Sterling Media Reviews

Updated 15 Sep 2020

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Sterling Media CEO Natasha Mudhar
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9 Ratings
  1. "Great company to work for!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The management are really committed to developing you in your PR career. They have a range of excellent international clients who are very appealing to the press. I also love the atmosphere and it is a very family like organisation with a very connected friendly team. Teji and Natasha are always willing to help you learn and develop and they have been nothing but accommodating and friendly. I wholeheartedly recommend this agency if you wish to develop your career and overlook the fact that you have to do other mundane admin oriented tasks in order to stay organised. Great friendly team! And such a delightful atmosphere.

    Cons

    None that I can think of. Maybe more staff members need to be hired in future to manage the many projects taking place.

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  2. Helpful (5)

    "Micro management & poor culture"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sterling Media full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Work is very hands on

    Cons

    Everything from management style to culture, expectations and salary

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  3. Helpful (7)

    "Do not work in this hell hole"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sterling Media full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Absolutely nothing - this place is horrendous

    Cons

    The owners and senior management are complete bully’s. Please avoid this place like the plague, it is the equivalent to a sweat shop, nothing you do is ever good enough and you are belittled infront of your colleagues on a daily basis. They tease you with the chance of business trips abroad but when it comes down to it nothing else amounts. The environment is toxic and extremely poisonous with no help from senior management bet except catty and disheartening emails throughout the day. Please avoid this place they diminish all your self confidence and threaten you with being fired weekly. Without a doubt the worst place I have ever worked, I do not know how they are still in business !!! Disgusting behaviour they should’ve ashamed!!!1 star is rating Sterling too highly.

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  4. Helpful (6)

    "Horrible Place"

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

    I worked at Sterling Media full-time

    Pros

    Nothing was good. I can only think of bad.

    Cons

    In the first interview I had with them, I was only asked my date of birth and place of birth, as if that even matters. I think they are racist and ageist to ask such questions. The bosses are terrible people.

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  5. Helpful (9)

    "DO NOT WORK HERE"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sterling Media full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The laughs you share with the present and ex-colleagues about your miseries

    Cons

    There are two interviews, the first one if tough, you are asked where you were born, the date, time, and star sign because your skills do not matter. The second interview is easier you will be asked the same questions again. A little tip - if you are in a relationship do not tell them, they are very nosey and want to know everything. There is no sense of confidentiality in this place, they feel they can share your personal information/issues with everyone in the office. And if you think you can complain to HR you can’t! The working hours are 8.30-6.00pm but if you leave at 6 they will make you feel guilty for leaving - I have worked nearly 12 hours and got told to stop sucking up to the boss. And just when you think you have the weekend off you don’t! You are expected to do a weekend reading as its ‘British Culture’ to read paper on Sundays. You have to send weekly reviews of how your week went although it is your opinion you will be told you are wrong. You will never be given credit for your work, this applies to senior employees too. You are expected to give updates every 2 hours and reply to every single email (all monitored btw) most of your time will go this then they will ask why the work wasn’t done. You may also be asked to call Teji ma’am! They will shout at you and belittle you in front of the whole team rather than calling you in the office - which looks like a dark dungeon. You will be expected to buy their groceries, spend your lunch queuing at the post office to post their parcels/letters, and serve tea to the clients. Don’t even think about being sick or taking a day off you will be asked to get a doctor’s note for every minor appointment and when you return they will make your week hell! Everyone is treated differently, there is a hierarchy that exists, senior and older members have different rules. They will leave you out of team dinners if they don’t like you and pit colleagues against each other and spread rumors. The office is SILENT! The only time you can talk in when the two women are out for meetings. They will boast about knowing famous people and name drop at every chance they get - its all lies!! If you think you will meet celebs whilst working here you won’t. There is no room for creativity, there are no perks, you are paid peanuts for the first 6 months. People last a week to a month here, I have seen many people cry and have breakdowns! I saw 14 people come and go in my time working here. Do not work here unless you are seriously desperate.

