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Radio Flyer Overview

Chicago, IL
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
Consumer Products Manufacturing
Unknown / Non-Applicable
In 1917, Antonio Pasin started Radio Flyer with the dream to "bring joy to every boy and every girl." For 100 years, countless voyages of childhood fantasy have been launched with Radio Flyer toys. Their beauty, simplicity, and standards of ... Read more

Mission: To bring smiles to kids of all ages and to create warm memories that last a lifetime.

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  • Radio Flyer has been innovating products that inspire active play for over 100 years. Take a peek inside our Prototype Shop to see how our designers and engineers use the space to design products families will love.

    Chicago's Radio Flyer keeps building a better wagon, but 'most of what we do fails'

    Radio Flyer Antonio Pasin's wagons are still fine-tuned daily inside its prototype shop, which is in Chicago's Belmont Cragin neighborhood. Not much of what gets developed in the prototype shop, though, ever makes it that far. "Most of what we do fails."


    How Radio Flyer's Third-Generation Leader Reinvented His Family's Iconic Brand

    When Robert Pasin stepped into the top job at Radio Flyer in 1997, he had big choices to make. The Chicago maker of little red wagons, founded by his grandfather, was losing business to competitors. Another toymaker, Little Tikes, had introduced a popular wagon made of plastic, while Radio Flyer had stuck with old-fashioned wood and steel.

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Radio Flyer – Why Work For Us?

As a child I experienced the magic of Radio Flyer while imagining that my little red wagon was a race car. Later, I learned that Nonno (my Grandpa) had built the very first wagon soon after immigrating to Chicago from Italy. That’s when I fell in love with Radio Flyer. Generations of kids have pulled, pedaled and pushed their Radio Flyers on countless adventures fueled by laughter and joy. That is what Radio Flyer is all about – pure, simple, fun. Like every “Flyer” who works here, I am deeply passionate about creating quality products that inspire kids to play outside & imagine that anything is possible. I know that Nonno would be proud!

Robert Pasin, Chief Wagon Officer
Grandson of the Founder



Fortune Magazine names Radio Flyer #1 Small Work Place on list of top employers.

Say Radio Flyer and people launch into their most treasured childhood memories. You probably have a favorite little red wagon memory of your own. Now it’s time to launch your own career with one of the toy industry’s most respected names and one of the world’s most loved children’s brands, Radio Flyer.

Our company was born with the creation of a simple but durable wagon in 1917. Ever since, Radio Flyer has been designing products of beauty, quality and inspiration for kids of all ages. Today, Radio Flyer continues to be an icon of quality, reliability, innovation and fun.

A career at Radio Flyer offers a chance to be a part of the world's most loved children's brand. Our people continue to build a great company together, and will achieve personal and professional success through working hard, working smart and having fun together.

Start your adventure at Radio Flyer today!


Say the name Radio Flyer and people launch into their most treasured childhood memories. You probably have a favorite little red wagon story of your own. Radio Flyer is one of the toy industry’s most respected names and one of the world’s most loved children’s brands. Flyers are proud to be a part of a special brand that positively impacts children around the world. Our award winning innovation and meaningful work will leave you wanting to brag about where you work.
Our innovations spark imaginations all over the world…it makes it easy to love what you do at Radio Flyer. You can be a catalyst for success in a world-class company. Through our selection process, we strive to find a match between what a candidate loves to do and what we need them to do, we only hire candidates who are a match so that loving your job is easy. At Radio Flyer, a good idea is much more than just an idea, it’s our opportunity to motivate kids to get out and be active – to exercise, play, and use their imaginations. This is the heart and the power of what we do.
Work at Radio Flyer and without a doubt you know that your contributions and skills are seen, heard and appreciated. Flyers drive our success, we invite people to grow with us… we support personal and professional development through personal development plans, 360° feedback, on and offsite training, and individual coaching. Join Radio Flyer and you will find that you grow with us.
At Radio Flyer we offer people more than a job. We offer a tight-knit community where every job is important and every Flyer has a voice. Mutual respect and appreciation is a Radio Flyer tradition we intend to preserve because it fosters an atmosphere that encourages new and different ideas. When you join Radio Flyer, you join the family!
We PLAY while working hard!
We're proud to maintain a productive and fun environment! Upholding our unique culture requires a dedication to regular feedback and openness to the development process, clear and measurable individual goal setting, and participation in forums where employees discuss new ideas and create future opportunities for our Company. Having fun at Radio Flyer isn't just another perk, it's a job requirement! We believe in celebrating our success and each other.
We CARE about our Flyers!
We make time to celebrate important milestones in each other's lives, such as weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, retirements, and baby showers, along with company specific events. The result...every individual is appreciated, engaged, and part of a successful team.

