Valassis Named to ‘Best Places to Work in Marketing & Media’ List

LIVONIA, MI—August 22, 2011—Valassis, one of the nation’s leading media and marketing services companies, has been recognized by Advertising Age magazine as one of the “Best Places to Work in Marketing & Media.” This is the first time Valassis has earned recognition on this prestigious list.

Agencies, media owners and marketers with more than 50 full-time employees were eligible, and the final list was determined by the results of two surveys—one detailing hiring practices, benefits and pay; and the other being an employee survey. The surveys were conducted by Buck Consultants. Valassis was one of 30 companies named to this list.

“It’s an honor to have our name on this esteemed list which is highly regarded in the marketing and advertising communities,” said Alan F. Schultz, Valassis chairman, president and CEO. “We are committed to maintaining a culture that is dynamic, innovative and collaborative. This recognition is a tribute to our enthusiastic and passionate associates who drive our success and mirror these same attributes in their day-to-day interactions with each other and our clients.”

Valassis rewards creativity through a variety of programs, including a peer-to-peer program; associate appreciation days; and a Platinum Performer program in which 50 employees a quarter are recognized and rewarded with extra vacation days and cash payouts. Communication is also key to the company’s collaborative work environment, and information is shared on an ongoing basis through daily huddles, CEO town hall meetings, leadership toolkit sessions, our internal newsletter and company portal, Sales road shows and more.

The company provides a host of convenient services, including onsite workout facilities and discounts, health fairs/flu shots, dry cleaning, postal services and discount tickets, to name a few.

Nearly 150 companies applied for inclusion on Advertising Age’s second annual Best Places list. About 12,000 employees took the survey which measured aspects of the workplace environment that contribute to an engaged staff, including fairness of pay, vacation time, relationships with management and co-workers, career development and other workplace issues. The employee survey accounted for 60 percent of the scoring. The employer survey focused on quantitative issues about pay, promotions, health care and other benefits, hiring practices and more.

The winners are detailed in Advertising Age’s Aug. 22 issue.

About Valassis
Valassis is one of the nation’s leading media and marketing services companies, offering unparalleled reach and scale to more than 15,000 advertisers. Its RedPlum media portfolio delivers value on a weekly basis to over 100 million shoppers across a multi-media platform—in-home, in-store and in-motion. Through its digital offerings, including and, consumers can find compelling national and local deals. Headquartered in Livonia, MI, with approximately 7,000 associates in 28 states and eight countries, Valassis is widely recognized for its associate and corporate citizenship programs, including its America’s Looking for Its Missing Children program. Valassis companies include Valassis Direct Mail, Inc., Valassis Canada, Promotion Watch, Valassis Relationship Marketing Systems, LLC and NCH Marketing Services, Inc. For more information, visit

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