Officially a Very Good
Company to Work For

Officially a Very Good
Company to Work For

Officially an Outstanding
Company to Work For

Officially an Outstanding
Company to Work For

Officially a World Class
Company to Work For

Officially a World Class
Company to Work For

Officially a Good
Company to Work For

Officially a Good
Company to Work For

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Best Company to work for in the UK
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CLEVER PEOPLE ARE divided into two categories at PHD Group: those whose intelligence makes others feel less so and those who bring out the best in people. Only the latter are hired by the London-based media and communications agency, which was founded in 1990. It makes for a close-knit organisation where colleagues care for each other (an 86% positive score, 10th on our list). Chief executive officer Daren Rubins is known for his light touch and willingness to roll up his sleeves with his team of 315 staff. The young workforce — almost three-quarters under 34 — have faith in his leadership skills (82%) and find plenty of ways to have fun (87%). The agency understands the importance of maintaining a healthy work/life balance. The entire team enjoys 27 days of holiday a year and people can buy an additional five days off. A media planner-buyer makes an average of £46,000 a year. Free breakfast gets everyone together in the mornings and helps a good cause at the same time. For every basket of fruit consumed by hungry employees, the company donates a fruit tree to a project in Africa — and so far more than 2,200 have been planted. The business also supports Changing Faces, a charity that helps people with a disfigurement, as well as Macmillan Cancer Support and the British Heart Foundation. Employees believe this organisation is run on sound moral principles (83%) and they say that they feel proud to work for it (86%). www.phdmedia.com

Featured Workplace Factors

My Company

94% of staff agreed

My work is an important part of my life

Each employee has access to two paid learning days. PHD realise that finding the time to learn can sometimes be challenging, so employees can use two dedicated days to study at home allowing them more freedom over when and how to fit learning around work. They also offer a learning bursary which gives employees money and the opportunity to learn something non-work related, whether this be street dancing, Arabic lessons, beer brewing or a basic DIY course.

My Team

94% of staff agreed

My team is fun to work with

In line with PHD's culture and ethos of the ‘Human Touch', working collaboratively and face to face interaction between teams is strongly encouraged. Every department holds weekly status meetings so everyone is made aware of important updates. These meetings are vital in ensuring news is communicated quickly and is an opportunity for team members to interact away from their desks. Line managers hold regular catch ups with their people to boost communication. The large majority of their people are very sociable and are often at lunch or drinks together. PHD encourage this as it aids good working relationships across the various departments. They also hold weekly 15-minute update meetings that rotate around the building. These meetings are intended to give everyone brief updates that are relevant to the way they work for clients, provide useful insights and showcase interesting research. After restructuring the teams late last year, PHD had to rethink their internal workstreams leading to revamped briefing and planning processes within PHD. Key speakers explained the new way of work during a dedicated offsite session. Everyone received a pack with printed collateral to re-enforce the learning. As part of their planning process they hold Action Planning sessions, these encourage people to work collaboratively and to be creative by working together as a group. People are selected from different teams to gain a range of insights and experience and it is an opportunity for them to network with people from outside of their normal day to day team.

Personal Growth

91% of staff agreed

The experience I gain from this job is valuable for my future

In line with PHD's culture and ethos of the ‘Human Touch', working collaboratively and face to face interaction between teams is strongly encouraged. Every department holds weekly status meetings so everyone is made aware of important updates. These meetings are vital in ensuring news is communicated quickly and is an opportunity for team members to interact away from their desks. Line managers hold regular catch ups with their people to boost communication. The large majority of their people are very sociable and are often at lunch or drinks together. PHD encourage this as it aids good working relationships across the various departments. They also hold weekly 15-minute update meetings that rotate around the building. These meetings are intended to give everyone brief updates that are relevant to the way they work for clients, provide useful insights and showcase interesting research. After restructuring the teams late last year, PHD had to rethink their internal workstreams leading to revamped briefing and planning processes within PHD. Key speakers explained the new way of work during a dedicated offsite session. Everyone received a pack with printed collateral to re-enforce the learning. As part of their planning process they hold Action Planning sessions, these encourage people to work collaboratively and to be creative by working together as a group. People are selected from different teams to gain a range of insights and experience and it is an opportunity for them to network with people from outside of their normal day to day team.

Benefits

Holidays

Companies offering a minimum of 26 days annual leave to all employees.

Maternity

Companies offering at least 10 weeks’ full pay or generous alternative.

Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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