oak9 ranks 36th in Crain’s list of best places to work in Chicago

oak9 ranks 36th on Crains Chicago Best Places to Work 2022 list

“This honor confirms that we are committed to creating a great employee experience for Oak9ers with as much emphasis as we are committed to delivering cloud-native security for customers.”

oak9, a leader in Infrastructure as Code (IaC) security for developers, ranked 36th in Crain’s Chicago Best Places to Work 2022 list, an annual rating of Chicago’s Top 100 Employers based on extensive employee surveys, compensation, benefits, work culture and benefits.

This honor places oak9 in the top 17% of participating companies and in the top 1% of all Chicago companies. Crain’s Best Workplaces list is popular because companies of all sizes can participate and the results depend on how employees feel about their organization. oak9 has developed a culture that emphasizes bringing people together, prioritizes diversity and treats employees as people.

“Racing so high on Crain’s list is a testament to Oak9 sticking to its core values,” said Raj Datta, co-founder and CEO of Oak9. “Customers and partners can glean a lot from how an organization treats its employees. This honor confirms that we are committed to creating a great employee experience for Oak9ers with as much emphasis as we are committed to delivering cloud-native security for customers.

Some of the benefits of working at oak9 include:

  • Fairness in the company
  • Unlimited vacations (with a minimum of two weeks)
  • Paid parental leave
  • Continuing education budget
  • 3 years paid sabbatical

“Our founders genuinely believe in the people of oak9 and invest in their experience, which has led to excellent employee retention,” said Kim Freier, head of people experience at oak9. “We encourage and invest in things like social events, volunteering, internal innovation weeks, non-meeting days, exceptional benefits, and more because we listen to and value feedback from our people.”

Crain’s ranking is just the latest marker of success for oak9, which was recently named one of Chicago’s 11 fastest growing companies and a Chicago startup to watch earlier this year.

As Oak9 continues to grow as a company and an emerging leader in cloud-native security, it is looking to expand its team. Learn more about open positions at Oak9 and why it’s one of the best places where to work in Chicago.

About Oak9

oak9 secures cloud-native infrastructure for developers. oak9 Security as Code continuously detects, analyzes and remediates security and compliance issues in real time, as changes occur in infrastructure as code (IaC) and deployed cloud workloads. oak9’s proprietary Security-as-Code (SaC) plans support over 20 out-of-the-box compliance standards, including HIPAA, HITRUST, PCI, SOC2, and ISO27001. Oak9’s open-source Security as Code solution also allows security engineers to extend oak9’s security plans for additional guardrails. Chicago-based oak9 is a 2022-built startup to watch backed by top investors Menlo Ventures, HPA, Cisco Investments and Morgan Stanley’s Next Level fund. oak9 partners with HashiCorp, AWS, and Microsoft, and actively supports the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP). Stay in touch with oak9 on LinkedIn, TwitterYoutube and TikTok, or visit oak9.io.

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