Beyond Benefits: Why We Love Working for BigSpeak Speakers Bureau

The joy of our company starts with the community. Nestled in beautiful Santa Barbara, BigSpeak Speakers Bureau is located in the wonderland between the Santa Ynez mountains to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the South, populated with restaurants, tasting rooms, and natural areas of beauty. Some call this place the American Riviera for its eternal springtime weather.

BigSpeak began in 1995 as part of founder Jonathan Wygant’s desire to reach people and make a difference in the world after running a Fortune 500 company. While he has taken a step back from day-to-day operations, his influence and generosity can be felt throughout the company he started out of his garage.

Recognition

Employees are recognized for their hard work and ideas. Each month, a deserving employee wins the Big Kahuna award: an award for providing service to the company above and beyond. Other awards given throughout the year recognize employee efforts for innovation and improving company culture.

Generosity

BigSpeak gives back generously to their employees. In addition to the great benefits (listed below), employees received a wonderful gift from the company each winter holiday season. But generosity isn’t just yearly, employees are taken out to dinners on months where results have exceeded expectations. Not to mention, leaders and employees alike are known to bring in hump-day breakfast burritos and the chocolate drawer is never left empty.

Leadership

Unlike other companies where you might never meet the boss except on the day you are hired, BigSpeak’s leadership is front and center. While this is true of many small companies, what makes leadership different is that they listen to their employees and create future plans for the company based on the feedback they receive. They ask for feedback in Leadership 360 surveys and address concerns in town halls held at off-sites.

Culture

BigSpeak believes in creating a collaborative and fun community for the employees to thrive in. As the company has grown, it has created a Culture Club dedicated to providing employees with time outside of work to bond through fun events like pumpkin carving, Thanksgiving feasts, and painted cabernets. During March Madness or the Super Bowl, the company sponsors a prize for fun, light-hearted competitions..

Innovation

BigSpeak considers itself a learning company. It’s not the same-old same-old, month after month. Your voice is heard. We are always improving and growing, looking for employee ideas to develop our systems, processes, business, and culture.

Big Benefits

In addition to a company of recognition, generosity, leadership, culture, innovation, BigSpeak offers the following benefits to improve your quality of life.

Retirement

401K ER – BigSpeak Contributes 4% match on salary YTD
401k ER Profit Sharing
401k Pension Plan Cash Balance $1,000-$2,000 a year

Health and Wellness
Health Insurance 100% premium Cost paid by BigSpeak for employee

Paid Sick Days – 12 a year

FSA/HSA
Long Term Disability

Personal Development
Employee Development Fund: $1,000 a year
Employee Wellness Fund: $500 a year

Time Off

Paid Vacation Days: 10 to start; increasing to 20 over 6 years

10 Paid Holidays

Half Day Fridays (end at 12 noon as long as we are growing above 15%)

Majority of our team gets the week between Christmas and New Year’s off

Other Benefits

Volunteer days (2 per year)

Pet-friendly (we love dogs, cats, and fish)