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Updated 12 September, 2018
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Loretta Ahmed, Sarah Scholefield, Peter Harris, Jan Simunek
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Pros
  • "Work from home Fridays is nice to avoid the toxic environment of the office" (in 14 reviews)

  • "Grayling does more to promote work/life balance than any company I worked for in the past" (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Some senior management were out of their depth and hanging on to positions for their salaries instead of committing to continuous improvement" (in 9 reviews)

  • "As second in command to my colleague, no one could say I wasn't capable and that it didn't make sense" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Great company and culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Grayling full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Open and supportive culture
    Visible senior leaders who genuinely care about their people
    Approachable and friendly people
    Interesting clients, projects and autonomy from day one
    Great benefits such as free fruit, nice coffee machines, Thursday drinks, flexible working options

    Cons

    Some systems could do with a refresh such as the company website

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be an exciting and engaging place to work. Keep on hiring great people!


  2. "Stable employer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Warsaw (Poland)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Warsaw (Poland)
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - frequent cooperation with other offices
    - many multi-market projects
    - big brands & clients
    - stable employer

    Cons

    - there is no employee development budget

  3. "Good bunch, solid consultancy."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Grayling full-time

    Pros

    International consultancy containing decades of solid experience and a back catalogue of successful campaigns.

    Cons

    Profit does mostly get absorbed by the needs of return to shareholders.


  4. "a good olace to start as a corporate communications professional"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Grayling full-time

    Pros

    being a part of an international network, multinational clients, work& life balance is good, good interaction between colleagues in other countries

    Cons

    low salary compared to its biggest competitor


  5. "Learned a lot but highly doubt the agency has a future...."

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Grayling full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Grayling is very small, so you get the opportunity to jump in on projects and learn things you wouldn't at a large agency.

    My direct manager and account director really let me take the reigns on projects I was interested in, and was very invested in my career growth.

    Cons

    Cliquey -- in my office, there were definite cliques, even though there were only 6 of us. It was an open office space, but instead of sitting with your colleagues, there were a few girls who would lock themselves in a conference room and alienate themselves.

    There is absolutely no senior leadership. Our office has a managing director who is rarely there, because of family priorities. It's hard to equally prioritize family and career, but running the office suffered. There was no guidance for what the company's mission is, and where Grayling wants to grow. No mission or goal for the particular office.

    THERE IS NO CEO!!! Grayling is an international agency, headquartered in the UK, and the international branches' CEO is Paul Taaffe, but the US has no permanent CEO. While Paul is technically overseeing the US offices, pretty sure he's just letting them fail.

    The client roster is extremely small. Small to the point where it's detrimental. Grayling US has recently lost their largest client (ZTE -- which is also now banned from US operations) and there is very little drive for new business to make up for the loss of revenue. The loss of ZTE resulted in multiple senior employees getting laid off, and multiple employees quitting. Out of the 6 people in the office, two have left in the last 2 weeks.

    Not enough effort to secure new business. Most new business efforts I was privy to, didn't follow through. The Los Angeles MD insists it's fine but if your largest client leaves, why are you not trying your hardest to secure new business?

    Clients are served by multiple offices, but when the agency is so small, many things get lost.

    Advice to Management

    GET A US CEO!!!!!

    The LA office needs an MD who is actually in the office.
    Don't rely on one big client for the majority of an office's revenue. Clients leave all the time.

    Communicate the agency's mission and vision to employees.

    Have an office meeting at the start of the year to develop office goals.

    Keep clients. Proactively pitch new business.

    Keep clients in one office, to prevent miscommunication.


  6. "Great company and an exciting time to be part of the UK team"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting range of regional, national and global clients which is continuing to grow
    Huge range of talent in the business and a great place to learn – corporate, consumer, public affairs, digital and creative teams all work together to share expertise.
    Fun people to work with and an open/relaxed office atmosphere
    Everyone is approachable
    Flexible home working and flexi-time options help with my work/life balance
    Opportunity to work with international network and travel
    Great to have ‘Finish Early Fridays’ and Thursday drinks!

    Cons

    It’s unsurprising that as an agency the hours can occasionally be long, but the flexible working perks help make up for that. Generally, the hours stick to 9.00 - 18.00 and my colleagues and I rarely face PR horror stories! Although there was one particularly bad week in 2016….!

    Advice to Management

    There have been some strong hires recently following challenging times, but the boat is steady now. It’s an interesting time to be at a company that is pushing itself to be at the top of its game, which in turn is raising eyebrows across the industry.

    Really enjoy working with Sarah, Richard, Jonny, and Jo, who are open to and supportive of new ideas/initiatives, wherever they come from. The teams, not only in London but across the UK, are really pulling together in a way they weren’t a few years ago, so my advice would be continue to grow the company’s burgeoning collaborative culture and make it thrive!


  7. "Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Bristol, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Bristol, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent people to work with. Patient colleagues were fabulous teachers and helped all new starters get up to speed. Good considering there is quite a lot to take on board! Managers were fantastic, any downward pressure was held up well by them. The office in Bristol is/was beautiful, socials are well organised and regular and all kit/tech is up to date. Overall great start to the field. Also great team chemistry in the Bristol office. The business has great media relations acumen also.

    Cons

    The business wasn't doing terribly well (as a whole, our office was more than fine), which may have contributed to the fact that progression wasn't clearly defined - or it may have just been me. Pay wasn't actually that bad to start out with but didn't go up from Trainee Account Exec to Account Exec level (which I later learned wasn't really the norm).

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

  8. "Questionable leadership and lack of recognition for work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun and lively team, good colleagues, not too bad clients, clients cover a few industries, flexibility to work from home at times

    Cons

    Barely a bonus, lack of recognition and no business direction or targets shared with employees, unproductive long meetings with no resolution


  9. "Negative experience with this organization"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Grayling full-time

    Pros

    Worked with some excellent consultants, most of whom have now left

    Cons

    Weak leadership; no long-term vision


  10. "A good place"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Grayling full-time

    Pros

    Care about clients and their needs.

    Cons

    Doesn't care much for employees.


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