Advertising Age Names JW Player as One of the 50 Best Places to Work in Advertising & Media

Press Release 3 min read | Nov 15, 2016 | newbreed


A fast-paced, transparent culture enables employees to focus on solving the emerging and exciting challenges of video at scale, JW Player has established a consistent set of values that are the foundation of its success

NEW YORK – Nov. 15, 2016 – JW Player was named one of Ad Age’s 2016 Best Places to Work, it was announced by Advertising Age. The world’s most popular video player and leading digital and mobile video solutions company was among 50 companies selected for the list.

This survey and awards program identifies, recognizes and honors the best employers in the marketing and media industry, benefiting the industry’s economy, workforce and businesses. The list is based on criteria including workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, demographics and the employee experience.

JW Player’s clients – including many of the world’s top content creators and media brands such as VICE Media, WWE, Univision, Hearst and LittleThings — straddle the complete range of industry verticals from news, entertainment, gaming, sports, education, training, music, and technology, spanning more than 193 countries. Its rapid growth comes as nearly all companies and brands turn increasingly toward online and mobile video as a strategic imperative.

The New York-based business has been in the online video space since the start, and is still fostering that startup atmosphere. A fast-paced, transparent culture enables the team to focus on solving the emerging and exciting challenges of video at scale. Whether innovating JW’s Live platform, virtual reality technologies or new advertising standards, empowering employees to create and share ideas in an open environment through personal ownership and shared responsibility is a cornerstone of their efforts.

“The companies on Ad Age’s Best Places to Work represent the cream of the crop in marketing, advertising, media and ad technology,” said Deputy Editor Judann Pollack. “In these highly competitive fields, these 50 stand out for their best-in-class benefits, salaries, and hiring practices, but also for creating a compelling culture in which employees are engaged, encouraged and valued. Talent has never been more important in marketing, and our Best Places to Work companies have proven that they can attract and retain the best in the business.”

“At JW Player, hiring is the most important thing we do,” said JW Player CEO and Co-Founder Dave Otten. “Our success is predicated on having the best people in the industry. That means putting our team members in the optimal position to succeed. JW Player has established a consistent set of values that are the foundation of our business. We are very pleased to be included in Ad Age’s survey. It is a reflection of our strong culture of learning, ownership, and teamwork.”

In addition to personal and professional growth initiatives, JW Player offers unlimited PTO, a 100% education reimbursement policy for skill development, and covers the monthly contribution for health care benefits for employees and their dependents.

The 2016 Best Places to Work list is a joint effort of Advertising Age and Best Companies Group. Best Companies Group is dedicated to establishing programs to identify and recognize workplaces that nurture a superior level of employee satisfaction and engagement. Public, private, for-profit and non-for-profit businesses could all participate. The list was determined by feedback from two surveys.

To see the 2016 list of Ad Age’s Best Places to Work, click here

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