Best Ad Agency Award 2008


Ok readers, it’s time to let everyone know why working at your agency is so great.

**The Best Ad Agency to Work for Award 2008**

Great benefits, the best office space, cool perks, whatever it is…

Cast your vote by posting a comment and make sure to share why you feel the way you do…also be sure to tell us where you are located.

Vote early and often….We’ll crown a winner on Friday June 6th, 2008.

If we get enough comments, we might even crown individual city winners.

30 comments

  1. I’ll go first and, of course, will say that Adlucent is the best agency to work for. We’re not a traditional agency and maybe that is what makes working here so great. We only do online marketing and most of that is in the paid search engine marketing space.

    Why Adlucent? Great benefits like free food, frequent lunch outings, excellent central Austin location, extremely generous vacation/sick time, really nice pay, and we’re closed for ACL and SXSW. And also the work…We’re actually a technology company as well and have created and continue to build-out a powerful search engine marketing tool/engine/dealio.

    Beat that you mega-corporate agency.

  2. Springbox for sure! Fun…laid back…good culture. I’ve worked at a lot of agencies and this place is the best.

  3. T3. I am privileged to work for an agency that has stayed true to its roots and at the same time, has been able to remain independent and grow into the largest independent ad agency owned by a woman in the country. Also, T3 recently ranked #65 on Adweek’s Top 100 Agencies list.

    I am excited to come to work every day in Austin, Texas to work alongside some of the smartest and most genuine people in the industry. And to work virtually with people in New York and San Francisco that are constantly looking for the best solutions for clients – and because we aren’t answering to a parent company or shareholders, they really can do what’s best for the clients.

  4. T3. Great people. Good clients.

    The much-publicized baby-friendly policy is truly a great benefit that lets young moms focus on both their careers and family at the same time, all while saving thousands of dollars in would-be child care costs. And the dogs definitely keep things interesting.

    Even in the wake of the Dell-related layoffs, you would be hard pressed to find another agency in town who has added more jobs to the Austin advertising community over the last two years.

  5. T3, baby. It ain’t perfect (because, you know, it’s an ad agency), but at least T3 had the balls to tell the Davinci/Synarchy/Snarky Project to take a hike rather than sell out.

  6. Adlucent and Springbox are clearly the most sophisticated in terms of nourishing employees to grow and graceful to foster talent and professionalism in their employees.

    Sorry but we know that T3’s PR was paid to write about it’s greatness that we all know is rather – well not true. It is a great place to stay and remain motionless hence staying true to its’ roots would be like swaying in a pasture of cows that chew on grass and de-mobilize every intellegent endeavor possible. I’ve worked at more than just 1 agency in town, including the 1 that has been paid to sick their PR on this blog, (aka T3)

  7. Adlucent. Anyone who has hired Robert and Moses Chang knows how to stack an agency with the right people and treat them well.

    Congrats guys on finding an honest and great agency.

  8. Adlucent is the winner here.

    Who else would hire a talent pool of graduate degrees and passion for intellegent schematics??

  9. Adlucent or Frog Design.

    Both have great talent that they recruit and keep in their companies.

    Very intellegent business decisions as well.

  10. My vote is for Springbox. I’ve had the opportunity to work for and engage with a lot of agencies, including a unique vantage point coming from my client side experience with agencies and overall, Springbox ranks at the top.

    Springbox is growing rapidly and has done a fantastic job of balancing this growth while maintining a focus on their people, their clients and their culture. Over the past year, Springbox has gone through: a doubling in staff, one parent company acquisition and now another merger, the churn with the Dell business and DaVinci, opening of a new office in L.A. and through it all has managed to keep making positive strides on just about all fronts.

    Good people, good clients, good parties, solid leaders, great spaces… bright future. Mark my hanging chad down for Springbox.

  11. I’m absolutely loving the objectivity here. Adlucent-employed blogger has fellow co-workers or friends (who read his blog) vote for Adlucent.

  12. @AnonymousAnonymous 5/20 4:48:

    The Worst Agency contest is over. But feel free to vent your bitterness. lol.

    I vote for T3. I’d be willing to bet you won’t find anybody working here now and leaving such desperately bitter comments about their experience. Kinda puts outsiders’ and bitter ex-T3r’s comments in perspective imho. LOL!

  13. Regarding this comment:

    “I’m absolutely loving the objectivity here. Adlucent-employed blogger has fellow co-workers or friends (who read his blog) vote for Adlucent.”

