Finsbury Reviews

Updated 31 May 2021

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21 Ratings
  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Great all round experience

    9 Feb 2021 - Associate in London, England, England
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    Pros

    Access to top clients and exposure to partners.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic procedures and busy reporting season.

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  2. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Hard work, but great work environment

    19 Mar 2021 - Associate in London, England, England
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    Pros

    Great people and good reputation

    Cons

    You tend to work longer hours and some weekends

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  3. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    Exciting future

    22 Nov 2020 - Partner in London, England, England
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    Pros

    Fascinating work and inspiring people Merger with Hering Schuppener and GPG creates huge potential

    Cons

    Clients have to come first

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  4. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

    Massive opportunities, incredible clients and fun atmosphere

    30 Jan 2020 - Director in London, England, England
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    Pros

    Finsbury is fast-paced, exciting and dynamic atmosphere, working on the most important communications issues of the day. The three main pros for me are: calibre of clients, M&A and the people. Starting out eight years ago as an Executive and leaving as a Director, Finsbury has been an incredible place to learn and progress. It's a flat organisation and I was always trusted and given opportunities to extend myself. There's a real sense of team culture and camaraderie across Finsbury, I've made life long friends.

    Cons

    Work life balance during M&A can be tricky as it's naturally demanding and unpredictable but ultimately these situations are an incredible learning curve in the early years and can be career defining. It can also be hard to manage your workflow as the level of interesting work is high and there is a temptation to say yes to everything.

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  5. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Good clients but tough culture

    13 Dec 2019 - Team Assistant 
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    Pros

    Good range of big name clients

    Cons

    working culture could be better

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  6. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Fantastic Place to work

    16 Jun 2019 - Senior Associate in London, England, England
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    Pros

    Great exposure to clients early on Able to get involved in lots of projects Good pay and bonuses

    Cons

    Often long hours and no ability to work from home Slow to adopt technology

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  7. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    High profile clients; hard work but great experience and good fun

    20 Jan 2016 - Associate Partner in London, England, England
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    Pros

    You will have the opportunity to work with top PRs on high profile accounts from day one. Unlike other agencies where client interaction at a junior level is restricted, you will get exposure early on. At a senior level partners let account managers get on with running accounts but are still very much involved ie you feel supported. Although you sit within sector teams at Finsbury, you can work across a number of clients in different sectors. Having said that when I decided I wanted to focus on one industry my managers were very supportive and encouraged it. A big focus on strategic comms unlike some other agencies - this is a big plus ie you're not just churning out press releases day after day. Opportunity to work in house from time to time (I worked at 3 FTSE100s while there) which builds relationships with the client and is good experience - looks great on the CV. A small company so everyone knows everyone - makes it a lot more fun. Really nice people. You will learn a LOT very quickly but must be prepared to work hard and put in the hours when needed. Increased focus on diversity. Good remuneration and benefits - pension, travel and health insurance, gym etc.

    Cons

    HR function could do with a bit more focus but it has improved over the years. Some long hours intermittently throughout the year (mainly around client financial results and deals) - but it's not like banking ie every night of the week. The office isn't the plushest but plans are afoot to change that I believe.

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  8. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Filled with smart people who want to do a great job for clients

    11 May 2018 - Managing Director 
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    Pros

    To really get the best from Finsbury, you have to be driven, ambitious and have a genuine interest in global business and politics. It's an amazing place to learn and develop. The people are smart and everyone is willing to support colleagues and share knowledge. There is a truly global, specialist network of like-minded colleagues across various international locations which make it an incredibly exciting place to work. Finsbury works on some of the most high profile projects across multi disciplines and has specialists within employee change, crisis, government and public affairs, M&A/Capital markets, thought leadership and brand, digital and corporate reputation. There is an opportunity for Finsbury employees to specialise in their own area of interest so career development is really in the hands of the individual, which is a huge plus. The strong global network means there is a really opportunity for international working on both a short and longer term basis. Also, the new London office on the Strand is quite fantastic.

    Cons

    I don't see this as a con but, undoubtedly, given the type of work Finsbury does and the level of clients it serves, means there is often a requirement to support clients around the clock. Especially when working on a global issue. Anyone looking to thrive in an agency like Finsbury will need to enjoy this.

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  9. 1.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    WORST JOB EVER.

    21 Apr 2017 - Associate in London, England, England
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    Pros

    The boss, Roland, is brilliant. Met and worked with some decent people. Everyone I know was out within a year or two. Looks semi-decent on resume.

    Cons

    Extremely toxic environment especially for more junior staff who have come straight out of college. You are treated terribly for very little pay. Shocking hours, including work on weekends. Can't comment on the US office, however the U.K. office is very public school/ Eton bred/ incestuous place of work. My boss was psychotic and demanded I write press reviews at 5 am on weekends! Strong favoritism and very old school management.

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  10. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Poor company leadership

    23 Oct 2015 - Senior Associate in London, England, England
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    Pros

    #2 in financial M&A, competitive salaries, good atmosphere

    Cons

    Limited development opportunities, lack of transparency from management re. compensation/promotions, no HR function, difficult relations between London HQ and other offices, tendency to favoritism.

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