Bluedog Design Named “Best Places to Work 2018,” by Crain's Chicago Business

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Bluedog Design, a growth and innovation consultancy firm, received #1 for Best Places to Work for Women, #3 for Best Small Business and #11 Overall as Best Places to Work 2018

“I often say that Bluedog Design is an instant, 18 year-old, overnight success," Michelle Hayward, CEO and Founder of Bluedog Design said laughing. It takes time, investment, and iteration to build a meaningful organization that is culture-forward and talent-led.

Bluedog Design has been named for the Best Places to Work in Chicago 2018 by Crain’s Chicago Business. Since 2008, Bluedog Design, a growth and innovation consultancy firm based in Fulton Market, was ranked first for Best Places to Work for Women, third for Best Small Business and #11 Overall as Best Places to Work 2018.

“I often say that Bluedog Design is an instant, 18 year-old, overnight success," Michelle Hayward, CEO and Founder of Bluedog Design said laughing. It takes time, investment, and iteration to build a meaningful organization that is culture-forward and talent-led. Receiving this validation from Crain’s Chicago Business recognizes this team and the business culture we have built together, and we are grateful for this award.”

Crain's Chicago Business has set out to find the local businesses that have excelled in creating quality workplaces for employees. This year, Crain’s partnered with Best Companies Group to survey Chicago employees about everything from their workplace to benefits to company culture.

This survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the 100 best companies to work for in Chicago. The full Best Places to Work in Chicago ranking—plus two lists that spotlight the employers who rank especially high among women and baby boomers—was announced at an event on April 12 and featured in the April 16 issue of Crain’s. It will also be available online at http://www.chicagobusiness.com.

To be considered for participation, companies had to:

  • Be a publicly or privately held business
  • Be a for-profit or not-for-profit business, or government entity
  • Have a facility in the Chicago area (including the counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake in Illinois, Lake in Indiana, McHenry and Will)
  • Have a minimum of 25 full-time or part-time employees working in Chicago
  • Have been in business a minimum of one year

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. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% 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. This part was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the best companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process, and also analyzed the data and used its expertise to determine the final ranking.

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

For more information about Bluedog Design visit http://www.bluedogdesign.com.

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