Company plans to triple its enterprise sales team in Chicago by 2018 to capitalize on the city’s growing tech innovation hub
CHICAGO – August 2, 2017 – Upwork, the largest freelancing website, today announced the opening of its new office in Chicago. The company seeks to take advantage of the city’s burgeoning technology scene and a wealth of Midwestern talent, adding more than 50 new jobs in Chicago by year end, with a goal of 100 new employees by the end of 2018. Upwork plans to continue that growth trajectory into 2019.
The Chicago office will be led by staffing industry veteran, Eric Gilpin, Upwork’s Senior Vice President of Enterprise, who is charged with overseeing its rapid growth. Upwork has seen a significant increase in demand from Fortune 1000 companies building larger networks of freelancers. Nearly 20 percent of Fortune 500 companies leverage Upwork to build their on-demand talent programs including notable companies such as Airbnb, Pfizer, Dropbox and Juniper Networks, among others.
“By opening an office in Chicago, we’re investing in the growth of our team and bringing more job opportunities to the area as part of our company’s commitment to hiring beyond the San Francisco Bay Area,” said Gilpin. “Chicago has proven to be an incredible market for talent and is one of the fastest growing tech innovation hubs outside of the Silicon Valley. We are incredibly excited about this new endeavor and look forward to accelerating the growth of our Chicago team and bringing the Upwork culture here in the coming months.”
Upwork is in good company in establishing a Chicago presence. It joins the likes of Google, Salesforce, LinkedIn, Cars.com, Microsoft, Glassdoor, Amazon and many other established leaders. Upwork’s new office is located in Chicago’s West Loop.
To learn more about career opportunities available at Upwork, particularly in its Chicago office, please visit https://www.upwork.com/about/careers/.
Upwork is the world’s largest freelancing website. Upwork Enterprise combines technology and services, giving companies a single solution that makes it simple, quick and cost effective to access qualified freelance talent.
Twenty percent of Fortune 500 companies and other notable companies utilize Upwork to find and engage freelancers, including organizations such as Airbnb, Dropbox, Pfizer and Juniper Networks. The company is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with offices in Chicago, San Francisco and Oslo, Norway. For more information, visit our website at www.upwork.com, join us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.