At Uptake, 93 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 311 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 3.25. It was published on Sep 13, 2017. 3554 Visitors

What Employees Say

I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
Our facilities contribute to a good working environment.
People celebrate special events around here.
This is a fun place to work.

What They Do

We asked Uptake to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

Uptake predicts problems that help people and machines work smarter. Uptake is the actionable insights platform, delivering products that produce outcomes to make industry more reliable, productive, safe and secure.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Information Technology
US Headquarters: Chicago, Illinois, 60654 US Sites: 1
US Employees: 631 Corporate Structure: Private
Founded: 2014

Uptake has been awarded:

Best Workplaces in Chicago 2018 (ranked 12)

One of Uptake's many open collaboration spaces

Perks and Programs

We asked Uptake to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Uptake University: Uptake creates an environment for everyone to perform at their personal best, and we know that developing skills, knowledge and community fosters employee growth. In that spirit we launched Uptake University, which allows open enrollment in learning that's provided by internal faculty and external partnerships to create unique and enriching opportunities that range from leadership training to well being, technical learning and more. In addition to our coordinated partnerships with the likes of The Second City and The Conscious Leadership Group, we also offer what we call ULearn, whereby Uptake covers the cost for employees to attend additional external educational opportunities.
  • Health and Wellness: We have a full time health and wellness program coordinator on-staff who's dedicated to ensuring our kitchens are stocked with fresh, healthy snack options, leading health challenges (like our recent weight loss challenge) and organizing groups like the Uptake walking club. As a company, we make every effort to give our team the resources needed to be active and healthy both at work and at home.
  • Women in Tech: We have established a “recruiting ambassadors” program to help attract women in product and tech. Further, we train and certify our recruiters on how to proactively search for candidates who are typically underrepresented in technology, including women. Additionally, we recently launched a Women@Uptake community, which is thriving.
  • Company Events: Uptake is dedicated to building community amongst our employees and their families. Our annual summer party - which this year included everything from live music to food trucks, a beer garden and kid zone - encourages family attendance and offers special activities for children. In addition, Uptake's annual bring your children to work event "Camp Uptake" welcomes kids of all ages to come learn, explore and play at our corporate headquarters for a day.
  • Philanthropy and Civic Innovation: Within the first year of Uptake's existence, our Co-Founder and CEO, Brad Keywell, launched beyond.uptake, Uptake's philanthropic and civic innovation arm that leverages the power of data to solve critical problems for social sector organizations. We don't just donate money or time; we build solutions to help solve real world problems. Current applications we're building will deliver a college matching solution for underserved students, an anti-poaching solution in Sub-Saharan Africa, and anti-human trafficking solution on the Nepal-India border.
  • Community Involvement: Uptakers are champions of Chicago and our local community. Serving those around us is our way of giving back to the city that has helped us thrive. We've partnered with organizations like local non-profit Blue 1647 - an entrepreneurship and technology innovation center that fosters economic development in technology and 21st Century skills - to boost workforce development and training around data science. We're also closely engaged with other local tech organizations, like the Illinois Technology Association, 1871 (a start-up tech hub) and Chicago Ideas Week (our CEO is the founder) to help promote Chicago's technology scene not only locally but nationally.
  • Inventor Incentive Program: Innovation is core to Uptake’s values. From data processing, platform architecture to how we do business, employees are encouraged to submit potentially patentable ideas for review. Employees who submit viable ideas are eligible for an award of up to $2,000 and named inventors on granted U.S. Patents.
  • Daily Food Allowance: In addition to free fresh produce and snacks, Uptake simplifies lunchtime by offers employees a daily $5 credit ($10 on Fridays) to use toward food from local restaurants via food ordering and delivery service Fooda. Those working past 7:00 p.m. have a $15 credit to use toward food from Seamless.
  • Uptake Launch: Every new hire at Uptake goes through Uptake Launch, two days of hands-on education and onboarding. Launch provides a deep dive into Uptake's culture and business, ensuring everyone starts out on the same informational page. We've included mandatory harassment and discrimination training as part of our onboarding program for all new employees at all levels. 
  • Special Interest Groups: Nurturing an environment that supports a variety of interests, Uptake offers formalized employee-led groups for those wish to connect with others and help build a community. Groups include Parents, Well-being, Pride, Entrepreneurs and Games.


$93,792 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Software Engineer 50% Match of employee’s 401(k)/403b contribution up to 6% of salary
71% Company-paid health coverage for employees 59% Company-paid health coverage for dependents


  • 401(k) or 403b Program
  • Stock options
Uptake team members at work


Unlimited Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment Unlimited Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment


  • Telecommute option (1% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks (1% use it)
  • Onsite Amenities (Food, fitness classes, massages, a Zen Den for yoga and meditation, cooking demonstrations, a library, wellness/weight loss competitions)


60 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 60 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
60 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take60 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)
60 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)45 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)60 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
*Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. Not all employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.


  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative


  • Mental health care
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)
  • Fertility treatments

Community and Environmental Impact

$1,250,000 Philanthropic donations in last year Yes Recycling program


  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • Formal programs (such as resource groups, mentorship, networking, or other affinity groups) support professional development for: Women; Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees
  • 24 events a year connect employees with peers from different racial/ethnic, religious or country-of-origin identities
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave
  • Medical care covers gender confirmation surgery

Leadership Diversity


Workforce Diversity

A team presents at the Uptake hackathon



How to Get Hired

We asked Uptake for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

Prospective employees display energy and enthusiasm for technology and learning. They can be flexible in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment. They like teamwork and group collaboration. They poke holes, take risks and embrace a challenge. 

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Candidates should showcase their qualifications in line with a specific job description; promote how they solve problems; illustrate their flexibility, eagerness to learn and ability to work in a fast-paced environment... while having fun!

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

Technical roles (Software Engineers, Data Scientists, Product Managers, industry-relevant Subject Matter Experts) are always in high demand at Uptake as we grow and win new customers. 

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

Candidates should visit our careers page:

hiring Outlook

52% Job Growth 88 Average applicants per opening
34,731 Total job applicants 26% New hires by employee referrals
18 Recent graduates hired 15% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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