at what our values are".


  7. „Great agency, building for the future”

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    Akt. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter in London, England (Vereinigtes Königreich)
    Akt. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter in London, England (Vereinigtes Königreich)
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    Positive Prognose
    Befürwortet Geschäftsführer

    Ich arbeite in Vollzeit bei LEWIS Global Communications

    Pros

    The people. So many great, talented people. The agency is ambitious and wants people to succeed. It’s putting more and more effort and programmes into its talent mgmt and culture. It’s currently changing and building new capabilities and services. It’s exciting times.

    Kontras

    People may think the grass is greener but it isn’t. LEWIS does a lot right. Can always do more and the fact the management team is listening and doing more is good to see.

    Rat an das Management

    Keep doing what you are doing with your people efforts. The quality of people is great, the opportunities are there and the outlook is positive.


  8. Hilfreich (5)

    „Soulless sweat shop”

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    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter in London, England (Vereinigtes Königreich)
    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter in London, England (Vereinigtes Königreich)
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    Befürwortet Geschäftsführer

    Ich habe in Vollzeit bei LEWIS Global Communications gearbeitet

    Pros

    No matter what the recruitment team or the people you meet in your interviews might tell you, working at LEWIS is incredibly tough and a lot of the initiatives that made the company fun and exciting have been axed over the years in an effort to cut costs and increase margins. That being said, it is not all bad:
    - it is possible to work and travel to other offices within the network with most trips being subsidised to some degree
    - LEWIS is still a really solid media relations agency, so if you want to develop your media relations skills, this might be a good place to start
    - in the London office you will benefit from being exposed to Chris Lewis on a daily basis (when he's around, which is a lot). There are no hierarchies with Chris and he knows every employee by name, regardless of their tenure or position within the company, and is always happy to chat
    - it is quite handy having all the administrative functions (HR, payroll, finance, legal etc) in the office
    - the benefits are decent

    Kontras

    The London office is once again at a point in its life, where a dangerous mix of squeezing margins, a lack of investment in people or the company culture, bleeding clients dry for every penny of additional budget and a general attitude of not caring about anything other than revenue has resulted in a massive staff exodus. Those employees that remain have to pick up more and more work as there have been consistently more people leaving than joining the agency. Most employees are on at least 8 accounts but it isn't uncommon to have 10 or more accounts. Understandably, the stress and pressure that employees are under is immense and has led to a worryingly large number of work-related nervous and emotional breakdowns in or outside of the office, with some people even being signed off sick for burnout. This is the environment you would be working in. If you want a challenge, LEWIS is definitely the place for you but make sure you are aware of this before signing up for it.

    Some other things to be aware of:

    - promotions: happen arbitrarily when people are about to resign or in an effort to prevent people from resigning. You have absolutely no control over your own career progression. The only strategy is to either hand in your notice or to stick it out
    - management team and directors: care about nothing but the revenue you bring in. Whether you are off sick or just had a family member pass away, the conversations will only ever revolve around work. Don't expect any sympathies or basic human decency
    - wider team: you will be hard pressed to find anyone that has been with the agency for over 5 years. If they have, they are probably part of the reason why people leave
    - HR/recruitment: are desperate to hire new people and will tell you anything if it gets you to sign the contract. They will talk about amazing career progression and work/life balance but the reality is very different.
    - company culture: is pretty much inexistent. Every other month there is a random social event that people feel forced to attend but few enjoy. There is also a monthly pub trip that no one every joins. Many HR initiatives fall flat and are executed badly. It doesn't help that the HR team sabotages their own efforts by being cliquey and compiling lists on who in the office is hottest and likely best in the bedroom, for example.

    The agency will overcome these problems eventually but it will require the management team to act decisively and in the interest of all employees at LEWIS, not just themselves. This will take time so I would wait until the end of 2018 before considering joining the company.

    Rat an das Management

    Stop burying your heads in the sand. Acknowledge the problems and be genuine about having caused them. Ideally, apologise for getting the agency into this position. The constant "it's normal, we will get through this" makes you sound like a broken record and doesn't actually provide any relief or reassurance to anyone. Also, take a good, hard look in the mirror. Do you really care about the people you are supposed to lead or are you just worried about revenue? Are you doing everything you can to support them in and out of the office? Are you as approachable as you always claim to be?


