Publicis Groupe’s Q3 results were chock-full of positive surprises, which led to the French creative agency rewarding 45,000 staff members with hefty bonus packages.
With organic growth of 10.3%, Q3 has been the third quarter in a row with growth that exceeds 10% for Publicis.
Such positive rates have allowed the company to raise their annual forecast for the second time this year. Firstly, the February forecast put revenue growth to somewhere between 4% and 5%, which the company then raised to 6%-7% for July.
Despite harrowing macroeconomic conditions and soaring inflation that threatens to shut down the global economy, Publicis Groupe is doing better than ever. The company recognized the role its employees had in achieving such tremendous results, and decided to reward them for all their hard work and effort.
Besides rewarding employees for the dedication and time they’ve put in as part of the advertising agency, the company also recognized the need to help its staff who are facing the rising cost of living.
The “exceptional bonus,” according to Publicis, will amount to an extra week’s salary for all employees who have spent the last 12 months with the company, if they are not already entitled to variable compensation.
Publicis will set aside around $50 million for 45,000 members of the staff, who represent one half of the 90,000-employee business. That puts the average payout at about $1,100.
Eligible employees will receive their bonus in November, just in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
“In a context where inflation is impacting the daily lives of many of them, we want to ensure we are giving additional support where it is most needed as we enter the holiday season,” said Arthur Sadoun, the chief executive of Publicis Groupe. “That is why we are granting next month an additional one-week salary to half of our team members who do not have any variable remuneration and have contributed to everything we have achieved over the past year.”
Publicis Groupe is reporting excellent results across the board, regardless of the region.
“For the third quarter in a row, our model allowed us to deliver double digit growth by once again capturing the evolution in client spend towards first-party data management, digital media and business transformation,” added Sadoun.
Let’s hope other branding agencies follow in Publicis’ footsteps, both revenue and bonus-wise.