NEW YORK, Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Advertising Age today released its annual list of Best Places to Work. 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. This year's "50 Best Places to Work" includes companies with 19 to over 1,000 in staff representing over 18 states. From companies who think "Winter Fridays" are just as important as "Summer Fridays" to #TakeoutTuesday and unlimited paid time off to their company's own "Idol," these workplace environments focus on culture as much as they do corporate goals. "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." 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. Companies from across the United States participated in the two-part survey process to determine Ad Age's Best Places to Work. Any agency, ad tech, media company, or marketing division of a brand that's been in business for more than one year with more than 15 full-time employees was eligible. Public, private, for-profit and non-for-profit businesses could all participate. The list was determined by feedback from two surveys. The first garnered information about employers' offerings and the second was an employee survey to measure the workplace experience. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Below is the list of Ad Age's 2016 Best Places To Work. Click here for the full story: Adage.com/bestplacestowork2016.