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Swanson Health Recognized Among Top 25 ‘Best Places to Work’ by Crain’s Chicago Business
Lindsey Toth, MS, RD • April 17, 2018

Swanson’s wellness-based culture, creativity and hustle are at the heart of its growing Chicago office

(FARGO, ND and CHICAGO – April 16, 2018) Swanson Health, a wellness leader for nearly five decades, has been named no. 23 on the prestigious list of 100 best companies to work for by Crain’s Chicago Business. The annual survey recognizes Chicago businesses that excel in creating quality workplaces for employees, by measuring their satisfaction, ranging from workplace comforts to benefits and company culture.

Attracting and retaining top talent in the competitive fields of digital marketing, ecommerce and nutrition science requires a flourishing workplace,” said Katie Doyle, Chief Executive Officer at Swanson Health. “Our mission to help people around the world live simply healthier together inspires each of us every day, but it is also how we inspire one another, working together to build the company, that really makes our culture shine. Our team thrives on creativity, agility and hustle, and we couldn’t be more excited that these traits have helped us achieve recognition as one of the best places to work in Chicago.”

Swanson’s growing Chicago office provides competitive salaries, 401(k) matching, vacation policies and flexible work-life balance, but it’s the workplace environment and approach to health that sets them apart. Swanson embraces a mind and body wellness culture through team building activities, including events like challenging, brainteaser escape room outings, competitive ping pong games, and group yoga and spin classes. The team is also committed to community wellbeing, supporting charitable health causes like Cycle for Survival, for which they raised nearly $40,000 for rare cancer research earlier this year.

Senior leaders work to cultivate a true home-away-from-home as well, with a pet-friendly office (just ask furry friends, Molly, Cash, and Emmy!), cold brew coffee on tap, a comfy living area with snacks and pillows, and themed conference rooms, like ‘Little Hawaii’ with seashells and festive décor, all of which help bring a little more ‘om’ to the office. Swanson is so serious about culture, that each year they even designate a Chief Fun Officer, who’s tasked with organizing team events and activities – no birthday or “Swanniversary” goes unnoticed. Swanson also knows that food is at the heart of a lot of workplace comforts, so unsalted almonds, donuts, protein bars and even chili cook-offs all have their place.

Like other companies who have opened satellite offices downtown, Swanson opened its Chicago office in 2016 to expand their marketing, analytics and IT functions. The office serves as an extension of its headquarters in Fargo, ND where the company was founded in 1969, and from where the Chicago office draws inspiration for its tight-knit workplace culture. From an onsite fitness facility, to office Olympics, to an annual summer picnic, Swanson’s Fargo office has helped Chicago grow into another outstanding representation of the Swanson brand. Swanson’s dedication to creating environments where women can thrive also continues to span both offices. Today, women account for 53 percent of Swanson’s total workforce, including 75 percent of vice presidents.

“In order to keep pace with health and wellness trends, we all have to live the lifestyle,” said Shane Durkee, Swanson’s Chief Innovation Officer. “We all draw from personal influences and experiences to stay healthy, even when it comes to the products we develop.” For example, Swanson recently introduced its Real Food vitamin line, which is a new collection of supplements sourced entirely from real food that help fill nutrient gaps naturally. The line includes multivitamins for men and women, along with biotin, B-complex, niacin and folic acid supplements that are synthetic- and yeast-free. Each supplement has key nutrients derived from real food sources like lemon extract, cranberry concentrate, turmeric root extract, pumpkin seeds, and quinoa sprouts. Even better, they’re vegan and gluten-free, with just a few simple, real ingredients listed on the label.

Swanson Health is an award-winning company that continues to lead the vitamin and supplement industry with innovative, science-backed vitamins, supplements and healthy-living products, and is excited to be recognized for their award-winning culture now as well. Continue to watch for new product launches from Swanson this year and follow them for expert advice and tips on social media at @SwansonHealth.

About Swanson Health

Swanson Health started in 1969 in Fargo, ND with a mission to offer pure and potent health products at a great value. Nearly 50 years later, Swanson Health continues to innovate science-backed vitamins and supplements, delivering wellness solutions that help people worldwide live simply healthier together. Learn more and shop exclusively online at swanson.com.


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