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The Best and Brightest: What Makes Rise Interactive a Top Company to Work For?

Rise Interactive is honored to be named to Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For list for the second year in a row. The Best and Brightest program identifies and honors organizations that display a commitment to human resources and employee enrichment. We are proud to be among the list of winners and are just as proud to have also made the national Best and Brightest lists in 2013 and 2014 (we eagerly await the 2015 results!).

It’s no secret that Rise takes great pride in our commitment to attracting and retaining top talent. Digital marketing is a competitive industry, and we challenge ourselves to continually raise the bar to best grow, nurture, and sustain relationships with both candidates and employees throughout their experiences with Rise.

This recognition directly reflects Rise’s mission to deliver remarkable experiences and superior results for our clients. We know that living and breathing our mission starts by building and engaging the best team possible. This means seeking out smart, driven individuals who want to be part of something great, something bigger than themselves.

As the senior manager of talent acquisition for Rise, I love every part of the search for the Best and Brightest employees (and of course, co-workers). When I started working at Rise in 2012, we were made up of approximately 50 people. Now, we’re nearing 150 employees with substantial growth plans on the horizon. In fact, we’re expecting to nearly triple our staff in the next five years.

But to me, being a Best and Brightest company is more than a growing employee roster. It is a commitment to facilitating blossoming careers, providing leadership opportunities, developing new technology products and services, and having a positive impact on those around us.

What makes Rise Interactive one of Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For? While the Best and Brightest list assessed us based on communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, and retention, here are a few specifics that come to mind:

High Caliber Colleagues: We’re a passionate group of competitive, thoughtful, purposeful, and – you guessed it – analytical individuals. Our interview process begins with an analytics exam that has a 22% pass rate. Add in behavioral tests and an in depth interview process, and you’re guaranteed to work with smart individuals who learn from one another every day.

Opportunities for Growth: As a fast-growing company, we are committed to developing our employees. This includes ongoing training and development, as well as promotion opportunities and the ability to be involved in high-profile projects.

Technology: From building out some sweet software platforms for data integration and data visualization, to moving to Google Apps, technology is at Rise’s core.

Health and Wellness: We understand that in order to achieve peak performance, you need to have a clear mind and healthy body. Rise offers robust health perks, including a free in-building gym membership, and a well-stocked kitchen with healthy snacks and fresh fruit and veggies.

Work Environment: Our newly-expanded, state-of-the-art office enables us to work in an environment that inspires success and creativity. Read more about our new 40,000 sq. ft. headquarters here.

Emphasis on Collaboration: Our open floorplan allows for better transparency and communication across teams, functions, and levels. Our teams frequently interact with leadership, hold cross-team meetings, and continually collaborate to develop the best solutions for our clients.

Volunteer and Community Events: We partner with Voices Against Brain Cancer for fundraising events throughout the year, and encourage employees to be involved within the Chicago community.

And finally, Fun! We host frequent social events for employees. Through happy hours for new hires, sports teams, scavenger hunts around the city, Beer Fridays, movie nights, bowling outings, in-office arcade games, and more, we encourage camaraderie inside and outside of the office. At Rise, we know how to have a good time, and that satisfied and engaged employees are our best resource as we meet and exceed our clients’ digital marketing goals.

Curious about working at one of Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies? Visit our careers page or reach out to me at or on LinkedIn or Twitter.

07/15/2015 at 12:00