  9. Hilfreich (7)

    „Old-school ain't so cool”

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    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - SAM in London, England (Vereinigtes Königreich)
    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - SAM in London, England (Vereinigtes Königreich)
    Empfiehlt nicht
    Neutrale Prognose
    Stimmt gegen Geschäftsführer

    Ich habe in Vollzeit bei LEWIS Global Communications gearbeitet (mehr als ein Jahr)

    Pros

    - There were, although most have left (see recent *mass exodus* reviews), some really energetic, talented, smart, dedicated, driven young talent who joined the agency and brought to it a new lease of life. I cannot speak to whether this is still the case, as most of said recruits have now left the agency.
    - There's a great view from the office (!!)
    - It's the kind of place you learn how 'not to be', and has definitely improved my management style and people skills; as I would never choose to be managed or treated as I had been during my time at LEWIS
    - If you fight for a good salary when you start, you can get paid a decent amount - considering B2B tech is a competitive space, which requires you to have good technical understanding. Don't expect any pay rises or bonuses once you've started though - so make sure you have a good starting point or get a review / salary increase baked into your contract
    - Despite being such a dry place to work, I did believe that the operational HR team did seem to care about me, and were trying to bring about change. Their fun, frivolous team culture could do with being adopted across the other teams in the London office. The drawback was, that despite the HR team on the ground being more progressive, the same couldn't be said for senior global leadership - who were ultimately feared and bowed down to. Change was slower than it could have been as HR had to get buy in from multiple, conflicting and ultimately old-fashioned members of 'management'. Equally, it's a shame that there were people in senior positions who were ultimately feared and this culture of fear was one which was felt across the agency in other teams too.
    - Friday drinks trolley and the ability to leave slightly earlier - although due to the sheer volume of work and number of accounts you could be working on and disorganised nature (lack of true integration between 'digital' and PR), this would often mean staying later on a Friday too

    Kontras

    - There are some people in senior, well-paid roles, who don't have the skills, knowledge or most importantly the attitude or vision to lead LEWIS as a visionary business that people would actually like to work for. The management team is old-school, corporate and outdated where sexism rules and the only women who tend to succeed in leadership positions, are those with bullish attitudes; who don't care to breakdown gender barriers
    - LEWIS is an old-school PR agency and the PR teams work long, hard, focused hours to deliver solid PR results for their clients. This robotic nature of working delivers results for clients, but at the detriment of company culture and the mental well-being of its junior staff who often get put upon
    - There is little in way of reward for this hard work; both in terms of monetary benefits and reward, as well as a simple 'thank you' or appreciation for hard work - being worked to the bone and used as such is just expected. Don't expect that working this hard or caring to always deliver the best to allow you career development whilst at LEWIS - it's tough to achieve promotions, unless you're at the start of your career and there's the obligatory promotion from AE to SAE.
    - The digital team isn't truly digital - it's simply a social media team, rather than offering content syndication, digital content creation and marketing, or SEM. There was a really strong 'junior' team who all had their own strengths and worked hard together to deliver solid work. Again leadership let the side down - lack of knowledge and attitude doesn't make for a happy work environment.
    - Inflexible working structure - don't show up late by even 5 minutes - walking into the quiet stony office will be unpleasant and it will be noted and raised!!
    - Poor office location - there's little to do around the agency at all, whether it's wanting a nice spot for lunch, a shop to pop in or a bar to go after work. Everything's a 10 min walk minimum and even then the selection is minimal.

    Rat an das Management

    MAKE A CHANGE. It's time to evolve and it has to start with management. Stuffy, old-school ideas of reviewing the papers early in the day, to strict rules around starting times are old-fashioned and outdated in comparison to the competitor agencies out there. VALUE your people - it's all well saying it - but SHOW it. Good people have left the agency on mass, not being happy with the culture and not being invested in to truly blossom and flourish. Personality politics rules out across management and this has to stop. Those in senior management roles need to be better tracked and there should be 360 feedback across the agency, especially from those who they manage.


  10. „Human Resource Intern”

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    Akt. Mitarbeiter - Human Resource Intern in London, England (Vereinigtes Königreich)
    Akt. Mitarbeiter - Human Resource Intern in London, England (Vereinigtes Königreich)
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    Befürwortet Geschäftsführer

    Ich arbeite in Vollzeit bei LEWIS Global Communications (Weniger als ein Jahr)

    Pros

    Lovely people to work with, great atmosphere, lots of learning opportunities!

    Kontras

    No Cons in this company!

    Rat an das Management

    None!


  11. „Good for first step”

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    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter
    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter
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    Neutrale Prognose
    Keine Meinung zu Geschäftsführer

    Ich habe in Vollzeit bei LEWIS Global Communications gearbeitet

    Pros

    Great portfolio, great skills, good people

    Kontras

    Not agile, don’t encourage or embrase change, journalism focussed


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