At Elite SEM, 98 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 128 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 3.78. It was published on Jan 2, 2018. 10221 Visitors

What Employees Say

Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
People care about each other here.
People here are willing to give extra to get the job done.
I am given the resources and equipment to do my job.

What They Do

We asked Elite SEM to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

We are an award-winning, performance-driven digital marketing agency that is committed to building strong relationships with our clients and delivering results across Paid Search, SEO, Conversion Rate Optimization, Performance Display, Paid Social, Shopping & Feed, Integrated Media, and Analytics

About this Company

Website: Industry: Advertising & Marketing
US Headquarters: New York, New York, 10018 US Sites: 6
Major Locations: New York, New York; Atlanta, Georgia; San Francisco, California; Los Angeles, California; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania US Employees: 201
US Revenues: $27 million Employees Worldwide: 1
Corporate Structure: Private Founded: 2004

Our Oktoberfest themed

Perks and Programs

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

  • Opportunity to Give Back: Elite SEM offers their employees unlimited time off so that they can volunteer and give back to their community.
  • Zach C Core Value Award: Elite SEM rewards the 1 person who goes above and beyond, outside of their day-to-day responsibilities with a week's vacation. The Zach C Core Values Award is voted by their peers.
  • Bucket List: At the start of every new hire's career at Elite SEM, HR requires them to submit 15-20 items on their bucket list. The executive team will find a way to help each employee cross an item off their bucket list. Elite SEM wants to be a part of their team's personal goals outside of the office.
  • Strive for Greatness Award: Twice a year employee's are selected for each of our 4 core values. This award represents the employee that went above and beyond consistently in their role and in the office.
  • Love what you do Award: Twice a year employee's are selected for each of our 4 core values. This award represents the employee that demonstrates a passion for the industry and a love for their day-to-day work and teammates.
  • Circle of Education Award: Twice a year employee's are selected for each of our 4 core values. This award represents the employee that sought out learning opportunities and continued their development as a professional outside of work.


$18,000 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Intern $118,150 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Account Manager
100% Match of employee’s 401(k)/403b contribution up to 4% of salary95% Company-paid health coverage for employees
82% Company-paid health coverage for dependents


  • 401(k) or 403b Program
  • Stock options
  • Employee stock ownership plan (ESOP)
When Al Roker came to visit Elite SEM for the Today Show


Unlimited Vacation Paid time off Unlimited Sick Paid time off
Unlimited Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment


  • Flexible schedule (100% use it)
  • Telecommute option (100% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks (100% use it)
  • Onsite Amenities (Healthy snacks and drink options, catered lunch in some offices (otherwise employees get $15 lunch stipend), nursing room for mothers, games in some offices (such as ping pong, darts, video games, etc), and computer accessories (bluetooth mouse, extra screens, adapters, etc).)


80 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 80 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
79 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take15 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)
15 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)15 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
80 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)80 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
*Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. Not all employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.


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


  • Mental health care
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)
  • Fertility treatments

Community and Environmental Impact

999 hours Paid time off to volunteer $35,109 Philanthropic donations in last year
Yes Sustainable commuting program Yes Recycling program


  • HR Coordinator oversees diversity and inclusion practices
  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • 4 events a year connect employees with peers from different racial/ethnic, religious or country-of-origin identities
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave

Leadership Diversity


Workforce Diversity

Our Philly office doing some community service during our Day of Service


The heads of most of our divisions during Elite's Annual Client Summit in Google's NYC building

How to Get Hired

We asked Elite SEM 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?

We hire based on our 4 Core Values to know if they are a good fit for us: Strive for Greatness, Circle of Education, Love What You Do, and Attitude of Gratitude

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

What gets our attention is a candidates expertise in the field of digital marketing. We also look for people who have gone above and beyond and exhibit a passion for their work. 

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

This year we are focused on expanding our services so we are on the hunt for innovative leaders who would be able to get their hands dirty at the start but then have the ability to grow and mentor a team. We are looking to expand our newer divisions. 

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

Learn about our company. Read our client lists, read our blogs, know everything! We are very proud of where we work and want to spread the enthusiasm. Elite SEM is a career move not a stepping stone or job jump. 

hiring Outlook

50 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year 81% Job Growth
40 Average applicants per opening 2,862 Total job applicants
39% New hires by employee referrals 6% Openings filled by current employees
16 Recent graduates hired 8% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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