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Dyer says, she helps employees identify their strengths in the workplace. And she’s all about education. She offers Janine Hogan as an example. “Janine Hogan was a student, a marketing major,” Dyer said. “She attended Oklahoma State University, learning the ins and outs of marketing while working

The benefit to Emerge, Dyer says, is a loyal and hard-working, if small, staff. “We’re not a big organization,” Dyer said. “We’re small, intimate. We’re relational. (Our) purposeful take on hiring means we value our employees, our coworkers, and everyone — the young work force especially — wants to be valued.”

COmPANY PROFILE

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Line of business: Marketing Headquarters: 11063-D S. Memorial Dr. Employees: 7

BESTilliams WORKPLACECos. FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS W Inc. E merge Marketing & PR

Annual revenue: Did not disclose Established: 2003 Website: www.emergeinteractivemedia.com

In 2008, Williams, a 102-year-old com- high intern-to-hire conversion rate. pany, established the Next Gen Young “Nearly 85 percent of our interns tranProfessionals Business Resource Group sitioned into our professional development to attract and retain the next generation of programs in 2010,” Nascenzi said. “Our for three years rate withwas Emerge. By the— time Jessicaand Dyer, president of Emerge Mar- intern-acceptance employees company leaders. 87.2 percent she graduated in 2009, Janine had a marketing & PR, says what keeps her employWithin the group, employees focus on well above the national benchmark of 50 keting degree with two years experience ees happycommunity is having fun. “recruiting, involvement and percent.” as a PR coordinator. didn’t give “We’re easy breezy — at least about the leadership development efforts, including Attracting employeesInisfact, onewe thing, but her a them choice. Stay in — school; have a job. unimportant stuff,” she said. “We don’t keeping serving as mentors to interns, employees is another and Williams Quittoschool; more job. sweat it. Emergedevelopment believes a productive in our professional programsem- seems have nonotrouble with either. “Educating the young force is an has fun. They laugh. They relax. andployee new hires,” said Nicole Nascenzi, cor“Williams reinforces its work pay-for-per“That means workdays don’t start at 8 Emerge priority — a priority we’re willing porate communications specialist. formance culture by offering employees to schedule around.” a.m. They start at 9 or 9:30 a.m., although “Participants can also become a mentee a highly competitive base pay, annual cash Dyerand, says Emerge someone is always professionals available to our with more seasoned forclients. co- incentives in someoffers cases,flexible time- schedand uling to all of its equity employees, including Jeans and T-shirts are cool, long as cli- performance-based learning and development,” sheassaid. awards based a who works in the evenings so ent meetings scheduled. And work on bookkeeper Williams alsoaren’t has two rotation proboth individualand company-based she can be home with her young children doesn’t always happen at the desk; somegrams: a professional development pro- goals,” Nascenzi said. during the day. times it happens in the kitchen, in the cofgram and engineering development pro“New employees come to work at WilLorton, the creative fee shop, their prepare house, innew theircollege pajamas, liams “Sean gram, whichat“help for many reasons, but all director, value thehas two daughters, ages 13 and 2,” Dyer said. wherever they feel most creative and most company’s graduates to make significant contributions total rewards program that “Not only does he see his oldest daughter productive.” within the company by exposing them to a comprises pay, benefits, career developoff to everyopportunities. morning, he attends Friday morning staff meet- ment wide Dyer varietyhosts of experiences that continuandschool company Some all her dance recitals. Emerge knows flexings at her home, cooking breakfast and ally strengthen and develop their ability to may initially work at Williams becausea of attempting to foster an environment that ible schedule is critical in young profesprovide value,” Nascenzi said. the pay or the benefits, but many come notfamily-like only beingatmosphere successful atthat work, breeds creativity.college recruiting pro- to sionals The company’s know the KIMBERLY HILL but successful afterwards.” Through her program “StrengthareFinder” tool, is well cess and internship designed trenched in corporate stewardship, From left, Antauis Byrd, commercial project analyst; Kinzie Beavers, resevoir engineer for the The benefit to Emerge, says, is a San Juan, N.M., basin; Jessica Casper, financial analyst; and Alyssa Nelson, systems analyst. Dyer says, she helps employees identify community to attract and retain a young workforce. volunteerism and Dyer the quality loyal and hard-working, small, staff. their strengths in the workplace. And to she’s working “We build relationships by giving relationships that if are forged out COmPANY PROFILE “We’re not a big Dyer all about and education. offers the Janine Ho- of trust universities collegesShe through Wiland integrity —organization,” key components said. “We’re small, intimate. We’re relagan as an example. liams Foundation and by participating in of the company’s core values and beliefs.” COmPANY PROFILE Line of business: Marketing Annual revenue: Did not disclose tional. (Our) purposeful rate take has on hiring “Janineactivities Hogan with was student a student, a mar- Williams’ on-campus organiemployment inHeadquarters: 11063-D S. Memorial Dr. Established: 2003 meansbywe oursince employees, ourincoketing Dyer said. “She attended creased zations andmajor,” minority programs,” Nascenzi 38 value percent 2005, and, Line of business: Natural gas Annual revenue: $8.2 billion Employees: 7 Website: Oklahoma State University, learning the Tulsa, workers, andthe everyone — of theWilliams’ young work said. where majority www.emergeinteractivemedia.com Headquarters: One Williams Center Established: J908 ins and outs of marketing while working force especially — wants to be valued.” Campus activities are largely focused on work force operates, the company paid Employees: 5, 005 (1,298 in Tulsa) Website: www.williams.com recruiting interns because of the company’s employees $146 million in base salary and

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