May 30, 2017 | 3 min read

Dragonspears Received 2017’s Best Places to Work in Illinois Award!

By: Natalie Lopez

What Makes DragonSpears one of the Best Places to Work

Working in a dual role between Human Resources and Marketing gives me insight into what truly makes DragonSpears such a special organization. Throughout our recruiting process, I often involve employees and encourage candidates to ask them questions. It’s not long before candidates ask the inevitable question: “What do you like about working at DragonSpears?” The number one answer I hear is “the people.” This also rings true for our clients. When asked why they like working with DragonSpears, without missing a beat they cite “the people” as the hands down winner.

It is our people that have led DragonSpears to recently be named one of the 2017 Best Places to Work in Illinois. The awards program began in 2006 and is promoted by The Daily Herald Business Ledger in partnership with the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC), the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, MRA-The Management Association, the Small Business Advocacy Council, the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce and Best Companies Group.

This statewide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Illinois, benefiting the state's economy, workforce and businesses. The 2017 Best Places to Work in Illinois list is made up of 29 companies in the small employer category (15-99 U.S. employees), 25 companies in the medium employer category (100-499 U.S. employees), and 21 companies in the large employer category (500 or more U.S. employees). DragonSpears has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Illinois in the small employer category.

Companies from across the state entered the two-part process to determine the Best Places to Work in Illinois. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Illinois and also analyzed the data and used their expertise to determine the final rankings.

DragonSpears was recognized and honored at the Best Places to Work in Illinois awards ceremony coordinated by The Daily Herald Business Ledger on May 18 and will be profiled in a special publication on June 26. The final rankings will be announced at the event and announced on the Business Ledger website (

After receiving this honor, I asked our people once again why they think DragonSpears deserves to be named as one of the Best Places to Work in Illinois: “I have fantastic co-workers. It makes a huge difference to work with people whom I can trust and have fun with. I love when we can extend that same level of trust and camaraderie to our clients.” Rebecca Ghazali, Senior Developer

We could not be more proud of this achievement. It truly is our people and their commitment to service, passion for solving problems, and drive to make the right long-term decisions that makes DragonSpears one of the best places to work. “A shared vision for the future and investment in taking ownership of long-term organizational goals will undoubtedly lead to our maintaining this status for years to come.” Patrick Emmons, President.

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About Natalie Lopez

Natalie Lopez graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She’s spent the past 20 years in Administration, Human Resources, and Operations and maintains a PHR certification. Natalie is passionate about continuous process improvement and helping to elevate her teams.