At Hawthorne, 87 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 67 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 3.48. It was published on Jun 19, 2018. 5577 Visitors

What Employees Say

People celebrate special events around here.
I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
People care about each other here.
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.

What They Do

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

Hawthorne, a creative, analytics and technology-driven advertising agency, specializes in strategic planning, creative development, production, media planning, buying, analytics, and campaign management for integrated marketing campaigns. Hawthorne combines persuasive brand messaging with best-in-class analytic systems for high performance advertising campaigns.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Advertising & Marketing
US Headquarters: Los Angeles, California, 90017 US Sites: 2
Major Locations: Fairfield, Iowa, 52556 US Employees: 72
US Revenues: $14.1 million Worldwide Revenues: $14.1 million
Corporate Structure: Private Founded: 1986

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Perks and Programs

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

  • Community Causes Donation Teams: The Hawthorne Community Causes Committee (HCCC) is empowered with monthly funds to be contributed towards community needs. The committee is responsible for the selection of worthy causes including providing support to local and national organizations. Hawthorne employees also donate their time towards specific charities and events. Samples include Habitat for Humanity, Red Cross and local Little Leagues.
  • Free Healthy Snacks/Food: An energized office is a healthy office and we offer a variety of healthy snack and food alternatives to keep employees' energy up throughout the day.
  • Onsite Massage Services: Feeling a little tense from your weekend tennis tournament or because you were finalizing your proposal? Don't worry, we have you covered with our onsite massage services that get the knots out so you can work it out.
  • Onsite Fitness Center: Get the blood flowing between meetings by taking your break in one of our fitness facilities. Treadmill, weights, elliptical, Pilates reformer, exercise balls, exercise DVD's with TV/Player or even an outdoor trail walk by our lake will refresh and recharge you.
  • Flexible Work Stations: We've got you covered with everything from stand up/sit down work stations to 15 unique areas for individuals to work autonomously and/or collaborate in small or large groups. You can always find a space that fits your personal preference to do your best work.
  • Lunch and Learns on Health/Wellness Topics: A wide variety of Lunch and Learns which not only provides employees with complimentary lunch, but relevant topics to enrich their personal and professional development. Topics have ranged from the Importance of Sleep to Active Listening Skills.
  • Meditation & Reimbursement Program: Development, both personally and professionally, is of the utmost importance to Hawthorne. We provide partial reimbursement for those who want to learn Transcendental Meditation ( and time in the day for people to practice meditation.
  • We Like to Let Our Hair Down with Office Celebrations and Parties: While we enjoy our work, we also enjoy having fun! We celebrate national holidays like Martin Luther King Day and 4th of July but we also celebrate the lesser known holidays like National Margarita Day and many others!
  • Employee Appreciation Day: Have you ever worked at a company that actually celebrated Employee Appreciation Day? Well, not only do we have a generous company holiday policy, (separate from employee vacation days) but we also take a day to do team-building or participate in a charity event and then we get the remainder of the day off to celebrate you - the employees!
  • Healthy Work Life Balance: We have employees across all time zones so there are collaborative hours that we have employees work but we also have others that work from home and have a flexible work schedule. We promote a healthy work life balance and encourage employees to enjoy quality lives. In fact, our Midwest facility is certified as a Blue Zones Employer for creating an environment that supports healthier choices so the business and the employees flourish.


82% Company-paid health coverage for employees 82% Company-paid health coverage for dependents
Our fearless leader, Jessica Hawthorne-Castro


21 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 10 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment
6 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment 11 Days Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment


  • Flexible schedule (5% use it)
  • Telecommute option (13% use it)
  • Subsidized On- or Off-site Fitness (100% have access)
  • Onsite Amenities (Unlimited free snacks, massages, $24k in annual charitable donations, meditation reimbursement, on-site and off-site training.)


60 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 60 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take
60 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)


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

Community and Environmental Impact

8 hours Paid time off to volunteer $50,000 Philanthropic donations in last year
Sarah Hamilton Leads environmental impact team


  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • Formal programs (such as resource groups, mentorship, networking, or other affinity groups) support professional development for: Women

Leadership Diversity


Workforce Diversity

Fairfield Karaoke Holiday Party


Ping Pong Tournament Champions!

How to Get Hired

We asked Hawthorne 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?

Data, technology & analytics ignite insights that drive our strategy, creative & media. With that being said, accountability is at the very core of Hawthorne’s DNA. Historically we were an agency built on a mission to generate an immediate action from the consumer and generate a ROI for every marketing dollar spent. We are accountable not only in our daily work with colleagues, but accountable to client communication and relationships, results, creative, media and web analytics. Other core values that we seek are:  Collaboration, Hard Work, Integrity, Service Culture and Smart Solutions. Lastly, self-starters thrive at Hawthorne. Achievers have a great opportunity for freedom of work and expression but work for the greater good of the agency, not the ‘Self’. This is because a rising tide of all lifts and uplifts all boats. 

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Have passion for work while being compassionate and inspired to do something greater in the world.  Demonstrate how they can work with a team for the greater good of all.

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

Data science, technologists, statisticians, programmers, digital, media buying & planning, account management, research, operations & infrastructure

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

Please visit our website or LinkedIn page to find out about our services and read our thought leadership articles and see our PR; go to our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages to get to know us on a personal level and the fun we like to have -, @hawthorneadvertising

hiring Outlook

12 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year 7% Job Growth
208 Average applicants per opening 2,500 Total job applicants
1% New hires by employee referrals 2% Openings filled by current employees
2 Recent graduates hired 21% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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