St. Petersburg-based marketing agency is one of 346 companies named for national ranking
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (May 16, 2019) – Big Sea, one of the Tampa Bay area’s top marketing agencies, has earned a spot in Inc. Magazine’s list of Best Workplaces for 2019, based on employee surveys that measured workplace culture, benefits and employee engagement.
Big Sea was one of only 346 U.S. companies chosen from close to 2,000 submissions, and was one of five Tampa Bay-based companies and one of 17 Florida-based companies to make the list.
Employees from the companies surveyed were asked questions about trust, management effectiveness, work perks and the team members’ confidence in the future. The results show that the highest-scoring companies are embracing diversity, finding effective ways to review employee performance, and consistently recognizing team members for quality work.
At Big Sea, work culture is taken seriously, focusing on making sure each team member feels empowered. As an example of this approach, everyone has a hand in developing strategic approaches to the projects that come through the agency.
Team building is at the root of Big Sea’s success. Employees do fun activities on Fridays that may include axe-throwing or improv lessons, and participate in a Wednesday “Lunch Pals” program at Melrose Elementary School in St. Petersburg. And in one particularly memorable team-building activity, a group of 11 Big Sea team members got matching anchor tattoos last October as a tribute to Big Sea’s brand.
“Our mission is to cultivate impactful connections through meaningful work, and the key is focusing on people – employees, clients, and our clients’ customers,” said Dzuy Nguyen, COO and Managing Partner at Big Sea. “This award shows us we’re on the right track in creating an environment for people to be valued and unafraid to take risks.”
Big Sea team members also take advantage of 100% paid health insurance, a flexible schedule that allows for work-from-home days, and a central location in downtown St. Petersburg.
This workplace approach – a combination of high performance, quality processes and attractive perks – has fueled overall success for Big Sea, which was named “Marketer of the Year” by the Tampa Bay chapter of the American Marketing Association in 2019, and year-to-date has grown its revenues 24% vs. a year ago.
The other Tampa Bay-based companies to make the list were Elite Insurance Partners, Clearwater; KnowBe4, Clearwater; Power Design, Tampa; and Squaremouth, St. Petersburg. For the full list of Best Workplaces for 2019, along with details on the survey, click here.
About Big Sea
Big Sea is a marketing agency founded in 2005 with offices in St. Petersburg, Florida and Colorado Springs, Colorado. Led by partners Andi Graham and Dzuy Nguyen, the agency’s team of 20 provide full-funnel, content-focused digital marketing services to mid-market clients across the nation. For more information on Big Sea, visit the firm’s website.