Best Places to Work 2012

Horizon Media Is No. 10 on Ad Age's Best Places to Work List

Planning, Buying Agency Aims to Be 'Meaningful' to Employees Inside Its Walls While Enabling Them to Give Back Outside the Office

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The focal point in the lobby of Horizon's new headquarters in New York's SoHo neighborhood is an 8-by -50-foot digital art screen that pulls information from the firm's server -- whatever employees may be typing, viewing or creating.

For the largest independent media agency in the U.S., the screen is the creative representation of its media-planning and -buying duties and a reminder that its trade is as much art as science.

Complete with a wellness center that includes a gym, yoga studio and the occasional holistic-health seminar, the space exists to inspire creativity, said Eileen Benwitt, head of human resources and talent management, who oversees a fund for internal programs.

"We program our space in a way that 's meaningful to employees," Ms. Benwitt said. "We're always trying to figure out how to stay current with the evolution of the business, but in a timeless way."

Horizon has introduced the "Knowledge Café," an educational series inviting media and tech executives to talk to employees and clients. Recent speakers include Hulu CEO Jason Kilar and Pandora CEO Tim Westergren.

Horizon also gives back. Last May, the company sent 17 people to El Salvador with Habitat for Humanity, and it has committed to sending 20 employees next March. More recently, it created ties with The Partnership at

"One of the best things about working for Horizon Media is the culture here," said one employee, responding to Ad Age 's survey. "People are kind to one another, and there's still a family sense although our walls are constantly expanding."