Part of the Family
Andrew Elder, quality editor, says part of the secret to the company’s success stems from McMurry being very selective in its hiring process. If you’ve blown the CEO away within the first 10 seconds of your initial meeting, you may end up taking the two personality tests the company sees as good indicators of whether or not you will fit in. If you’re lucky, you’ll be asked back to complete other sorts of activities. For example, if you’re a writer, you’ll work on a writing assignment. A designer will have to design a piece on the spot. All in all, the hiring process regularly takes about three months. Managers are expected to spend 10 percent of their work time looking for talent—whether there is an open position or not. If an opening occurs, ideally there is already an existing pool of talent.
“The reason is that once they decide someone belongs in the company, they embrace them completely as a member of the family,” Elder says. “At that point, there is nothing McMurry won’t do to ensure the well-being of that employee. Health care, financial support, job advancement and satisfaction—all these things are there for the taking. McMurry ensures that everyone gets what they need, what they’re striving for, and then some.”
Production Manager Laura Marlow agrees that the caliber of the new hires helps create the special work environment. “[McMurry] makes the effort to hire very good staff—so we have very good people working with a lot of other very good people,” she says. “The result is great teamwork, which is critical in the publishing world.”
The good vibes—and drive to be a full-service marketing firm—have helped McMurry attract some big-name clients, like GlaxoSmithKline, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co., Amtrak, CBS and IBM, in the past few years. Aiming to be much more than a traditional custom publisher, McMurry says the firm helps clients with the creation of video, Web sites, e-mail marketing, banner advertising and online content.