Agency ranks third in the Medium Companies category, beating 12 other contenders

Depew, N.Y. – SKM Group, a full-service marketing communications agency, won the bronze award in the Medium category at Buffalo Business First’s Best Places to Work luncheon, held today at the Buffalo Convention Center. Over 60 businesses were featured in the Micro, Small, Medium, Large and X-Large categories, and SKM Group was the only full-service agency to make the cut. This is the third consecutive year SKM has been recognized, and the third time it’s won the bronze (it won the bronze in 2010 and 2011, in the Small category). The agency was also featured as a Best Place to Work in 2007, 2008, 2013 and 2014.

To participate in the program, employees were asked to complete a Quantum Workplace employee engagement survey, which measured 10 categories focusing on team and manager effectiveness, trust in senior leaders, feeling valued, compensation and benefits. In order to have a level playing field, companies must have met a minimum level of employee participation, based on the number of employees, for consideration.

Quantum Workplace of Omaha, Neb., compiled and evaluated the results, and ranked the companies. Winners were chosen based entirely on the results of the survey, making the employees the ultimate decision makers in how their workplaces ranked.

Although companies weren’t privy to individual results, some highlights were published in the awards program. SKM Group’s employees feel valued through monthly and quarterly missionary awards that recognize above-and-beyond efforts, fun office events such as trivia happy hours and food truck weeks, and special parties that include spouses and families. The agency’s work environment also ranked highly, with a kid- and dog-friendly office, natural light and plants, and a newly-created patio space. Career growth at SKM comes in the form of the agency subsidizing professional membership dues and conference fees, along with a concerted effort to promote from within.

“(CEO) Larry Robb has created an environment that does the best job…for our clients, makes it a place where you want to come to work and makes it a fun place to work,” one SKMer wrote in the survey.”

“In my 20-plus year career, I’ve never worked with a company that is so supportive, mature, accountable, and dare I say it, loving,” wrote another. “My co-workers genuinely care for one another and for the work we all do. Larry Robb is the epitome of an honorable, smart and thoughtful leader.”

This year’s theme for the awards luncheon was Rock n’ Roll, and may companies encouraged employees to come in costume. For a picture gallery from the event, go here. For more information on this year’s winners, click on the links below:

  • Micro (10-20 employees)
  • Small (21-50 employees)
  • Medium (51-100 employees, includes SKM Group)
  • Large (101-250 employees)
  • X-Large (250+ employees)

About SKM Group

SKM Group is an award-winning, full-service marketing communications agency that has been providing integrated solutions for almost 30 years. With a blue-chip roster of national and regional clients, SKM Group has been helping to build brands and boost bottom lines through its core competencies in branding, direct marketing, interactive, public relations and media planning services. SKM Group is based in Buffalo, N.Y. and is a member of ICOM+IN, a partnership of independently owned communications agencies around the globe. Visit for more information and find the agency on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.