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Chicago's Top Workplaces 2010: The Winners

When we set out to find the best place to work in the Chicago metro area we decided to ask the people who know best — employees.

Here are the local companies that workers credited with having dynamic, supportive and inclusive cultures. Those that can maintained these standards during a tough year like 2010 are especially noteworthy. Here are our winners in large-, medium- and small-size business categories.

LARGE:

  1. WMS Gaming
  2. Macy's
  3. Hyatt Regency Chicago
  4. Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
  5. Accenture
  6. W.W. Grainger, Inc.
  7. First Midwest Bank
  8. Northwest Community Hospital
  9. Abt Electronics
  10. Pricewaterhouse Coopers
  11. Advocate Health Care
  12. Children's Memorial Hospital
  13. Morningstar, Inc.
  14. Discover Financial Services
  15. Deloitte LLP
  16. TransUnion, LLC
  17. Ernst & Young LLP
  18. Loyola University Chicago
  19. CME Group
  20. Medline Industries, Inc.

MIDSIZE:

  1. Groupon
  2. Rasmussen Inc.
  3. Edward Jones
  4. Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
  5. Wheels, Inc.
  6. ATI Physical Therapy
  7. William Blair & Company, L.L.C.
  8. Robert Morris University Illinois
  9. CareerBuilder.com
  10. NOW Foods
  11. Charles Rutenberg Realty of IL, LLC
  12. Flexco
  13. Mesirow Financial
  14. Astellas Pharma US, Inc.
  15. Draftfcb
  16. Mather LifeWays
  17. Digitas Inc
  18. Marquette Bank
  19. Peak 6 Investments LP
  20. Fellowes, Inc.
  21. Citizens Financial Bank
  22. Forsythe Technology, Inc.
  23. Wilton Brands Inc
  24. Phoenix Int'l Freight Services, Ltd.
  25. Tripp Lite
  26. Four Seasons Heating & Air Conditioning
  27. World's Finest Chocolate.Inc.
  28. C H Robinson Worldwide Inc
  29. Erie Family Health Center Inc
  30. Guaranteed Rate
  31. Shriners Hospital For Children
  32. TTX Company
  33. Trinity Services, Inc.
  34. AbelsonTaylor, Inc.
  35. First American Bank Corp

SMALL:

  1. Model Metrics, Inc.
  2. Coyote Logistics
  3. Transwestern
  4. EMKAY Inc.
  5. Freeborn & Peters LLP
  6. Incredible Technologies, Inc.
  7. True Partners Consulting LLC
  8. Upshot
  9. Gilbane Building Company
  10. TransNational Bankcard, LLC
  11. Luna
  12. West Monroe Partners LLC
  13. Equity Office
  14. Turner Construction Company
  15. SAVO
  16. Aux Sable Liquid Products
  17. The Advanced Group of Companies
  18. Hill Mechanical Group
  19. Oak Brook Healthcare Centre
  20. ThoughtWorks Inc
  21. Infinium Capital Management LLC
  22. Feldco Factory Direct
  23. Marketing Werks Inc.
  24. Primera Engineers, Ltd
  25. State Bank of Countryside
  26. Family Home Health Services
  27. Czarnowski
  28. McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd.
  29. National Futures Association
  30. Sammons Financial Group Member Companies
  31. Rose Paving
  32. First Acceptance Insurance
  33. Fortune Brands, Inc.
  34. Greeley and Hansen
  35. Townsend Analytics / RealTick
  36. Niles Township District for Special Education
  37. Frost, Ruttenberg & Rothblatt, P.C.
  38. Ostrow Reisin Berk & Abrams Ltd.
  39. GolinHarris
  40. Knowles Electronics
  41. Heritage-Crystal Clean, LLC.
  42. Dreams Retail
  43. Energy BBDO
  44. Weber Shandwick
  45. National Van Lines Inc.

Methodology: On behalf of the Chicago Tribune, WorkplaceDynamics LLC of Exton, Pa., a workplace survey specialist, conducted an engagement survey of Chicago-area employers with at least 100 employees. To find organizations most likely to participate in a top workplaces survey, the Tribune used print and online advertising to accept nominations from workers, bosses and others. WorkplaceDynamics followed up, making calls directly to organizations.

In total, 1,362 companies were invited to participate, and 220 companies registered. Of those, 182 companies completed the survey, allowing WorkplaceDynamics to identify the top 100 list, divided into three categories: small (fewer than 250 employees), medium (250-999) and large (1,000 and above.)

WorkplaceDynamics conducted and compiled the top workplaces list and delivered the top 100 results to the Tribune. Employees responded to a set of statements about their feelings toward their workplace. A numerical value was attached to each statement, allowing WorkplaceDynamics to create an overall score for each company.

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