At least a few of them are about to get their wish: The agency today announced a half-dozen job openings across its offices in Chicago, Minneapolis, San Francisco and New York, as well as a search for a Los Angeles-based account director. There are at least that many are expected to be posted soon thanks to the agency’s robust growth. Current listings can be viewed at this page, which will be updated as new jobs come online during the next few weeks.
As the PR, social-media and experiential division of ICF Olson, Olson Engage is an integrated and progressive agency, with work that often blurs the lines between traditional notions of PR, social and advertising. The six new open positions run the gamut of that work, as they include roles on consumer and corporate accounts, along with specialist roles in areas such as social media and design.
The Holmes Report, a leading PR-industry trade publication, today released the results of its Best Agencies to Work For survey, which asked PR professionals for the top-three firms they’d prefer to work for if they left their current jobs. Olson Engage was the only non-multinational firm to rank in the top 10, and its score significantly outpaced the next closest mid-sized firm by more than 30%.
“Given that our firm has only gone by ‘Olson Engage’ since 2013, it is incredibly gratifying to see us ranked alongside long-established global, brand-name firms as one of the most desirable places in our industry to work,” said Olson Engage President Bryan Specht. “Our mission as an agency is to do work that produces meaningful impact for our clients and that provides meaningful opportunities for our people, and it’s both wonderful and, frankly, a little surprising to see the market recognizing that at this scale so quickly.”
The positive sentiment has likely been fueled by a series of successful, high-profile campaigns that, this year alone, have won at the PR Week Awards, North American Effie Awards and both the North America and Innovation SABRE Awards. The agency, which in 2014 was named PR Week’s Agency of the Year and the Holmes Report’s Specialist Agency of the Year, was also a 2016 finalist for PR Week’s Midsize Agency of the Year and the Holmes Report’s Creative Agency of the Year.
Those accolades have been accompanied by continued growth, both from existing clients such as Kraft Heinz, MillerCoors, PepsiCo, Terminix and Wrigley, and in new business, where the agency was recently named PR agency of record for Jim Beam.
“I think people look at us and see a place that’s not only doing impactful work for some truly great companies, but also as a company that’s truly invested in growing our employees,” Specht said. “That’s what I saw when I came to work here nine years ago from Weber Shandwick, and it’s great to see the industry taking notice.”