19. Butler, Shine, Stern and Partners

Advertising agency

LOCATION: Sausalito, CA
BEST PERKS: Community & environmental support, Fitness, Swag
HIRING? YES! bssp.com

BSSP is a full-service marketing-communications agency based in Sausalito, California. We provide services in advertising, online marketing, and Web development; data analytics; brand identity and design; and strategic brand consulting.

BSSP is one of the largest independent agencies on the West Coast and is known for providing highly creative, fully accountable marketing solutions to a broad array of marketers, including Priceline, Mini Cooper, Columbia Sportswear, Sorel, AT&T Interactive, Isis Mobile payments, Greyhound, Mission Foods, Piperlime, and RadioShack. 

Our employees love the agency for many different reasons. First, location and activities. We are a block from the Bay, where we kayak, and blocks from hiking with bay and ocean views. There is a bike path outside our door, a basketball court blocks away, and tennis courts around the corner. Second, we have an amazing culture: while we have doubled in size in the past few years, we maintain a small agency feel. We hire people who share our work ethic and values.

We offer annual holiday bonuses based on agency revenue each year, as well as spot bonuses. We also have employee-referral bonuses: if an employee refers someone that we hire, they receive $500.

All promotions are announced and celebrated. All anniversaries from one year and up are announced and celebrated in staff meetings. Employees are continously recongized for efforts in company meetings, e-mail, and so forth.

We host a summer concert series. The last Thursday of every month, we close at 4 p.m. and a local band performs in our parking lot, where local food and local beer is also served. We invite all our neighbors and community to celebrate with us.

Diversity in our industry and community is a priority for BSSP, and we participate in the Marcus Graham Project (marcusgrahamproject.org) and the 4A’s MAIP intern program.

Each year, we participate in Adopt-a-Family (adoptafamily.org), and our employees help make these families’ wishes come true. Each year, we take on more and more families.

We have also encouraged our employees’ own generosity and provided matching funds to assist relief following the devastating earthquakes in Haiti and Japan.

We have bike storage, showers, and a locker room. We have a large bike-commuting population, and many ride daily over the Golden Gate Bridge. 

We reimburse employees for gym fees and offer sea-kayaking and paddleboarding a block from our office year-round at no cost. We have intramural activities such as softball, basketball, soccer, and boccie ball, all within blocks of our office. 

We have an extended program via our health insurance that provides weight management and nutrition counseling, tobacco cessation, and alternative therapies such as chiropractic, accupunture, and massage. 

We provide tax-free commuter checks to encourage use of public transit, and we help organize carpool groups from San Francisco to Sausalito. We have a living garden within the agency that grows herbs, fruits, and vegetables, and we help fertilize it with our recycled coffee grounds.

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