SWC Earns 4th ‘Best & Brightest Companies to Work For Award

July 18, 2012   //   News

For the fourth consecutive year, Oak Brook-based technology consultancy SWC Technology Partners has been named one of Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR). The award recognizes Chicago-area businesses that display a commitment to excellence in their human resources practices and employee enrichment.

Key criteria considered in the competition include compensation, benefits, retention, workforce engagement, employee education and development, employee recognition strategies, diversity, work-life balance and community initiatives. Winners are selected by an independent research firm that evaluates detailed entries examining these issues and others.

SWC’s four-year winning streak reflects innovative programs and services ranging from monthly performance incentives to provide continuous encouragement and motivation to domestic partner coverage, flex time, complimentary annual health screenings, an on-site fitness center, weekly fruit and veggie delivery service, extensive educational opportunities, and an active social calendar.

New 2011 initiatives included broad company involvement with the Alain Locke Charter School in East Garfield Park, one of Chicago’s poorest neighborhoods. SWC upgraded the school’s entire technology infrastructure, established and actively participates in a weekly Robotics Club, sent 10 students to Microsoft’s DigiGirlz spring break camp, and more. The initiative earned SWC recognition as a 2012 IDG Computerworld Honors Laureate for using information technology to promote positive social, economic and educational change. The project was also featured on ABC’s ‘190 North’ television program.

This full range of programs and opportunities has been instrumental in driving SWC’s growth, including tripling the workforce in the last four years to accommodate new customers as well as new technology services that are continually being added to the company’s portfolio. SWC continues to expand, with current openings for analysts, developers, engineers, programmers, engagement managers, and sales representatives.

“We have worked hard to create a corporate culture that is supportive, nurturing and conducive to professional growth. That helps us both attract and retain employees in a highly competitive technology job market, and ensure that our customers get the best service from employees who are highly skilled as well as dedicated to building our business,” said Bob Knott, President of SWC. “This four-time ‘Best and Brightest’ honor reinforces our commitment to making SWC one of the best places to work in the city.”

“It is truly an honor to recognize this year’s winners,” said Jennifer Kluge, NABR president. “The selection, recognition and awarding of Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For ™ allows businesses to showcase their best practices and demonstrate why each of them would be an ideal place for employees to work. This year’s winning companies represent high standards and are an example for other companies to emulate.”

The full list of winners is posted at http://www.101bestandbrightest.com/winners , including well-known Chicago-area companies such as ADP, American Academy of Pediatrics, Comcast, Emkay Incorporated, Ernst & Young, KPMG and Verizon Wireless. All winners will be honored at an awards luncheon on August 20, 2012, at the Double Tree Hotel in Oak Brook.

About SWC Technology Partners
SWC Technology Partners located just outside Chicago, is an award-winning provider of IT solutions to midsize businesses. For more than 30 years, SWC has excelled at delivering technology solutions that optimize productivity, strengthen customer relationships, enhance data sharing and drive profitability. SWC specializes in the technology solutions that match the business needs of mid-market organizations.

Headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois, SWC is a Microsoft Certified Gold Partner and was honored as a Microsoft Central Region Partner of the Year. To learn more, visit https://www.swc.com or email contact@swc.com or call 630.572.0240. Follow SWC on Facebook and on Twitter @SWCTechPartners

About the National Association of Business Resources
Based in Warren, Mich., the National Association for Business Resources (NABR) is a business organization of small to medium-sized businesses, representing more than 20,000 members who employ over 200,0000 persons nationally. Members include attorneys, physicians, architects, accountants, construction companies, banks, retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers and the like. Member businesses receive numerous benefits including free legal and financial consultations; discounted technology, automotive and office products; employee training and recruitment assistance; and competitive insurance rates. Visit NABR online at www.nationalbiz.org.