Career Guide: PHD Media Ltd

The business

From the moment that these words were typed to the moment that you are reading them, the media agency will have changed. This is not unusual because the industry is constantly changing and evolving, driven by developments within science and technology to accumulated learnings from within the marketing world. At PHD, we are not interested in keeping up with this ... we actually want to shape what happens. This has driven us since we launched in 1990, and has enabled us to attract blue-chip clients such as Sainsbury's and BT through to Adidas and Xfm. It has also enabled us to grow PHD into an international company. PHD is one of the two Omnicom-owned media networks.

Company culture and style

We have created a culture where people are encouraged to explore and develop. We invest in nurturing this culture as it generates a unique, energetic and infectious working environment, where people are motivated by "the new". We encapsulate this in one word: Pioneering. This word acts as shorthand to guide everything we do - from how we come up with ideas through to how we treat our clients.

Working environment

PHD has a distinctly different environment to other media agencies - we make time and space for reflection and idea generation. Our building has brainstorming rooms and quiet spaces. Being close to UCL adds to the feeling that PHD is a place of learning.

The graduate scheme

We welcome applications all year round. All applications should be addressed to Kate Corbett, our human resources director.


All of our staff are put through a training programme called The Knowledge.

This is a comprehensive course on the fundamentals of media and communications.

On top of this, all graduates receive ongoing training from specialists within our group companies to help them understand more about niche areas.

Graduates are also immersed into a learning and development programme to help develop personal skills. This can range from self-projection courses (RADA) to courses on structuring and leading a meeting.

Pay and benefits

PHD offers a competitive salary in line with the market rate. Private healthcare is available to all staff and we operate the "holidaytrade", where individuals can buy or sell one week's holiday (in addition to their 25-day allowance).

Career opportunities

PHD has a policy of recruiting from within before looking outside. It is because of this that we are consistently promoting people. This keeps people loyal and builds a company where there is a core group of people who have been here for sometime.

The future

PHD is well placed to benefit from the growing number of clients that are looking for improved strategic thinking but are not prepared to compromise on a poorer service that would be caused by splitting their planning and buying. Our partnership with the other Omnicom group media agencies, creating OPera, the largest media negotiation company in the UK, and the unparalleled range of specialist group companies means that we can offer clients a one-stop-shop solution.

PHD MEDIA LTD The Telephone Exchange, 5 North Crescent, Chenies Street, London WC1E 7PH Tel 020 7446 0555 Website Recruitment enquiries Kate Corbett Tel 020 7446 7119 E-mail


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