Senior writer/creative strategist
Bishoff Solomon Communications
How long have you been in your job? Two and a half years.
Describe the space you work in A centrally-located office with bulletin
boards galore, an open-door policy (though sometimes the door is closed
when I am under a hairy deadline), and a coveted view of Boston's "Big
Dig" construction project.
Do you socialize with your colleagues? Yes. The degree of socializing
ranges from "Bob's jaunts" (fortifying trips to the nearby convenience
store) to pizza lunches (we are located in Boston's North End, famous
for its Italian fare) to weekend double dates with the head of the
public affairs group and his wife.
How often do you see your boss? We don't have much of a "boss culture,"
and I work across all groups and accounts, so I do not have just one
boss. I see the principals, Janey Bishoff and Helene Solomon, daily.
How often are you still there when the cleaners come round? Never! I
leave at 5:30 sharp. My job is very intense. I often spend the bulk of
the day writing and thinking creatively, so when the end of the day
comes, I'm spent. I regularly brainstorm on my five-mile walk home,
though. It has led to some of my catchiest tag lines.
What is the best thing about working there? How we work together to
generate ideas. Everyone comes from different walks of life and thinks
differently, so bouncing ideas off each other is very productive. It is
gratifying seeing those ideas - from a safe-driving event featuring
"mocktails" to a serious op-ed - come to fruition.
What is the worst thing about working there? We don't have vending
machines, which dramatically hinders my Diet Coke/Junior Mints access.
On second thought, maybe that is a good thing.
What's been your biggest mistake while working there? Someone at the
front desk buzzed me and told me my husband was on the line. I picked up
the phone and said "Talk to me, you silly little freak!" (a line we
often quote from The Jerky Boys). It turned out to be a headhunter. Good
thing I'm not looking to go anywhere.
What's been your luckiest break while working there? Being hired here. I
was a lawyer and a writer, and not everyone would see how I could fit
into the PR realm. But BSC recognized that despite my lack of PR
experience, even because of it, I would add value.
Number of PR dept. employees: 21
Address: 98 N. Washington Street, Suite 300, Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (617) 557-4533
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