Walker Sands Named a Top 15 Company in Crain’s 2018 Best Places to Work in Chicago

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The integrated PR and digital marketing agency was selected for its focus on organizational culture and dedication to core company values

Walker Sands, an integrated PR and digital marketing agency for B2B tech and professional services companies, has made the top 15 in Crain’s 2018 Best Places to Work in Chicago list. This survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the 100 best companies to work for in Chicago. Walker Sands was selected for this list because of its strong company culture and employees’ overwhelming support for the organization.

“As we continue to grow and expand, our culture is something that we always want to be able to keep at our core,” says Ellen Hanson, COO at Walker Sands. “We’re constantly looking for ways to make sure that our employees’ voices are heard, are engaged in their work and community, and that everyone, from the top down, is embracing our core values of learn, support, do. I’m very proud of the culture that we’ve created and the people who have worked to embody these values.”

Determining the Best Places to Work in Chicago involved a two-step process. The first step consisted of evaluating each participating company’s workplace policies, practices, and demographics (worth approximately 25 percent of the total evaluation). The second part consisted of employee surveys aimed at assessing the experiences and attitudes of individual employees with respect to their workplace (worth approximately 75 percent of the total evaluation). The combined scores determined the best companies and the final ranking.

In addition to this recognition from Crain’s, Walker Sands has built a reputation as a top workplace. The company was named to Inc. Magazine’s “Best Workplaces 2017,” and honored as B2B Marketing Awards Agency of the Year finalist in 2017, as well as shortlisted as a finalist for the Holmes Report’s 2018 North America Tech PR Agency of the Year award. Walker Sands also frequently contributes to the Chicago community through events like sponsoring Techweek Gives and partnering with After School Matters. Employees have become mentors with After School Matters and in summer 2017 Walker Sands had two After School Matters participants as interns. Walker Sands also offers pro-bono services to local organizations like ChiTech Academy and Edovo.

“We’re very excited to be named to the Best Places to Work in Chicago list,” says Mike Santoro, president of Walker Sands. “It’s such an honor to know that our employees believe in our company just as much we believe in them. Over the past year, we’ve gone through a significant growth period which has been a rollercoaster, and to be able to say that our people wholeheartedly support what we’re doing and how we’re doing it, is incredible validation to the organization we have built and the unique, hard-working people we have to fill it.”

For more information on Walker Sands and the Best Places to Work in Chicago program, visit http://www.walkersands.com and http://www.bestplacestoworkCHI.com.

About Walker Sands
Walker Sands is a public relations and digital marketing agency for business-to-business technology companies. With an integrated approach to creative services, Walker Sands helps clients build brand awareness, enhance credibility and drive new business. Walker Sands is a five-time Inc. 5000 honoree and regular recipient of some of the industry’s most prestigious awards from organizations including Entrepreneur, Holmes Report and Hermes Creative. Walker Sands was founded in 2001 and has offices in Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle. To learn more, visit walkersands.com or walkersandsdigital.com.

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