Mission: Our cultural principles guide our decision making and behaviors:
1. Connected as One – Our interlocked network enables local relevance + global reach.
2. Open Innovation – We’re always in beta, always ...
A typical day at H+K is … not so typical!
A typical day at H+K may start on a call with Dubai to discuss one of your shared accounts, followed by an off-site event. You may round out your day on the phone with colleagues across the world to discuss an agency-wide diversity initiative.
We act as one team, seizing opportunities to make the globe a little bit smaller and a lot more accessible, leveraging every chance to make the imaginable reality. At the same time, we’re the authors of our own stories, starring in careers full of exciting plot twists and climaxes.
Come write your story with us!
Ethics + integrity
At H+K, we talk about ethics and integrity a lot. Are you the type of person who consistently seeks to wow your clients? Do you take responsibility for your part when things don’t go as planned? Do you show appreciation to teammates who go the extra mile, regardless of your title?
In order to perform our best, we have to trust one another. These things matter to us, and we look for people who share our cultural principles and core values.
Does this sound like you? Join us!
Why we join, why we stay
Across the network, our colleagues say they join H+K because of our international presence, client roster and world-class training programs.
They stay because of the friendships we form, the fun we have, and our exposure to challenging work. Every day brings a new opportunity to change the world.
And if someone leaves, it’s often “until later” instead of “goodbye.” We have an affectionate term for our colleagues who can't stay away: H+K Boomerangs. We love welcoming them back!
Changed + always changing
To us, professional development is more than just training. And it’s so much more than mentoring and ongoing performance discussions, though we do these, too. You’re on a unique journey, and we get that. We offer an extensive suite of training programs that cover critical skills so we're all working from the same foundation. Then, you're encouraged to enroll in a mentoring program to work with someone who can help uncover your customized path.
Come discover your path with us!
Diversity + inclusion at H+K
At H+K, we’re built on a bedrock of inclusion where ethics and integrity are everything.
We’re committed to a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone belongs, and where everyone can reach their full potential. The common thread that binds us – that we’re all human – is central to everything we do. And we apply this ethos to our client work.
It’s our responsibility to provide our clients with the unique wisdom, creativity and guidance we each have. It’s our responsibility to each other to listen, learn and collaborate. We embrace our diversity, knowing it makes us stronger, nimble to risk and responsive to opportunity. To that end, we actively seek out individuals who will inspire creative + curious conversations. Together we learn, share our experiences, and continue to excel within our collaborative culture.
At H+K: You Belong.
How we’re actively promoting diversity, inclusion + belonging
We are driving diversity, inclusion and belonging worldwide through employee-led initiatives in three core areas:
We attract and retain the best diverse talent via partnerships with entities committed to diversity, actively seeking diverse candidates, striving for diverse interview panels and training all employees on unconscious bias.
We help our clients create programs focused on diverse groups, and put forth ideas to better engage more diverse groups.
We offer professional development programs such as HER (Helping Executives Rise), and actively support employee-led Belong groups.
Our people make us: Powerful. Smarter. Creative. Fun!
Perhaps the most important factor determining whether a client decides to work with us is the people in the room; that’s why we place an obsessive focus on our people.
Every day, 2,000+ of the smartest, most supportive + collaborative people show up to work at H+K, all with a passion for answering the questions our clients ask, and ready to inspire and be inspired.
Our people bring a wealth of diverse expertise to H+K, including former journalists, scriptwriters, directors, animators, government officials, and behavioral and data scientists. We constantly look for ways to hire differently. We also have many examples of people flexing their intrapreneurial muscles at H+K, sometimes leading them – and us! – in a new direction. H+K SMARTER, our behavioral science offering, is one example.
We're committed to diversity, creativity, and helping each other reach our full potential. And all along, we remember to have fun!
But don’t take our word for it . . .
Take it directly from our colleagues!
Client Service Lead for the Consumer, FMCG + Lifestyle Practice
“Working at H+K since 2014 has been an amazing journey of tremendous growth in both my personal and professional life. In South Africa, we’re encouraged to think and act like entrepreneurs, as if H+K is our own company. This inspires us to nurture it and take personal responsibility for its success. But it’s not all serious, and every day we have light-hearted moments of laughter and friendship. We truly enjoy each other’s company and celebrate our wins. There’s nowhere I’d rather work than in this office.”
“Starting my career at H+K in September 2015 has been the best decision I could have made. Since I joined I’ve participated in numerous trainings, earned my master’s degree, worked with diverse clients and made lifelong friends. H+K employs some of the most talented people in the business and I’ve immensely sharpened my skills working with them. And H+K has the benefits and power of a global agency with the community, culture and nimbleness of a boutique firm. That alone keeps me and most of my colleagues here.”
“I never have ‘I-hate-Monday’ moments. Why? Because I know no matter how difficult the week might be, I have the full support of my teammates and Account Director. When I joined H+K in March 2013, I expected to stay a couple years and then move on for more experience elsewhere. Obviously, I was wrong! I haven’t stayed because H+K is my comfort zone; on the contrary, I face new challenges every day. H+K empowers me to demonstrate my potential. And if you’re ready, the opportunities are endless.”
We’re always in beta, leveraging our expertise to create preference + broker change
We believe those with a clear, authentic purpose and performance strategies aligned to business objectives are most likely to succeed. We call this 3P CommunicationsTM. Purpose + Performance = Preference.
We leverage our expertise in owned, earned and shared media to build purpose-driven campaigns that bring stories to life and achieve measurable impact in an always-on world. We create ideas that earn attention and cut through noise to inspire action and broker change.
We’re always in beta.
We win awards
Lots of awards! In addition to our numerous culture-based employer awards, our client campaigns receive accolades on a regular basis. Click the videos on this page for examples of our award-winning campaigns, and view the Awards tab for a list of our recent awards.
Our sector expertise
We’re structured around sectors to deliver deep industry knowledge combined with specialist areas of ideas + strategy, content creation and publishing. This allows us to bring together the best expertise and specialism from across the industry to serve our clients.
Some areas where we're particularly strong include, among others:
Energy + Industrials
Finance + Advisory Services
Consumer + Retail
Food + Beverage
Entertainment + Sports Marketing
We are everywhere our clients need us to be
H+K is an international communications + public relations network with 80+ offices in 40+ countries around the globe. We’re home to 2,000+ creative strategists, content creators and master storytellers. Navigating time zones, languages and cultures is part of daily life at H+K.
In short, we’re everywhere our clients need us to be.
We sit in 80+ offices, and we act as one team
We have established best practices to work as a unified international team. We collaborate, deliver insights and share ideas across our network. Thanks to strong, effective relationships among offices, our ideas travel across markets where they are localized for cultural relevance and maximum impact.
We’re always in beta.
We’re purposefully agile
We configure our network to suit client needs. You may work across regions for creative planning, gathering local insights and cultural understanding to shape ideas. You may be part of a hub and spoke model for consistent, high quality service across multiple markets. And always, you may work with sector or service experts, no matter where they sit.
Whatever is needed, wherever it’s needed, our flexible structure lets us be there with the right people and tools.
I worked at Hill+Knowlton Strategies full-time (More than a year)
Great people and the company takes care of you
The progression system should be reviewed to make it more dynamic
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Hill+Knowlton Strategies (London, England) in April 2016.
CV application, followed by 40 minute interview. Writing test as final round - given a selection of sector-specific topics and asked to write a blog. They will cover contemporary news themes - mine covered Brexit, amongst others. Easy process - no trick questions, supportive environment. They seemed to care more about fit - be enthusiastic, honest and open.