    Some Facts:

    1. I am employed by Adlucent.
    2. I did vote for Adlucent as seen in the first comment to this post.
    3. I did not tell a single co-worker or friend about this post..nor do all my co-workers and friends even know that I have this blog.
    4. Nothing is stopping anyone from doing what you are claiming I did…so where are all the comments/votes for other agencies?

    Also, ever think that maybe Adlucent is actually a great place?!?!?

  14. i never said that adlucent wasn’t a great place to work. in fact, i’m sure it’s a fantastic place to work.

    my only point was that comments like these, “Anyone who has hired Robert and Moses Chang knows how to stack an agency with the right people and treat them well.” can’t help but make me wonder if there is any point to this exercise other than to say that adlucent is one of the best agencies in austin to work for.

    That’s totally fine to do so — again, i’m sure it’s a great place to do work — but at least recognize that there is a bit of a slant going on here.

  15. “Sorry but we know that T3’s PR was paid to write about it’s greatness that we all know is rather – well not true. It is a great place to stay and remain motionless hence staying true to its’ roots would be like swaying in a pasture of cows that chew on grass and de-mobilize every intellegent endeavor possible. I’ve worked at more than just 1 agency in town, including the 1 that has been paid to sick their PR on this blog, (aka T3)”

    With those superior reasoning skills and quality writing, it’s no wonder you’re an ex-employee

  16. I think by default any agency that was part of the Worst Agency listing on this blog should not be included on the Best Agency list.

  17. wow! yeah you are right, take those agencies out of the running -because this is such a fair and balanced process anyways! what a coincidence that the blogger’s agency and his right hand man’s agency, springbox, are the two that are being blogged about!

    funny, i’ve never heard about how great it is to work for those two companies until now….how interesting.

  18. I only created this post and opened it up for votes/comments as I was getting a great deal of slack over “the worst ad agency to work for award” post. Now I’m getting slack for this one. Oh well, I’m happy to be getting comments at all, so
    I’m not complaining.

    Ok, so no more comments/votes for Adlucent will be counted, not that I would give the award to my own company anyway…..

  19. Springbox? Are you folks serious? Adam and Dan are two of the most arrogant… I’ve ever met. Their name came up last week as an alternative to the already-constrained Duh Vinci team… and there was a audible groan. So… not Springbox.

    I’d vote for SicolaMartin. Hands down the most honest shop in town. Great bunch of folks and good work. Look at some of the leadership… They’ve been there for 10+ years. A lot of them. Cheers.

  20. A vote for Creative Suitcase! They’re always on the ball and they come up with great creative solutions.

  21. You would have to be insane to put SpringBox on this list. The place is in chaos over there with all of the changes they have had.

    SicolaMartin gets my vote. They are one of the oldest agencies in this town and they continue to push forward even through hard times. And their employees respect that.

  22. Kolar Advertising. I wouldn’t work for any other agency in town. First, they pay well. That counts for a lot. They also just take care of their people. They try to have regular catered lunches on fridays, and sometimes margaritas on the deck. We also have biscuits (mornings) and cookies baking on a regular basis in our kitchen… along with a cake for every single person’s birthday. If you aren’t careful, you will gain the Kolar 15 😉 The other cool thing is that they regularly have agency-wide baby showers and wedding showers. How cool is it that they take agency time to stop and give you about a 100 gifts. We are also located downtown. The interior is a modern contrast to the historic building which is kinda cool. To top it off, everyone is really laid back, including Rhonda Kolar which sets a great tone for the whole place. It’s a family owned agency that treats everyone like they are part of the family.

  23. With no official voting and obviously a ton of basis opinions, I think the winner is…..

    Any agency in Austin.

    Yes, that is it, I think that if you are in advertising in Austin, then you probably have a pretty good gig. If you don;t like where you work there are plenty of other agencies to work for and we all know that most are more then happy to pass folks around.

    I was going to do a family tree of all the agencies to show how many employees have been at multiple shops, but the agency family of Austin is so inbred that it started to look like a tree that was badly in need of a pruning.

    Have a great weekend.

  24. wow, so interesting….why wasn’t this done for “worst agency in austin” awards? i guess those weren’t biased opinions, yeah that must be it….

  25. I’m dammed if I do and dammed if I don’t here. 🙂

    Also, saying that all Austin Ad Agencies sucked to work for would just be beyond silly. 🙂

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