We’ve Made the Inc. 500 for a Whopping Third Year in a Row!

When it comes to the Inc. 500, three-peats are rare: Only one in four companies manages to make the prestigious list for three consecutive years.

Sound the alarms! Today, Inc. Magazine released its annual Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing companies in America. After making the list and ranking in the top 500 companies in 2016 and 2017, was your beloved OppLoans—the country’s leading socially responsible online lender—able to make the list for an astounding third year in a row?

We won’t keep you in suspense: Yes!

For the third year in a row, OppLoans was named to the Inc. 500, coming in at #340 and getting featured in Inc. Magazine. The rankings are based on annual revenue growth over a three-year span which, for the 2018 list, covered 2014 to 2017. During those three years, we grew an astounding 1,464.6 percent!

If you’re raising a skeptical eyebrow right now, trying to figure out why we’re so excited, let us explain. Making the Inc. 500 and being recognized as one of the fastest-growing companies in the whole company is … really cool! No doubt about it. But being named to the list for three years in a row is a feat that only one in four companies manages to pull off!

“Chicago loves a three-peat—and we’re thrilled to be able to deliver!” said Jared Kaplan, our intrepid CEO. “It’s difficult to achieve the type of growth that will earn a company an Inc. 500 spot and to do it three years in a row is a spectacular distinction. But what’s more important— and what we’re even prouder of—is that during this period of incredible expansion, we’ve maintained best-in-class products and service for our customers. That’s our mission, and the thousands of five-star reviews we’ve received are proof that we’re succeeding.”

He’s not exaggerating with those five-star reviews by the way. We have literally thousands of them on Google. Don’t believe us? Go see for yourself.

What makes OppLoans so special?

Continuing to grow at such a phenomenal rate is something we’re immensely proud of. But like Jared said, it wouldn’t matter nearly as much if maintaining that growth came at the expense of our customer, our products, or our employees. The truly magical thing about OppLoans is that we’ve managed to grow without sacrificing any of them!

At OppLoans, the customer really does come first. Everything we do is geared towards offering them a better product, with a high level of customer service far beyond what they’ll get elsewhere. That’s why our dedicated team of Loan Advocates work night and day to get customers the money they need, when they need it, with a minimum of hassle.

Over 100+ millions of Americans have non-prime credit scores, and over 60 percent of the population doesn’t have enough in savings to cover a $1,000 emergency. OppLoans was founded on the belief that these consumers deserve better than the predatory no credit check loans—like payday loans, cash advances, and title loans—that they were turning to in times of financial distress. That’s why we offer safer, more affordable installment loans that customers can pay off gradually over time. Treating people right isn’t just what we do, it’s what we’ve always done.

We wouldn’t be able to do that, however, if we didn’t also treat our employees right. OppLoans is based in Chicago, which is rife with stories of startups that experienced explosive growth and subsequently ran their overworked employees in the ground. From day one, it was our belief that happy workers are the best kind of workers and the best way to deliver happy customers.

That’s why we take care of our employees like they are family. Let’s start with our office in downtown Chicago: Not only does it come with an absolutely breathtaking view of Millennium Park, but it also has a kitchen fully stocked with healthy snacks and drinks, not to mention several vintage video game systems and a pop-a-shot.

Employees also get perks like regular in-office massages, pizza parties, game nights, off-site events, sponsored sports teams, and the greatest perk of all: Crepe Day (shout-out to Gotta B Crepes). Additionally, we offer great health benefits—including one option that’s entirely free—401(k) matching, and flexible scheduling. Oh, and we pay well too!

(Does OppLoans sound like a place you want to work? Sweet! Check out our careers page for open positions.)

Inc. 500 is one of many honors we’ve received this year.

2018 has been quite the year for accolades around here. Earlier this year, Jared Kaplan was ranked the eighth highest-rated CEO on the Top CEO list by Glassdoor and named a finalist for EY Entrepreneur of the Year. OppLoans was also named a 2018 “Best Workplace” by Inc. Magazine and America’s sixth best place to work by Glassdoor.

But the accolades that matter most to OppLoans are those of our customers and our employees. That’s why we’re so proud to sport an average customer rating of 4.9/5 stars on Google and an average employee rating of 4.9/5 on Glassdoor. And while we’re at it, our 95-percent approval rate on LendingTree and our “A+” rating from the Better Business Bureau are pretty awesome too.

At OppLoans, we couldn’t be happier to make the Inc. 500 three years in a row. The only thing that would make us happier would be … making it four years in a row. Will we be able to do it? You’ll have to check back next year to find out!

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