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Life At Little

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If you ask people at Little what keeps us excited about coming to work each day, you’ll hear repeatedly that it’s the people and the culture. We revel in the opportunity to work with such diverse people from so many fields of design. Our culture is open, informal, collaborative and fun–all reflected in recognition of Little as a ‘#1 Best Place to Work’ on multiple occasions.

01 Empowering Individuals

We’re ambitious—because we believe that ambitious people need to work in an ambitious firm to reach their fullest potential. We’re dedicated to unleashing the entrepreneurial spirit and giving people the freedom to explore new ideas, take bold chances and continuously learn from our experiences.

From Near and Far

North 20%, South 55%, Midwest 15%, West 5%, Abroad 5%
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Where we’re from: We believe that breakthrough ideas come from close collaboration of people from different areas of expertise and different cultural experiences.That’s why we’re proud to hire employees from across the country and world.
Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.
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Creativity is contagious. Pass it on. A Little holiday card. View the making of the card.

02 Teaching and Learning

We embrace diversity in all its forms; we each have something that makes us unique and different, and that makes our collaboration richer. We create a culture of teaching and learning through cross-mentoring that spans generations, disciplines, interests and talents. We strive to give each person exposure to the widest array of experiences possible to help them grow farther and faster than they could anywhere else.

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So…You wanna be an Architect?

A few months ago I came across a blog post on Design Intelligence (one of my favorite blogs) about the University of Hartford setting up a student studio in the office space of a local architectural firm.

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Generation Breakdown: At Little, we make sure everyone has a voice, no matter how long they’ve been with us. We embrace a culture of teaching and learning through cross-mentoring that spans generations.
Gen-X’ers
Baby Boomers
Millennials

03 Paying It Forward

We have a long and deep tradition of volunteer leadership and financial support for the non-profit agencies that make our communities better places for all people. We contribute thousands of hours of volunteer service in our communities each year, and our firm acts as a conduit to help people get connected to the service opportunities that mean the most to them. We are also participants in “The 1% Program,” giving us the chance to use our design talents, on a pro bono basis, to support non-profit agencies in our communities.

04 Mixing Business with Pleasure

Our profession is intense; we all know the pressure of a deadline. But it’s fun, too—when we’re working on projects that make a positive difference in people’s lives, and when we’re working with people who share our values, passions and humor, it can be exhilarating.

For that reason, we have flexible attitudes about work, and we have Quality of Life programs that allow us to balance the ebb and flow of our personal and professional lives.

We care passionately about our clients and each other, and we do our best to spark a spirit of excitement and discovery in everyone around us.

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Mexico
18%, 16%, 40%, 10%, 8%, 1%, 2%, 5%

Tunes

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What’s In Our Headphones: Whether on our iPod or the latest play list at a firm event, Little employees have a love for music. We even have a few musicians among us that enjoy side-gigs with local bands.
Rock
Country
Indie
Bluegrass
Hip–Hop
R&B
Classical
Other*
Rockclimbing
Staches
Canyoning
Bees
White-water Rafting
Snowy Mountain
Stadium
Rock Facade
Baseball
Bulls, Brews & BBQ Pins
Fish
Turtle
Owl
Jungle
Kayaking

Flix

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Netflix Queue: You can’t work at Little and not enjoy laughing. That’s why comedies tend to be our top choice of movies. We’re a light-hearted group and that’s not only reflected in the movies we watch, but also in our culture that keeps us excited about coming to work every day.
Action
Comedy
Drama
Foreign
Indie
Romance
Sci-Fi
Horror
Other