#40 Orbit Media Studios

Located in the bustling neighborhood of Ravenswood, Orbit Media Studios is a web design and development company made up of passionate and experienced people who love where they work and what they do. Aside from working with great, local clients, Orbit Media Studios is always happy to share their web knowledge whenever possible through events, their blog, and their book.

As a web development company, their entire business is driven by technology.

Working with various types of technology is second nature to [Gen Y], so they are able to grow and take on more challenging projects much quicker than older generations.

“Not only is Gen Y an extremely ambitious, motivated and hardworking group, but they’ve been raised with technology,” said Orbit Media Studio’s CEO, Todd Gettelfinger. “Working with various types of technology is second nature to them, so they are able to grow and take on more challenging projects much quicker than older generations.”

In preparing Gen Y employees for bigger projects, Orbit Media Studios is committed to investing in their employees so they have access to the latest technology and have the ability to use said technology.

“We’re always open to paying for our employees to take any type of relevant tech program,” said Gettelfinger. “Recently, we flew one of our developers to Costa Rica for a Drupal seminar, which is a testament to how strongly we encourage professional development.”

Orbit Media Studios is also a very strong proponent of maintaining complete transparency among all employees.

“Every quarter we host a SOTO (State of the Orbit), where I talk about everything that the company experienced in that quarter,” said Gettelfinger. “I cover financial information, key metrics, team successes, areas that need focus on, and will happily answer any questions directed my way.”

Gen Y employees all agree that the environment Orbit Media Studios fosters is extremely light and enjoyable.

“The company is at a perfect size where it’s small enough for me to make an impact within the organization, but big enough for me to make an impact within the industry,” said Kurt Cruse, Lead Web Designer.

Industry: 
Technology
Office Size: 
10 - 50 employees
Gen Y Employees: 
30%
Location: 
4043 N Ravenswood Avenue, Suite 316, Chicago, IL 60613
Fun Fact: 
Every now and then, Orbit will host 'Wine and Webs' for their employees to bulk up on their technology knowledge.
Photos: 
Orbit Media Awards
Orbit Media Studios office
Orbit Media Studio's office
Orbit Media Studio's office
Orbit Media Studios Chicago
Employees are saying: 

If we ever want to learn something new about the company or a relevant skill, all we have to do is ask and they’ll make it happen. – Kurt C.

You’re able to grow really quickly here. If you put in hard work, they’ll reward you. – Lauren S.