Best places to work

Nominations are now closed!

Save the date: October 11, 2021 | Evening Reception to Announce Winners



About the Best Places to Work Awards

The Best Places to Work awards happen across the nation every year. Here in  Monroe County, Best Places to Work is a joint project among The Herald-Times, The Mill, and BEDC (Bloomington Economic Development Corporation) that celebrates our community’s top employers. Anyone can nominate a company! We distribute surveys to nominated companies and compile weighted scores from employee (2/3) and employer (1/3) to determine the final rankings.

Results are printed in a special supplement to the Herald Times and promoted here and on social media.

Award Categories

Best Places to Work

Best Employee Recognition Program

Best Employee Development Program

Honorary Members (recognized in other state and national competitions)

Evening Reception

Join us October 11, 2021 at The Mill!
642 N. Madison Street
Bloomington, IN 47404

Best Places to Work

Open to any business with 6 full-time employees (or the equivalent) located within Monroe County

Winners are profiled for a special feature publication in the Herald Times


June 20: Nominations open

July 23: Nominations close

October 11: Ceremony at The Mill to reveal the 2021 Best Places to Work!

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2020 Winners

Best Places to Work

  1. Hylant—3rd year on the list and winner of Best Employee Recognition Program
  2. Rootworks—1st year on the list
  3. Loren Wood Builders—2nd year on the list
  4. Bailey & Weiler Design/Build—2nd year on the list and winner of Best Employee Development Program
  5. St. John Associates—1st year on the list
  6. Cornerstone Information Systems—2nd year on the list
  7. ISU The May Agency—3rd year on the list
  8. German American Bank—1st year on the list
  9. Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County—1st year on the list
  10. GP Strategies—2nd year on the list
  11. Ardeo Education Solutions (LRAP Association)—3rd year on the list
  12. Bill C. Brown Associates—2nd year on the list
  13. Rock Paper Scissors—2nd year on the list
  14. Electric Plus—2nd year on the list
  15. Cardinal Spirits—1st year on the list

Congratulations also to our honorary members who received national and statewide recognition for being best places to work:

  • Cook Medical — 2020 Forbes Best Places to Work
  • Hanapin Marketing — 2020 Fortune Best Place to Work
  • IU Credit Union — 2020 Indiana Best Place to Work
  • Oliver Winery — 2020 Indiana Best Place to Work
  • Weddle Bros. Construction — 2020 Indiana Best Place to Work

Congratulations to all those who made these lists and who make our community a great place to work!


  • Best Employee Recognition Program: Hylant
  • Best Employee Development Program: Bailey & Weiler

Past Winners

2019 Winners
2019 marked the second year for the Best Places to Work Bloomington awards, and the inaugural year for the #BPTWB19 awards reception, hosted at The Mill. The full list of 13 winners, along with four honorary companies that were recognized at state and national levels, were featured in a dedicated section of The Herald-Times.

BPTWB19 Print Version (PDF)

  1. Hylant
  2. IU Credit Union
  3. Mutual Bank
  4. Bailey & Weiler
  5. ISU Insurance Services: The May Agency
  6. Loren Wood Builders
  7. Bill C. Brown Associates
  8. Hoosier Hills Food Bank
  9. Commercial Service
  10. Rock Paper Scissors
  11. John Bethell Title Company, Inc.
  12. Cornerstone Information Systems
  13. LRAP Association
  • Forbes: America’s Best Employers – #48
    Best Employers For Diversity – #369
  • Recognized for “My Cook Pathway’s High School Equivalency” program. More than 29,000 people in our region don’t have a high school diploma. This program incentivizes people to go back to school, tying education directly to a job.
  • “The My Cook Pathway program is about removing barriers and providing the resources for people to take their education as far as they want – from HSE to Ph.D.” – Pete Yonkman, president of Cook Group and Cook Medical
  • Indiana Best Places to Work #3
  • Inc Best Workplaces list
  • Has 89% retention rate of employees, well above the industry standard.
  • Uses TINYpulse for leadership to engage with employees, and give employees a safe space to offer feedback.
  • 2nd/2nd: Closes the office the 2nd Friday of the 2nd month of each quarter so their folks can rest, relax, and recharge. They give folks a day off so that* they can be productive, not to reward productivity. The latter doesn’t happen without the former.
  • Indiana Best Places to Work #21
  • Was founded in 1972 and is the oldest and largest winery in Indiana. They will celebrate 50 years of winemaking in 2022.
  • Oliver hosts seven annual employee events, such as a family-friendly vineyard picnic, Harvest Hootenanny and Casino Night. They also have volunteer days, weekly Winery Lunch and team retreats.
  • Will complete construction this summer on an expanded production facility on the winery campus that increases capacity and will allow for growth over the next decade.
  • Indiana Best Places to Work #32
  • 73 years in business, was founded in 1946.
  • 100% employee-owned through the Weddle Bros. Employee Stock Ownership Plan and Trust.
  • Weddle Bros. is focused on their employees, striving to create an environment where everyone knows that they matter and what they do every day directly contributes to overall success.
2018 Winners

In 2018, the inaugural year, the Best Places to Work committee reviewed more than 30 applications and published a full list of winners in a special business section of The Herald-Times.

  • Cook Medical
  • Weddle Bros. Construction
  • Hanapin Marketing
  • Hylant
  • Old National Bank
  • IU Credit Union
  • ACUI
  • Express Employment Professionals
  • GP Strategies Corporation
  • Electric Plus, Inc.
  • LRAP Association
  • ISU Insurance Services The May Agency
  • John Bethell Title Company, Inc.


  • Number of employees: 13,000
  • Year founded: 1963
  • Key customers: Hospitals, Healthcare Providers
  • Top two reasons why they’re a BPTW:
    • High employee commitment to company culture and quality of process
    • Strong company commitment to safety and current good manufacturing practices
  • Number of employees: 10
  • Year founded: 2008
  • Key customers: College and University Students; Colleges and Universities
  • Top two reasons why they’re one of Bloomington’s Best Places to Work:
    • High confidence in organizational leadership
    • A strong level of organizational pride
    • Number of Employees: 3,300
    • Year Founded: 1956
    • Key customers: Business-to-business training materials and software services
    • Top two reasons why they’re one of Bloomington’s Best Places to Work:
      • High employee satisfaction for Work/Life Balance
      • Overall high employee satisfaction with supervisors
    • Number of Employees: 74
    • Year Founded: 2004
    • Key customers: Business to Business Pay-Per-Click Marketing; Digital Marketing
    • Top two reasons why they’re one of Bloomington’s Best Places to Work:
      • A robust employee onboarding and training process
      • Strong level of flexibility for remote work options