Sunday Times ranks AMV BBDO the best agency to work for

Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO is set to be unveiled as the best media or advertising company to work for in this weekend's Sunday Times, and has been ranked the 17th best place to work for of all UK businesses.

AMV's Pearman: 'The culture created by everyone who works at the agency has been key'
AMV's Pearman: 'The culture created by everyone who works at the agency has been key'

Teamwork, leadership and ample opportunities for development were found to nourish creativity and the 422 staff at Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO.

The agency led by chief executive Ian Pearman also achieved top marks in the country for rankings around ‘My Team’ (a positive score of 83%, the third highest), ‘Leadership’ (82% and fifth) and ‘Personal Growth’ (77% and ninth).

The firm also scooped a special award for Best Innovation in Engagement Practice for putting on its own musical based on Glee to engage staff and bring everyone together. This contributed to the firms top 10 score for staff feeling a strong sense of family within the business (81%).

AMV BBDO's diverse client roster includes BT, The Economist, the Met Police and Walkers. It became the most awarded in Campaign's history during last year's Big Awards, winning three golds for Tower Hamlets and Metropolitan Police, and 11 Silvers for Tower Hamlets, Met Police, RAC, GE & Wrigleys.

The haul completed a year of creative recognition in which it was the most-awarded agency in the UK, and BBDO the most-awarded network of 2011, according to The Directory Big Won Creativity Rankings.

Pearman said: "To be top 20 in the country is fantastic. Over the last year we've been fortunate enough to win best agency accolades at APG, IPA, Gunn, Big Won and Cannes, and there's no doubt that the culture created by everyone who works at the agency has been key to those achievements. Great cultures create great work."

Other outstanding communications groups to feature in what is the 12th annual publication of 'The Sunday Times Best Places to Work For' rankings include WPP’s media agency MEC (21), Iris (30), Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH) (34), MediaCom (52), Leo Burnett (61), Starcom MediaVest Group (66),  Mindshare (73) and Engine (85). 

Dominic O'Connell, business editor of The Sunday Times, said: "The more enlightened businesses realise that it is actually in times such as the ones we are living through that you have to carry your staff with you. Support them and they will support you."

'The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For' survey is compiled from results given by employees to 70 questions related to workplace culture, covering their company’s leadership; their personal wellbeing; career development; pay and benefits; their feelings towards colleagues, managers and the company as a whole; and giving something back to the community and environment.

Last week, Karmarama was among the Sunday Times 100 best small companies to work for, along with digital agencies TBG Digital and Unruly.

In 2010, Leo Burnett, Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH), MEC and Engine all featured in the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies To Work For list.

Rank Firm Business description
2012 2011    
17 - Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO  Communications agency
21 68 MEC UK  Media communications agency
30 - Iris  Marketing agency
34 69 Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH)  Communications agency
52 - MediaCom  Media communications agency
61 39 Leo Burnett Group  Communications agency
66 - StarcomMediaVest Group  Communications agency
73 - Mindshare Media UK  Media agency
75 74 Edelman  Public relations
80 99 Kantar Worldpanel  Market research agency
85 86 Engine Communications agency

Compiled from 'The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For 2012'

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