@properties Named To Top Workplaces List
In 2013, the Chicago Tribune recognized Chicago real estate firm @properties as one of the Top Workplaces. The firm ranked among the top 10 midsize companies in Chicago.
Employee feedback determines The Top Workplaces ranking. An employee survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. WorkplaceDynamics conducts regional Top Workplaces programs with 37 major publishing partners and recognizes a list of 150 National Top Workplaces.
Established in 2000 by Michael Golden and Thaddeus Wong, @properties is the largest independent real estate brokerage firm in Chicagoland. The firm is also one of the 25 largest residential brokerage firms in the U.S. Over the last year, the firm opened offices in Uptown, Glenview and Libertyville. Due to @properties’ rapid growth, the company also expanded its brokerage business to Southwest Michigan.
According to Golden and Wong, @properties’ unique corporate culture ultimately landed the company a Top Workplace award. Employees place a high level of importance on personal branding for the firm’s brokers and professional development for all.
@properties deeply commits time and energy to the local community, the co-founders noted. The company offers a variety of training programs and incentives for brokers. To honor the effort of its employees, @properties rewards a Rolex watch to agents who achieve at least $10 million in annual sales volume for the first time with the company.
In 2009, Golden and Wong endowed the @properties Friends and Neighbors Community Fund (FNCF), a 501(c)3. Every year, the firm’s agents and employees choose unique local charities to support.
“A few years ago we came up with the tagline, ‘Love Where You Live,’ and it wasn’t long before we adapted it to the workplace and started saying, ‘Love Where You Work.’ That’s really what matters most. If our agents and employees are in a good place, then we know our clients will be very well taken care of,” said Wong.
“As a local, independently-owned firm, we have a unique sense of camaraderie that you don’t find in many companies in general and real estate firms in particular. The amount of effort our agents and staff members put towards helping each other and the community is beyond impressive. We’re proud of the company @properties has become and the employees we’ve been fortunate enough to work with,” Golden added.
The Chicago Tribune published the complete list of Top Workplaces on November 12th. For more information about the Top Workplaces lists and WorkplaceDynamics, please visit www.topworkplaces.com and www.workplacedynamics.com