By Laurie Vicente, CSMP | January 31, 2019

The award-winning recruiting firm is recognized again for innovative employee engagement measures

CHICAGO, Illinois (January 31, 2019)Brilliant™, a direct-hire, contract and consulting practice specializing in accounting, finance and information technology, was named one of the Nation’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® in 2018 by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR).

This is the fifth consecutive year that Brilliant has received the national recognition.

“We are proud to receive this recognition on a nation level. We are committed to providing our team members with an environment that allows them to excel personally and professionally. Our success is a direct result of our culture and our team,” says Brilliant CEO Jeff Mariola. He continues, “Our mission is to make people’s lives better and that starts from within. Winning this award five years in a row is validation of that.”

The 2018 winning companies were assessed by the NABR on key measures including Compensation, Benefits and Employee Solutions; Employee Enrichment, Engagement and Retention; Employee Education and Development; Recruitment, Selection and Orientation; Employee Achievement and Recognition; Communication and Shared Vision; Diversity and Inclusion; Work-Life Balance; Community Initiatives; Strategic Company Performance and the Best of the Best Small Business, Medium Business and Large Business.

This award not only honors organizations as Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, but also celebrates achievement and success in empowering employees’ lives through rich heritage and culture. These traits distinguish the Best and Brightest, and empower winning companies to excel. The Best and Brightest Program provides the business community with the opportunity to gain recognition, showcase their best practices, and demonstrate why each of them would be an ideal place to work.

There were 2,400 nominations from across the country, the Best and Brightest Program honored Brilliant and 511 other national winning organizations.

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About Brilliant™ | Connecting People and Opportunities
Brilliant is an award-winning direct-hire, contract and consulting practice specializing in accounting, finance and information technology for the Greater Chicago, South Florida and Dallas-Fort Worth labor markets. The firm represents high-quality accounting, finance and information technology talent and matches them with hiring companies throughout various industries including manufacturing, distribution, health care, professional services, retail, legal, technology, real estate, nonprofit organizations, software and hospitality, among others. Many of Brilliant’s team members include former hiring managers, and accounting and finance professionals from the Big 4 accounting firms, as well as other leading professionals in the industry. Since its inception in 2009, Brilliant has ranked on various award lists including Forbes America’s Best Professional Recruiting Firms two years in a row including No. 2 in 2018, Forbes America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms in 2017, Crain’s Chicago Business Fast 50 for four straight years including No. 1 in 2015, Staffing Industry Analysts Fastest-Growing U.S. Staffing Firms for four straight years including No. 2 in 2015, Inavero’s Best of Staffing Talent for North America four years in a row, Inc. 5000, Best Places to Work South Florida in 2016 and 2018, 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® five straight years, and others. To learn more about Brilliant, visit, call 312.582.1800 or follow @BrilliantFS on social media.

About the Best and Brightest Programs
The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® competition identifies and honors organizations that display a commitment to excellence in operations and employee enrichment that lead to increased productivity and financial performance. This competition scores potential winners based on regional data of company performance and a set standard across the nation. This national program celebrates those companies that are making better business, creating richer lives and building a stronger community as a whole. There are numerous regional celebrations throughout the country.

Media Contact:
Laurie Vicente, Brilliant

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