redpepper is one of the very few advertising agencies in the Nashville area that isn’t named after a person. The first “r” in redpepper is never capitalized. Also, the word “red” can never be represented with the color red; although, you can make the word “pepper” red. Visually and phonetically the whole word needs to flow, this allows that.

Nowadays, we see companies trying to get everyone to conform to the same “mainstream” type of work environment. Sit in your cubicle; do your work; have lunch; do more work; go home. You can call it whatever you want, but I call it stupid. A work environment like that may be good for some, but I think I speak for everyone else when I say that it can be extremely unproductive (and possibly depressing) for a normal human being.

The first impression I got from redpepper is something that is different than anything I’ve ever experienced. It truly feels as if you have complete free rein to do whatever you need to do to get the job done! If that means walking around with the dogs that roam the halls, do it. Grabbing an in-house beer on tap, do it. Need to relieve some stress by playing on the integrated putt-putt course? What are you waiting for?

My job as an intern here is within the video department. But the weird (and great thing) is that when you’re at redpepper, everyone helps with almost every job you do. No, I don’t mean that they micromanage here; what I mean is that everyone helps each other if the tasks calls for it. The second week working here, I was in the Content Studio which is where we do a lot of photo shoots for clients for social media and whatnot. During the time we were doing a shoot for Cracker Barrel, they allowed me to voice my opinions on things within the picture that could be tweaked. Being an intern, I was amazed at the fact they listened and allowed me to help with the shoot at all. They respect and treat me as a creative individual, not some newbie.

It becomes a matter of culture with this company that is completely unheard of. The constant communication and transparency that the employees (or should I say family members) have makes for an extremely calm, yet entertaining, work environment. In the modern workplace, this type of atmosphere is few and far between making it ridiculously underappreciated. For the short amount of time I’ve been here, it’s obviously a known fact that if anyone ever asks questions or needs help that all employees (including the CEO) are all on the same playing field. No one feels less superior than the other because they all hold their positions at the same level (which is how it should be). They know that titles don’t make the person.

If you ever get the chance to work at a place like redpepper (or just come work here!) I urge you to do so. It’s said that if you love what you do then you will never work a day in your life. redpepper is definitely included within that spectrum.

A  lex Hochstetler, Video Intern, Murfreesboro, TN

Alex Hochstetler, Video Intern, Murfreesboro, TN