Join the family, join the FUN!

If you are a smart, self-motivated, team player, if you display an exceptional work ethic and achieve results, if you welcome the opportunity to crossover between departments and pitch in, and most importantly, if you simply love to bring laughter and smiles to others...we invite you to join our family. Apply Today! 

If there’s one thing I can say about Radio Flyer’s proud heritage, it’s that we have always kept learning and changing. We would not be where we are today if it weren’t for our desire to keep discovering what’s next and our willingness to try new things, learn from our mistakes, and keep helping each other become better at everything we do.

Through Wagon U, we show our commitment to being a learning organization by providing learning opportunities for all Flyers. We leverage our strengths and focus on continuous improvement in order to drive innovation and help us achieve our vision.

- Robert Pasin, CWO

Radio Flyer believes that Flyers growth fuels our growth. We have formal and informal programs that support a learning culture. We are committed to helping you build yourself to advance your personal and professional journeys from good to GREAT.


Wagon U New Flyer Series: This is a key part of our onboarding and assimilation program. We intentionally focus our core courses on connecting new Flyers with our brand, our culture, and we teach courses that provide a deeper understanding of our business. Flyers enjoy an inspiring learning environment and have opportunities to ask questions directly to our senior leadership team, who serve as the primary faculty.

Example of courses: Breakfast with the Chief Wagon Officer and Be a Team Player

Career Development & Training: All Flyers have a yearly personal development goal and all Flyers have the opportunity to drive their own career at Radio Flyer. We have a comprehensive career assessment mapping and development planning program in place. We also provide onsite topic specific training through Wagon U.

Leadership Development: We have a great manager development program and leadership development opportunities for new and experienced leaders. We combine internal classes with external experts to provide meaningful class experiences. In addition, we provide offsite opportunities with best-in-class leadership development programs.

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Radio Flyer Reviews

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    "A Well-Rounded Company to Work For"

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    I have been working at Radio Flyer full-time (More than 3 years)


    The office space was recently renovated, and it promotes a comfortable and inspiring atmosphere. The CEO is very available and transparent, and he is a genuine person that you want to do good work for. The company strives to innovate, so creating new products is always exciting.


    Radio Flyer's strategy can be aggressive and demanding. Employees can get overwhelmed by the workload/pace and consequently burn out. The wellness zone is underwhelming. There is not much flexibility to work from home.

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Radio Flyer Photos

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Radio Flyer photo of: EcoFlyers planting in the Little Green Garden
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Radio Flyer Interviews



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    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Radio Flyer (Chicago, IL) in September 2017.


    I interviewed on the phone with a person from Human Resources. Also, there was another employee on the phone. I would estimate the interview lasted about 15 to 20 minutes.

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Radio Flyer Awards & Accolades

  • Innovative Partnering and Collaboration Award, Crain's Chicago Business, 2016
  • Crain's Chicago Best Places for Minorities in Chicago, Crain's Chicago Business, 2017
  • Best Workplaces in Chicago, FORTUNE magazine, 2018
  • Best Small and Medium Workplaces, Fortune and Great Place to Work, 2018
  • Crain's Healthiest Employers, Crain's Chicago Business, 2013
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