Best Places to Work 2012

Eric Mower & Associates Is No. 5 on Ad Age's Best Places to Work List

At This Syracuse, N.Y.-Based Shop, Collaboration Is Everything

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Collaboration is everything at Syracuse, N.Y.-based Eric Mower & Associates. It can be seen throughout the agency's infrastructure, employee orientation and strategic approach.

The integrated marketing-communications agency has one consolidated bottom line on which the annual profit-sharing is based. No "silo-thinking" is allowed, which can be seen in its facilities -- open floor plans, a coffee-shop-like café/kitchen, and a 40-seat theater. And employees like it -- even former employees. Turnover may be a part of every agency, but so many former employees have returned that the firm created the "EMA Again" club. Maybe that 's because, as one employee put it, EMA "truly cares about its employees both professionally and personally" -- or everyone just want to attend more muffin meetings and bagel Fridays.

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