From its humble origins as a portage connecting the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River, Chicago has come a long way, riding the waves of
the industrial revolution to become a powerhouse in shipping, communications and manufacturing. Equal parts blue-collar, high culture, techie
and hipster, Chicago encountered a brief economic hiccup in the mid-60s before renewing its significance in the innovation game. Today, the
city proudly embraces its role as gateway to the brightest technologists in the Midwest.
The greater Chicago metropolitan area stretches from Aurora to Naperville to Lisle to Downers Grove, with the largest growth in Woodstock in recent years. Home primarily to ecommerce, telecommunications, fin-tech, manufacturing and professional services firms, Chicago’s greatest achievement is its incredible amount of diversification. With no single industry boasting more than 15% of the workforce, Chicago has essentially built itself a recession-proof, balanced economy.
Chicago’s relative distance from both the east and west coast has both its perks and disadvantages. Diverse talent has historically been easier
to come by, with University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and University of Wisconsin-Madison within a little over a two-hour drive from the city.
However, increasing competition from new young cities in the Midwest, namely Provo, UT, Denver, CO, Phoenix, AZ, and Austin, TX is already starting
to have an impact on the talent pool for our clients, leading many to invest heavily in hiring talent acquisition and recruiting executives. On the
flip side, new grads are now electing to begin their careers in higher compensated regions and with younger companies than before, drawn by the
offers of free food and foosball tables. As for the non-tech-related industries, economic indicators are leading analysts to be cautiously
optimistic about growth in the next few quarters, with reorganizations, divestitures and streamlining to be the major focus.
With a client base and services as diverse in industry, experience, and expertise as the Chicago metropolitan area, we know what it takes to keep
businesses profitable, and the importance of talent to help keep them that way. Whether you’re looking for compensation or talent consultants to
partner on redesign projects, planning and guidance during a business unit restructuring, executive coaching for your leadership team, or a new Senior
Vice President of Global Technical Talent to bring outside-the-box energy to your talent management initiatives and HR organization, we know the
global HR and TA market better than every other firm.