Firehouse, a highly creative and unconventional independent advertising agency, is starting out the year strong as the company celebrates its number one ranking from Ad Age as the Best Places to Work in 2024 in the category of 200 employees or less. While this is Firehouse’s third consecutive ranking on the national list starting in 2022, this is the agency’s first appearance in the top spot among its competitors. Firehouse is the only Texas agency to make the list. According to Ad Age, the award distinguishes the top 50 companies leading the way on pay, benefits, corporate culture and leadership.
As an agency, Firehouse views its culture as a competitive advantage. Agency leadership prides themselves on offering great benefits, providing employees with individualized career paths and creating a fun and supportive workplace.
“No industry award has ever meant more than this recognition because it’s about people. It’s about values. It’s not about snacks or scooters or foosball tables. It’s about giving the people who choose to work here each and every day the things that matter: opportunity, fairness, safety and a voice,” said Tripp Westbrook, president and Chief Creative Officer at Firehouse. “I am humbled beyond words that the people at Firehouse feel this way about working here. It shows we’re setting the bar not only for ourselves, but for the industry, and we will continue moving the workplace needle forward.”
The winners reflect the highest overall numerical scores based on an analysis of questionnaires submitted by employers and survey responses from their employees. Ad Age’s scoring system factors in employee responses on topics including pay and benefits and seven other core focus areas (75% of the score) and a company’s policies and practices on areas including pay and benefits, work/life balance, recruitment, training and development (25% of the score).
“It’s been three years of good changes, accomplishments and celebrations,” said Steve Smith, CEO. “The Ad Age recognition says we don’t just work hard on behalf of clients, we listen to our employees and focus on creating an organization where their talents flourish in a progressive and inclusive work environment.”
Some of the recent agency momentum includes its 2023 promotions of three talented female employees into key leadership roles. Firehouse also “remodeled” agency benefits to increase parental leave and provide an adoption assistance program and paid mental health care. Firehouse is an award-winning advertising agency founded on the idea that unconventional thinking leads to transformative ideas. Notable clients include The Dallas Zoo, Lennox, Trupanion, HOA Brands, Stryker, Coinstar, Toyota and Mary Kay.