Essence Reviews

Updated 14 Jun 2021

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3.6
65%
Recommend to a Friend
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Essence Global CEO Kyoko Matsushita (no image)
Kyoko Matsushita
27 Ratings
Pros
  • "Really good company with great culture and at the forefront of digital automation(in 34 reviews)

  • "Great clients, PTO, casual and friendly work environment(in 20 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Management played favorites, long hours, poor management(in 20 reviews)

  • "Very poor senior management team who makes very poor decisions or do nothing(in 16 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year
      Featured Review

      Amazing culture and people

      15 Jan 2021 - Media Planning Director in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Culture where everyone looks out for each other, including the clients. It feels like the efforts the company makes to include people is genuine and authentic. I also feel extremely valued and they always make an effort to shout out great work which is very motivating, whereas other agencies only reprimand when things go wrong which can be demoralising.

      Cons

      I genuinely can't think of any

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Na

      7 Jun 2021 - Media Executive in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Good good good good good

      Cons

      None none none none none

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    3. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Not what it used to be

      11 Jun 2021 - Business Director in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Still a lot of very smart people with high numeracy and a proactive approach to work. Generous benefits, especially pension scheme. A very healthy attitude to flexible and remote working long time before pandemics.

      Cons

      Ever-growing beurocracy. Broken meeting and 1:1 culture with a lot of unnecessary meeting invites, poor meeting preparation, loose agendas and a lot of wasted time, especially in inter-regional collaboration. Weak feedback and promotion culture with lack of transparency and very rigid account boundaries. Typical WPP tendency to ship out work offshore with no regard to actual efficiency and team morale.

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    4. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Only if you have no other option

      28 May 2021 - Activation Manager in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Some staff is sharp and proactive

      Cons

      Poor management skills throughout, poor planning, non-existent project documentation for projects, non-existent software dev skills/processes even though it's one of their USPs, absolute zero people management skills or knowledge throughout

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Company Culture

      14 May 2021 - Accounts Executive in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The company culture is good, it has a lot of activities to get involved in

      Cons

      Progression is not always clear within the company

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to work

      28 Apr 2021 - Associate Director in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Great work-life balance Great people

      Cons

      The pay is not great

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great ethos

      1 Apr 2021 - Media Planner 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great team great company values

      Cons

      Long hours and stretched team

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to work and start your career, not great salaries or reviews

      26 Feb 2021 - Senior Media Planner in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Nice working environment, friendly teams, early finish last friday of each month (for training), plenty of food/alcohol et, lots of training on offer, very inclusive, great work life balance, clear lines to senior management

      Cons

      Lack of transparency around bonuses or salary reviews

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    9. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Fun place to work

      28 Apr 2021 - Director in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great clients Very high standards Great place to learn and get experience

      Cons

      Very bad support from the HR team Very difficult to get promoted Always under resource

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great opportunities to learn and work with different clients

      7 Mar 2021 - Media Planner 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Extremely strong team of professionals in their areas, many possibilities to take initiative and contribute to interesting and innovative projects, strong internal and client relationships

      Cons

      Quite hard to work your way up

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