Chicago's Best Generation Y Employers

Chicago firm compiles list of 50 Generation Y-friendly companies

By BJ Lutz
|  Wednesday, Oct 28, 2009  |  Updated 10:15 PM CDT
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Chicago's Best Generation Y Employers

Attention: Generation Y, MyPod Generation, Generation Next, Net Generation.... those of you roughly born in the 80s (whatever you call yourselves).

You're young, you may be out of college and you may be looking for a job. And if you're looking for a good one, one firm has compiled a list of 50 friendliest Chicagoland companies for your generation.

#5 Edelman "Leadership and superiors really trust the junior staff," at Chicago public relations and communications firm Edelman, according to Account Executive Lauren Ross. Here, the Generation Y'ers are considered experts on social media and are encourged to bring their crazy, out-of-left field ideas to the table.

#4 Euro RSCG Chicago Energetic, colorful, creative and collaborative are some of the adjectives used to describe working at marketing and advertising firm Euro RSCG Chicago. Generation Y is embraced and has access to senior staff and clients from around the country. Social activities and a ping-pong table help get the creative juices flowing.

#3 Orbitz Worldwide You'd expect an Internet travel company to acknowledge the importance of vacation, and Orbitz certainly does. With 12 vacation days, five floating holidays, 10 regular holidays and an allotment of "sick hours," Generation Y'ers can make every attempt to live life to the fullest. Employees there say they're excited to come to work everyday and enjoy the relaxed, yet competitive and collaborative atmosphere.

#2 Google We know you've never heard of this little company with the strange name. Actually, a lot's been said about Google's atmosphere and employee perks. But for the Generation Y'er, the fresh ideas and a lack of fear in trying new things is embraced in the culture.

#1 Morningstar It says a lot that financial services firm Morningstar recruits recent college graduates on Facebook. The company creates an environment that's conducive to learning, and new hires are put through a two-year developmental program to determine how to best utilize talents. With no formal vacation policy (employees decide when they need time off) and paid 6-week sabatical after four every four years, Gen Y'ers are encouraged to share ideas and grow personally and professionally.

There's 45 more great companies in Chicago to learn about.  Head over to BrillStreet.com for the full list.

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