LEWIS Global Communications Reviews

Updated Jun 10, 2020

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LEWIS Global Communications CEO and Founder Chris Lewis
Chris Lewis
97 Ratings
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  • "Work/life balance can be tricky (as with any agency in the industry), however the company is making improvements in this area(in 12 reviews)

  • "Occasional long hours but nothing outside of the norm(in 9 reviews)

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  1. COVID-19
    Helpful (10)

    "Interesting"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at LEWIS Global Communications full-time

    Pros

    Good PTO work life balance

    Cons

    Poor executive leadership, old school values, poor HR

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  2. COVID-19
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    "Stay far away. Would give -5 stars if that was possible."

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PR 
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at LEWIS Global Communications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The junior level staff looks out for each other. There are definitely a few key mid-level leaders that show genuine care for lower-level employees, but this is not the norm.

    Cons

    -There have been good times at Lewis, but those days are long gone. Before coronavirus, workloads were already out of control and teams were thrown to the wolves for whatever clients demanded with minimal opportunities for growth. -The coronavirus response has been for the CEO to remain locked away and refuse to even send one email to his employees, while some employees are furloughed and others have pay and hours cut. His first email that was sent after more than 2 months of silence was a Lewis anniversary congrats email to one of his top dogs, ignoring the rest of the staff suffering with 0 acknowledgement. -Employees have been fed platitudes about how inspiring and resilient Lewis is, while people are begging for minimal consideration and assurance about job security and being ignored. - The CEO's first communication to employees (when he finally decided it was worth his time to communicate during a global pandemic and rampant protests over civil rights issues) was a video message that was insulting at best and heartless at worst. It was a tone-deaf, generic message about "what a hell of a week it's been" and told employees that these times have shown who the real leaders are, when he has been absent all along. - Hardly any diversity. A supportive culture exists within regular staff at offices that is not supported by the efforts of the C-suite who make decisions. BLM has gone completely ignored and no commitments to supporting a diverse staff have been made. Hardly any POC in the company. -Aside from this, clients are uninspiring, B and C list companies who Lewis sells pipe dreams to and then throws the staff on the grenade to make the impossible happen.

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to learn"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at LEWIS Global Communications full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Overall a fantastic place to be a junior member of the team -From graduate level, training is hands on and you have clients right away -At LEWIS, the trust and opportunities given to juniors is great -Very past progression is possible -As everyone says, the culture is good and the people are generally helpful, smart and eager to innovate -Social side and perks (Thursday pub trips, Friday breakfasts, pub quiz) are good to have

    Cons

    -Work/life balance can be tricky (as with any agency in the industry), however the company is making improvements in this area -Training has its ups and downs, however there is talk of changes to the system -New business opportunities can be manic and last-minute

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  4. Helpful (4)

    "Pretty great place to work"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at LEWIS Global Communications full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Amazing colleagues and great culture - Senior management is open to feedback and suggestions - Strong collaboration globally, truly international

    Cons

    - Would like more diverse clients - Some more external training options

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  5. Helpful (17)

    "Do NOT work here... Run away!"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at LEWIS Global Communications full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    **Some cool coworkers **Good PTO Sadly, that is all.

    Cons

    Where to begin.. *New business is abysmal. The clients we bring in are uninspiring with no ROI and employees are forced to work on them even with full workloads. Employees on these accounts are constantly over servicing them and eventually burn out and leave. Additionally, the majority of the clients are unable to see tangible results and diminish budgets (while still having staff do anything and everything for them) before ultimately taking the assets and cutting us. Pitch teams are thrown together last minute, always unorganized and under prepared. \ Overall, the agency takes any piece of new business they can to stay afloat. *HR is horrendous. In addition to knowing absolutely nothing about proper policies, procedures, benefits, they are basically salaried bullies. Ex: calling out an employee's skin issue during an all-staff meeting... Just plain cruel. There is nothing that promotes any sort of company culture other than the Friday meetings that are only attended because of the sheer amount of alcohol provided. Or the "summer party" that was basically a party bus for everyone, senior staff included, to get completely wasted on. Employees were scared to go to HR in fear of retribution and would keep things inside until they were able to escape. This stems from the fact that both junior and senior staff are fired almost monthly with little to no reason why. Simply "it wasn't a fit" after 6 months doesn't cut it when they are the third person who has been terminated on the account that year. HR also does nothing to communicate these changes but instead sweeps it under the rug. *Favoritism -- good luck getting any recognition/raises/promotions if you aren't involved in the politics or buddies with the CEO. However, make nice with senior leaders (mostly digital) and you'll be overpromoted and overpaid. Please, look at LinkedIn profiles on the Digital team and tell me I am wrong... I could go on but we'd be here until 2020.

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Account Executive"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at LEWIS Global Communications full-time

    Pros

    Mid-size, less people, friendlier environment

    Cons

    Weak HR, too much office politics

  7. Helpful (12)

    "Something is Rotten in the State of LEWIS"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at LEWIS Global Communications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    To say that I did not have positive experiences during my time at LEWIS would be irresponsible: - My PR skills have never been sharper. - Some team members DO know how to pick each other up. - CEO, Chris Lewis, is a nice guy with some interesting thoughts about the advertising and PR industry.

    Cons

    - No transparency within teams. - For all intents and purposes, direct managers do believe there is an "I" in "team". - Cliquey culture; if you're not part of one, you're being backstabbed constantly. - They will criticize your every single move even though you do exactly as they instructed. - Creativity within the company is repetitive in nature with little-to-no feedback accepted from junior employees. - No room to grow, to the point where I got laughed at for exposing my five-year plan during my midyear evaluation. - Boring clients with zero intentions of looking for better brands.

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  8. Helpful (2)

    "Negative, undermining culture"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at LEWIS Global Communications full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Had some great staff members across different teams that were friendly and welcoming.

    Cons

    Training, meetings and support were insufficient - there are inconsistent structures in place across all accounts where expectations are unrealistic for the amount of time and effort management put into showing the correct processes - managers often exceed work hours and continue to expect work from staff beyond 5.30pm finish. New business is a priority over maintaining current business also. Senior- junior management are heavily stressed and often clearly express this through negative, critical behaviour. Seniority is often shown by pulling rank rather than helping out. Management and co workers always had time to criticise and belittle, but were always busy when help or support was required. Some fellow managers spoke to staff in an inappropriately severe manner, undermining self esteem.

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  9. Helpful (5)

    "Great Place to Work At"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at LEWIS Global Communications full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Great Benefits - Amazing Managers - Growth Opportunities - Good Clients

    Cons

    - HR is a bit of a mess

  10. Helpful (9)

    "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at LEWIS Global Communications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    LEWIS is great- you're surrounded by incredibly smart people and big ideas. Work/life balance is good for an agency.

    Cons

    Process is a bit lacking, but that is normal when things are so fast paced.

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