Advertising Age Names 40 Best Places To Work In Advertising & Media;Centro, WPromote And TM Advertising Take Top Honors

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More than 20,000 people were surveyed about compensation, benefits and workplace cultureHonored companies span 18 states, include agencies, ad tech and media firms

Centro, Wpromote and TM Advertising lead Advertising Age’s list of the 40 Best Places to Work for 2014. The annual honor, introduced in 2010, recognizes the advertising, ad tech and media companies that boast the industry’s most outstanding benefits, nurturing cultures and engaged employees.

The companies on this year’s list range in size from 40 employees to nearly 2,000, and they blanket the country, spanning 18 states. Among the companies on Advertising Age’s list, 10 welcome dogs in their offices, eight offer unlimited days off and eight offer bike storage and other related amenities. Many of the offices are also well stocked with free snacks and beverages, with employees at a number of the honored companies touting office bars.

Advertising Age worked with New York-based Buck Consultants, which has a century of experience in human-resource consulting to evaluate the hundreds of companies that applied. Employers were asked to complete a 100-question survey that accounted for 40% of a company’s score. That survey assessed compensation, benefits packages, hiring practices, office perks and overall workplace environment. More than 20,000 people then completed 50-question employee surveys, which accounted for 60% of a company’s score. Those surveys measured overall employee engagement. Any agency, ad-tech or media company with more than 40 full-time employees in the U.S. was eligible.

“With hundreds of companies applying and going through the rigorous employer and employee survey process for the 2014 Ad Age Best Places to Work list, the competition was tough. The organizations that rose to the top are incredibly deserving,” said Natalie Zmuda, deputy managing editor at Advertising Age. “In today’s dynamic business environment, talent is a key differentiator. The leadership teams we’ve honored have perfected the art of recruiting, developing and retaining talent, setting their firms apart from others in the advertising and media world. And they’ve carefully, thoughtfully crafted a culture and a work environment that anyone would be lucky to be a part of.”

The companies recognized as Advertising Age’s Best Places to Work 2014 are:

1.    Centro, Chicago, Illinois
2.    Wpromote, El Segundo, California
3.    TM Advertising, Dallas, Texas
4.    DigitasLBi, Boston, Massachusetts
5.    Dixon Schwabl, Victor, New York
6.    Droga5, New York, New York
7.    The Via Agency, Portland, Maine
8.    CPXi, New York, New York
9.    Eric Mower + Associates, Syracuse, New York
10.    inVNT, New York, New York
11.    Unified Social, New York, New York
12.    DXagency, Edgewater, New Jersey
13.    Ervin & Smith, Omaha, Nebraska
14.    3Q Digital, San Mateo, California
15.    Possible, Seattle, Washington
16.    Carmichael Lynch, Minneapolis, Minnesota
17.    Victors and Spoils, Boulder, Colorado
18.    UM, New York, New York
19.    Saatchi & Saatchi X, Springdale, Arkansas
20.    KBS, New York, New York
21.    Criteo, New York, New York
22.    Tierney, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
23.    Red Door Interactive, San Diego, California
24.    Weber Shandwick, New York, New York
25.    SocialCode, New York, New York
26.    true[X], Los Angeles, California
27.    72andSunny, Los Angeles, California
28.    22squared, Atlanta, Georgia
29.    SapientNitro, Boston, Massachusetts
30.    Planit, Baltimore, Maryland
31.    Marina Maher Communications, New York, New York
32.    Sq1, Dallas, Texas
33.    archer>malmo, Memphis, Tennessee
34.    Young & Laramore, Indianapolis, Indiana
35.    Brownstein Group, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
36.    Argonaut, San Francisco, California
37.    Team One, Playa Vista, California
38.    Barkley, Kansas City, Missouri
39.    Firstborn, New York, New York
40.    Engine Shop Agency, New York, New York

About Advertising Age
Advertising Age is recognized as the leading global source of news, analysis and intelligence for the marketing and media community. Advertising Age includes ongoing coverage of strategic topics for marketers from mid to large companies complemented by breaking news and a database of the world's best creative. The 84-year-old publisher produces more than 15 original rankings each year, including the 100 Leading National Advertisers and 100 Leading Media Companies lists, the Agency A-List, and the annual Agency Report.

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