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Essence Overview

San Francisco, CA (US)
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public
Advertising & Marketing
£2 to £5 billion (GBP) per year
Essence, part of GroupM, is a global data and measurement-driven agency that blends data science, objective media and captivating experiences to build valuable connections between brands and consumers. Clients include Google, FrieslandCampina, and the Financial Times. The agency ... Read more

Company Updates

  • "The collision of AI and advertising is the most complex problem our industry has ever faced and the time to talk about it is now." Essence co-founder and Chief Product Officer Andrew Shebbeare recently delivered an important talk about the implications of AI for ethical advertising at at AdExchanger's IO conference in New York. Watch it here:

  • Congrats to Team Bravo TV at Essence! They brought home a 2018 MediaPost OMMA Award in Entertainment for their fantastic work on the "Top Chef Delivers with Robots" campaign. Go, team!

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Essence – Why Work With Us?

Welcome to Essence. We are a global digital agency whose mission is to make advertising more valuable to the world. We believe that digital advertising done well is more meaningful and more effective.

We help some of the world’s most exciting brands earn relevant connections with their customers by blending objective media, data science and captivating experiences.

If you want to learn more about what it's like to work at Essence, go to the “Our people” tab.


We’re in pursuit of excellence. This principle runs through every aspect of our business. And it’s especially true for our people.

We believe that a workplace where our people can be themselves, they are freed up to do amazing work. That's why we promise:


A workplace where we invest in your career

We will give you the chance to work on innovative projects that are leading the way in digital, setting you up for a fulfilling career trajectory.


A workplace that is fun and engaging

We will play; time-outs at the foosball table, ping pong net, or the breakout area are not only okay, they are encouraged. 


A workplace where you are cared for

We will provide generous, industry-leading employee benefits.

Our Global Citizenship

One of the ways we do that is with our Global Citizenship program that provides global and regional opportunities to make a meaningful difference to causes we care about and drive tangible positive change beyond our agency and our industry.

Each region has a designated nonprofit partner that we work with through corporate giving, employee volunteering (and encourage it with a 2-day volunteering allowance), as well as skill-sharing. In North America, we're proud to work with YearUp; in EMEA with Apps for Good; and in APAC with the Rainbow Centre.

If you’d like to come join us, let’s chat. Check out the current vacancies on the site.

Our mission is to make advertising more valuable to the world.

We make experiences that are instantly captivating so consumers choose to spend time with your brand. It takes rare creatives that seek out data insights and love testing. The results? Work that is magical, beautiful, accountable and shareable—regardless of channel or device.

Our media teams create effective connections, regardless of screen size or media type—paid, earned, owned or borrowed. Whether building brands, or driving sales, we help our clients get the most from this rapidly evolving ecosystem.

Our insightful placements, innovative measurement and relentless optimization happen in a culture of complete transparency and accountability. Our analytics teams bring together technical dexterity, scientific integrity and a unique appreciation of the ever-expanding possibilities of the digital world. When they confront business problems, great things happen.

Want to see what that looks like? 

Watch a sample of our work case studies below or check out our YouTube channel.

Google Search App + Essence

method + Essence

Financial Times + Essence

Essence Reviews

  • "Great place to work"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Media Planning Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Media Planning Manager in London, England
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Essence full-time (More than a year)


    Fantastic growth and training opportunities, senior leadership care about the wellbeing of people in their departments; new client acquisition is on an upward projection


    Activation team needs more people

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Essence Interviews



Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview





    Digital Media Planner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview


    I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Essence (London, England) in February 2020.


    RACIST company. Wouldn't give an opportunity to young prepared professionals to develop within their company, judging them based on the place they were born. Completely negative experience, rude HR people and very racist, be aware of the companies you want to work for and how they treat people around you. Companies as big as Essence shouldn't have people with this sort of behaviour.

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Essence Awards & Accolades

  • Media Plan of the Year(Best Use of Mobile), Adweek, 2015
  • Tech Track 100(#100), The Sunday Times Hiscox, 2015
  • Digital Census(Elite Media Agencies), The Drum, 2015
  • Agencies to Watch(#9), Advertising Age, 2015
  • Digital Census - Elite(Elite 100+ Digital Staff), The Drum, 2014
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