Career Guide: Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO

The business, company culture and style.

Abbott Mead Vickers was set up in 1977, when three friends, David Abbott, Peter Mead and Adrian Vickers decided to start their own agency in a tiny office in Mayfair. We are 28 years old this year and the largest agency in the UK. That is something we are very proud of, although we never really set out to be the biggest ... just the best. We are part of BBDO, the largest agency network within Omnicom Group Inc, with 303 offices in 77 countries.

We have a strong client list, which includes BT, Mars, Sainsbury's, PepsiCo, Camelot, Royal Mail, BBC, RSPCA, Guinness, The Economist and the Government, working with the Department of Health and the Department for Transport.

Working environment

We have a strong culture of looking after our people. We appeared in the Financial Times' list of the UK's Top 50 Best Workplaces 2005, one of only five ad agencies listed. As well as having a competitive benefits provision, and a strong culture of pastoral care and respect for employees' lives outside work, we recognise that the little things can also make a big difference: breakfast is provided in the mornings, fresh fruit is provided all day and our new bar is open every evening.

Graduate scheme

Our graduate application form is available online between 12 Sept and 18 November. Successful candidates are invited for interviews in December.

Job offers are made before Christmas.


New graduates arrive at AMV in the autumn to begin a five-week period of training. They are allocated an agency mentor and are instructed in all aspects of the advertising process across a range of disciplines.

They will develop an understanding of every department within the agency.

Beyond their formal training period, new graduate recruits take part in IPA foundation exams as well as an off-site course with AMV Group companies, which helps build an understanding of integrated communications outside the core discipline of advertising.

Pay and benefits

AMV offers a good package to all our graduates, including a loyalty bonus scheme, an interest-free loan, private healthcare, a pension and a mobile phone.

Career opportunities

After the initial five-week structured training programme, graduates are given the title of account executive and allocated to client business.

This means they are challenged from the start and can progress speedily through the ranks. For example, the client services director, Ian Pearman, joined as a graduate trainee in 1996 and was on the board six years later.

The future

The Gunn Report - the industry's annual report on creativity across agencies and networks worldwide - has named BBDO the Most Creative Network in the World. AMV is the only agency in the world to have made the top ten in the creative charts every single year. AMV is also consistently ranked as a top agency in the Marketing Week Agency Reputations survey, a report that reflects the views of top advertisers in the marketing community and represents the best agency-client review opportunity offered by the industry. AMV is the only agency to have been ranked in the top four agencies in the UK for the past six years.

ABBOTT MEAD VICKERS BBDO 151 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5QE Tel 020 7616 3500 Website E-mail Recruitment enquiries Tel 020 7616 3500 E-mail


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