We’ve been saying it for years, but now it’s official – Hireology has been named one of top workplaces in Chicago for millennial employees. Ranked #22 by Brill Street, the Top 50 Employers for Gen Y Emerging Talent list recognizes Chicagoland companies that have created atmospheres where Gen Y can thrive.

To qualify for the award, companies must have a minimum of 10 employees, with at least 10 percent of their workforce comprised of Gen Y. And luckily for Hireology, we all look like millennials (even though only about 90 percent of us actually are). Those who met these credentials were then evaluated on company offerings and employee satisfaction in six categories: Professional development opportunities, benefits, environment, company reputation and culture and perks. The final score also took into consideration the enthusiasm of company leadership for Gen Y and the percentage of Gen Y employees.

So what the heck is Gen Y?

Gen Y, otherwise known as the millennial generation, includes anyone born between 1980 and 2000.

Why does it matter how many Gen Y employees a company has?

Because millennial employees have a completely different set of values and expectations than previous generations. This means that when it comes to hiring them, they aren’t just looking for a company with good benefits and two-weeks paid vacation. Gen Y-ers want a flexible workplace where their managers are full of praise and open to new ideas and approaches. They don’t want to wear a suit and tie to work, so they’re looking for a workplace where they can be comfortable and creative in their own way. In other words, marketing open jobs within your company to Gen Y-ers takes a completely different approach than it would to Gen X-ers or Baby Boomers.

What makes Hireology a “top company” for millennials?

Uh, everything. 

Espresso machine: Check.

Ping pong table: Check.

Hand-carved bar: Check. (Thank you Mr. Borgerson!)

But more importantly, it’s our employees. They come in early and stay late. They know what they have to get done, but they always exceed those expectations. They value collaboration and innovation, but don’t rely on anyone but themselves to get their work done. And at the end of the day, they know how to relax and celebrate their wins. 

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