As I sit down to write this blog, I’m excited and nervous at the same time. I want to share the things I love about working at Stout Heart, but I don’t want it to come off as inauthentic or some lame “recruiting pitch.” My goal is to give people a candid peek into the windows of Stout Heart to learn about what it’s like working here: In this moment. At this size. With these people.

Before I go on, I think it’s only appropriate to start by saying that the culture, the atmosphere and the work that happens here is a result of one person following her vision and her heart. 3 years ago Stout Heart was founded on the principal that “the relationship, both internal and eternal, always comes first.” We believe that when you focus on people, everything else will follow.

As with any work environment/job, there are highs and lows. There are projects we love and those we’re…. not as much in love with. There are high-stress days and weekends that every now and again require a little overtime but, at the core of this millennial-run business (yes, whether or not Mariah admit’s it, she is on the older end of the millennial generation), these are truths that keep us steady, happy and engaged:

  • Don’t be a jerk. Sounds pretty simple right? It’s our un-official rule #1. We’re all about relationships. It’s pretty tough to keep up a good relationship when one (or multiple) people are being disrespectful, intimidating, or rude. We believe that, if we’re going to be a team, everyone needs a voice. After all, we’re a team of humans here.
  • Don’t work with people who are jerks. If one party is unhappy, the quickest way to a resolution is a frank, open discussion. We’re not in the business of being order takers or talked down to. We’re in the business of partnership, creativity and innovation. Our clients are fun to work with and their brands help make the world a better place [however large or small that impact may be].
  • Don’t let the team down. Work-Life balance can be a real thing… we think. A lot of companies claim that they “promote” work-life balance but do they really? Philip Green once said “It’s all about quality of life and finding a happy balance between work and friends and family.” Fundamentally, Stout Heart stands by the fact that as long as clients are happy and high-quality work is getting done, on schedule, no one cares if you have to leave early or take some time off. Life gets in the way: Cats have to go to the vet; Kids have to be picked up from daycare; Cars need to be in the shop; Summer days need to be enjoyed (waves aren’t going to surf themselves you know). We understand these things and as long as you don’t let the team down, we’re cool with it.

Sounds pretty sweet, huh? We think so, too and we’re super grateful to have landed here. Want to work here too? Check out our careers page to see what seats are available.