Advertising Age Names Weber Shandwick a 2015 Best Place to Work
NEW YORK – November 16, 2015 – Weber Shandwick, one of the world’s leading global communications and engagement firms, was named one of the Best Places to Work in Advertising & Media by Advertising Age today for the second year in a row. Honorees were selected based on criteria such as hiring practices, benefits packages, salaries, office perks, workplace environment and design, as well as direct employee feedback. Nearly 20,000 people across hundreds of companies were surveyed as part of the selection process.
Weber Shandwick fosters a culture of collaboration and creativity through a range of programs that empower employees to embody the spirit of the firm’s “engaging, always.” mantra. In awarding Weber Shandwick this distinction, Advertising Age pointed to the firm’s success in fostering an open environment around the world, highlighting its programs that encourage employees to feel part of a wider network, such as its international employee-exchange program.
“Our people are the heart and soul of our company, and their passion and drive have made Weber Shandwick a leading marketing services organization in the U.S. and around the globe,” said Andy Polansky, CEO, Weber Shandwick. “We are building a collaborative and rewarding workplace where our employees are empowered to do amazing work that goes beyond what’s expected, to imagine new ideas and to drive real change for our clients.”
“As always, the competition was tough. Out of the hundreds of companies who applied, we’re calling out more honorees than ever before. Fifty big shops, independents, agencies, ad tech, and media companies earned recognition for being leaders in recruiting, retaining, and cultivating talent,” said Ken Wheaton, editor of Advertising Age. “At the end of the day all these organizations are in the talent business and they’re doing it right. They’re finding interesting, relevant, and often unexpected ways to create cultures and work environments that keep employees engaged.”
This Ad Age distinction follows several Best Place to Work recognitions Weber Shandwick has recently earned, including being named a Top Place to Work in PR by PR News in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and a Best Place to Work by PRWeek in 2013 and 2014. In 2015, the firm was also honored with the Diversity Distinction in PR Award for Best PR Firm Diversity Initiative by the PR Council and PRWeek, an honor Weber Shandwick has earned three times since the program was introduced five years ago.
Submissions were evaluated by Advertising Age research partner Buck Consultants, LLC. With nearly a century of experience in employee and human resource consulting, Buck crafted two surveys to help Advertising Age find the companies with the best benefits and most-engaged employees. The employer survey contained approximately 100 questions, including questions about pay, promotions, health care and other benefits and hiring practices. The employee survey contained approximately 50 questions. It measured aspects of the workplace environment that contribute to an engaged staff, including matters such as fairness of pay, vacation time, relationships with management and co-workers, career development and other workplace issues. Any agency, ad tech or media company with more than 40 full-time employees in the U.S. was eligible.