Our values are the foundation of our culture. But they're not just words. It's how we apply them that defines who we are.
A better world is possible, and we're dedicated to working towards it.
We want Outcast to be a place where everyone is valued, encouraged, and supported. Mosaic, our dedicated diversity, equity, and inclusion team, brings together passionate employees from all areas and levels of Outcast to chart our course of continual progress.
It’s a key piece of our leadership and culture, and steers every part of our growth.
Mosaic is the driving force behind our DEI efforts, leading trainings, developing resources, and facilitating company-wide forums on how we can better support each other and our communities.
Our goal: to provide a workplace in which everyone has an opportunity to grow and lead. As integrated marketing professionals, we have a responsibility to find and amplify BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and other marginalized voices, and to uplift brands challenging injustice and fighting for a better tomorrow.
Our commitments guide us toward a deeper understanding of the challenges facing a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive world, and remind us to be a company that reflects the kind of reality we want to live in. Over the past year, our pillars — Talent, Training, and Advocacy — guided our actions and progress. While we’re excited about the opportunity to continue learning, growing, and empowering our community, we recognize that this work doesn’t have an endpoint. It constantly evolves, and we’re motivated to continue identifying ways to ensure everyone at Outcast is seen, heard, and valued.
Volunteers don't get paid, they give their time freely to make an impact for an effort or cause they believe in — that's essentially how it's always worked. But at Outcast we are guided by the idea that each of us can be a part of the big things that lead to big changes in the world, and volunteering for a meaningful cause is one way to do that.
We call it OC20. Every year, each Outcast is given 20 working hours they can dedicate towards volunteering for any of the passions or nonprofits they choose — fully paid.
With hundreds of hours logged at organizations like Rise Against Hunger, Tipping Point, The Humane Society, and Reclaim Our Vote, we believe Outcasts are making a real impact.
Keeping our connections — no matter what.
As we set up our home offices, dispersed to corners and kitchens across the world, we realized we had lost something we valued: our connection to each other, and the community we made together. Gone were the little chats in the break room, the impromptu team lunches, and gabbing about the latest bingeable shows. Since problem solving is what we do, we came up with a way to stay connected and share little bits of our lives with each other.
It started with one Outcast who purchased a gift from their local community, and mailed it to another Outcast. They in turn found something in their community to share, and the chain continued to grow — from each gift to each community, across the world — a simple way to feel a small connection to each other.
After all, we believe that no matter where you go you are always an Outcast.
Is it Wednesday?
In the confusion of those early pandemic days, no one could really tell what day, time, or even month it was — and our team was no different. We found ourselves on Zoom calls clarifying this once basic information. Our creative studio decided enough was enough. There had to be a better way to know what day it was.
Through our internal entrepreneurial program, Push It, we developed a website that not only told you what day of the week it was, but gave you ways to educate, distract, and even entertain yourself through this confusing and draining time.
Check it out (there are puppies involved).
A 2020 "Best Place to Work."
We were named one of PR Week's "Best Places to Work 2020". But when you are given such a superlative, we think it's best to get out of the way, and let the article speak for itself:
“I am hard-pressed to think of another agency that is as committed to their staff's future as Outcast,” observed one judge. Outcast supports continued growth and development with cross-training, rich learning labs, expert guests, mentoring and a culture of zero-ego collaboration. Improvement/advancement opportunities include weekly training sessions on topics such as media relations and crisis comms, as well as panels hosted by journalists. A bold culture of entrepreneurship with employee-led initiatives — namely its diversity, equity and inclusion council — engenders a culture of openness and engagement, which, in these challenging times, has made employees feel “supported, safe and secure.”
“If you ask employees what Outcast's ‘secret sauce’ is, it’s the people,” summarized one staffer. “We support each other, while also challenging each other to achieve excellence.”