Like many of Brill Street + Company’s other “2011 Top 50 Chicago Generation Y Employers,” Zeno Group is no stranger to toping the charts. The agency is the PR Week’s 2011 “Agency of the Year” and “Midsize PR Agency of the Year.” It is also the SABRE Awards 2011 “Creative Agency of the Year.” Zeno Group, a Daniel J. Edelman agency, maintains an impressive client list and serves their consumer marketing, corporate affairs, health, technology, digital engagement, and planning needs.
The agency’s dynamic group is composed of nearly 30% Generation Y employees. These newbies are getting their start in an entrepreneurial, creative and collaborative environment.
Managing Director Grant Deady says, “The physical environment at Zeno Chicago is modeled after a newsroom – no walls, lots of energy and filled with people obsessed with making headlines.”
The work culture is unbeatable at Zeno. The office fosters a team setting with a collaborative feel.The agency has a very flexible take on office life. Junior staff has the opportunity to work together with senior management on a regular basis. There are no hierarchical barriers when it comes to the creative process. Junior level employees are encouraged to share ideas with supervisors and senior managers. This serves as a mentoring and coaching process for the young professionals while providing a solid foundation for their public relations careers.
Deady explains, “It’s impossible not to get swept up in the excitement of helping our clients tell their stories. We use the word ‘fearless’ when asked to describe how we operate – a single word that empowers our people and inspires our clients.”
Alongside a competitive benefits package, which includes two additional paid vacation days to be used between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Zeno Chicago offers a wellness program called ZenoFit. The program gives employees a reimbursement of up to $60 per month to be put towards stress-relieving activities. This is a considerate tweak to the standard discounted gym membership. Employees can use the money towards a gym membership, books, yoga, painting, pottery; whatever they do that helps them relieve stress!
Zeno Group Chicago is truly a unique place for young professionals to make their mark in the public relations world. From hands-on learning experiences with senior management to being rewarded for their unique stress relieving activities, Generation Y professionals can rest assured that Zeno Group is one of Chicago’s most Gen Y-friendly places to work.