Quick facts

About Maxus Communications UK Limited

STANDING STILL IS not an option for people at Maxus Communications. Originally set up in 1992 as 20/20 Media and operating under its current name since 2008, this media planning and buying agency last year launched a company culture programme, Never Stand Still — a group of initiatives aimed at helping staff to realise career goals and get the most out of life.

A growth fund allocates £250 per person annually for anything that supports development, be it a wine-tasting course, driving lessons or a professional qualification. Work and personal coaching is available too, and industry experts give talks in-house.

Chief executive officer Nick Baughan and most of the agency’s 311 employees are based in London’s Finsbury Square, close to the City and the tech hub of Shoreditch. Maxus clients include L’Oréal, Barclays and BT. There is a smaller site in Edinburgh, and Maxus has 70 offices in 55 further countries.

Individuals see plenty of opportunities to learn and grow (73% positive, ranking sixth on our list), and consider experience they gain to be valuable for the future (84%, ninth). Team relationships are another strength.

Getting to know colleagues begins when new joiners take the Thursday afternoon drinks and snacks trolley round the office, stopping off to meet people in all departments. A buddy takes them to lunch during their first week.

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What is it like to work for Maxus Communications UK Limited

Personal Growth
Personal Growth
Maxus believes strongly in professional and personal growth for employees. Their Never Stand Still programme offers a suite of initiatives for their staff under three core pillars; “For Work, For Life and For Growth". As part of the “For Growth” activity, they introduced an annual pot of money called the Growth Fund. The Growth Fund is their commitment to supporting employees in their own professional and personal development, offering sponsorship up to £250. The fund could be used flexibly for personal development and subsidise or pay for anything from a professional qualification to driving lessons or a wine tasting course. In 2016, to help inspire people to take advantage of the fund, Maxus facilitated a number of sessions including hosting language classes and a coding course in their offices. The fund is available on an annual basis for all employees with 12 months’ service. Whilst Maxus ensure that the growth fund is ultimately supporting personal or professional growth, it is completely up to the employee to decide how they want to spend it. Maxus also offers professional coaching to all employees - coaching can be used for both personal and professional growth. From a professional development perspective, Maxus offer a suite of learning opportunities. In 2016, the focus has been on creativity and they hosted a number of sessions and events focused on creative excellence. Culminating in a week of activities across the agency, from internal subject matter experts giving talks to external companies showcasing their inspiring stories.
My Team
My Team
Maxus know that communication and interacting are fundamental to their success. At Maxus they celebrate collaborative working. Their Agile Working policy drives collaboration in their day-to-day operations, encouraging people to move frequently around the office, working with different people. When they designed their new office, they built a Tannoy system into walls of the building. It’s so fundamental to their culture that much of the interior design is envisioned around the pipes that power it. Whenever they have an all-staff announcement, rather than sending an impersonal email that clogs up everyone’s inbox, they use the tannoy. It ensures that announcements are heard, and immediately triggers a series of conversations about the news, because everyone hears at the same time. To surface to the whole agency all the valuable stuff being talked about daily amongst Maxus’ teams, they launched their weekly ‘Maxus Mind’ bulletin. Every week they crowd-source from staff all their topics of conversation, and then publish them as a bulletin that is re-circulated to the entire agency. It ensures that no-one misses out on a topic of conversation, and provides an ongoing source of important industry news. And they supplement all of this with their Monthly Agency Meetings, followed by drinks. They find that these forums, compulsory for all staff, are essential for sharing news and creating a sense of community and togetherness. Plus, socialising together afterwards gives everyone a chance to catch up and build strong friendships outside the office.

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Benefits:

  • Charity Activities
    Charity Activities

    At least 20% of staff are known to undertake charitable activities during business hours without incurring financial loss

  • Women
    Women

    At least 40% of senior managers are women

  • Holidays
    Holidays

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  • Gym
    Gym

    companies offering either free gym/ sports facilities or offering subsidised gym membership for all employees

  • Health Insurance
    Health Insurance

    Companies offering private health insurance for all employees

  • Maternity
    Maternity

    At least 10 weeks’ full pay or generous alternative

  • Development
    Development

    Companies who provide support for non-work related training

  • Shares
    Shares

    Companies offering profit related pay to all employees

Company Statistics

  • UK sites:

    2

  • Average Age:

    28

  • Staff Turnover:

    28%

  • Staff:

    311

  • Male : Female:

    48% / 52%

  • Earning £35,000+:

    56%

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