14 West Named One of Baltimore Sun’s Top Workplaces

December 11th, 2019 Allison Benson O' Brien

On Thursday, 14 West and a number of The Agora Companies on our main campus were recognized by The Baltimore Sun as some of the city’s Top Workplaces for the 8th consecutive year. This became public information on Sunday, and yesterday a handful of you asked why we hadn’t announced this ourselves. Well, there is a reason we’ve never announced these awards in the past… and it’s a pretty good one.

While we certainly appreciate the nod from The Baltimore Sun, we’re not all that concerned with the list itself. We took a small group of people to the awards ceremony and accepted our plaque graciously. But we’d already had what we really wanted for months. We just want to know what our employees think about working here.

The rankings are based on surveys completed by real employees that cover engagement, management, training opportunities, benefits, and work-life balance. In the responses over the years, people have consistently told us that they feel empowered and appreciated for the work they do. They’ve let us know what we could do to improve our workplace and their opportunities for success – and we’ve responded. What is most meaningful, however, is that the vast majority of them truly value the work they do – or in The Sun’s words, I feel my work makes a difference.” We believe that says it all. 

Because regardless of an employee’s current position, how long they’ve been here, or where they want to go with their career, they come to work every day for an organization that exists to help people live the lives they want to live.

There is a lot to be said for that… and if it’s never printed in The Sun, that’s OK with us.

As for the other Agora Companies that made the cut….that list includes The Oxford ClubMoney Map Press, NewMarket Group, and Agora Financial. So, if you’re interested in working for one of Baltimore’s Top Workplaces, be sure to connect with 14 West Talent team because they hold the key to a career at The Agora Companies. And one of them could just change your life.

“Thank you,” again to all of our employees who participated in this year’s surveys. Know that the feedback we’ve received is being put to good use.


Allison Benson O' Brien

Director of Communications at 14 West

“Ask “why?” when told “no.” Always learn something. And stand behind the ideas you believe in.”

My job allows me a lot of creative freedom. And that can be a lot of fun, but there’s also some self-inflicted pressure that comes along with the role. Fortunately, my team includes some brilliant people and a few clowns; so we not only get the job done – we laugh every day. And I think our work is stronger because of that. We take the positivity, the humor and the passion we have in our office and find a way to share it with the workplaces we support. Whether it’s through an event, a marketing piece, a partnership, a post… even a piece of swag. And it works.
My team and I have watched the companies we support to go on to become recognized as top workplaces by their communities and local media. It feels good to know that this is in part due to our efforts.

What is your favorite company event of the year? Hands down… decorating day. We pull the holiday decorations out of the basement, get together after work with some pizza, wine, and music, and decorate the gorgeous 19th Century mansion we work in. A dream for a Christmas geek like myself.