Sponsored by World Famous
This article is part of a series focusing on select companies who placed among WA's 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2018, as determined by employee surveys that measure their perceptions and satisfaction across 82 individual attributes within 10 employment categories.
What do TMobile, ODESZA, Adidas, and Make-A-Wish Foundation all have in common? Video content created by the quirky, talented, and happy team at World Famous.
One look at the website of this “multidisciplinary creative organization,” and you’ll get an undeniable sense of the bold and emotive work distinctive to this Seattle-based company. A team of just 15 employees has been responsible for cutting commercials, short films, and music videos for over a decade. Agencies, brands, music labels, and artists have partnered with World Famous to, as the company elegantly states, “create work we love.”
Both quality and inspiration are fostered in equal measure at World Famous. As one employee gushed, “the creative vocabulary and shorthand we've developed within the company makes for not only a satisfying creative outlet for a bunch of artists, but also great work that leads to more great work.”
This kind of committed enthusiasm is apparent not only in the media produced by World Famous, but also in their professional process. One employee illuminated a key element of the team’s success saying, “we are always improving communication with new tools and streamlining processes,” making for the innovative, modern feel that distinguish their award-winning work time and again.
“The cross-discipline collaboration is one of our differentiators,” claimed an employee, “luckily we are just the right size for fluid communication and collaboration to happen effortlessly.” The intentional company structure not only maximizes each employee’s sense of contribution and creative input, but also ensures a consistent level of quality in each personally, painstakingly rendered project.
An Artistic Home
“World Famous,” as a self-described career animator/designer/creative employee explained, “has created an artistic home for me in Seattle.”
Employees consistently note the ideal balance that World Famous strikes in the office, one of “relaxed culture and high-performance standards.” Another employee noted, “we’re like a small family company and I love all the folks I work with…we all know how to work together to get the job done, but we also are close friends and can go out for a beer at the end of the day.”
Beyond frequent socializing, creative pursuits are actively fostered and supported at World Famous. “Leadership often states, ‘our creative culture is the most valuable asset we have’,” explained an employee. In fact, “a percentage of profits is put aside for employee-driven passion projects.”
Generosity, both among employees and between management and employees, is a common theme in company feedback. “Each employee genuinely feels valued. I can't think of any other shops our size in our category that offer medical and retirement savings,” gushed an employee. Another stated with equal enthusiasm, “The benefits here are incredible. We also get a great amount of paid leave, and the management here is very aware of personal needs of every employee.”
World Famous employees find motivation through varied avenues and encouragement is found at every turn. As one employee lauded, “I have never felt as supported as a professional as I have since I've been here. Work is a fun place and I strive to make my employers happy and proud of my work.”
Creative and Committed Leadership
It’s no surprise that the freedom and respect World Famous employees feel comes straight from the tone set by leadership. Just as a balance is struck between serious quality and playful invention, so too is the approach from higher-ups. Direct testimony from employees includes, “Our leadership team are all a bunch of super smart goofballs that have been in the industry forever, they keep it real and fun,” as well as, “Executives and leaders within the company are approachable and accessible by anyone within the company.”
The entire World Famous team is bound by their artistic commitments and, as one employee elaborated, “The leadership recognizes that to be successful and keep the best talent, you need to tap into the employees’ passions as well as make a profit.” The company seems to have found its recipe for success and there is a clear appreciation for the fact that, “the company is led by creatives.”
Satisfaction abounds at the award-winning World Famous and as the small company continues to flourish, it has maintained its distinctively tight-knit, supportive culture. One employee’s conclusion brings the sentiment home, “I feel that with every new hire we enhance the company and it feels like we're all thriving. Couldn't be happier (and feel more privileged) to work for World Famous.”