Echo Global Logistics, Inc. has been named one of the 100 Best Places to Work in Chicago for 2019. Built In Chicago, an online tech and startup community, compiled the list by ranking companies algorithmically based on compensation and benefits. Echo ranked #67 on the list.
Founded in 2005, Echo is a Fortune 1000 company that provides technology-enabled transportation management services. Echo works with more than 50,000 transportation providers to help the world’s biggest shippers as well as SMBs and Fortune 500 companies move goods quickly, securely, and cost-effectively.
As one of Chicago’s early digital successes, Echo has stayed true to its startup roots, combining a work-hard-play-hard culture with cutting-edge innovation. At the company’s 225,000-square-foot Chicago headquarters in River North, sales reps hustle to move more than 16,000 shipments per day. Meanwhile, Echo’s technology teams work on building mobile apps, algorithms, real-time visibility tools, and other exciting projects in data science and predictive analytics.
“The combination of startup culture and big-company resources makes Echo one of the best places to build a career in Chicago,” said Doug Waggoner, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer at Echo. “It’s an energetic, fun place where people do work that matters. You become part of a team that values your contributions and wants you to succeed.”
Built In Chicago listed many Echo employee benefits, including gym membership discounts, paid volunteer time, beer on tap, company outings, and casual dress, along with more traditional benefits like health insurance plans, 401(k) company match, and paid holidays and sick days. Echo employees note the strong mentorship and wide-ranging opportunities for training and development.
“People are passionate about working at Echo because we create an environment that supports their growth,” said President and Chief Operating Officer Dave Menzel. “We put the latest technology into their hands to ensure they have the tools they need to succeed in our industry.”
Echo has been recognized as a Top 10 3PL by Inbound Logistics eight years in a row and was ranked #1 for the past two years. Echo was recently named to Food Logistics’ 2018 FL100+ list of top technology providers serving the food and beverage supply chain as well as FreightWaves’ Freight.Tech 25 list, which recognizes the most innovative and disruptive companies in freight. In addition, Echo is a SmartWay Transport Partner, providing fuel-efficient transportation solutions to clients and partners.