5 Chicago companies employees actually love working for

December 3, 2015

What they do: Jellyvision uses behavioral science, humor, strong writing, and some of the best tech around to develop software that reenergizes a lot of life’s most important (but not so entertaining) decisions, like managing finances and choosing healthcare providers.

Number of job listings: 16

Coolest available jobs: Tooling Engineer, Demand Generation Intern, Interactive Writers

Coolest perks: Jellyvision is famous for their company culture, and perks are a huge part of that. They’ve got the basics (like competitive pay, stock options, and benefits) plus free yoga classes, free food, and a massage chair, to name a few.

Note from the boss: “We’re looking for folks who are incredibly bright and talented, but also humble and collaborative, because that’s how we work,” said Mary Beth Wynn, VP of People at Jellyvision. “We need people who are both self-motivated and self-managed because our approach is to hire amazing people and then get out the way so that they can do their best work.”


What they do: Reverb is an online marketplace for musicians to buy, sell, and discover the gear and instruments they need to keep on rocking.

Number of job listings: 9

Coolest available jobs: Music Gear Supplier and Artist Relations Specialist, Full Stack Ruby Developer, CFO

Coolest perks: Check them out: Reverb's got flexible vacation, 100% coverage on health insurance, 401k, discounts on music gear, yoga in the office, monthly jam sessions in the office, and group outings.  

Note from the boss: “We hire individuals who share our entrepreneurial mindset and demonstrate a ‘do-whatever-it-takes’ approach to problem solving,” said Gina Contella, Reverb’s Director of Talent. “Anyone with enough raw talent, creativity and motivation will succeed here. Our employees are encouraged to take ownership and identify areas of the business they can impact outside of their day-to-day responsibilities. We're committed to delivering a quality experience and unsurpassed customer service to our users, and we collaborate each and every day to ensure we're doing just that!”


What they do: LiveWatch is a home security provider for the DIY generation, offering alarm systems and home automation that are smartphone-powered.

Coolest available job: Security Consultant

Coolest perks: They’ve got a full suite of traditional benefits, plus all the awesome perks you’d expect at a top tech company: weekly free lunches, happy hours, and outings, a super casual work environment, and internal competitions with cool giveaways. 

Note from the boss: “We’re seeking candidates who want to win as part of a world-class team and help protect customers with innovative security technology,” said Kim Elmore, Customer Acquisition Manager. “People who are passionate about collaboration, innovation and problem solving will thrive in our culture.”


What they do: Strata Decision Technology is a leading innovator in SaaS development, particularly for financial and business analytics in healthcare.

Number of job listings: 4

Coolest available jobs: UX Designer, Senior Software Developer, Software Consultant

Coolest perks: They’ve got it all — transit benefits, an educational grant program, a team lounge with free food and drinks, an annual off-site retreat for the entire team, plus a comprehensive insurance package.

Note from the boss: “We look for individuals who are passionate, have an entrepreneurial spirit, and invest dedication and energy into everything they do,” said Christie Markiewicz, Director of Team Development. “Individuals should be excited at the prospect of joining a growing, dynamic company and be ready to help drive innovation to help contribute to our success.”


What they do: DigitasLBI is a marketing agency that harnesses the power of the digital age to help usher existing brands into the current state of innovation in creativity, design, and tech.

Number of job listings: 10

Coolest available jobs: Experience DesignerAssoc Dir, Search Marketing (SEO)Associate Director, Social Strategy

Coolest perks: The perks at DigitasLBI are, well, everything to write home about. They offer fully-flexible work arrangements, a robust and respectable new parent program, plenty of personal time off they actually want you to use, and a whole host of convenience-based services, like Instacart and Uber.

Note from the boss: "We seek out talented people who are smart, collaborative and restless,” said Tony Weisman, CEO, DigitasLBi North America. “It’s these hiring values that define our work and guide our philosophy of what is important to us as an agency. It’s not about where we are recruiting, but who we are recruiting for and always assuming we want a diverse culture, rich in both skill and character. We concentrate as much as possible on junior and middle management as we do on finding senior leaders. We home-grow our talent into senior leaders over time, which is strengthened by the retention, career learning, and development planning programs we provide.”

Photo of DigistasLBI employee Doug Malcolm and his family by Fotio. 

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