Best Places to Work - The Journal Record 2018 - Page 61

#23 Small/Medium Employer Website: publicstrategies.com U.S. Corporate Headquarters: Oklahoma City Industry: Project management, advertising, public relations, marketing Status: Private U.S. Employees: 91 Oklahoma Employees: 85 Year Founded: 1990 Company Leader: Mary Myrick, President and CEO F or the ninth year, Public Strategies is being recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma. Public Strategies is a multifaceted project consulting firm with federal, state and local clients. The company provides a variety of services ranging from proj- ect and program development and management to communications and marketing. The company is a culturally and professionally diverse team committed to helping organizations and individuals reach their full potential while maximizing their impact on the public good. Public Strategies is committed to keeping its staff teams engaged and motivated while serving clients, the community and partners. The culture is built around touching lives and driving change in communities, which extends to its employees. Employees enjoy regular celebrations for birthdays, milestones and holidays. The office is closed the week between Christmas and New Year’s, during which employees are encouraged to spend the time with their families and friends. Holiday perks also include gifts of appreciation, employee field trips, gift cards and other fun surprises. In addition to time off during holidays, employees’ paid time off begins with 10 days in the first year of employment, as well as adjusted work hours during the summer months – some of the many reasons employees say they love to work for Public Strategies. The The Journal Record company’s benefits and wellness incentives create a rewarding at- mosphere, with $100 for every 25 pounds lost, 100 percent paid gym memberships, 100 percent paid membership to Weight Watchers’ weight-loss program and wellness discounts through its medical pro- vider. Employees also enjoy engagement activities, including Thunder games, jeans days, and participating in Brick or Treat to pass out candy at their office building in downtown Oklahoma City. “Maintaining diversity and ethics is vital when providing a place where people want to come to work, be highly productive, talk, and laugh with their colleagues,” said Sammye Norvell Cravens, chief operating office and chief financial officer. The company is active in the Oklahoma Ethics Consortium and provides numerous opportunities for employees to learn and grow through those programs. “The relationships we build within our company extend to our community and our clients nationwide. Our involvement with an organization such as Oklahoma Ethics helps us serve our employees, partners, clients and friends at a higher level,” Norvell Cravens said. Public Strategies is dedicated to delivering incredible products, services and experiences for its clients and is equally committed to its employees. 2018 Best Places to Work 61