Sterling Media FAQ

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13 English questions out of 13

4 June 2020

How are senior leaders perceived at Sterling Media?

Pros

I genuinely cannot think of any.

Cons

I was really excited when they offered me the job. During the interview they were very warm. However my first day there, it was horrific. We were required to send an email to management every three hours updating them about the tasks we have done in those three hours. Natasha frequently barks out orders from her desk. Teji comes every few hours to terrorize an employee by either shouting at them in public or staring them down. I remember one time that I went to Teji's office for something. Before my foot entered her office she shouted at me to 'get out' without looking up from her computer. The entire office heard and there was silence when I went back to my desk. These are daily frequent occurrences. They are very protective about their clients and do not like their employees interacting with them. You are not allowed to send emails to anyone outside of the company unless it is a pre approved template AND you have cc'd Natasha. If you take 5 extra minutes on your lunch break they will make note of it. Everyone eats quietly during break because they are always being watched by Natasha or Teji. Teji has said sexist and racist comments to the employees. You work under fear and I have seen many employees crying because of the fear of punishment. They manipulate all the employees to distrust each other. There was a rumour that several of the employees were 'spys' for Teji so that she will be aware of all your actions. They underpay you (300 pounds a month) and they dangle the work visa for the international students to make them work harder. They basically hire international students right out of college so that they are easier to exploit. They make you work like dogs and you are expected to leave ONLY when they leave, which is several hours after your work day was supposed to end. In addition to all of this, they make fun of the employees in public and belittle them. They like to mention how close they are with their clients in the legal industry so that it discourages you from even thinking about taking legal action. They make sure to cover al their bases so that you are silenced. Their actions are so absolutely unethical, it's shocking. Teji and Natasha are very unkind individuals that should not be in a leadership position.

Advice to Management

Stop forcing employees to post false positive reviews on Glassdoor. Do not silence your employees when they speak out. Acknowledge the wrong you have done and start making amends. You are being hypocritical by posting things about BLM and Women's Rights publicly when you have created a terrifying, sexist, racist and toxic work environment. Reach out to the employees that you have attacked and apologize. Many of them are still suffering long after they have left your organization.

Teji and Natasha are very unkind individuals that should not be in a leadership position.

4 June 2020

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4 September 2020

What are some insights into the strategy or vision at Sterling Media?

Pros

Absolutely nothing - this place is horrendous

Cons

The owners and senior management are complete bully’s. Please avoid this place like the plague, it is the equivalent to a sweat shop, nothing you do is ever good enough and you are belittled infront of your colleagues on a daily basis. They tease you with the chance of business trips abroad but when it comes down to it nothing else amounts. The environment is toxic and extremely poisonous with no help from senior management bet except catty and disheartening emails throughout the day. Please avoid this place they diminish all your self confidence and threaten you with being fired weekly. Without a doubt the worst place I have ever worked, I do not know how they are still in business !!! Disgusting behaviour they should’ve ashamed!!!1 star is rating Sterling too highly.

Advice to Management

You should not be running a business

They tease you with the chance of business trips abroad but when it comes down to it nothing else amounts.

4 September 2020

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10 May 2019

How is management perceived at Sterling Media?

Pros

is this a trick question?

