BEST MIDSIZE AGENCY TO WORK FOR: DAVIES
Last year was a tumultuous one for Davies, which saw the departure of agency chief executive Brandon Edwards to launch his own firm, which took with it much of the California public affairs agency’s healthcare business. But it’s clear that the disruption did not distract the firm from its commitment to workplace excellence, and Davies was named Best Agency to Work For in its category for the fourth consecutive year.
Davies says its objective is “to build the most strategic, most knowledgeable, highly motivated, best equipped, client focused organization of winners in the nation.” To achieve that objective, it starts with an unusually sophisticated talent identification tool—a system that would be the envy of many top 10 firms—it callsThe Talent Readiness Generator, which involves a series of processes that together enable the agency to attract, orient, develop, motivate and retain top talent.
Recruitment begins with The Talent Locator, a unique sourcing process, and The Talent Identifier, which employs several assessment tools. On the professional development front, the firm uses The Performance Builder, which is segmented into three areas of focus—company, client, and craft—and includes focused staff retreats, presentations, on-the-job training as well as companywide reading and discussion, formal coursework from outside vendors, in-house workshops, and industry conferences related to our practice areas.
Meanwhile, a Career Path tool defines the progression in proficiency, client focus, and responsibility for each practice level. It’s an approach that keeps standards high.
“Davies wins,” says one respondent, summing up the culture that helped the firm continue to prosper despite the changes of 2009. “We have a track record of winning with integrity. And after a very challenging year, it is that integrity that helped us survive very difficult moments.” Another sums up what he (or she) likes about Davies in one word: “Pride. At others firms I just worked for a paycheck…. At Davies it’s different. Every day I am truly proud to work here and the high caliber of work we deliver. Our company from top to bottom fosters excellence and encourages innovation, helping us create something to be truly proud of. I always know what is expected of me and I am consistently given all the tools and encouragement to surpass even my own expectations.”