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  6. Helpful (8)

    "This place is the worst! STAY CLEAR"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sterling Media full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nothing that I can think of

    Cons

    This place is run by an unprofessional mother-daughter duo (Teji, Mother - Natasha, Daughter), who have no respect for their employees, they will make you feel inferior, under-confident and demotivated at all times. - They monitor ALL emails. Teji sits in her office and reads every email that you send or receive. - You get a 30 min lunch time-table daily. If it says go for lunch between 12 - 12:30 pm, then you better be back on time. - You cannot keep your cell phones on the table or attend any personal calls. If it's an emergency, you have to walk out of the office area and then talk, but you better be back at the earliest! They monitor your behaviour all the times. - They work from a small room-cum-office, and Natasha sits with employees so that she can track everyone's behaviour. Throughout my time there, I felt suffocated, like I couldn't even use the toilets without being noticed, that I'm not on my seat or staring at the computer. - They are only concerned with money, nothing else matters. Super toxic environment, people and approach to clients and employees alike. My advice - RUN, don't walk away!

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  7. Helpful (13)

    "Horrific"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sterling Media full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Teji had a nice table (that she made us clean for meetings).

    Cons

    Very rude and patronising environment. You feel scared to be in the building.

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  8. Helpful (12)

    "So bad it’s NOT even on my CV"

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

    I worked at Sterling Media full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Made me realise how lucky I am to be a decent person unlike these employers

    Cons

    Destroys your confidence as a person with any initiative. Instead of trying to help you build on yourself, they scald you infront of everyone to embarrass you. Updates on what you are doing / have done are to be sent 5 times daily- so massive micromanagement, suffocating to say the least. They think they make it fun by offering you a drink every Friday in the office but forced fun is never actually that fun. You are looked down on for taking a full lunch hour or leaving on time- even though the working hours are more than most jobs. They try to make you feel like the peanuts salary give give you is generous. And you aren’t entitled to any holiday unless you have been there six months... illegal I’d say.... oh also you have someone monitoring the exact times you come into the office so if you are 2 mins late they clock it. I could continue but I think the picture has been illustrated quite clearly. I’d avoid if you have any respect for yourself.

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  9. Helpful (16)

    "Horrible place to work"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sterling Media full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    None I can think of

    Cons

    I worked here for a few months last year and found the experience to be quite horrible. It was a very toxic environment where the staff were all repeatedly shouted at for no reason and belittled in front of their colleagues. On many occasions I heard the boss talking negatively about me to my colleagues when she knew I was within earshot. I was made to feel useless and it really did put me off the industry that I had previously been so passionate about. The staff turnover was very high and you would meet a new employee before they would usually disappear a couple of weeks later, with no explanation from the management or any chance to say goodbye. If you start as an intern, you are expected to work for 6 months without being paid a full salary, so you are on expenses till then. This is exploitation of young people who are desperate for a door into a tough industry. If you try to stand up for yourself on this matter, you’ll be belittled and shouted at. There is absolutely no use of mobile phones allowed in the office and all social media is blocked, making it difficult to work at times, as social media is so crucial to PR. The management don’t trust their employees or give them any social life, I was even aggressively shouted at a few times for daring to chat to my colleagues about something other than work. The management automatically receive any email you send, and the boss sits there reading them all day. She will interject if she disagrees with anything, and she disagrees with almost everything. This means there is no privacy and you can’t just get on with your work. Working here really drained my confidence and passion, and leaving to work elsewhere was the best decision I could have made. Staying here for too long will make you become institutionalised in a poor way of working, as the company really isn’t normal or professional.

  10. Helpful (16)

    "Horrific place to work"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sterling Media full-time

    Pros

    There are no pros at all

    Cons

    It's a sweatshop, not a PR agency. There is a culture of bullying staff and tears are a regular occurence

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