After another year of phenomenal performance in 2005 (fees up by better than 30 percent) means that Baltimore-based Warschawski has almost doubled in size over the past couple of years, continuing a pattern of rapid growth that has seen the firm establish itself as one of the best in the mid-Atlantic region since its launch nine years ago. Founder and chief executive David Warschawski is understandably proud of that record, but he is even more proud of the fact that it has been achieved without compromising on the firm’s values: the firm has never taken on a new client simply for the sake of growth, and it frequently turns away new business opportunities that don’t seem like the right fit.
Employees at Warschawski gave management at the firm a perfect 10 on all questions related to ethics in our Best Agencies to Work For study. “The more time I spend in the business world—not just in a PR agency—I find that one of the things that I am most proud of at our agency is that we do what we say we’re going to do,” says one respondent. “We never over-promise and we always over-deliver.” Another fan of the management style raves: “My agency goes above and beyond to thrill the client and additionally, thrill me at the same time. I truly am excited for every single day of work—and every day is so different and rewarding.”
That kind of work environment has contributed to stability at the top. Senior vice president Amy Christopher has been with the team for six years and vice president Shana Harris has worked with Warschawski for eight years. The growth, meanwhile, has created opportunities for loyal staffers: every member of the team received at least one promotion last year.
It’s no surprise then that even as a boutique Warschawski has attracted its share of blue-chip clients and category leaders. DeWalt, for example, is the largest