At Dixon Schwabl, 98 percent of employees say their workplace is great.

EMPLOYEE RATINGS

     

This review is based on 94 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.64. It was published on Jun 10, 2016. 12364 Visitors

What Employees Say

People celebrate special events around here.
100%
 
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
99%
 
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
99%
 
People care about each other here.
98%
 
People here are given a lot of responsibility.
98%
 

What They Do

We asked Dixon Schwabl to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

Dixon Schwabl, a full-service marketing communications firm established in 1987, provides marketing, advertising, public relations, social and digital media, research, interactive and media placement services to more than 200 clients nationally. 

About this Company

Website: www.dixonschwabl.com Industry: Advertising & Marketing
US Headquarters: Victor, New York US Sites: 1
Major Locations: Victor, New York US Employees: 104
US Revenues: $71.32 million Worldwide Revenues: $71.32 million
Corporate Structure: Private Founded: 1987

Dixon Schwabl’s Fitness Challenge included organized charitable walks in the community and runs on the trails near the agency’s headquarters.

Perks and Programs

We asked Dixon Schwabl to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Funds for FUN: Dixon Schwabl embraces FUN as a core value and every year sets aside funds earmarked for just that—fun. From art classes and beer tastings to retreats and parties, it’s all about the fun! To maximize engagement, we turn to the full team (not just management) for inspiration to dream up new activities. Employees are encouraged (and empowered!) to implement their unique ideas, no matter how crazy. A big hit every year is when team members share their special “circus trick,” act or oddity. For example, the “Dixon Schwabl Leap,” which rivals the Lambeau Leap: Please copy and paste this link in your browser: (https://player.vimeo.com/external/158485535.sd.mp4?s=d8eecded9e9d62a5fa5db32853549eb1d19059d0&profile_id=165)
  • Rock Your Weekend: Now into its third year, Rock Your Weekend! is a popular summer program that gives employees extra time off during the warmer months. The agency distributes vouchers that can be redeemed for three half-days (Friday afternoon or Monday morning). Available to all DS employees, Rock Your Weekend! is extra time off, separate from regular PTO. It gives staff a welcome respite from the office, an extended weekend and some extra R&R!
  • Dixon Schwabl Fitness Challenge: This year Dixon Schwabl initiated a team fitness challenge. More than 80 team members committed to this six-month effort. It started with a "know your numbers" educational session, featuring biometric screenings with a registered nurse. A certified fitness trainer led weekly exercise classes and offered diet tips. Periodic challenges were added for extra motivation. To date, 50 fitness challenge participants have lost 192 pounds! Please copy and paste this link in your browser: https://vimeo.com/dixonschwabl/review/158549802/2d8bc4c15f
  • Ice Cream Thursdays: Yum yum. During the summer months, every Thursday at 3 p.m. on the dot, Dixon Schwabl employees enjoy a delicious frozen treat of their choice! Employees select the ice cream vendor by vote. This popular perk is becoming a treasured tradition. It gives employees a nice break outdoors to mingle with coworkers and any visiting clients and vendors—and savor their favorite flavor of ice cream!
  • Celebrating Personality: Every employee receives a custom nameplate indicating their Myers-Briggs Type, as well as “speed reaching” techniques for their specific personality. For example, if you work with an ESTJ, a.k.a “The Organizer,” you’d know this person prefers to communicate verbally and likes to be on time and prepared (and expects this from others). The nameplates also incorporate an employee picture, a special-interest photo of their own devising. Employees loved the chance to show off their out-of-office selves, such as dressing like the band KISS, striking yoga poses, cooking, baking, gardening and biking. These photos are also posted on our website. Clients especially enjoy this peek into the personalities of the people they work with.
  • We're Cookin' Now: Now entering its eighth year, this food-themed event began as a clam bake. To accommodate the growing agency, it’s evolved into a chili cook-off and pie-baking contest. An in-house team coordinates the event—no caterers—to showcase the amazing culinary talents of our team members. Please copy and paste this link in your browser: https://vimeo.com/dixonschwabl/review/158967595/4ec43e8e26
  • Special People Special Awards: In 2009, a long-time Dixon Schwabl employee, Jane Argenta, died of ovarian cancer. To honor her exceptional work ethic and strong leadership, Dixon Schwabl created the JAZ JANIE AWARD, given each month to an employee who best exemplifies Jane’s can-do spirit. The agency also created a scholarship in her honor for promising students attending SUNY Geneseo (Jane’s alma matter) and interested in public relations. The agency also designates a “Spouse of the Month” to recognize the special support from “significant others.” They are awarded dinner certificates, spa days and other goodies for their support in the agency’s success. Please copy and paste this link in your browser: https://vimeo.com/dixonschwabl/review/135053531/a326a575a8
  • Workplace WOW: Dixon Schwabl's Workplace WOW initiative recognizes employees with rewards both simple and elaborate. Employees who reach their 20-year milestone receive a family vacation to Europe, Hawaii or an Alaskan cruise. All employees receive a new-hire basket with a leather journal along with poker chips that they can use as “currency” to reward colleagues for a job well done, going above and beyond, or for any reason at all. The poker chips can be redeemed at the DS store, which recently launched a limited-edition line of clothing called Storyline.
  • Make It Happen Day: Each year, Dixon Schwabl employees are given a full workday to volunteer at the not-for-profit of their choice. Without exception, employees appreciate this opportunity to give back to the community and they often share their experiences on the company blog or at the weekly agency meeting. This year, an employee used his Make It Happen Day cycling in The Ride for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. This one-day, 100-mile bike ride raises funds and awareness for the national center. Please copy and paste this link in your browser: https://vimeo.com/dixonschwabl/review/167478551/f578cfa061
  • Birthday Off: Beginning in 2005, DS instituted a “birthday off” policy, allowing employees to enjoy their birthday with an automatic day off. Employees are encouraged to take off from work on the actual day of their birthday, even if their workload might not warrant it. The agency has built a “go-to” team process to cover these kinds of absences, so the person can enjoy their true birthday. A number of employees have found creative ways to make their “Birthday Off” extra meaningful and inspirational. For example, when one Dixon Schwabl staffer turned 33, she “gave” 33 random acts of kindness to others.

