Report: Best Places to Work in Chicago Area for 2015

Three words: Unlimited vacation time.

A new report has ranked the Best Places to Work for 2015 in the Chicago area and the top-ranked business not only offers employees the benefit of unlimited vacation time, but also a flexible spending account that provides pretax dollars for public transportation, child care and other necessities.

The list, released by Crain’s Chicago Business, ranked businesses in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties with more than 50 full-time employees as of Sept. 1.

Businesses were ranked on pay, fairness of pay, promotions, health care and other benefits, hiring practices, vacation time, relationships with management and co-workers, career development and other day-to-day workplace issues.

Chicago-based digital advertising firm Rocket Fuel, which has just over 1,000 employees, was named the best place to work for 2015.

“The company offers breakfast, coffee and snacks daily, plus a hot gourmet lunch Monday through Thursday. Its vast, sunlit, 13th-floor River North office has a contemporary lunchroom, meditation rooms, a spacious conference room that doubles as a yoga studio and phone booths for conference calls,” Crain’s wrote.

Following Rocket Fuel on the list was another digital advertising firm in Chicago, Centro.

Centro’s benefits include matching 401(k) contributions, medical, dental and free vision insurance, 12 paid holidays, 10 personal days and one Save the World day a year for charity, three weeks’ paid vacation, support for continuing education, plus snacks and soft drinks in the big, sunlit Centro Perk break room.

Others in the top 10 list include Chicago’s DigitasLBi, EMC, Oak Brook’s SWC Technology Partners, Assurance Agency, Radio Flyer, Point B, LaSalle Network and Factset Research Systems.

Crain’s also ranked the best places to work for Millennials and Gen X-ers.

For millenials, the top place was software and engineering consulting firm DMC and for Gen X-ers the best place was auditing, accounting and consulting firm Plante Moran.

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