Gatesman, one of the fastest-growing, privately owned marketing communications agencies in the U.S., was recently named to PR News’ 2018 list of Top Places to Work in PR for its outstanding work environment, culture and employee benefits.
“We’re focused on our people and on our work, and to be successful we work tirelessly to maintain our culture. We have high expectations for talent and we recognize that we may not be for everybody, but our goal is to challenge our team members and reward them for their curiosity, their creativity and their overall achievements,” said Shannon Baker, president, Gatesman. “We’re on a mission to blaze a new trail in the industry, and it takes resilience and fortitude, and I am so proud of the team’s accomplishments and can’t wait to see what we do next.”
Gatesman offers a number of professional development opportunities, including a robust lunch-and-learn training series, a mentorship program, an emerging leaders group, a diversity and inclusion caucus and an office exchange program based on tenure. The agency also offers a number of distinct benefits to encourage work-life balance and reflect the needs of a changing workforce, such as closing during the weeks of the Fourth of July and between Christmas and New Year’s, unlimited paid time off, paid maternity leave and the option to work from home once a week. Traditional benefits include competitive 401K matching, paid holidays, and health, dental and vision insurance.
Gatesman also sponsors formal and informal opportunities that allow employees to enjoy spending time together. Annual baseball outings, extreme Halloween decorating competitions, a summer-league kickball team and family-oriented holiday events have all become traditions cemented into Gatesman’s close-knit culture.
“Gatesman’s culture is really one-of-a-kind,” said Susan English, SVP, director of PR and social media, Gatesman. “The internal mantra is ‘Good Enough Sucks,’ which speaks to the high standards we have for ourselves and for each other, and how we push the boundaries of what’s possible in creatively solving our client’s challenges. It’s highly competitive, not with each other, but with the task at hand – put a challenge in front of someone at Gatesman and watch what happens!”
Organizations were judged based on a number of different categories, including growth opportunities, mentoring, career development and training, culture, diversity and gender equality. Gatesman’s benefits, 401K policy, working hours and incentives were also evaluated. Past winners include Edelman USA, General Mills, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Ketchum, MasterCard, Ruder Finn, United Nations Foundation, U.S. Green Building Council and more.
Gatesman is one of the fastest-growing, mid-size, privately owned agencies in the U.S., with offices in Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Springfield, Mo. Gatesman tackles communications challenges with its proprietary Hacking Human Behavior™ approach and offers expertise in strategy/branding, advertising, public relations, social media, digital and analytics. Gatesman is a partner in AMIN Worldwide, an alliance of over 50 independent marketing agencies, and IPREX, a global communications network. Gatesman acquired Quest Fore in 2014 and Noble Communications in 2017.