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Radio Flyer, Performance Services, Link Logistics Real Estate among Best Places to Work in Illinois 2022

Brian Ondyak went to the 2022 Best Places to Work in Illinois luncheon on Wednesday with one goal in mind.

Simply bring home a second consecutive first place finish at the Lombard office of Performance Services.

“We’ve been in Illinois for 12 years and threw our hats in this competition last year,” said Ondyak, the construction company’s general manager. “I thought we could compete well. We ended up winning last year, so it’s really exceptional to repeat.”

Performance Services was ranked #1 among midsize companies with 100-499 employees in the United States. Wednesday’s awards luncheon at Abbington Distinctive Banquets in Glen Ellyn was hosted by Daily Herald Suburban Business. The luncheon was sponsored by Signature Bank, a past recipient of American Banker’s “Best Banks to Work For” award.

It was the Daily Herald’s first in-person event since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020. Celebrating in person added to the excitement of the winners.

“It’s really great,” Ondyak said. “We really dive into the data of employee satisfaction, customer satisfaction, take that very seriously. On the employee side, surveying our employees, understanding what we can do better. sits down with a supervisor quarterly to get that feedback, to understand that individual’s personal development plan, where they want to go.”


Ondyak said the company organizes many social events. He also said that if certain goals are met, the company offers a paid trip to Cancún with that employee’s spouse, adding that the award suggests the company is off to a good start in this regard.

Chicago-based Radio Flyer was ranked No. 1 in the small business category defined as 15-99 U.S. employees. Radio Flyer, a maker of well-known little red wagons and other products since 1917, was also ranked #1 for millennials.

“I know for some of you, the past two years have been years of many, many, many changes,” said Amy Bastuga, Radio Flyer’s director of human resources, acknowledging a room full of honorees. “And what goes with it is the need to be resilient. So I want to congratulate you all for your resilience and your leadership, because you made the choice to be a great place to work when people had it. most needed.”

In the large business category for businesses with 500 or more employees, Link Logistics Real Estate won first place.

As a new company experiencing significant growth, Link Logistics chose to participate in the awards, thinking it would be interesting to at least see the data and see how the company is doing, said Maria Kappel, Chief People Officer. The first prize is a bonus.

“I couldn’t be happier to share this recognition with the team members who are here,” she said.

• Find more coverage, comprehensive rankings and select business profiles in a special section of the Daily Herald Suburban Business on Sunday, June 26.