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Walker Sands Ranked 20th on Top Company Cultures List by Entrepreneur Magazine

Mike Santoro

Mike Santoro

It’s one thing to think we’ve got great culture here at Walker Sands, but it’s another to have that notion confirmed by one of today’s leading publications. That’s why, with great pride, I’m happy to announce that Walker Sands has been listed on this year’s list of Entrepreneur’s Top Company Cultures!

Entrepreneur’s Top Company Cultures list is a comprehensive ranking of U.S.-based businesses exhibiting high-performance cultures created in partnership with culture management software and service provider CultureIQ ®. This year, Walker Sands was one of only 75 companies in the U.S. to be recognized, and we ranked No. 20 in the Medium Enterprise Category.

The award submission was open to all companies in the country, which makes the honor even more special. It’s great to see a number of Chicago businesses earn a top ranking, too. Our friends at Radio Flyer, LaSalle Network, Hireology and Context Media also made the list.

The results of our win are based on a company-wide survey that scored applicants in categories like collaboration, innovation, communication, support and work environment. We want to ensure that Walker Sands is the best place that our employees have ever worked, and making Entrepreneur’s Top Company Cultures list affirms that we are on the right track.

When I look around the office, I can so clearly see the benefits of keeping culture a top priority. What’s more, I’m continually impressed by how all of our employees contribute to making Walker Sands a fantastic place to work. Company culture is a factor our team thinks about every day, and it’s been of particular priority as we’ve grown so rapidly in the past few years. Everything from our office layout to our company outings underscores our core values of constant learning, supporting one another and doing great work.

2015 has been an exceptional year for Walker Sands, but there’s always more work to be done (we scored an 89.71 out of 100). Right now, however, I couldn’t be happier. As the award explains, “a high-performance company culture helps drive a mission, achieve goals, provides support and creates the foundation for employee growth.” I’m humbled to lead an organization doing just that.