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Great Place to Work Names Black Spectacles as a Best Chicago Workplace

Black Spectacles is a 2020 Best Workplaces in Chicago by Great Place to Work®

Chicago, Illinois - May 21, 2020 - Great Place to Work has honored Black Spectacles as one of the 2020 Best Workplaces in Chicago. The ranking considered over 27,000 responses from Chicago area employees. Great Place to Work, a global people analytics and consulting firm, evaluated more than 60 elements of team members’ experience on the job. These included the extent to which employees trust leaders, the respect with which people are treated, the fairness of workplace decisions, and how much camaraderie there is among the team. Rankings are based on employees’ feedback and reward companies who best include all employees, no matter who they are or what they do for the organization.  Black Spectacles took the number 30 spot on the list.

“One of our core values is to make our environment safe to share ideas. We rely heavily on trust, so to see us score near perfect on a survey designed to measure trust gives a lot of credibility to our purpose, and makes me very proud,” said Black Spectacles Founder and CEO, Marc Teer.

The Best Workplaces in Chicago stand out for excelling in one of the nation’s most competitive marketplaces. As a company founded on the aim to help architects advance in their careers, Black Spectacles takes pride in being active participants of the architecture community in Chicago, donating time and resources to AIA-Chicago on a variety of projects. Ensuring community involvement strengthens the bond of the team and is a constant reminder of company values.

“Best workplaces like Black Spectacles have built powerful foundations of trust and human connection to help carry their organizations through stressful and uncertain times,” said Michael C. Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work. “This gives companies on this list a powerful opportunity not just to do well for their people, but to do well for their businesses and for Chicago.”

The Best Workplaces in Chicago is one of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work and Fortune based on employee feedback from Great Place to Work-Certified™ organizations. 


Headquartered in Chicago, Black Spectacles is an online learning platform, emboldening architects in their career path. It is the first NCARB-approved test prep provider for all six divisions of the ARE® 5.0. Offering educational resources in the way of test prep and software curriculum, Black Spectacles helps aspiring architects achieve licensure and advance in their careers. 


Great Place to Work based its ranking on a data-driven methodology applied to anonymous Trust Index™ survey responses from over 27,000 employees at Great Place to Work-Certified organizations in the Chicago Metropolitan Statistical Area.  This ranking was finalized prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and does not reflect companies’ roles or responses to their people or communities in addressing the impact of the coronavirus.  To learn more about Great Place to Work Certification and recognition on Best Workplaces lists, visit


Great Place to Work® is the global authority on workplace culture. They help organizations quantify their culture and produce better business results by creating a high-trust work experience for all employees. Emprising®, their culture management platform, empowers leaders with the surveys, real-time reporting, and insights they need to make data-driven people decisions. They use their unparalleled benchmark data to recognize Great Place to Work-Certified™ companies and the Best Workplaces™ in the US and more than 60 countries, including the 100 Best Companies to Work For® list published annually in Fortune. 

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