If you’re looking for an opportunity to can kick your career into overdrive, you’ve come to the right place. These Chicago tech companies are hiring in a big way, and they’d love to have a look at your resume.
What they do: Groupon’s on-demand marketplace connects consumers with local merchants offering deals on products and experiences. To do so efficiently, the company’s engineers stay on the cutting edge of mobile technologies, data science and machine learning.
Sweet perks: Groupon’s team enjoys flexible hours and a comprehensive benefits package that includes a 401(k), an employee stock purchase program, and health, life and disability insurance. The company also offers a paid leave program for new parents and an on-site café.
What they look for: “Groupon’s massive mobile marketplace helps connect people with the best things to do, see, eat and buy in their community,” said Varun Sood, senior manager of software engineering in Chicago. "If you have a passion for local discovery, and want to learn the mechanics of scale, there’s no better place than a company with more than 48 million customers and 150 million app downloads.”
What they do: One of Chicago’s biggest tech employers, Trustwave works with companies to protect data and prevent cybercrime. In addition to a range of security products, the company offers consulting services and conducts independent security research, penetration testing and forensics through its SpiderLabs team.
Sweet perks: On top of a paid certification program and a matching 401(k), Trustwave’s employees get a comprehensive insurance package. The company also offers a flexible work schedule and a Divvy bike program.
What they look for: “We are in the red-hot cybersecurity industry, and to stay ahead of the forces of cybercrime, we require the best and brightest,” said Darshini Brown, SVP of human resources. “When we consider a potential candidate we especially look for three things: positivity, ambition and passion. We love to see someone who comes to work with a smile on his or her face, who is always optimistic and who is willing to go the extra mile. We look for people who have a history of constantly exceeding expectations and who happily take on any task or project, and who actually get excited when given incredible challenges.”
What they do: Vail streamlines correspondence between major corporations and their consumers with communication solutions that combine telephony with browser-based messaging and mobile applications.
Sweet perks: Vail’s team enjoys flexible work hours, a matching 401(k), gym memberships and company-sponsored sports leagues. Employees are also eligible for bonuses, and they get three weeks of vacation from the get-go.
What they look for: "At Vail we look for candidates that are seeking to be challenged by complex problems," said director of application development Jake Schmitz. "Vail values long-term sustainability, continuous learning and innovation. We love people who want to commit to solving big challenges and who deliver long-term, innovative software solutions."
What they do: SpotMe’s mobile app for live events makes it easier for hosts to provide attendees with marketing content and all the logistical information they need to navigate events. The app also has features for presentation interactivity, digital business card exchange and audience engagement analytics.
Sweet perks: SpotMe’s employees get 20 days of PTO, event bonuses and opportunities to work from home or relocate to one of the company’s international locations. They also get comprehensive health insurance, a 401(k) and a partial gym reimbursement.
What they look for: "We are looking for candidates who represent the five key pillars of our company vision: performance, excellence, positive energy, customer orientation and an entrepreneurial spirit,” said CEO Pierre Metrailler. “In this fast-moving world, we want someone with a winning mindset who takes ownership, is hungry to grow and builds trust."
What they do: One of the world’s first e-commerce companies, Peapod delivers groceries in 24 markets across the Midwest and the East Coast. The company has 300 office-based employees in the Chicagoland area, and plans to move its headquarters downtown.
Sweet perks: Peapod offers competitive salaries and a benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance and a matching 401(k). Employees also get flexible spending accounts and paid time off.
What they look for: "At Peapod, we are focused on building high-performance dev teams that deliver quality applications to improve the lives of our internal and external customers," said Tim Franlkin, VP of e-commerce development. "We are intelligent and passionate technologists who deliver solutions in a fun environment. Our team members thrive in a fast-paced collaborative space where the strength of the team drives success."
What they do: 5thColumn is a Chicago-based cybersecurity company whose software suite helps customers detect threats, analyze them and take steps toward mitigation and remediation.
Sweet perks: Alongside the opportunity to experiment with new technologies, 5thColumn offers a full benefits package, an open PTO policy, and regular happy hours and other events. Each employee also gets a brand new Macbook Pro.
What they look for: “We use new technologies practically every day and are constantly solving new problems, so one of the best qualities a new hire at 5C can have is the ability to shift on a dime,” said AJ Rosapepe-Grubbs, director of backend development. “Move to something you've never worked with before, but figure it out like you've been using it forever.”
What they do: A Chicago-based cloud company founded 17 years ago, SAP Fieldglass creates software that streamlines service procurement and external workforce management for growing organizations.
Sweet perks: SAP Fieldglass employees get competitive base salaries, annual bonuses and generous PTO policies. The company also provides a stocked kitchen, free Starbucks coffee, affordable gym memberships and opportunities to give back to the community.
What they look for: "Our people, with their passion for helping customers redefine how work gets done in the digital economy, are at the core of our success,” said President Rob Brimm. “To sustain the startup culture that is firmly embedded in the business, we hire exceptional people who bring intellectual curiosity and problem-solving skills to apply leading technologies to solutions that have been implemented for customers in over 140 countries. We enrich their curiosity with continuous learning opportunities and experiences enabled by the resources of our parent company, SAP.”
What they do: CSG International builds software used by media and entertainment companies to market, deliver and monetize their digital content. It also delivers business support solutions for other industries including financial services, logistics, telecommunications and utilities.
Sweet perks: CSG employees enjoy unlimited vacation, parental leave, comprehensive health insurance and 401(k) plans. The company also offers tuition reimbursement, social happy hours, summer outings and a mentorship program.
What they look for: “We’re creating solutions using latest technologies for some of the top brands in communications and entertainment who are delivering dynamic digital experiences for consumers worldwide,” said CTO Ken Kennedy. “We need team members who are inventive, can provide unique contributions and have a desire to create something from ground up and make an impact — and who love doing it in an agile, casual and fun environment.”
What they do: A national IT management consulting firm, CapTech partners with businesses to integrate technology into their operations. CapTech’s consultants provide tools for customer engagement and data analytics, as well as custom IT solutions.
Sweet perks: CapTech’s employees receive tuition reimbursement, adoption assistance and a 401(k) match. The company also offers health and wellness programs, company-sponsored sports teams and outings, and performance-based bonus programs.
What they look for: “At CapTech, intellectual curiosity, collaborative problem-solving skills and flexibility are key traits that we look for when hiring all consultants,” said Chief Talent Officer Joanna Bergeron. “Even if you do not have prior consulting experience, we examine your experience providing customer solutions and where you have exceeded expectations. We have an engineering-first mentality; platform and tooling are secondary. We are looking for consultants that are flexible to work across different and ever-changing technologies, and thrive in a team environment.”
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