"Constantly challenge people and you’ll be surprised at the results. Keep everyone hungry. (Not literally. The Raise café is always fully stocked with healthy snacks.)"

− George Bousis | CEO

"A lot of these problems haven’t been solved before. We are creating new standards and breaking down a lot of barriers. It can be really motivating when you’re looking at the right types of challenges."

− Tyler Spalding | Chief Strategy Officer

"Working at Raise is awesome. It makes me feel like I’m a part of something that just keeps growing and growing and growing."

− Erin Robertson | Community Engagement Specialist

"The culture here at Raise is innovative. It’s fun. It’s fresh. We’re working with some of the smartest, brightest, most talented people in their fields."

− Eugene Miller | Operations Manager

"Raise means two things: an opportunity and a challenge. How does retail currency look, feel, and function in the digital era? Raise privileges us with figuring that out."

− Andrew Patterson | Director of Sales

“Don’t forget to be real. Be humble. Don’t be distracted by the success.” So said Raise CEO George Bousis at Ethos 4.0 last month when asked how leaders can maintain their workplace culture during periods of rapid growth.

After three office upgrades in as many years, a doubled and re-doubled headcount, and tens of millions in VC funding, George’s words ring true as ever throughout Raise’s bright headquarters in downtown Chicago.

You may not know from looking at Raise’s sprawling open office that just four years ago the world’s largest gift card marketplace was still a fledgling startup run out of a dining room — complete with an iPhone for internet — but this fact probably won’t surprise you either.

The 68,000 square foot space is no frills. That’s not to say it isn’t a sight to behold, bursting with energy. Rather, absolutely every element at Raise HQ is functional. Meticulously planned to empower every employee to feel comfortable and capable of performing at their very best.

Every workstation is equipped with a MacBook Pro, dual 27” Apple Cinema Displays, and a Herman Miller Embody Chair. Breakfast is served every day. Pool, ping pong, and foosball tables are strategically placed to offer creative respite and promote socialization.

If you live in Chicago, you’ve no doubt seen the Raise logo plastered on billboards and buses throughout the city. You may have also noticed folks around the loop sporting Raise hats and t-shirts. This is no accident.

There’s a whole room brimming with Raise gear that employees are free to take whenever they please. They do so often and with pride.

Erin Robertson, Community Engagement Specialist, wears her Raise hat religiously during Chicago winters. “It’s awesome. It makes me feel like I’m a part of something that just keeps growing and growing and growing.”

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