I’m guessing everyone has heard the inspirational quote: “If you love something, let it go. If it returns, it’s yours.” This aptly sums up my own Mojo crush. As a general rule, I feel as though a blog shouldn’t focus on personal narratives, but I think this one deserves a little real estate from my heart.
Given this point, I’m what you call a boomerang. What that means is I am a former Mojo Maker that has returned home to the “Mojo Dojo,” and it’s important to note that not only am I excited to be part of the Mojosphere again, I am welcomed with open arms by those who appreciate my skills and ethics. To articulate the value of my roundtrip virtue, I’ve compiled some important reasons supporting the value of working at Mojo Media Labs, an extraordinary and award-winning digital marketing agency.
As you might expect, in order to survive in today’s marketing domain, keeping on top of industry trends, apps, hardware, workflows, and methodologies are just part of the necessary basics to maintain a pulse. All while trying out new tactics and tools to stay ahead of the curve — and improve efficiency.
In digital design terms, not having exposure to creative technologies and techniques is a career conk. Mind you, I’m not talking about just having an internet connection, I’m alluding to being surrounded by coworkers that are drunk on the status quo’s kool-aid of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” In a creative storm, having such colleagues onboard will break the ship’s mast and sink its bow deep into noncurrent relevancy.
Fortunately at Mojo, everyone — including management — believes technology isn’t something that was established 30 years ago. Instead, Mojo embraces change and is always willing to test and analyze breakout tools, apps, and solutions, all while measuring potential benefits for our strategy and clients.
Beautiful, Multifaceted Clientele
Mojo clients come in all shapes, sizes, and industries — which brings to mind one of my favorite movie scenes:
El Guapo: Would you say I have a plethora of pinatas? Jefe: A what? El Guapo: A *plethora*. Jefe: Oh yes... you have a plethora.
For a digital designer such as myself, this equates to pure delight. For the meek, having several voices, tones, personas, and brand standards to adopt might seem like too much work. Admittedly, that scenario isn’t for everyone, but it’s one positive aspect that makes Mojo life personally challenging from a design standpoint. This is to say nothing of the sheer number of diverse projects that queue up for each campaign during a monthly sprint. With every conversion path, the sky is the limit, depending on the client’s goals. From a website design overhaul, animated infographics, eBooks to blogging, social monitoring and podcasts, a client’s objective can generate a plethora of digital assets. Sounds fun, right? Yeah… It is.
Mojo culture is, by far, one of the main reasons I proudly returned. I am pleased to experience the culture that was there when I left, yet has grown stronger thanks to the management’s clear hiring judgement. Mojo’s cross-team dialogue and good-natured fellowship instills team trust and confidence. Additionally at Mojo, it is a refreshing treat to be surrounded by brilliant people in every role.
Every Mojo employee is hired based on our six core values. Everyone lives and honors these six principles which allows us to share space on the same page together — to support and boost one other up — to instill a level of pride in what we do, who we do it for, and how we can continue to do it better.
It goes without saying, a healthy company culture is ideal for collaboration. I think we all know what it’s like to work for a sick culture. One that is fostered with fear, jealousy, and selfishness. Fortunately, at Mojo, there aren’t any secrets or the toxic attitude of, “I figured it out by myself, so you should too.” Instead, new ideas and discoveries are shared with everyone. Additionally, if one team or team member is roadblocked, others come to gladly and openly assist.
This kind of collaboration is rare since I’ve never experienced it anywhere other than at Mojo. I suppose at its root, this collaboration is a direct effect of open and honest communication. While so many companies claim to practice and uphold this as a part of their prerogative, it usually doesn’t exist beyond a bullet-point on job description. Thankfully, Mojo lives through team collaboration and communication. Because of this, everyday I experience the pride of feeling like I am part of something fantastic.
Fond of Creative Freedom
You don’t have to be in a creative role at Mojo to focus on what you love. However, as a digital designer, there is an enormous amount of creative freedom at Mojo. The only confines might include adherence to a client’s brand style. Aside from that, the tasks are rarely dictated from a design perspective — which is a fulfilling experience. There’s no feeling of a micro-managed, factory-like process, which is a perfect environment to allow creativity to flourish.
Compassion for Benefits
Let’s get down to it. Sure, Mojo has all the standard insurance and savings benefits that most companies offer, but what I’m referring to here are the benefits of working at Mojo. Without question, you could take every point made in this blog thus far and insert it here as a benefit.
Oftentimes, it’s easy to overlook the little things we take for granted. All it takes is to get a snoot full of “the grass is greener” to make us shake our heads and ask ourselves,”Why?” How about a super-comfortable chair, awesome adjustable desk (sit or stand), Apple Thunderbolt display with accompanying MacBook Pro that’s perfect for working at home every Wednesday? Well, I admit, that’s nice. So is the 10-story panoramic view of the entire Dallas area, free snacks, beer and cider on tap, awesome coffee, covered parking, flexible dress code, and fully equipped fitness center. But all that wouldn’t be so awesome if it weren’t for the people who embrace technology, nurture our client’s successes, hire great people, collaborate on tasks, and encourage creativity.
Honestly, agency life is ever changing and never boring. If I were to distill it down to the bare essence of what has me crushing on Mojo, it is simply that. It’s not high science or like working with mercury. It’s charmed, challenging, rewarding, and fulfilling.