I am delighted to share that Big Sea has been named one of Inc. Magazine’s Best Workplaces for 2019. We were selected from thousands of submissions and honored for creating an exceptional workplace through our vibrant culture, employee engagement, and the benefits we offer our people.

We’ve been winning a lot of awards lately, for our work, for our sustainability, for our cool office. I’m proud of all of them, but this is different. This award directly reflects the effort and intention we put into building a company that people love showing up to every day.

“Our mission is to cultivate impactful connections through meaningful work, and we believe that the key to this is focusing on people: Employees, clients, our clients’ customers,” says COO and Managing Partner Dzuy Nguyen. “It’s such an honor to win this award because it lets us know we’re on the right track creating an environment for our people to be valued and unafraid to take risks. When we prioritize people, our work becomes that much more meaningful and our connections even more impactful.”

How was Big Sea selected as one of Inc.’s best workplaces?

To be considered for this prestigious recognition, we took part in an employee survey, conducted by Omaha’s Quantum Workplace, on topics including trust, management effectiveness, perks, and confidence in the future. Inc. gathered, analyzed, and audited the data. Then they ranked all the employers using a composite score of survey results.

We have always been a “people before profit” organization, even when it’s expensive or difficult. We work really hard to foster a culture that rewards both kindness and accountability. Where work-life balance is intentional and enforced, and not just a buzzword.

Our culture prioritizes people

“It’s easy to claim to have a strong work culture, and plenty of places have a beer fridge or a ping pong table,” says Account Manager Erika Stanley. “What Big Sea has is so much more than that. Our core values permeate our communications with each other, our clients, and pretty much anyone that comes through the door. I’ve learned that we don’t just talk the talk, we also walk the walk, in a way that makes me proud to call Big Sea my home.”

We carefully foster an environment where people are excited to come to work and do great work that makes a difference in the world. We recognize achievements and contributions, we foster a diverse and inclusive environment, and we empower our people to elevate themselves and each other.

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“Big Sea has empowered me to be a better marketer and a better human,” says Senior Marketing Strategist Autumn Sullivan. “We equally value honesty, empathy, intuition, curiosity, and research, data and strategy. That checks all the boxes for me. I get to do great work with great people (both our team and our clients)!”

Work is evolving — and we’re proud to be at the forefront

I’m honored that we’ve been recognized among other companies that are making work better. While researching the finalists, Inc. and Quantum saw distinct themes that show that workplaces are evolving to prioritize the people who power great work:

  • 99 percent provide health insurance—and some cover the cost (including us!)
  • 49 percent allow employees to bring pets to work (yep!)
  • 65 percent take employees to offsite retreats to relax and recharge
  • 16 percent offer paid sabbaticals to reward length of service.

“With today’s tight labor market, building a great corporate culture is more important than ever,” says Inc. magazine editor in chief James Ledbetter. “The companies on Inc.’s Best Workplaces list are setting an example that the whole country can learn from.”

What’s next? An ongoing commitment to being one of the best places to work. When we attract and retain the best people, we’re all the more confident in the value we deliver to our partners and clients.