Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

March 12, 2014

Chamber announces 'best places to work'


Hendricks County Flyer

---- — A record-tying 100 companies, including 27 new honorees from last year, have been selected as 2014 Best Place to Work in Indiana, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce announced.

Actual rankings for the companies will be unveiled at a May 1 awards dinner, presented in partnership with Hylant, at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis.

The top companies in the state were determined through employer reports and comprehensive employee surveys. The Best Companies Group, which handled the selection process, oversees similar programs in 21 other states.

Winners were selected from four categories: small companies of between 15 and 74 U.S. employees; medium companies of between 75 and 249 U.S. employees; large companies of between 250 and 999 U.S. employees; and major companies with 1,000 or more U.S. employees. Out-of-state parent companies were eligible to participate if at least 15 full-time employees are in Indiana.

This year saw the most number of applicants ever for the program, Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar said in a press release.

“We have a lot of great employers in Indiana that are providing a productive, employee-friendly work environment that also leads to success for the organization,” he said. “We are happy to recognize those companies which took part in the program and encourage even more companies to join the process for 2015.”

For organizations on this year’s list that have displayed sustained excellence during the program’s nine-year history, there is additional recognition.

Hall of Fame companies are those that have been named a Best Place to Work in Indiana at least two-thirds of the time in the program’s history; a total of 23 organizations on the 2014 list meet that criteria. Two companies —Edward Jones and Katz, Sapper & Miller — have made the Best Places to Work list all nine years of the program. The Pinnacle recognition is reserved for those that have finished first in their category three or more times in a five-year period. The two Pinnacle companies are Microsoft (first in the major employer category in 2013 and in the large category in ‘11-12) and Edward Jones (tops in the large employer category from 2006-08).

In addition to the May 1 awards dinner, winners will be recognized via a special section of the Indiana Chamber’s bimonthly BizVoice magazine and through Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick — both of which reach statewide audiences. Additional program partners are the Best Companies Group, Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Indiana State Council of SHRM and the Wellness Council of Indiana.

The 2014 Best Places to Work in Indiana awards dinner is open to the public. Individual tickets and tables are available online at www.indianachamber.com,specialevents.

All companies that participated in the 2014 Best Places to Work program receive an in-depth evaluation identifying strengths and weaknesses according to their employees. In turn, this report can be used in developing or enhancing employee retention and recruitment programs.

For more information on the Indiana Chamber’s Best Places to Work program, visit the website at www.bestplacestoworkIN.com.