Maintaining an Award-Winning Culture in Chicago

By Tyler Prince
Today, we celebrate being named one of Chicago’s Top Workplaces for the eighth consecutive year by The Chicago Tribune. The unparalleled circumstances of this year make this recognition even more meaningful and we are incredibly proud of the culture we have created.

At Salesforce, we started redefining our ‘new normal’ back in March, and our Chicago hub has been intentional about creating a collaborative environment to keep our teams energized, optimistic and agile. Chicago entered phase four of reopening at the beginning of October, and while we are excited to get back to our favorite local pastimes and a sense of normalcy, our optimism and sense of community has enabled us to thrive and maintain a culture that consistently makes us one of the Chicago Tribune’s Top Workplaces.

Here’s what we’ve been up to since March. 

We’re Still Building...Literally

Construction kicked off for our newest tower back in April. Salesforce Tower Chicago will be a brand-new, 813-foot tall, 57-story skyscraper, located at the iconic convergence of the north and south branches of the Chicago River. In the heart of Chicago's River North neighborhood, the building sits next to a 2.3 acre public park, and is steps away from the newly designed City of Chicago riverwalk. We currently have three Salesforce offices located within walking distance of the local headquarters, 111 West Illinois Avenue, and eventually, all employees will be consolidated in our new tower when it opens in the Fall of 2022. Take a peek at our latest construction update.

Learn from the Best

Each and every week, Salesforce offers a star-studded lineup of incredible guest speakers through our B-Well Together: Wellbeing Breaks and Leading Through Change virtual events. We have been fortunate to have Arianna Huffington, Trevor Noah, David Agus, Deepak Chopra, Shaquille O' Neal, Venus Williams, Lars Ulrich of Metallica and many more share their tips, tricks and wisdom with us.

Keeping with that spirit, our Salesforce Chicago Culture Committee launched a new storytelling series featuring local employees. Each quarter, the committee highlights a different life theme and selects a handful of stories to feature internally across Salesforce. Sharing our stories helps us create deeper connections, foster empathy, and encourage the continued development of our virtual Chicago office. 

Giving Back

Giving back is at the core of our culture, and this year, it has been especially important to leverage our time and resources to support those in need. Chicago employees continue to show up and support our local community through initiatives like Communities in School, Suit Up, iMentor, and even an employee-led fundraiser that raised more than $3.8K for Myron, a neighbor in need. We also joined Salesforce’s global PPE distribution efforts and partnered with My Block, My Hood, My City to distribute 1,000 PPE Safety Kits to senior citizens.

Founded on the 1-1-1 model of integrated philanthropy, Salesforce has been committed to giving back to our communities for 21 years through employee volunteer time, grants and technology. So far our local team has contributed an incredible 19k+ hours of service to communities in the Chicago area and beyond.

Today’s recognition is a testament to our culture, and more importantly, our employees who make Salesforce a top place to work in Chicago year after year. If you are interested in joining our growing team in Chicago, please visit our careers page.

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