@properties Named to Chicago Tribune Top Workplaces List for Third Consecutive Year

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Real estate firm @properties ranks as one of the top 2 workplaces among large companies in Chicago.

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At @properties, we’re fortunate to have an incredible group of people that is committed to maintaining a positive environment for us all to work within.

@properties, the largest independent real estate brokerage firm in Illinois, has been awarded a 2015 Top Workplaces honor by the Chicago Tribune for the third year in a row. The firm is ranked #2 among large companies, which are defined as companies with over 1,000 employees.

The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including Alignment, Execution, and Connection.

Established in 2000 by Michael Golden and Thaddeus Wong, @properties is the No. 1 residential real estate brokerage in the city of Chicago by market share, the largest independent real estate brokerage firm in Illinois, and one of the 12 largest residential brokerage firms in the U.S., by sales volume.

Over the last year, the firm has expanded its brokerage business to Wisconsin; introduced new technologies to brokers and clients through partnerships with local startups; and teamed up with local artists, such as Hebru Brantley and Matthew Hoffman, and athletes, including Bulls center Joakim Noah, on a number of philanthropy and community-relations projects.

Despite @properties’ rapid growth, Wong and Golden say the firm has maintained its unique corporate culture through various programs and initiatives. In addition to training and coaching programs for brokers, the company holds a number of events every year including a large holiday party, children’s play date, movie nights, summer outing and the @awards program, in which brokers achieving $10 million or more in annual sales volume for the first time with @properties receive a Rolex watch.

@properties also supports local organizations each year through @gives back, which Golden and Wong established in 2009. This year’s beneficiary is Noah’s Arc Foundation, an organization founded by Joakim Noah and his mother Cecilia to help fund arts and sports programs for at-risk youth in Chicago.

“At @properties, we’re fortunate to have an incredible group of people that is committed to maintaining a positive environment for us all to work within. It’s a team effort, and we’re so appreciative of everyone’s support of the company, the community, and one another,” said Golden.

“It’s an honor to receive this award three years in a row,” added Wong. “We continually strive to make @properties a fun and enjoyable place to work, and it’s rewarding to know that our employees and brokers are in a great place and are constantly growing.”

“To be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day—the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics.


About @properties
@properties is the No. 1 independent residential brokerage firm in Illinois and one of the top 12 residential brokers in the U.S. by sales volume. @properties has nearly 2,000 licensed brokers in 18 offices throughout downtown Chicago, surrounding suburbs and southwest Michigan. For more information, visit http://www.atproperties.com.

About WorkplaceDynamics, LLC
Headquartered in Exton, PA, WorkplaceDynamics specializes in employee feedback surveys and workplace improvement. This year alone, more than two million employees in over 6,000 organizations will participate in the Top Workplaces™ campaign—a program it conducts in partnership with more than 40 prestigious media partners across the United States. Workplace Dynamics also provides consulting services to improve employee engagement and organizational health. WorkplaceDynamics is a founding B Corporation member, a coalition of organizations that are leading a global movement to redefine success in business by offering a positive vision of a better way to do business.

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