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Hill+Knowlton Strategies Reviews

Updated 4 Sep 2019

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Hill+Knowlton Strategies CEO AnnaMaria DeSalva
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Pros
  • "H&K hosts some of the smartest, most brilliant minds I have ever met(in 38 reviews)

  • "Great people and the company takes care of you(in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • "No concept of work life balance; impossible to take a vacation; don’t even think of receiving a raise(in 36 reviews)

  • "It seemed like people were stretched thin and frequently worked long hours(in 29 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in London, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hill+Knowlton Strategies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people and the company takes care of you

    Cons

    The progression system should be reviewed to make it more dynamic

    Hill+Knowlton Strategies2019-01-08
  2. "Worst Job"

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    Former Employee - Intern in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hill+Knowlton Strategies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Free snacks on Thursday and lovely people at the bar.

    Cons

    Working at Hill and Knowlton London wasn’t probably one of the most stressful roles I’ve had in my life. The office culture is so political and everyone is so full of themselves. The line mangers pretend to be above everyone else. The deadlines are tight and they over work you till you can’t bare it anymore. Everyone is very two faced and there’s a culture that you need to be sat at your desk from the beginning to... the end of the day. On top of this, the work load is unrealistic so you have to constantly work on things at home. Don’t do it to yourself, work somewhere else where they value you and appreciate you! Life is short!

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    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees and treat them as humans rather than slaves. Invest into them!

    Hill+Knowlton Strategies2019-09-05

    Hill+Knowlton Strategies Response

    September 10, 2019Global Communications + Culture Director

    Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We’re disappointed to hear about your experience, which doesn’t align with the culture we’re striving to achieve in all our offices. Our London office is large, with multiple teams, so we’d love to hear more from you to better understand ...

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  3. Helpful (5)

    "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive 

    I worked at Hill+Knowlton Strategies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some great people Interesting/big clients Sociable office + perks, e.g. weekly drinks

    Cons

    It can be hard to progress/get a pay rise.

    Hill+Knowlton Strategies2019-07-14

    Hill+Knowlton Strategies Response

    July 24, 2019Global Communications + Culture Director

    Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We’re pleased to hear you enjoyed your colleagues, clients and the H+K culture! Regarding salaries, our HR team conducts regular audits in an effort to keep pace with our competitors, and compensation is based on both individual and ...

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  4. "Poor salary, terrible work life balance"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hill+Knowlton Strategies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Big clients Prestigious reputation You quickly learn how to be incredibly disciplined due to the intense pressure

    Cons

    Terrible work life balance - I routinely did 12 hour days and management knew how stressed I was but did little to help me. Only after I handed in my notice did they offer me a payrise and said they would change my portfolio. After almost a year of crying at my desk it was too little too late. Poor career progression - teams are only allowed an allocation of a few promotions each year, meaning some staff are stuck... at the same level for years too long.

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    Advice to Management

    Look after your staff's welfare. Staff crying at desks and working 12 hour days is not normal, especially on the very small salaries you offer in comparison to rival agencies. Progression is incredibly slow.

    Hill+Knowlton Strategies2019-07-08

    Hill+Knowlton Strategies Response

    July 9, 2019Global Communications + Culture Director

    Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We’re sorry to hear you’re not happy with your experience. It’s true that PR – one of the fastest-paced professions in the world – can require long hours. It certainly keeps us on our toes! Regarding raises, our HR team conducts regular ...

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  5. "Senior Account Director"

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    Current Employee - Content + Publishing Strategist in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hill+Knowlton Strategies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Well respected global agency with great client list

    Cons

    Once you're in there's poor line management and a lack of pay rises or promotions

    Hill+Knowlton Strategies2019-03-30

    Hill+Knowlton Strategies Response

    April 22, 2019Global Communications + Culture Director

    Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We love hearing about the things you like about working with us! Compensation is based on a number of individual and corporate variables. Our HR team conducts regular compensation audits in an effort to keep pace with our competitors. ...

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Join from the start of your career or not at all"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Hill+Knowlton Strategies full-time

    Pros

    Great client portfolio, so good place to get some experience on your CV. Pay well if you start of on a good salary from the start, harder if you've worked up the ranks since being a JAE.

    Cons

    Those who've been in the business forever tend to get promoted whether or not they've delivered of not. In fact, those old timers used to be the least welcoming, the most prone to have random days ill, those who do the smallest amount of work. I suspect H+K has great talent come in from other agencies, before losing it due to the behaviour of those individuals. Whilst they can deliver events, influencer work -... when it comes to basic publicist skills and picking up a phone to a journalist - not convinced some teams have this down.

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    Advice to Management

    Iron out some of that bad behaviour!

    Hill+Knowlton Strategies2019-01-19
  7. "Great agency"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hill+Knowlton Strategies full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great agency to work in and friendly staff

    Cons

    Lack pay increases and not much scope for promotion

    Advice to Management

    Keep the staff you have and make them appreciated

    Hill+Knowlton Strategies2018-08-13
  8. Helpful (2)

    "No appreciation of staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hill+Knowlton Strategies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Interesting work and interesting clients.

    Cons

    No investment in people or culture and no appreciation for the work that staff put in. Didn’t feel valued at all.

    Advice to Management

    Your people are your most important asset, appreciate and invest in them.

    Hill+Knowlton Strategies2018-08-31
  9. "General Overview"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Hill+Knowlton Strategies full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic clients, in a good team, good working opportunities, some responsibility at lower levels

    Cons

    Awful salary, quite corporate, working environment could be made less sterile

    Hill+Knowlton Strategies2018-07-16
  10. "would not recommend"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hill+Knowlton Strategies full-time

    Pros

    Great perks and interesting clients.

    Cons

    Lack of career progression and uninspiring colleagues with stale ideas.

    Hill+Knowlton Strategies2018-07-15
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