7 Chicago companies hiring that will save you from workplace hell

Written by Sam Dewey
Published on Sep. 03, 2015
7 Chicago companies hiring that will save you from workplace hell

As September rolls in, it brings with it quite a bit of structure. By now, the kids have gone back to school, and your day-to-day duties have likely started to buckle down and find a routine now that summer's unbound hours have returned to business. Before you get too settled for fall, the time is ripe to consider turning a new leaf — just before the trees do. Here are the top tech companies hiring in Chicago in September. Resumes at the ready, Chicago. 


civis analytics

Civis Analytics

Civis Analytics is building a data-driven world with cloud-based products to help organizations do data science better and easier. They create technologies that empower organizations to unlock the truth hiding in their own data—transforming them into smart organizations that are ready to thrive. They're solving the world's biggest problems with big data. Through research, experimentation, and iteration, Civis Analytics is transforming how organizations do analytics.

"We value entrepreneurial, creative, hardworking candidates who are excited to be part of a Chicago-based startup, probably very similar to other local startups," said Lisa Rodriguez, VP of Operations at Civis Analytics. "In addition to all of those qualities, an ideal candidate for Civis Analytics sees the power in using data to understand and solve problems; is civic-minded, looking to contribute to solving some of the world's biggest problems; and is ready and willing to have and share new ideas."

Location: 224 N DesPlaines St, Suite 500
Perks: At Civis, you’ll be working with some of the smartest people around — including the folks who drove the data science helped reelect President Obama.
Founded: 2013


Check out Civis jobs here!


Trustwave helps businesses fight cybercrime, protect data and reduce security risks. With cloud and managed security services, integrated technologies and a team of security experts, ethical hackers and researchers, Trustwave enables businesses to transform the way they manage their information security and compliance programs while safely embracing business imperatives including big data, BYOD and social media.

“Our mission at Trustwave is to help businesses of all sizes, from anywhere in the world, fight cybercrime, protect data and reduce risk. To achieve this goal, we look for individuals who are intelligent, energetic and team-oriented professionals who want to actively collaborate to provide the best possible service for our customers,” said Mike Smart, Director of Human Resources at Trustwave. “Our employees are among the smartest and most talented anywhere. They are industry experts, respected thought leaders and motivated individuals who understand how to successfully and cost-effectively fulfill the needs of our customers. As we expand our team, we are seeking candidates who bring to the table those kinds of positive attributes along with their own innovative ideas and strategies to help us take our business to the next level.”

Location: 70 W Madison St #1050
Perks: Trustwave has it all: a paid certification program, 401k with match, excellent medical/dental/vision, flexible work schedule, divvy bike program and even pet insurance. 
Founded: 1995


Check out Trustwave jobs here!





Peapod is the country’s leading Internet grocer, serving 24 U.S. markets throughout Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Wisconsin. Founded in 1989 as a smart shopping option for busy households, today Peapod has delivered more than 23 million grocery orders.

“We are looking for people like you with  creative energy and talent, and a passion for technology to join our development teams in our tech lab known as PPL-Peapod Propulsion Lab,” said Dan Vulinovic, senior recruiter at Peapod. “If you love Java (the language and the drink), collaborative environments and music come up for a visit and see if you want to add your spice to our cultural mix!”

Location: 20 N Wacker Drive Suite 1050
Perks: Peapod offers a competitive starting salary with excellent benefits including all your traditional benefits — from health, dental, vision, and life insurance to 401(k) with match, paid time off and flexible spending accounts.
Founded: 1989


Check out Peapod jobs here!


Signal is the global leader in real-time, cross-channel marketing technology. The Signal Open Data Platform helps marketers collect data from any offline or online source, synchronize the data across all touchpoints, and distribute it to any marketing or analytics endpoint – all in real time. The platform is ecosystem-neutral and makes data and marketing technologies work better together for increased engagement, loyalty and conversions.

“We look for people who fall in love with new ideas, can’t stop learning, and are a pretty nice person on top of all of it,” said Lisa O’Keefe, Signal’s VP of Talent and Culture. “Intelligence, a sense of adventure, and the willingness to share ideas are all key components to your ‘average’ Signalite.”

Funding: $50 million
Location: 111 N Canal St #455
Perks: They reimburse new employees for new laptops, offer a competitive salary, and are big on PTO and parental leave, among other perks and benefits. 
Founded: 2010


Check out Signal jobs here!


Shotfarm's Product Content Network is the first centralized, end-to-end solution for the management and exchange of product information that meets the demands of the entire e-commerce industry. Free and simple core functionality combined with a suite of affordable and powerful upgrade options make Shotfarm instantly useful and infinitely scalable.

Location: 417 N Ashland Ave
Perks: In addition standard benefits like health, dental, and vision insurance, Shotfarm also boasts a casual work environment, fully equipped with an office dog. 
Founded: 2009


Check out Shotfarm jobs here!

Vivid SeatsVivid Seats

Vivid Seats is the largest, independent full-service marketplace for sports, concert and theater tickets. Their longstanding relationships with certified ticket resellers and our convenient fan-to-fan selling platform offer an unrivaled experience for fans and sellers alike. They were founded on the simple belief that purchasing tickets to live events doesn’t have to be a frustrating hassle.  With over 10 years of experience in the industry, they continue our commitment to providing premium service, fair prices, and the 100% buyer guarantee that makes Vivid Seats the first destination for live event enthusiasts across the country.

Location: 111 North Canal Street, Suite 800
Perks: On top of your standard benefits, Vivid Seats also offers a casual dress code, kitchen stocked with beverages, frequent company lunches, happy hours, and discounted tickets to all your favorite events.
Founded: 2001


Check out Vivid Seats jobs here!


Frontline tech

Frontline Technologies

At Frontline, the focus is on solving problems for K-12 school districts through innovative software. Today, the company is actively developing and acquiring top-notch products to build what they believe will be the best employee management platform for K-12 school district administrators, along with some exciting new tools for educators.

“Do you want to be part of an organization that has a special culture, that thrives on providing innovative solutions for our customers, in a collaborative and fun environment? If so, then Frontline Technologies is the place for you,” said Steve Erb, Director of Organizational Development. “We are committed to delivering integrated tools, as well as outstanding client service, to our customers in the education community. You will also have opportunities to learn and grow with our organization, as we believe wholeheartedly in investing in our people to build a stronger organization for the future.  Come check us out — I’m convinced you’ll like what you see!”

Perks: Alongside traditional benefits like health insurance and 401(k) plans with company matching, Frontline also offers tuition reimbursement and a free membership to an onsite gym. 
Founded: 1998


Check out Frontline jobs here!


*A previous version of this article incorrectly listed the corporate headquarters for Peapod in stead of its PPL Tech Lab address, which is currently located downtown in the Lyric Opera Building.*


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