Cons

Let's start from the beginning. I should have known from day one that Sterling Media is a complete joke and total fraud. After I was offered a position, which the CEO , quote "couldn't give a clear title for" as she wanted me to feel validated by avoiding the terms 'intern/internship' and that that the company were 'investing' time and training into me, but that i "wasn't qualified enough" for a proper title and salary. This was a calculated way to manipulate me into thinking that THEY were doing me a favour by hiring me and that I was not worthy of the expected salary of the advertised role. Despite being posted as a full time role, I was told that during my training period I would only receive £500 a month, including expenses, despite the London living wage being £10.20 an hour. This is something that I was hesitant about, but was excited with the prospect of working with a company who I thought held reputable name. Teji, joint CEO, continued to remind that I was not qualified enough (despite holding a BA in English, Journalism and Media Studies) and that she could have hired other candidates. I initially questioned my pay in an email, expecting a reply before my start date which I did not get, and when I turned up on my first day, they were not expecting me. This should have been another clear warning of the standard of care and lack of sufficient HR. Fast forward to my actual work experience in the office. I can honestly say that I have never experienced a more hostile environment in my life and every other person that i have spoken to have been equally as shocked by the way that this company is run. We were not allowed our phones during the entire working day (8.30-6), and if you wanted to use it at lunch, you were given a flag to put on your desk to prove that you were not working or taking up company time. However, I was too nervous to even do this, as the entire team are so afraid of Teji and Natasha. Every person had to send 2 hour updates, cc in Teji and Natasha to ALL emails, in order to feed their need for micro-management and control, and employees were constantly ridiculed, cut off, patronised and silenced. A clear example of the hostile environment that takes over the office, is when I made a cup of coffee for an executive, who has been at the company for over five years, in Teji's mug. The entire office formed a frenzied panic and I was asked to make a new cup of coffee. The fear in their faces was laughable and shows the alarming management style that has been created at this company. In addition to this terrifying work environment, Teji has absolutely zero personal boundaries and when we had a meeting about my expenses I was made to feel so intimidated that I was brought to tears. What followed was a discussion about my personal life, with questions that truly shocked me and any good HR team would find unacceptable. Now that you've heard this, I want to point out that I was making £2.60 an hour for this so called 'training'. After the first few days, where I was shown office procedures as you would in any role, I was conducting news searches BEFORE 8:30am, creating research reports, media notes and articles, office admin, whilst also working an hour on Saturday and Sunday. It is one thing to pay so little with genuine training but it is a complete other to make someone feel under qualified, manipulated, patronised, and expect them to work this hard. Despite putting in the hours and producing work that was clearly being used to the companies advantage, I was still told I was "observing" and was not told when this "observation period" would end. Finally, I felt so much anxiety that I couldn't come into the office and sent Teji an email explaining why I felt so uncomfortable, to which I only got a reply four days later, simply reading "thanks for letting us know." This is clearly a company that has zero regard for how they make their employees feel. If you are still reading this, please do not work for this company, they will manipulate you and suck the life and self worth straight out of you with their vampire teeth.

Advice to Management

Pay your employees for their work, especially young 'intern, not intern, trainees', at least the London living wage, which is 10.20 an hour. Instead of being angry by this post and writing clearly FAKE positive reviews, why not try and change the way that your company is run and create an environment that people actually want to work in, so that you stop losing employees every few months and practise some human decency.

The fear in their faces was laughable and shows the alarming management style that has been created at this company.

10 May 2019

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14 September 2018

Is Sterling Media a good company to work for?

Pros

Umm... the office is near a Waitrose. That's the only pro that I can think of...

Cons

This company is a very odd one. I read the reviews, and was warned off by recruiters ahead of accepting a role with Sterling Media, but I'm an optomist, and went for it. The interview process was itself quite strange, quite unprofessional. The dynamic and environment is very weird in the company, I would agree with the word 'toxic', they stand over you with a metaphorical crop, with a management style which feels like they are trying to wring you out like a sponge. Management insist on being copied into every single out-going email. You have to send 3 performance updates EVERY DAY at 11am, 2pm and 6pm. I made the 'mistake' of speaking to a client when meeting them in person and was reprimanded for it, which I think is very weird... Also, other staff there who are not english natives... management are really manipulative and vidictive, dangling the threat of losing a work visa over the head of these staff members in a very aggressive way. I dont really know what else to say; it was definitely an experience, but one which I wouldn't recommend experiencing for yourself.

Advice to Management

I honestly have no words...

The dynamic and environment is very weird in the company, I would agree with the word 'toxic', they stand over you with a metaphorical crop, with a management style which feels like they are trying to wring you out like a sponge.

14 September 2018

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18 January 2019

What is the company culture like at Sterling Media?

Pros

There are no pros at all

Cons

It's a sweatshop, not a PR agency. There is a culture of bullying staff and tears are a regular occurence

There is a culture of bullying staff and tears are a regular occurence

18 January 2019

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13 English questions out of 13