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June 07, 2018

CHICAGO – Transwestern today announces it has been recognized as one of the “Best Workplaces in Chicago” by Fortune magazine and research and consulting firm Great Place to Work® for the second consecutive year. The commercial real estate firm was ranked No. 19 out of 100 companies from various industries across the entire Chicago metro area. This most recent honor brings the number of Fortune awards for company culture collected over the past 12 months to five.

“We are honored to receive a second recognition from Fortune and Great Place to Work for our unique culture of empowerment and collaboration,” said Mike Watts, Transwestern’s Midwest President. “Our team members in Chicago exemplify the purpose we strive to achieve every day – empowering good people to do extraordinary things together. I am proud to work with such an outstanding group of professionals.”

Transwestern has more than 200 team members throughout Chicago and Rosemont. Some incentives Transwestern provides its team members include full healthcare and benefits package; vacation time plus two personal paid days off; eight hours of paid time off for community service; wellness and philanthropy initiatives; paid training and skills development; certifications and memberships; formal mentorship; a young professionals’ group providing monthly networking, charitable and educational events; an innovation reward program; holiday parties; and social events such as TWentyfour, a 24-hour event including collaboration sessions, games, movies and more.

In the past year, Transwestern has been recognized as a Best Workplace for Millennials, a Best Workplace for Women, a Best Workplace for Diversity, and a Best Workplace in Texas. In addition, the firm’s Chicago-based Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Colleen Dolan, was honored at the inaugural Great Place to Work® For All™ Leadership Awards gala earlier this month. Read Transwestern’s Great Place to Work overview at

“Chicago has one of the largest metropolitan economies in the United States. It plays a significant economic role not just domestically, but globally,” said Michael Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work. “As one of our nation’s economic main staples, the city of Chicago can be proud that organizations like Transwestern are building this country’s economy by creating great places to work for all.”

The Best Workplaces in Chicago is one of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work and Fortune magazine based on employee feedback from Great Place to Work–Certified™ organizations. The ranking considered more than 11,000 employee surveys from companies across the Windy City. Great Place to Work evaluated more than 50 elements of team members’ experience on the job. These included employee pride in the organization’s community impact, belief that their work makes a difference, and feeling their work has special meaning. Rankings are based on employees’ experiences, regardless of seniority or role within the company.


Transwestern is a privately held real estate firm of collaborative entrepreneurs who deliver a higher level of personalized service – the Transwestern Experience. Specializing in Agency Leasing, Tenant Advisory, Capital Markets, Asset Services and Research, our fully integrated global enterprise adds value for investors, owners and occupiers of all commercial property types. We leverage market insights and operational expertise from members of the Transwestern family of companies specializing in development, real estate investment management and research. Based in Houston, Transwestern has 35 U.S. offices and assists clients through more than 211 offices in 36 countries as part of a strategic alliance with BNP Paribas Real Estate. Experience Extraordinary at and @Transwestern.


Rankings are based on feedback from more than 81,000 employees at Great Place to Work–Certified organizations with locations in the Chicago area. An anonymous Trust Index© survey assessed their camaraderie, management, professional development, sense of purpose and other elements essential for an outstanding workplace. Scores also consider the complexity of organizations’ employee populations and how much of their business is located in the Chicago area.


Great Place to Work is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through its certification programs, Great Place to Work recognizes outstanding workplace cultures and produces the annual Fortune "100 Best Companies to Work For®" and Great Place to Work Best Workplaces lists for Millennials, Women, Diversity, Small and Medium Companies, industries, and internationally, countries and regions. Through its culture consulting services, Great Place to Work helps clients create great workplaces that outpace peers on key business metrics like revenue growth, profitability, retention and stock performance. Follow Great Place to Work at and on Twitter at @GPTW_US.

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Megan Skala