Gimbel is an expert on hiring, careers and company culture, contributing to Inc., Fortune and The Wall Street Journal. Gimbel appears frequently on CNBC Squawk Box, TODAY, Fox Business Network, and in The New York Times, and Entrepreneur magazine, among others.
LaSalle Network has been recognized by more than 100 culture and revenue-based awards since inception including: Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work, the #1 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in Chicago and in the Nation, Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top Company Cultures, Inc. Magazine’s Best Workplace’s, among others.
Gimbel holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado and is on the Board of Directors of Ounce of Prevention and the American Staffing Association. He is an active member in the Young Presidents' Organization, Economic Club of Chicago and Entrepreneurs' Organization.
2023 Hiring Challenges
Finding the perfect candidate goes far beyond matching a resume to a job description. The people are the brand, and organizations have to look at more than just a candidate’s hard skills to determine if they’re the right fit. Tom Gimbel believes in hiring for personality and culture fit. He believes that hard skills can be taught, but these two characteristics are harder to develop. He looks for candidates who are smart, nice, hard-working, and easy to manage. Because at the end of the day, he believes you have to genuinely like the people you work with.
- Company Culture
Forget the foosball tables and unlimited vacation time; Tom Gimbel believes it’s about treating people well and investing in their personal and professional development. Not only has Tom developed a dynamic culture within his own organization, he’s also advised hundreds of other companies on how they can do the same. To date, LaSalle Network has received more than 50 culture and revenue-based awards, including multiple “Best Places to Work” awards from the Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business, Staffing Industry Analysts, and was named the “Overall Winner” among the “Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” in Chicago. No other Chicago company is this decorated for its culture.
- Retaining Talent
With a turnover rate of nearly 300%, the staffing and recruiting industry has one of the highest attrition rates of any industry in the nation. But LaSalle Network is the anomaly. LaSalle’s annual voluntary turnover rate is less than 4%, and staff engagement is a record-breaking 97%. Over the years, he’s advised hundreds of companies on how to retain their talent, and that starts with identifying what motivates and drives employee engagement.
Tom Gimbel went the unconventional route, starting his own company at the age of 26. While that’s not all that uncommon today, it was in 1998. He mortgaged his house, hired two employees, and started making his vision for LaSalle Network come to life. Today, LaSalle Network spans across the United States and has over 150 employees. It hasn’t all been smooth sailing. Tom’s company survived two recessions and the dot com boom, but through it all, LaSalle has grown every year since inception and have never done a layoff.