Mission: Be remarkable.
I have been working at Sullivan Higdon & Sink full-time (Less than a year)
GREAT LEADERSHIP: They've worked extremely hard to be approachable to their employees. This is most evident with where their "offices" are located - completely out in the open for anyone to drop by and talk with them.
They pay attention to the details - how an employee's sick kid is doing, a joke from last week, upcoming office events, etc.
CARING CULTURE: People here really care about each other. On my first day, I was introduced to every single person in the office, and people made an effort to come by my desk multiple times throughout that week.
Since then, I've had great experiences overall - it feels much more like a small agency versus a mid-size one.
Besides this, they have an awesome development coach that comes in once a quarter or more whenever needed. She sits down with each team and/or the agency and walks through real life problems like work miscommunication, team strength applications and how to learn from someone with a different personality.
GREAT VALUES: "Hating sheep" is the name of the game here. But besides that, SHS holds everyone to a high standard, ethically, relationally and with their work.
Yeah, it's not a perfect system. I don't always see people being accountable to each other and leadership, but it's a good standard to uphold.
CAREER ADVANCEMENT: I've seen several people on here complaining about this only being a place to "start" your career. I'm honestly clueless what they mean there: I've been here less than a year and I've already received one pay increase and a major promotion.
It's not rocket science. Do your job, talk with leadership if you're not happy where you're at, and go after it.
INCOME & BENEFITS: The pay and benefits are fairly average. As someone that's still relatively early in my professional career, I feel quite good with the pay I'm receiving, but I know some who tend to move on because they feel SHS isn't providing enough for them. My thoughts are if you're primarily in this career for the money, than SHS isn't for you.
SOCIAL CLICKS: Like every marketing agency, people do tend to form smaller social "clicks" and don't always feel comfortable including others. This isn't something unique to SHS, but I thought I'd mention it.
Advice to Management
Keep doing what you're doing. Seriously - this will continue to be a great place to work as long as you keep hiring awesome people and foster the values you've set in place.
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Sullivan Higdon & Sink (Kansas City, MO).
You think you're going in to talk with one person and they blindside you with a group interview. Could be 4 people at the same time, or it could be as many as 15 depending on the team.