Top Places to Work in PR 2014: Makovsky


Measured by quality, longevity and consistent growth, Makovsky stands today as one of one most visible, admired and successful public relations agencies of any size in the United States. In many ways, however, the firm is most proud of its reputation as a great place to work. The company firmly believes that a vibrant, supportive and transparent workplace is the source of everything that distinguishes Makovsky.

Makovsky motivates, retains and builds agency esprit through an industry-leading review, promotion and performance bonus plan for senior staff. These are based on quantifiable annual goals that are set jointly between the employee and supervisor. Two of Makovsky’s most senior consultants began their careers with the agency as account executives over 30 years ago. The recently promoted executive vice president in its health group began her career at Makovsky 12 years ago as a vice president. And the firm’s practice leaders have an average tenure of more than 13 years with the agency.

A recent internal survey found that 89% of Makovsky employees feel motivated and challenged by their work. The firm believes that its high level of retention also speaks to the fact that their employees feel their work provides a clear opportunity for professional growth.

Outside of work, Makovsky encourages all employees to serve their personal and professional communities by holding leadership positions on boards and other groups. The company’s professionals serve on such organizations as the American Heart Association, Public Relations Society of America, Council of PR Firms, Institute for Public Relations, CancerCare, CFA Institute, Financial Communications Society and Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce.