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Young Professionals Best Place to Work: Sundog

November 1st, 2017 by Amanda Hofland

You’ve probably already heard of local marketing and technology firm Sundog for their fun company culture, but what you might not know is how much emphasis they put on creating a great place to work for young professionals.

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And as winner of this year’s ChamberChoice YP best place to work, their efforts are clearly working. “We have a great team here at Sundog, and being recognized as a great place to work affirms that our priorities are in the right place,” Eric Dukart, chief strategy officer, said.

Founded in 1995 as a tech startup, today they say Sundog is not just an ad agency or software firm. They’re a best-of-both-worlds hybrid. With offices in Fargo and Minneapolis and a client base throughout the U.S., they’re focused on helping their clients create digital transformation, which they say is a major shift for many industries.

While Sundog works across the country, they hold Fargo close to their heart. The company’s leadership team all graduated from local universities, and many grew up here. In fact, that’s one of the reasons why they focus heavily on their Sundog internship program – to continue to recruit the best local talent and inspire the next generation of leaders. (Fun fact: Even the name of the company is inspired by Fargo! ‘Sundog’ is a nod to the phenomenon that occurs on cold, sunny days.)

With about 100 full-time employees at Sundog, 70% are under the age of 35, and all are encouraged to take part in all aspects of the company. They recognize that talent has nothing to do with age, and allow everyone who works there to make his or her mark, regardless of their role or longevity.

Because Sundog’s culture is family first, they provide a number of fun events like a Halloween and holiday party. On Fridays, they have Four O’ Clocks, where everyone gathers for food, drinks and games. And their Culture Club plans events that encourage a collaborative environment. One recent intern planned an in-office yoga session called “Downward Sundog.”

Sundog’s young professionals are encouraged to attend conferences throughout the year. When they learn new things, team members can host Tech Talks during the workday.

Sundog puts great importance on collaborating with the community. “It isn’t just about doing well. It’s about doing good,” Dukart said. “Our outreach is built around giving our time, talents and treasure to our community.” For instance, their Education Innovators program focuses on giving back through pro bono projects, sponsorships and mentorship opportunities at local schools and tech camps.

It’s clear that leadership believes that culture is at the heart of their success, and they make sure to live their core values in every aspect of the business. Their philosophy is to do what you love and love what you do. That focus on people and passion is reflected everywhere, from being employee-owned to modern office spaces, to monthly social events.

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