ForwardPMX Reviews

Updated 20 May 2020

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3.3
64%
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57%
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ForwardPMX Chief Executive Officer	 James Townsend
James Townsend
5 Ratings
Pros
  • "Free breakfast and lunch, massages, free beer/prosecco/wine every Friday in the office(in 22 reviews)

  • "benefits - free breakfast & lunch is great(in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • "It was hard to have a work life balance which is why building the company culture was so important to have, you'll spend a lot of time there(in 14 reviews)

  • "Senior management and some teams are cliquey and get away with bullying(in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work and develop"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PPC Analyst in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ForwardPMX full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Feels like an agency where your career is thought about. Personal development plans are provided and followed, and there's some interesting clients. Lots of growth and opportunity, especially in the Manchester office

    Cons

    Could do with better training for non-London offices

    ForwardPMX2019-07-03
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Bullying & low staff morale overlooked"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at ForwardPMX full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Chance to work with big brands - Some incredibly talented and clever members of staff

    Cons

    - Some management near invisible - High pressure environment created - Consistent late working - Bullying not addressed - Morale seriously low amongst team - High turnover of staff

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    ForwardPMX2020-05-01
  3. Helpful (3)

    "Morally Bankrupt In The Chase of £££"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Director 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ForwardPMX full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The only pro I can fathom is that there are a few nice people about.

    Cons

    Where do I begin. The old Forward 3D was amazing, possibly the best place I have ever worked. Since Stagwell bought the company and instilled the current MD it has become the worst place anyone could ever imagine. Literal penny pinching to achieve targets. Lies about being "partners" for clients, its all sales talk. Just want billings nothing else. Constant unneeded up sells. Office is a sweatshop, way over the capacity allowed. Payrise and promotion freezes for most unless you are a teachers pet or client services. Client services - The most pointless department in the history of digital agencies. All they do is read decks, add more work for the delivery teams and act as a middle man between clients and delivery teams. Yet they constantly get promoted. Go figure. With the current corona crisis, the aim isnt how to help clients but how to get billings back to normal levels. Sickening. It is an absolutely ghastly workplace now.

    ForwardPMX2020-05-05
  4. "Great place to learn"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Junior PPC Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ForwardPMX full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great technical experience Adequate work life balance CEO had great influence

    Cons

    Staff treated poorly Witnessed various bullying Lack of progression Poor salary Cramped office

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    ForwardPMX2020-03-17
  5. "Good agency for short term development"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PPC Analyst in London, England

    I have been working at ForwardPMX full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Free Lunches Good agency for grads to develop Good reputation - looks good on the CV

    Cons

    Agency emphasis purely on growth Very siloed team structure and work Promotion not based on merit, but tenure with company and relationships with management Below average pay HR team is gossipy and have agency rather than employee's interests at heart

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    ForwardPMX2020-01-17
  6. "Great culture"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Junior PPC Analyst in London, England

    I have been working at ForwardPMX full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    One of the pros is the culture

    Cons

    One of the cons is the low salaries

    ForwardPMX2019-12-22
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Strong place to start your carrier"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ForwardPMX full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    In the London office at least- there free breakfast and lunch, with a beer fridge. The company changed the catering company recently, so the quality of food has improved quite a lot. There is a good set of training programmers, so is a good place to start your carrier. Compared with other agencies, the company has invested in technology and the company is driving automating a lot of the jobs. Flexi time is also welcome. The managers (in my team, anyway) are very willing to push people out of the door if they are still working after 5:30] Yoga, Pilates and HIIT classes offered for free.

    Cons

    Progress in projects is can get tough at times- the office is quite cliquey and it can be hard to have progress in tasks. There is good work happening- the devs managing to bring in new apis. the information is not shared well at the moment. There are people who are the "rockstars" in the company but are somewhat disruptive to work progress and team efficiency. Not much is done by the upper management team about this. Team out in Hong Kong are continually swamped in work, and will message the London team at 11pm in HK time. They don't have the resources to be able to learn how to make their lives easier, and to simplify the process that they have going on Starting salary is not competitive- and the number of promotions is bloated by having graduate joiners having one job title while in probation, and then they get promoted to junior analyst

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    ForwardPMX2019-12-09
  8. "Pro innovation company but wages below market rate"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PPC Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ForwardPMX full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Well known brands in company clients portfolio Open with regular company communications Great working atmosphere

    Cons

    Wages are below the market rate

    ForwardPMX2019-12-01
  9. "Great place for work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Junior Content Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ForwardPMX full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    nice work environment, nice colleagues; great place for starters

    Cons

    people don't stay long, many people leave the company within 2 years

    ForwardPMX2019-11-22
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great but not perfect place to work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - PPC Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at ForwardPMX full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working with some truly great individuals and access to good clients

    Cons

    Middle management don't represent upper management values, salary is very poor and progression can be slow, depends on what team you join! Gaps in managerial positions are filled based on seniority, and not necessarily based on management skills.

    ForwardPMX2019-11-01
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