Business in Focus: Relativity

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relativity_owler_20171026_024816_originalIf you’re mildly curious about the volume of daily data traffic circling the globe, you might check out Internet Live Stats for fun.  But if you’re a litigator whose case depends on organizing and selecting the data you need to win a case, wading through oceans of discovery can be grueling. A 2012 Rand study found that records collection and review consumed nearly three-quarters of litigation expenses. Data has only become more complicated and voluminous since then. That’s a problem that Relativity is solving. The software engineers, analysts, and designers at Relativity run a platform that stores trillions of documents and handles billions of requests every day. That’s right.  We’re nerds,” proudly says Relativity team member, Shawn, in this about us video.

This Chicago-based collection of diverse, quirky, competitive team members are not only making the work of legal professionals easier, they’re also making a positive impact on their community.  The company donates tens of thousands of dollars to schools each year and offers staff loads of opportunities to volunteer.


The company is also big on diversity and inclusion like the Relativity Women of the Workplace (RelWoW).  A core pillar of RelWoW is professional growth. The group puts on several programs a year touching on topics like personal branding, leadership development, diversity and more. Not only can attendees learn something at each event, but volunteers also gain valuable experience. They learn to lead meetings, mobilize groups of peers, create content, use public speaking skills and much more. Ultimately, they’re developing talented women to promote, retain and create a reputation that continues to attract them to Relativity.

Other groups like Relativity Pride and Working Moms promotes LBBTQ+ issues and helps new mothers navigate their return to work in a safe space that helps members thrive.

RelativityQuote2A core belief of Relativity’s culture is that in order to grow the business, people also need to grow.  From onboarding through the entire career, the company’s 850+ team members set career development goals backed by check-ins with leaders, and have access to rich, internal learning content.

The company’s investment in culture, diversity, and development is getting attention. Relativity achieved Great Place to Work Certification (2018-19), Best Places to Work in Chicago (2019), and Top Workplaces in Chicago (2018).

Kudos to Relativity for building great e-discovery software to solve big problems supported by a strong culture of dedicated Relativians!  To learn more about the company’s origin story, click here.




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