A look at immigration services provider Envoy Global (plus advice on how to get hired there)

Envoy Global, the immigration services provider, is on a mission to make it easier for people to work anywhere in the world. The company, which was founded over 20 years ago as VISANOW and rebranded in 2016 as Envoy, helps employers and workers navigate the immigration and application process. Find out more about the company with Ladders’ full rundown, including how you can join the team.

Envoy Global rundown

Size: 115 employees

Industry: Computer software

Locations: The company’s headquarters is in Chicago, Illinois, but it has a global presence and the ability to support customers globally.

Founded: 1998 as VISANOW

Founder: Bob Meltzer

CEO: Richard Burke

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Mission: The company aims to “make it simple for people to work anywhere in the world by bringing efficiency and transparency to what was once an unbelievably frustrating experience,” according to its website.

How much do Envoy Global employees make?

The average salary for an Envoy Global employee is $126,875 per year. Ladders estimates are based on our calculations.

Envoy Global jobs

Envoy is currently hiring for a variety of open positions, including a Platform Security Operations Manager and an Experienced Business Immigration Attorney to join the team in Chicago. Find a full list of open roles on Ladders’ Envoy Global Jobs page.

Office life

“What makes Envoy truly special are the people who work here,” said Lindsay Dagiantis, the VP of human resources. “Employees show up to the office every day knowing that behind all of our technology and services is a strong mission to make the immigration process more seamless and transparent for the people going through it.”

There’s a huge emphasis on transparency in the company, both in customer relations and internally.

“All of our conference rooms are built with glass walls and our open office plan encourages collaboration across departments,” Dagiantis said. “Meanwhile, our fully stocked kitchen with cold brew on tap, and the occasional adult beverage serves as a place for employees to socialize and congregate for the monthly all-hands meetings led by our CEO.”

Company culture

CEO Richard Burke agrees that the people are the most special aspect of company culture at Envoy Global, stating a passion for immigration as the common trait in each employee. Some Envoy employees have even gone through the process using the company’s technology.

One of the driving factors in the office is the knowledge and reminder that behind each application and case file is a real person.

“To remind us of the important and ennobling mission we have large, museum-quality portraits of foreign nationals we’ve served,” Burke told Ladders. “These are individuals whose lives have been transformed because they were able to find a great job opportunity abroad or start and raise a family in the country of their choosing.”

What the CEO and VP of human resources say it takes to get hired

“Technical and industry skills are important, but a truly successful Envoy employee is someone who can be thorough and responsive to customers and their own teams,” Burke told Ladders,  also emphasizing the company’s focus on transparency. “A willingness to collaborate and share new ideas is critical.”

According to Dagiantis, the company values candidates with industry experience working in immigration, human resources or technology, but that type of experience is not always required. When searching for new employees, the company looks “for candidates who can understand the intricacies of building a technology platform and disrupting an established industry.”

“Most importantly, a great Envoy employee is someone who believes in making it possible for workers to pursue professional opportunities anywhere in the world and has the passion and drive to find ways to improve the immigration process for our customers and their employees,” Dagiantis said.

Funding

The company has raised $48.1 million over three funding rounds. The latest round, a Series C, was announced on Sept. 3, 2017 and was led by Catalyst Investors.

Employee benefits

  • Health, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance
  • Flexible spending account (FSA)
  • Supplemental life insurance
  • 401K plan
  • Performance bonus
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • Stock options
  • Maternity & paternity leave
  • Military leave
  • Family medical leave
  • Vacation & paid time off
  • Paid holidays
  • Sabbatical
  • Sick days
  • Volunteer time off
  • Bereavement leave

    Employee perks

  • Employee assistance program
  • Commuter checks & assistance
  • Company social events
  • Free lunch or snacks
  • Gym membership
  • Professional development
  • Job training

Envoy Global employee reviews 2019

Reviews on Glassdoor range from one-star reviews titled “disappointing” to five-star reviews stating that the company is a “great company” with an “even better mission.”

One reviewer wrote that joining the company was “the best move ever.”

The overall positive reviews agree that although “immigration is not the most simple industry,” the company culture and people make it worth it. “It can make for an interesting start in the tech world,” one reviewer wrote.

What does Envoy Global do?

The company is dedicated to helping employers and workers navigate the immigration process. It offers both U.S. immigration services and global immigration services.

“Our people and technology are here to keep you and your employees productive, supported and informed — before, during and after the immigration process,” the company’s website states.

In addition to the immigration services offered, the company also offers case and complaint management. Case management combines technology and legal expertise to individually review each immigration case. Compliance management helps users manage their global workforce so they can have one place to make sure immigration documents are accessible, secure, and up to date.

The last portion of Envoy’s services is the Analytics feature, which gives users insight into the company’s immigration program.