"One of the most refreshing aspects I find about Gen Y is the confidence they have in challenging and changing the status quo."
"We realize that we have a lot to learn from these folks in the way they approach work, in the way that they approach life, and in the way they know that their voice matters."
"The values that they bring – creativity, inspiration, passion and motivation – help us think about new ways to improve."
"We take the talent within our organization, nurture their ideas, and give them the support to launch new segments or divisions."
"Gen Y brings a lot to the table, including the technology adaptability which makes it easier for them to make significant contributions more quickly."
"We’re committed to developing top talent and see the impact Gen Y has on our workplace every day."
"We’re small enough to be nimble, flexible and fun, but we’re large enough to make a difference."
"We try to promote from within here. It’s much easier to show them the way when they have already been with the company for some time."
"From a person’s first day at Red Frog, they are listened to. There is open communication and we are always looking to improve."
"There is a lot of mentoring. We make sure the employees feel comfortable asking for help, and also know it is okay to make mistakes."
"Everyone’s really gung ho about what they do. Everyone wants to do the most exciting thing for their client."
"Gen Y feels a sense of empowerment that comes with creating an environment where you have the ability to own and drive your career. They really like it."
"We execute our strategy in a nimble and entrepreneurial manner. I don’t think we’ve lost track of our roots."
"Our assets are our people, and everyone is encouraged to take on bigger challenges for themselves."
"The skill set grads coming out of college have to offer is critical. It’s a good fit for our products and services, which are primarily Web-based technology and content."
"It’s great to have the people be connected and social. It’s a huge part of our culture."
"People appreciate that it’s a flat organization. You get to interact with Partners and there’s flexibility."
"We work very hard and we take the work that we do very seriously, but we don’t take ourselves that seriously."
"Gen Y take something and run with it in a whole new way that’s beyond what I could have ever wanted."
"The opportunities that are provided here are unique and we recruit great people and we hope that they can develop their talent here as well."
"The Gen Y group has grown up digital and their expertise is valued right away. They are bringing this strong and passionate value right away."
"Gen Y is very in tune with the role of technology in today’s world. It just keeps us fresh as a company."
"At Trustwave, employees create more opportunity for themselves by delivering results."
"We are on the absolute cutting edge of new media. For us it’s a competitive advantage to have young employees."
"We have a heavy dependence on transfer of knowledge. It really comes down to mentorship."
"They hire Gen Y because, as a generation, they are creative, think outside of the box and apply a different perspective to the world."
"We need Gen Y employees to be willing to take risks and make mistakes because that’s how [we all] learn."
"High-potential employees like to solve interesting problems and be stretched in terms of what they do."
"At YouSwoop we hire incredible people and provide them the support and mentorship they need to succeed."
"Our culture is electric. There are so many things going on; we just change constantly."
"What Shiftgig is doing really addresses that generation. In order to really reach out and make that connect, you need that mindset."
"It is very important that everyone understands the impact that they personally have."
"We are not happy unless each employee at Blue Chip can put their head on their pillow at the end of the day and be proud of what they’ve done."
"Members of the new training class are our future leaders….they are constantly learning and challenging themselves."
"It’s really hard work but everyone will be supported here 100 percent of the time."
"I want them to hear and understand what’s going on at a high level, relative to the work they’ve done."
"Employees are encouraged to take initiative and go beyond their typical job description."
"Whatever is new and interesting in the market, it’s most important for us to have employees who are passionate about this."
"...they’re exposed to everything. It’s also real stuff, we throw them in right from the get go."
"We say to them ‘You’ve got a huge amount of responsibility and authority."
"At our busiest times we kick up the fun team activities, offer free lunches and snacks which really helps to keep things in perspective."
Gen Y is talented, purpose-driven, social, mobile, tech-savvy and anxious to grow their careers. They value flexibility and want to be their voice to be heard, even as they just enter the workforce.
Since 2009, Brill Street has been ranking the top employers for Gen Y emerging talent in Chicago, recognizing employers where Gen Y thrives.
When it comes to Gen Y companies, one size doesn’t fit all, and you’ll find companies from all industries, of all shapes and sizes, and in all locations on our list. All 50 have at least 10% of their workforce comprised of Gen Y, and all 50 have at least one office in the Chicagoland area. We evaluated companies based on what Gen Y told us they were looking for in an employer, including professional development opportunities, benefits, environment, company reputation and culture, perks offered and the enthusiasm of company leadership and Gen Y employees.
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