Best Places to Work Bloomington

Best Places to Work Bloomington is a joint project among The Herald-Times, The Mill, and BEDC (Bloomington Economic Development Corporation).

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

The winners of the inaugural Best Places to Work Bloomington were:

  • 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.

Here’s a closer look at the innovation-driven companies from this year:

Cook Medical

  • 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

GP Strategies

  • 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

Hanapin Marketing

  • 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

Apply for the 2019 BPTW

Application period will close on Friday, April 5, 2019. It is open to any business with 10 full-time employees (or equivalents) within Monroe County.

Additional milestones, subject to change:

Friday, April 12 – Employer & Employee Survey is released
Friday, May 3 – Employer & Employee Survey is due
Week of May 20 or May 27 – Announcement of Winners
Week of June 3 – Reception for Winners

Winners will be profiled and included in a special feature publication by The Herald-Times.

The employer and employee surveys take roughly 10 mins to complete. The former accounts for 1/3 of the final score and the latter accounts for 2/3.