New Year, New Career: 7 Chicago companies hiring in 2016

Andreas Rekdal
January 7, 2016

ReviewTrackers gathers reviews from every major review website out there into a single dashboard. This dashboard can help businesses keep an eye on how customers are reacting to company products and policy. ReviewTrackers’ platform also lets businesses reach out to satisfied customers to encourage them to leave reviews on relevant sites. ReviewTrackers is currently recruiting, with positions available in marketing and sales as well as engineering and recruiting. Benefits include; healthcare, 401ks, open paid time off days, monthly team outings, lunches, happy hours, and more.

Who they’re looking for: "Our ideal candidates possess dynamic personalities with innovative ideas, and flourish in a fast paced environment,” said ReviewTrackers CEO Chris Campbell. “Natural curiosity, hunger for challenges, and resourcefulness are a few of our key needs. We give working hard and playing hard a new meaning."

Creator of the Canvas learning management system, Instructure has been changing the way people learn since 2011. Building on the lessons they’ve learned from the learning management system space, Instructure is on a mission to make workforce training more engaging with their newest product, Bridge. In addition to stock options, 401ks and catered lunches, employees receive lots of time off, gym memberships, Mac computers and tuition reimbursement.

Who they’re looking for: “We look for talented candidates who bring energy and unique capabilities and who can adapt quickly in a rapidly growing environment," said Jeff Weber, SVP of People and Places at Instructure.  "We focus on attracting people who are passionate about creating intuitive software that makes people smarter."

With 18 locations on 4 continents, Marketwired is a company with plenty of room for professional growth and ambition. While Marketwired may be out of its initial scrappy startup phase (its Internet wire service was founded over 20 years ago) its team is still innovating and experimenting, now in the news distribution space.

Who they’re looking for: “We are adding sales reps to this dynamic team who are looking for an opportunity to learn from amazing leaders, sell cutting-edge products in a collaborative and enjoyable work environment, and take their careers to the next level,” said talent acquisition specialist Ellen Jordan. “Employees in Marketwired’s Chicago office – all 40 of them – are hardworking, engaging, and team-focused. Plus, they’re extremely knowledgeable about the current happenings and future of the communication industry.”


Zest Health creates mobile technologies that help consumers make more informed and cost-effective healthcare decisions. Their software helps consumers choose providers, understand costs, and schedule services.

Who they’re looking for: “At Zest, a passion for our mission is two-fold and critical to our success as a team,” said human resources manager Laura Patterson. “We seek out talented candidates who are motivated by both the desire to design and build innovative technology solutions and the opportunity to make a tangible impact on the lives of our members. We can already visualize that impact every day through an increasing number of member stories – saving people time, money, and ridding them of healthcare system headaches – and we want to add those who will use that success as inspiration to make a bigger dent.”

Since its founding in Chicago in 2011, DevMynd has grown into a leading national developer consultancy. Clients include well known brands like TrunkClub, Madison Square Garden, The University of Chicago, and Motorola Solutions. Besides the opportunity to work with exciting clients, DevMynd employees get ample time off, paid conferences, an optional work-from-home day once a week, and eligibility for inclusion in bi-annual profit sharing. Oh, and a healthy work/life balance.

Who they're looking for: “Good candidates for a career at DevMynd typically have 3 things in common: aptitude for the job, continuous ambition to learn, and the potential to be a great consultant,” said New Client Consultant Chase Hires. “Devmynd is a different kind of consultancy. We focus on people. Our consultants are amazing people who also happen to be some of the best designers and engineers around.”


Striving to reduce the stress and increase the profitability of running a small law firm, Smokeball has over 50 employees in Chicago and Sydney, Australia. The company takes its name from an 1893 legal case in England in which a woman successfully sued a dubious medical equipment manufacturer. Perks include a fitness allowance, monthly massages, free breakfasts, off-site training sessions, and “fun t-shirt Fridays.”


Veritas Health helps patients find free, accurate, timely, and peer-reviewed medical information through its online publishing platform. They’re currently hiring writers, designers, and developers. Perks include a self-directed training and development budget, flexible hours, and free lunches on Fridays.

Who they're looking for: “People who are most successful here have an inner drive to succeed, to figure things out, and to make a meaningful contribution every single day," said Stephanie Burke, CEO and co-founder of Veritas Health. "We have a strong track record of focusing on new areas of growth and really moving the dial — people who share our drive and commitment to always do things better are really happy in our organization."

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