Teamwork, leadership and ample opportunities for development were found to nourish creativity and the 422 staff at Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO.
The agency led by chief executive Ian Pearman also achieved top marks in the country for rankings around ‘My Team’ (a positive score of 83%, the third highest), ‘Leadership’ (82% and fifth) and ‘Personal Growth’ (77% and ninth).
The firm also scooped a special award for Best Innovation in Engagement Practice for putting on its own musical based on Glee to engage staff and bring everyone together. This contributed to the firms top 10 score for staff feeling a strong sense of family within the business (81%).
AMV BBDO's diverse client roster includes BT, The Economist, the Met Police and Walkers. It became the most awarded in Campaign's history during last year's Big Awards, winning three golds for Tower Hamlets and Metropolitan Police, and 11 Silvers for Tower Hamlets, Met Police, RAC, GE & Wrigleys.
The haul completed a year of creative recognition in which it was the most-awarded agency in the UK, and BBDO the most-awarded network of 2011, according to The Directory Big Won Creativity Rankings.
Pearman said: "To be top 20 in the country is fantastic. Over the last year we've been fortunate enough to win best agency accolades at APG, IPA, Gunn, Big Won and Cannes, and there's no doubt that the culture created by everyone who works at the agency has been key to those achievements. Great cultures create great work."
Other outstanding communications groups to feature in what is the 12th annual publication of 'The Sunday Times Best Places to Work For' rankings include WPP’s media agency MEC (21), Iris (30), Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH) (34), MediaCom (52), Leo Burnett (61), Starcom MediaVest Group (66), Mindshare (73) and Engine (85).
Dominic O'Connell, business editor of The Sunday Times, said: "The more enlightened businesses realise that it is actually in times such as the ones we are living through that you have to carry your staff with you. Support them and they will support you."
'The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For' survey is compiled from results given by employees to 70 questions related to workplace culture, covering their company’s leadership; their personal wellbeing; career development; pay and benefits; their feelings towards colleagues, managers and the company as a whole; and giving something back to the community and environment.
Last week, Karmarama was among the Sunday Times 100 best small companies to work for, along with digital agencies TBG Digital and Unruly.
|17||-||Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO||Communications agency|
|21||68||MEC UK||Media communications agency|
|34||69||Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH)||Communications agency|
|52||-||MediaCom||Media communications agency|
|61||39||Leo Burnett Group||Communications agency|
|66||-||StarcomMediaVest Group||Communications agency|
|73||-||Mindshare Media UK||Media agency|
|80||99||Kantar Worldpanel||Market research agency|
Compiled from 'The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For 2012'
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