With over 24 million unique visitors to its website each month, CareerBuilder maintains the title of the largest online job site in the United States. The company has almost 2000 employees worldwide to help support its 300,000 employer clients, 92% of which are Fortune 100 companies. CareerBuilder’s Chicago staff is composed of over 30% Generation Y employees beginning their careers in sales, corporate and technology and enjoying the welcoming environment of the company.
Vice President of Human Resources Rosemary Haefner says, “The office environment at CareerBuilder is very energetic and dynamic. Our office is a place where people spend a lot of time and put in a lot of effort. It is meant to be homey; so if that’s a place to play video games or lounging around in our sitting areas to get relaxed, it’s all here.”
The staffing company keeps its employees passionate and hardworking with its variety of professional development programs in place. Young professionals can continue their studies through CareerBuilder’s generous tuition reimbursement. Exceptional employees can have 100% reimbursement towards their MBA degree.
Haefner says, ““It’s easier to list what we don’t offer than to list what we do! From day one there’s a lot of what I like to call ‘foundational training.’ We have many individual learning opportunities and a lot of e-learning modules containing engaging and interactive content online that is video-based. We also focus on team work and projects that help fosters skill-building.”
Mentioned on the company’s website is CareerBuilder’s dedication to being a company that gives recognition and celebrates camaraderie. One of the ways that CareerBuilder maintains its values is through its “Diamond Club Trip.” Top performers in the company can bring a guest of their choosing for one week to a fun destination. Last year, the top-ranking employees were able to relax in Cabo San Lucas; this year’s destination is Maui.
Camaraderie is supported through the company-sponsored social events. In addition to summer events, holiday parties and fundraising events CareerBuilder has box seats at some of Chicago’s favorite sports teams for its Gen Y workers to enjoy. For a fun summer event, the CareerBuilder rents out Wrigley Field for the entire day. Young professionals can play games of baseball on the field and tour the facilities including the press box and locker rooms.
Haefner adds, “CareerBuilder also does a lot of team-based activities. Being a global company, it’s hard to talk with everyone at an event. we put on smaller team-centered events like architectural boat tours, cooking classes and happy hours.”
It’s not all fun and games at this fast-paced office, CareerBuilder cares about the health and wellness of each of its employees. For this, the company has a comprehensive set up in place. Employees can enjoy a $400-a-year stipend for exercise equipment, gym memberships, sport leagues, and race entries. The summer months also include the “Live Healthy Challenge,” a contest where Gen Ys can team up and compete in categories like highest weight loss percentage and most physical activity minutes logged. They also acknowledge the importance of a work life balance by a flexible work arrangement and reduced hours during the summer months.
Haefner explains, “Half-day Fridays are in place in the summer to encourage people to work hard throughout the week and enjoy their weekend. Whether that’s getting outside, spending time with family, reading, or any other leisurely activity that adds to their personal life.”
CareerBuilder has all of its bases covered when it comes to ensuring the happiness of its Gen Y workers. The company’s stock in its employees’ development, wellness and livelihood is proving to be a sound investment, making CareerBuilder one of Brill Street + Company’s “2011 Top 50 Chicago Generation Y Employers.”