Cruising down the I-5 S in a fleet of cars, we're heading to our annual work retreat in Deschutes National Forest.
It’s that kind of surreal adventure that includes getting paid to kick it with the company’s founders, where by day the CEO wants to know your big ideas and visions for the company. Then by night, hosts the chillest of dance parties.
It’s that kind of work trip where everyone gets a seat at the table and every story shared is received with genuine interest and openness.
Going around the swanky-meets-rustic common room at Suttle Lodge, everyone in the company has a story to share on how they arrived at Marmoset. Some of the stories are serendipitous, people being in the right place at the right time — others are filled with relentless pursuit: not scoring the job on the first try but never taking “no” for an answer. But for those who didn’t at first succeed, they find a way to join the music creative agency a year or two down the road. No matter the version in the arrival, there’s a common theme: the struggle was all worth it.
It’s testimony to something that's easier to feel than put into words, but you can hear it spoken over the gin filled “Drake on a Lake” cocktails that evening. The common consensus of the rumblings all come back to, ‘it’s really cool to work for a company that strives to do good and knows how to have fun in the process.’
This sense of caring mixed with continual efforts to stand out as creative, goodhearted people, it's clear Marmoset attracts two different kinds of people: those who boldly embrace a polar plunge, and those who will carefully watch to ensure no one drowns. The first morning of the retreat, a handful of fearless Marmosets start off the action-packed morning by cannonballing into the (almost) frozen lake. But don't worry, there's a long lifeguard pole to fish out anyone who cramps up.
On dry land and the final day, every team recaps their quarter happenings, there’s celebration over the achievements — there’s transparency in what we can do better.
The long but rewarding day transcends to evening, and the lodge's living room morphs from conference room to dance hall. Marmoset brings Pure Bathing Culture on stage to kick the night off right, opening up the lodge's heavy, wooden carved doors to the surrounding community. It's an open house for anyone who wants to be a part of the creative energy and celebration.
Strangers blend with familiar faces, bringing us back to our initiative of bringing people together and sharing awesome music.