Happy employees are empowered and have a sense of purpose—they come to work every day and feel good about the people they're working with and working for. And that held true in this year's edition of Best Places to Work. Yes, the employees we surveyed are fans of on-site yoga and free snacks, but the really glowing reviews came from employees who adore their bosses, understand their company's vision and feel valued. It's at once the most simple—and most complicated—formula to get right.
When Ad Age set out to identify the best places to work in advertising, ad-tech and media, it looked at compensation, benefits packages and hiring practices, as well as work-life balance. Special perks, diversity and career development opportunities were also considered. The 50 companies on this year's list stand out—and give our entire industry something to aspire to.
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