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Great Places to Work for 2011

#24 - Upshot

Industry: Advertising and marketing
URL: http://www.entrepreneur.com/gptw/74
Upshot
Location: Chicago, IL
2010 Revenue: $25,140,000
http://www.upshot.net

Why It's a Great Employer

Upshot has a "culture mission" it says encourages people to challenge conventional thinking. Employees' art work is on display throughout the office and the firm sponsors competitions for employees to demonstrate skills such as their long jump or slowest-bike-riding abilities. At the company's annual off-site meeting, employees receive awards including "The MacGyver" (for the employee who has an answer for any situation) and "The Optimist" (who keeps a positive attitude despite obstacles). Upshot hosts an all-agency happy hour called "Schbooze" on the third Thursday of each month, creating a forum for employees and management to mingle and chat in a casual environment.

Employee Perks

Bonus
Free Beverages
Mailing

By The Numbers

165
Current Full and Part-Time Employees
140
2009 Full and Part-Time Employees
10%
Full-Time Voluntary Turnover
$2,000
Highest Referral Bonus
80%
Portion of employee health-care premium paid:
75%
Portion of dependent health-care premium paid: