Company plans to double its Chicago team to capitalize on the city’s diverse pool of talent and innovative tech scene
CHICAGO –January 10, 2019 – Upwork (UPWK), the largest freelancing website, today announced it has been ranked as the 'Best Place to Work in Chicago’ by Built in Chicago as it expands to a new office in the West Loop neighborhood. The new office marks Upwork’s third office expansion in three years, replacing a prior sales-focused local office the company outgrew as its usage among Fortune 500 companies continues to grow. Over 30 percent of Fortune 500 companies now utilize Upwork to engage freelance talent, including Microsoft, Samsung and GE.
“We are honored to have ranked as the 'Best Place to Work in Chicago’,” said Upwork’s Senior Vice President of Enterprise, Eric Gilpin. “Our employees are essential to our customer's success. We take great pride in cultivating an environment and culture for our employees to thrive. The Chicago area is rich with diverse talent from prestigious universities and leading companies. As we continue to innovate how companies build teams to help them remain competitive, we’re thrilled at this opportunity to further extend our local support.”
The new office is located in Chicago’s burgeoning West Loop neighborhood. The 34,000 square foot space features 240 workstations. The company plans to expand to 500 workstations within the next 18 months. Upwork joins other established technology leaders including Google, Salesforce, LinkedIn, Microsoft and Amazon in establishing a Chicago presence.
To learn more about career opportunities available at Upwork, including in its Chicago office, please visit https://www.upwork.com/about/careers/.
Upwork (UPWK) is the largest freelancing website, as measured by Gross Services Volume. It enables businesses to find and work with highly skilled freelancers. As an increasingly connected and independent workforce goes online, knowledge work -- like software, shopping and content before it -- is shifting online as well. This shift is making it easier for clients to connect and work with talent in near real-time and is freeing professionals everywhere from having to work at a set time and place. Our company’s mission is to create economic opportunities so people have better lives.