CHICAGO – On Thursday, April 11, 2019, Smokeball added another jewel to its best workplaces crown by ranking #44 on Crain’s Chicago Business’s list of 2019 Best Places to Work.  Smokeball’s Director of People & Culture, Jacque Kress, Director of Client Success, Ruchie Chadha, and Lead Content Strategist, Josh Taylor, were in attendance at a lunch dedicated to Crain’s winners.  “For our first year joining the rankings, we were hoping to get into the Top 50, and we did!” said Josh Taylor.

Smokeball was also ranked as Chicago’s #24 best small company, an honor that truly speaks to the quality of employees and leadership that comprise the company.  “When I joined Smokeball a year ago, I knew I was joining something special,” recalled Jacque Kress, Smokeball’s people and culture leader, after the lunch ceremony.  “This is a place that understands that culture is not ‘made’ by one person; it’s formed by every single employee at the company.  Being named one of the Top 50 best workplaces in Chicago is pretty incredible, but the most rewarding part is knowing that our employees truly love working here. At the end of the day, that’s what matters to us.”

“It’s an honor to have Crain’s confirm and share with Chicagoland what we already know and pride ourselves on maintaining: that Smokeball truly is a great place to work!” said Ruchie Chadha, who heads up the Client Success Team at Smokeball.  “Our team consistently receives praise on how happy and helpful we are, and we do not take that lightly.  Each person at Smokeball contributes to our environment in a positive, meaningful, and fun way, and our clients benefit from this with every interaction.  We truly believe in the old Steve Jobs adage that the only way to do great work is to love what you do.  At Smokeball, we are lucky to have a leadership team that understands this starts with creating a place your employees want to work.”

The honor comes with great gratitude, but little surprise.  Smokeball’s office culture is a large part of its success in the legal technology sector, with happy employees bringing award-winning attitude to Smokeball clients.  Smokeball has previously received honors from the Chicago Innovation Awards, Diversity MBA Magazine for excellent executive leadership, Inc. Magazine’s 2018 Best Workplaces, and Built In Chicago.  The culture of the company spills over tangibly to its many clients across the U.S., meaning Smokeball as a best place to work makes its clients’ law offices a better place to work, too.

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