7 hot Chicago tech companies hiring this month

Doug Pitorak

Dare we say spring is finally here, Chicago? Even if the temperatures dip back down, the season of growth will stay — at least in the city's tech startup scene. 

There are many local tech startups looking to grow their teams right now. Read on to see some of this month’s hottest hiring Chicago companies!

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By efficiently analyzing copious amounts of data, Uptake’s platform is able to predict problems and supply valuable insight to companies around the globe in industries like rail, mining, health care and insurance. As the Uptake website reads, “We didn’t invent the crystal ball, but we’re pretty damn close.”

Funding: N/A
Location: 600 W. Chicago Ave., Ste. 775, Chicago, IL 60654
Perks: subsidized Fooda, company lunch on Fridays, free snacks, company sports teams 
Founded: 2014

Uptake jobs here!

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On the heels of a promising round of funding from General Catalyst, VISANOW is making its way to the top of the online employer-sponsored visa industry. And the dedicated team of employees is the fuel to the fire.

“This is one of the most, if not the most, exciting times in VISANOW history,” said Kristy Nittskoff, director of talent development at VISANOW. “We’re tracking to double our size in less than two years, and our employees are making it happen. They’re passionate about our product and believe in our mission of helping businesses succeed, individuals grow and families reconnect by offering a superior visa and immigration service."

Funding: $22.1 million
Location: 350 N. LaSalle, Ste., 1400, Chicago, IL 60654
Perks: agile work environment, weekly BYOB happy hours, unlimited free coffee and snacks, moving in summer to large newly built office in the Loop
Founded: 1998

VISANOW jobs here!


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There once was a world where social media didn’t exist, and that world is no more. Indeed, social media seems as prevalent as air, and for today’s companies, it’s a critical part of their brands. Thankfully, Sprout Social created an easy-to-use, effective social media management platform, so the world’s leading companies can be sure they are optimizing their social media channels. Community is a big part of a brand’s social networks, and it’s important at Sprout, too.

“The team at Sprout Social is a tight-knit group who takes pride in building superior software, solving tough problems and facilitating open communications for our customers,” said Jim Conti, director of talent at Sprout. “We all work hard to achieve those goals but like to have fun together while we’re at it.”

Funding: $27 million
Location: 131 S. Dearborn, 10th floor, Chicago, IL 60603
Perks: excellent health care benefits, retirement plans, CTA/Metra transit program, gym and Divvy Bike subsidies, free meals, snacks and beverages, great technology and equipment
Founded: 2010

Sprout Social jobs here!


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Do you want to work for a tech company that helps people lead a healthy lifestyle? If so, ContextMedia is the place for you. The talented team at ContextMedia develops digital media technologies that health care providers can use to educate their patients about living healthy. Be sure to check out their jobs page.

Note: ContextMedia is always interested in hiring mid-level sales reps!

Funding: N/A
Location: 330 N. Wabash Ste. 2500, Chicago, IL 60611
Perks: lunch and breakfast, Divvy Bike membership, on-site yoga, game room, massage room, treadmill desks, in-house barista, competitive salary and benefits
Founded: 2006

ContextMedia jobs here!


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Recognized by Fortune as one of the Best Places to Work and Crain’s Chicago Business for cool office spaces, Solstice Mobile continues to disrupt the digital space. The creative team at Solstice continues to craft cutting edge digital products, from mobile applications to wearables linked to the IoT. Plus, they take care of their employees, too.

“We have some great perks, but I think what differentiates us is our investment back into employees,” said Lucy Viereckl, a recruiting specialist at Solstice Mobile. “All full-time employees receive a self-directed $5,000 training budget each year and are encouraged to take classes, go to conferences, buy books, subscriptions, etc.”

Funding: N/A
Location: 111 N. Canal, 5th floor, Chicago, IL 60606
Perks: mentorship program, lunch and learns, strong internal training
Founded: 2001

Solstice Mobile jobs here!


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At Civis Analytics, you will join a diverse community of engineers, data scientists and statisticians that works on solving the world’s biggest problems through big data. Civis Analytics works with a range of organizations, spanning politics, health care, media and education.

“Because of our eclectic backgrounds, from astrophysics to advertising, there's a culture of learning at Civis that makes it fulfilling to show up here every day,” said Caroline Grey, vice president of Civis Analytics. “You're helping clients achieve their mission, but you're also learning as much as you would in graduate school or in academia."

Funding: N/A
Location: West Loop
Perks: Excellent health, vision and dental insurance, flexible hours, generous vacation policy, company socials
Founded: 2013

Civis Analytics jobs here!


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Investors need to be careful with their money. YCharts provides investors with precise data and insight, so that they can make informed decisions based on predicted returns for growth, value stocks and more. Much of YCharts success is tied to its devoted team.

“We treat people like people,” said Nathan Pinger, director of products at YCharts. “That sounds simple, but it’s really special when it’s done right.”

Note: YCharts loves to hire both entry-level sales reps with no experience and high-level sales reps with financial backgrounds. 

Funding: $8.7 million
Location: 414 N. Orleans St., Ste. 302, Chicago, IL 60654
Perks: flexible hours, casual dress, flexible vacation, able to shape career path, competitive salary and equity, medical and dental insurance coverage, catered lunch every other Friday
Founded: 2009


Related: Best Startups to Work for in Chicago

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