Glassdoor Doubles Up on Chicago Office Space

The popular jobs and recruiting site signed a long-term lease for 52,000 square feet at Trammell Crow Co.'s development in the city's West Loop submarket.
West End on Fulton. Rendering courtesy of Trammell Crow Co.

In addition to helping others find jobs, Glassdoor will be the one creating jobs following the signing of a long-term lease for two full floors at West End on Fulton, a 315,000-square-foot office tower underway in Chicago’s West Loop. The company signed a 13-year lease for 52,000 square feet throughout the 10th and 11th floors in the new building at 1375 W. Fulton St., while maintaining their current 51,500-square-foot office space at 1330 W. Fulton St.

Glassdoor will be moving into the new location, which will accommodate 400 employees, in the summer of 2020. The need for more space comes from the company’s recent growth—in less than three years, the Glassdoor Chicago office grew from 30 to 300 employees across different departments.

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The company’s two Chicago locations are expected to accommodate up to 800 employees. Glassdoor added that it intends to create 500 new jobs in Chicago over the next several years as part of its strategic growth plans.

Trammell Crow Co. is the developer of West End on Fulton, which will feature multiple private outdoor spaces on each floor, common open-air areas and hospitality-focused amenities, according to the development company’s Midwest Business Unit Principal Johnny Carlson. Christian Sutherland-Wong, Glassdoor’s president & chief operating officer, attributed the expansion of the Chicago employee base to the area’s talent pool.

Glassdoor growth

The company’s appetite for more office space comes from its continued internal expansion. Glassdoor originally bet on the Chicago office market in 2016 by signing a long-term lease at 1330 W. Fulton St., expected to become a “vital hub” for the company in the future. And earlier this year in April, Glassdoor announced that it would expand its product and engineering teams in Chicago.

Shortly after, in May, the company announced plans to relocate its global headquarters from Mill Valley, Calif., to San Francisco by fall 2020, creating 300 Bay Area jobs in the process over the next five years.