MEET THE RIGHT FIT FOR YOU
Energy storage, customized logistics solutions, world-renowned gourmet desserts and chocolates – what do they have in common? They’re all made and headquartered right here in Greater Reading.
Greater Reading is also home to one of the most diverse cities in the Northeast United States. We proudly boast a community of cultural and social inclusiveness.
You’re driven, motivated, and smart, and Greater Reading is ready for you. Whether you’re an intern, entry-level, seasoned professional, or entrepreneur extraordinaire, the opportunities in Greater Reading boast the wages, lifestyle, and growth potential you’re looking for.
Passion, purpose, potential. A job opportunity is one piece of the puzzle. But where will your career journey take you? Your professional brand will develop here, encompassing not only your work portfolio but also your personal style and your community impact. Professionals need to feel empowered, mentored, and supported. And they need to feel trusted and challenged. The resources in Greater Reading paired with a close-knit community create the seeds for success. Here, we give you to the tools to grow your roots and flourish.
Distinguished continuing education resources at our local colleges and universities are minutes away, and at your fingertips. From industry-specific programs to advanced degrees, you can cultivate new skills whether you’re in your first job or pushing a path towards leadership.
Here, leadership development programs like Leadership Berks (LB) provide the soft skills and leadership training you need to succeed and make an impact. Each year, LB provides current and emerging leaders with leadership skills development, issues-based community orientation, nonprofit management training and more.
Your network matters too. Building your network expands your experiences and takes you out of your comfort zone. Find like-minded professionals at the Greater Reading Young Professionals: a group of diverse, driven, passionate, and community-minded individuals from a wide range of industries, employers, and positions. From galas with a twist, to sports leagues, to exclusive networking nights out on the town, you’ll find your people. You’ll build relationships, and you’ll grow together.
Greater Reading is driven by a community of creative entrepreneurs. Our region is driven by the power and potential of great ideas and inspired, passionate business owners.
Greater Reading provides many unique resources to motivated entrepreneurs, like the Berks LaunchBox, a unique collaboration between Penn State Berks and Penn State Health St. Joseph, which is an innovation hub where students, entrepreneurs, and local professionals can connect and meet to spur collaboration. From 3-D printing to human movement to social entrepreneurship, the LaunchBox provides a supportive hub for those embodying entrepreneurial spirit.
The Jump Start Incubator provides competitively-priced office space for startup businesses and guidance with action plans, business planning, and more. Once your business gets going, talk to the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance, local reps from the Small Business Administration, or our local chapter of SCORE to keep growing and changing the world.
Across the county and especially in the city of Reading’s downtown, you’ll see the seeds planted by entrepreneurs. From the businesses just opening their doors in anticipation, to the entrepreneurs that have grown to global notoriety for worldwide desserts, like Sweet Street Desserts.
DIVERSE INDUSTRIES + OPPORTUNITIES
So many companies choose to start here and grow here. So can you, with our region’s many opportunities.
Join our workforce of 200,000 people in any of our 9,200 job openings.
You’ll have a diverse range of careers to choose from, with 12 industries accounting for 97 percent of our area’s GDP.
And that GDP of ours? It’s growing at the fastest rate in all of PA.
Greater Reading professionals enjoy a low commute time, with easy access to hubs and major cities. You’ll soon discover why nearly 400 company headquarters are here, with 150 international companies that employ people here to boot.
Penske Truck Leasing is a global transportation company with deep roots right here in Greater Reading, where it began 50 years ago. Now an $8.4B global transportation company with over 740 locations and a fleet of approximately 300,000 vehicles, its headquarters remains in Greater Reading. Penske employs over 36,000 associates, with nearly 2,000 of them at Penske’s headquarters. At Penske, you’ll find a driven, talented, and diverse workforce of individuals that hail from Greater Reading and beyond. Penske attracts both longtime residents and those who commute from metro areas like Philadelphia with a culture of collaboration, opportunity, and professional growth.
Company leaders like Jennifer Sockel live and work in our region, and have found a place to build a career, long-term. Young professionals like Luke Eshbach, whose wife is also a Penske associate, have found opportunity to build a career and a family right here in Greater Reading. And for reverse commuters like Philadelphia-based Terrell McCray, Penske offers the stability, tools, and resources that equal a great career. Companies like Penske continue to be a destination for talented professionals like you—right here in Greater Reading.
“I’ve been with Penske for the majority of my professional life. I’ve had the privilege of developing my career here and also had the pleasure of witnessing so many talented individuals grow their skills and capabilities at Penske. The passion our employees display for teamwork and helping our customers succeed is central to our culture. It is an honor to help lead an organization of talented, innovative, and professional associates who deliver results.”
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
With sales and service locations in over 100 countries worldwide, EnerSys has kept its global headquarters right here in Greater Reading. EnerSys and its predecessor companies have been manufacturers of industrial batteries for over 100 years.
The company’s dedication to the Greater Reading area is about more than just a headquarters location—it’s about finding and developing the right workforce. EnerSys employees will tell you firsthand: not only have they found a company that gives them the career and culture they’re looking for, but they’ve found a place they love in Greater Reading.
“EnerSys is a company that goes above and beyond for their employees. I saw this very early on in my journey here. I began as an intern and was welcomed right away by all of the staff. There are many incentives that keep all of us a well-oiled machine, like access to festivals, health coach on site, daily announcements for employees, a gym, and an amazing cafeteria! These incentives encourage me to work hard and prove that EnerSys goes beyond the workplace but strives to create an environment with less stress!”
International Transportation Analyst
If you’re looking to find the right workplace culture fit, Greater Reading has what you’re looking for. Nestled in Kutztown is SOLO Laboratories, a manufacturer of custom orthotics, a company named one of the Best Places to Work in Pa in 2018. A family-owned company that began in a small building on a local farm, SOLO has grown significantly, increasing its workforce and utilizing the latest in technology. With a dedication to open communication, self-improvement, service, and, importantly, fun, SOLO is a best-kept Greater Reading secret – and one of so many workplaces that have worked to create in-demand workplace culture.
“Our employees are what makes SOLO the company it is today. We want to continue growing and improving for them. We believe in continuous self-improvement in all areas of SOLO and culture is at the top of that list. Change starts with recognizing that you are not content with staying the same. We have to be honest with ourselves about our strengths and weaknesses and we need to be willing to ask others for help. Our team is passionate, willing to learn and work. Morale and energy are high and our team is ready for the next 30+ years together.”
Lindsay Sokol Szejko
Owner and CEO, SOLO Laboratories
INNOVATION AND TALENT
TRIOSE, Inc. has partnered with renowned healthcare institutions since 1999 to implement intelligent supply chain solutions that lower supply chain costs and increase quality of care provided by their partners, leading to better patient outcomes. Driving change for improved healthcare in communities is paramount to the TRIOSE mission, which aims to save their partners billions of dollars. While their clients are nationwide, the TRIOSE headquarters are in the heart of Wyomissing, serving as home base to the majority of TRIOSE’s 94 employees.
TRIOSE attracts talent from all over the country to join their innovative company, and strives for every employee to understand their personal “WHY” with TRIOSE!
Sara Diefenderfer, Employee Lifecycle Specialist, recalls her first day, where she experienced a chili cookoff, birthday cupcakes in the breakroom, and someone serving beer for an afternoon treat! As Sara observes, “TRIOSE embodies the fun, flexible, and friendly culture that I have always searched for in a place to work. We cannot be impactful as a business without outstanding people, and at TRIOSE – we are able to have our cake and eat it too, literally!”