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Great place to work

Great Place to Work® is the global authority on workplace culture, employee experience, and the leadership behaviors proven to deliver market-leading revenue, employee retention and increased innovation.

Great Place to Work Certification isn’t something that comes easily to every company – it takes ongoing dedication to the employee experience and is the only official recognition determined by employees’ real-time reports of their company culture. Earning this designation means that HDMZ is one of the best companies to work for in the country.

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Our values

  • Bring your A-game to every engagement. When you are included on a project team, it is for a reason. Leverage your unique perspective and set of skills to make everything you touch better.

  • Our clients use science to help make the world a better place. We use the science of communication to help them get the credit they deserve. Believe in both.

  • When you love what you do you never “work” a day in your life. Agency life isn’t always easy, but when you stay curious and engaged, it will always be rewarding.

  • The ability to see things from another's perspective not only makes you a more effective communicator, but a better colleague and confidant.

  • Have an agenda. Anticipate questions. Be ready to go off script. Our internal and external clients see us as the experts. That’s why our insights and answers hold value.

  • Your time is our clients’ money, spend it wisely. Because the more profitable we are, the more we all benefit.

  • Short fuses won’t lead to long working relationships. We spend too much time together for it not to be mature, healthy and enjoyable for all. Golden rule and such.

  • “I” is a four letter word, at least on client calls. Brands hire HDMZ because of the synergy that comes from a group of specialists all pulling in the same direction.

  • Momentum is the hardest thing to gain and the easiest to lose. But when we stay hungry and apply today’s lessons to tomorrow’s challenges, growth is inevitable. Your best work is always ahead of you. Remember, complacency kills.

  • If it were easy, it wouldn’t be fun. When we enjoy what we do, it shows. Meetings with HDMZ should be the best part of our clients’ days.

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Who are HDMZers?

We are leaders, creators, and advocates who start each day excited to do what we do best — advance scientific progress, discovery and development through meaningful connections and compelling communication. We share an unquenchable desire to learn and to improve in our craft, and we’re always happy to offer a helping hand or a pat on the back. The central principle we live by is simple, but powerful:

Passion in. Out comes great.

We believe good creative fortifies existing connections and fosters new ones by delivering ideas that inspire. When we make your audience think differently, you have the power to change the world.

The important stuff

A good job takes a good work environment.
    We give our team support and flexibility for the things that matter.

Competitive compensation package

Salaries competitive with industry standards, generous annual cash bonuses based on the profitability of the agency and a competitive 401(k) matching program are standard for all employees.

Salaries competitive with industry standards, generous annual cash bonuses based on the profitability of the agency and a competitive 401(k) matching program are standard for all employees.

Career growth

Each employee participates in our customized career development process, which includes at least two formal feedback sessions per year with direct management and executive leadership to ensure professional development goals are clear and actionable. We also encourage and financially support select continuing education and skills development including degree programs and certifications.

Each employee participates in our customized career development process, which includes at least two formal feedback sessions per year with direct management and executive leadership to ensure professional development goals are clear and actionable. We also encourage and financially support select continuing education and skills development including degree programs and certifications.

Generous wellness benefits

A number of flexible medical, dental and vision plans designed to meet your specific needs, flexible spending and health savings accounts, paid holidays, vacation, sick and volunteer time off are available to all employees.

A number of flexible medical, dental and vision plans designed to meet your specific needs, flexible spending and health savings accounts, paid holidays, vacation, sick and volunteer time off are available to all employees.

History of social responsibility

We believe it is important to support groups whose mission is to work for the betterment of our society as a whole, in addition to encouraging our employees to volunteer their time and energies to such endeavors.

We believe it is important to support groups whose mission is to work for the betterment of our society as a whole, in addition to encouraging our employees to volunteer their time and energies to such endeavors.

Remote work options

Nearly all of our employees work remotely — which we recognize is the new normal. For those who prefer to work in an office setting, our Chicago corporate office is always available.

Nearly all of our employees work remotely — which we recognize is the new normal. For those who prefer to work in an office setting, our Chicago corporate office is always available.

Flexible work schedule

We welcome flexibility with regard to work hours, as long as the final product is of the highest quality standards set by HDMZ.

We welcome flexibility with regard to work hours, as long as the final product is of the highest quality standards set by HDMZ.

Healthy work-life balance

We strongly encourage employees to take all their yearly vacation days and will even identify, work with and help those who are having difficulty maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

We strongly encourage employees to take all their yearly vacation days and will even identify, work with and help those who are having difficulty maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

Bonus time off

Our offices close at 1:00 p.m. (local time) on Friday during the summer months. During the winter holiday season, HDMZ closes its offices for one week.

Our offices close at 1:00 p.m. (local time) on Friday during the summer months. During the winter holiday season, HDMZ closes its offices for one week.

Twice-weekly town halls

Our virtual town halls create camaraderie, encourage teamwork, build community and make it easier for contributions to come from a broader group of individuals.

Our virtual town halls create camaraderie, encourage teamwork, build community and make it easier for contributions to come from a broader group of individuals.

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