COMPENSATION BY THE NUMBERS

25% 401(k) match of employee's contribution, up to 2% of an employee's salary 70% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers
30 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance $30,000 College Tuition Reimbursement

COMPENSATION PROGRAMS

  • 401(k)
  • Health insurance for retirees
  • Pre-tax savings account

PERKS TO MAKE LIFE EASIER

  • Free snacks during the day
  • Personal concierge service
  • Fitness classes
  • Free beverages during the day
  • Discount ticket sales
  • Dry cleaning
Thursdays at 3 p.m. during the summer months, Dixon Schwabl team members enjoy the frozen treat of their choice at Ice Cream Thursdays! Employees select the vendor for this popular perk following weeks of sampling from area ice cream vendors visiting the agency.

WORK-LIFE BALANCE BY THE NUMBERS

21 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 21 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment

WORK-LIFE BALANCE PROGRAMS

  • Job sharing
  • Phased retirement planning (1% use it)

FAMILY CARE BY THE NUMBERS

60 days Job-protected maternity leave60 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take
60 days Job-protected paternity leave10 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents

FAMILY CARE PROGRAMS

  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative
  • Elder care resources

HEALTH INSURANCE COVERS

  • Medical care
  • Vision care
  • Mental health care
  • Fertility treatments
  • Dental care
  • Prescription drug subsidy
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)

ONSITE HEALTH BENEFITS

  • Cholesterol tests
  • Flu shots
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Complete biometric screening

Community Involvement & Philanthropy

8 hours Paid time off to volunteer $1,800,000 Philanthropic donations in last year
$50,000 Total company-matched employee donations in last year

Diversity

  • 'VP People and Development' is accountable to formal recruiting and retention diversity goals
  • Married employees in same-sex or heterosexual relationships receive the same benefits
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave

Executive Diversity

 
Health and wellness is top-of-mind for Dixon Schwabl’s team members. With yoga, softball, kickball and an in-house stairclimbing challenge--there are always exciting activities happening to keep employees active and healthy!

Demographics

 
Replacing the candy dish with fresh fruit, and the traditional “water cooler” with a healthy option—with rotating fresh vegetables and fruit!

How to Get Hired

We asked Dixon Schwabl for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

Dixon Schwabl's philosophy about hiring new employees is built on the firm's five core values: respect, integrity, teamwork, community, and fun. The agency looks for the "wow" in prospective employees!

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Familiarze yourself with our culture, particularly Dixon Schwabl's five core values: respect, integrity, teamwork, community, and fun. Be ready to share specific examples of how you have applied elements of these core values in your previous work or academic experience-- this helps us to understand how you might fit with our culture and contribute to the overall success of the organization.

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

Dixon Schwabl continues to expand with growth in all areas, specically media, digital, public relations, studio, and creative. We are always looking for exciting new talent to join our team.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

Please visit our web site to learn more about our company culture and current job openings.

hiring Outlook

10 Job openings forecast for coming year 22% Job Growth
54 Average applicants per opening 1,129 Applications received
28 Positions filled in past year 40% New hires by employee referrals
18 New positions created 5 Jobs filled by current employees
Yes Recruits on college campuses 3 New graduates hired
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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