Davies Public Affairs

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Updated April 24, 2015
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  1. Best internship!

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    Current Intern - Business Development Intern in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Intern - Business Development Intern in Santa Barbara, CA

    I have been working at Davies Public Affairs as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people you work with are amazing from the project managers to the Director of Business Development. A lot of researched and mass mailing, but you'll always have something to do.

    Cons

    Stipend is a bit low and might benefit if its increase in the future.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!

  2. Director

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Davies Public Affairs full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Work Environment, Co-Workers, Clients, Office space

    Cons

    Small agency does not allow for a lot of growth opportuniities

  3. The Best Experience!

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    Former Intern - Business Development Intern in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Intern - Business Development Intern in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at Davies Public Affairs as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -They provide a lot of support for interns
    -The company culture is fantastic
    -They give interns a lot of responsibility

    Cons

    -The team is small
    -The pay for interns is not that great

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing!

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  5. Great vibe, smart people

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    Former Contractor - Online Marketing Consultant in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Contractor - Online Marketing Consultant in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at Davies Public Affairs as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    if you want a crash course in how the world of politics, public affairs and advocacy works, there is no better place than Davies. The CEO is a force to behold, and the staff is one and all VERY bright and professional. The vibe is casual, and people like to laugh, but there are high standards. Excellent pay and bennies.

    Cons

    This could be a plus for some, a con for others - but there is very little hand-holding at Davies. You need to be self-driven and self-motivated. It can be difficult to find time with the CEO, which can be a challenge when prioritizing and/or need sign-off on things.

    Advice to Management

    Be sure to spend time with each and every employee to learn how to keep the firm growing and getting better.

  6. Internship was a good experience.

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    Former Intern - Intern in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at Davies Public Affairs as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lovely little office in downtown.
    Nice, friendly staff.
    Cool work.

    Cons

    Internship is more on the menial data entry and what not kind of tasks.

    Advice to Management

    Include more projects for interns.

  7. Not for everyone

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Davies Public Affairs

    Pros

    DAVIES is a very good place to work for a person with a type A personality but who still enjoys free time. They are very good about making sure you can take care of personal situations if necessary. Management does its very best to make the environment fun for everyone and even the CEO/Owner is pretty friendly and approachable. You can't beat the office locations either.

    Cons

    The firm is quite bad at communicating long term corporate strategy to junior staff, and the structure of the firm leaves very little chance for upward mobility. If you are looking for a place to make a career, this is not it. Those at the top are very tight knit and don't dole out promotions unless you are one of the favored few. I found it very frustrating and occassionally unfair how they played favorites. Turnover is extremely high, even for industry standards, simply because people get burned out and see that they have no future prospects.

    Advice to Management

    Increasing communications with lower level staff about strategy as well as trying to have a more objective view of job performance would be critical to improve employee retention.

  8. Awesome!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Davies Public Affairs part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people.
    Great intellectual work and environment.

    Cons

    No cons unless you're not a type A personality who loves to work hard and long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing! You're great!

  9. Face-paced, dynamic, challenging and rewarding.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Davies Public Affairs

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The people are amazing, Davies has a genuine ability to retain not only some of the greatest minds in the game but they are also very cool people socially. The work is is challenging and hours can be long but the opportunity to work together as a team and win defining issues is definitely worth the ride. Time lines can be very tight but it keeps you on your feet. If you have new ideas or skills to bring to table and can prove yourself then opportunities exist for promotion. Davies wants people to be doing what they do best and I have seen people come on board for one job and after gaining experience and being provided with opportunity their role has evolved into something completely different. The firm also has regular staff meetings and a completely open book policy and great bonus structure which was all implemented in the last two years and very appreciated by everyone. If you are smart, committed and can play hard while having fun, then Davies is a perfect place for you.

    Cons

    When there is a tight deadline, the long hours can be tough if you have a young family. Although there is potential for growth Davies is still a small to mid-size firm so it can take a little longer. Davies is not for everyone, so sometimes great people leave after a year or two - but I guess that is the same everywhere. Most people in the firm however have been there for an average of 7 years or more.

    Advice to Management

    Thank for keeping us in the loop with your open book policy. It means a lot to work for a firm that puts it all on the table and sticks by its employees.

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