Chicago: Top Ranked Employer Brands by Job Seekers

Knowledge workers share the most appealing companies to work for

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It’s true: companies are only as successful as their people. And in order to attract the best and brightest, today’s innovative companies need a strong employer brand. A positive brand reputation can mean the difference between a company maintaining an all-star team and consistently losing dream candidates to a competitor.

  • Insight 1

    64% of tech workers would not consider commuting more than 45 minutes each way for a job

  • Insight 2

    65% of candidates are interested in working 100% remotely

  • Insight 3

    62% of tech workers would engage with a company that reaches out if they have a recognizable company name

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Local Leaders in Chicago

Top 20 Employer Brands

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  1. Grubhub
  2. Braintree
  3. Groupon
  4. United Airlines
  5. Discover Financial Services
  6. Orbitz
  7. Peapod
  8. MorningStar
  10. Vivid Seats
  11. Citadel
  12. Trunk Club
  13. Thoughtworks
  14. Sprout Social
  15. Relativity
  16. Uptake
  17. Civis Analytics
  18. Enova
  19. Jellyvision
  20. Yello

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Getting to know knowledge workers in Chicago

What talent looks for in a company
  1. Compensation (i.e. base salary)
  2. Opportunity to learn new skills
  3. Company culture
What turns talent off from a company
  1. Not knowing enough about the company
  2. Poor reputation
  3. Not interested in the product

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Wage Gap: Pay Trends in Chicago

TL;DR Chicago tech workers

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Distribution of the Wage Gap

61% of the time men are offered higher salaries than women for the same job at the same company.

  • Job offers made to women that were less than job offers made to men
  • Job offers made to women that more or equal less than job offers made to men

Wage Gap in Chicago

In 2021, our data shows that women working in Boston are offered 4.8% less than men in a similar roles.

  • Expectation Gap
  • Wage Gap

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