Top Places to Work in PR 2012

Enter your corporation, agency or association today!

If you work at a PR agency, or for a communications/PR/public affairs department within a corporation, nonprofit, association or NGO, then PR News is seeking your entry for its 2013 class of Top Places to Work in PR.

The winners and honorable mentions in each category (agency, corporation, nonprofit/association/NGO) will be announced at an awards event in December 2013 in Washington, D.C., and will be highlighted in a special feature on PR News online. Winners will be selected by PR News editors, an outside panel of industry experts and your peers.

If you have any questions about entering, contact Awards Coordinator, Mary-Lou French at; 301-354-1851.


How to Enter

Please include a 2-3 page synopsis with the following information:

In 1,500 words or less, please cover as much of the following, broken down by criteria:

a) Type of company (agency, corporate communications department, nonprofit/NGO)
b) How would you characterize the growth opportunities at your organization/department (annual reviews/promotions, fast-track positions, etc.)?
c) How would you characterize the line of communication between yourself and senior management (I have a direct line of communication, I have no line of communication, I must go through my direct manager, etc.)?
d) In addition to traditional benefits (health insurance, 401k contribution, etc.), does your company/agency offer any unique or noteworthy benefits?
e) Do you believe that compensation at your organization is commensurate with comparable positions at peer organizations?
f) Do you feel the voluntary turnover rate at your organization is low/medium/high? If you would classify it as "high," what reasons are most often cited?
g) Are you given the opportunity to take on new projects/additional responsibilities based on your interests/skill set/initiative/motivation?
h) How would you describe your organization's internal culture (creative, quirky, corporate, fun, inclusive, etc.)?
i) Does your company offer on-site or off-site day care?
j) Does it offer flexible working hours and telecommuting?
k) What sort of career training does this company offer (in-house or tuition reimbursement)?
l) Does the company have a formal mentoring program?
m) Does it have a formal diversity council?
n) Is the managerial class diverse in terms of ethnicity and gender?
o) Is the company fair in its advancement of women?
p) Does the organization encourage volunteerism? Does it sponsor volunteer efforts and/or offer volunteer opportunities during official work hours?
q) Are there incentives for referring new employees?
r) Does the company match 401k contributions?
s) Is there any additional information/insight you would like to add?


Eligibility Requirements 

Judges will review each organization's synopses specific to 2012 though June 2013. Workplace culture and career advancement opportunities over a period of time will be considered.


  • How are the entries judged?
    Entries are judged by a blue-chip panel of PR executives, as well as by the staff of PR News. We evaluate your entry based on the criteria listed in the “Compiling Your Entry” section. The Best in Show winner will also be selected by a panel of PR executives, the staff of PR News as well as your peers.
  • Who is eligible to win an award?
    If you work at a PR agency, or for a communications/PR/public affairs department within a corporation, nonprofit, association or NGO, then you are eligible to enter.
  • When and where will the awards luncheon be held?
    The winners will receive their award during a luncheon in December 2012 in Washington, D.C.
  • What is your Federal  tax ID number?
  • W-9 Form

Previous Winners

2012 winners
2011 winners
2010 winners
2009 winners


Final Deadline:
June 21, 2013

Dec. 2013

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Who Should Enter?

If you work at a PR agency, or for a communications/PR/public affairs department within a corporation, nonprofit, association or NGO, then you should enter PR News' Top Places to Work in PR Awards program. Respondents are not required to answer all questions to be considered (except where indicated), but we encourage you to provide as much information as possible so that we can evaluate each submission fairly and accurately. Both domestic and international organizations are eligible and will be judged according to the category. Please note that the names and identities of all nominators will remain confidential, but the information provided will be used for judging purposes and for coverage in PR News Online.

Deadlines/Entry Fee

Late Deadline:   June 21, 2013
All entries must be submitted online by Friday, June 21, 2013.

For entries submitted between June 14 and June 21, 2013, please add a $225 late fee per entry. Finalists will be notified in late July and honored in December 2013 in Washington, D.C.

Entry Fees
The price of each primary entry is $350. There is a late entry surcharge of $225 per entry. Payment in full must accompany the entry.

All entries are non-returnable and non-refundable. 


Please contact Marketing Coordinator, Mary-Lou French at 301-354-1851;


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