Best Places to Work Bloomington

The Best Places to Work Bloomington 2020 award winners will be announced in August!

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About BPTW

The Best Places to Work awards happen across the nation every year. In this spirit, we honor the best workplaces in Bloomington with an annual awards ceremony.

Best Places to Work Bloomington is a joint project among The Herald-Times, The Mill, and BEDC (Bloomington Economic Development Corporation) that celebrates Bloomington’s top employers. Surveys are distributed to participating companies, and feedback is collected from employers and employees. The 2020 awards program and networking reception for participating companies at The Mill has been canceled, but it will return in 2021.

Apply for Best Places to Work Bloomington 2020

The application period for the Best Places to Work Bloomington 2020 awards opened January 20, 2020. These awards are open to any business with 10 full-time employees (or equivalents) within Monroe County.

Applications are closed.

Additional information:

  • 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
  • Employer surveys account for 1/3 & employee surveys account for 2/3 of the final score

General timeline:

  • Monday, Jan. 20 – APPLICATIONS OPEN
  • Friday, March 6 – APPLICATION DEADLINE
  • Week of March 9 – Employer & employee surveys sent
  • Tuesday, August 19 – Best Places to Work Bloomington Award Winners announced

New award categories in 2020:

  • Best Employee Recognition
  • Best Employee Development


Best Places to Work Bloomington 2019

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 (paywall). See the full print version of the winners by clicking the link below.

BPTWB19 Print Version (PDF)


BPTWB 2019 Winners

  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


Honorary Members

Cook Medical

  • 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

Hanapin Marketing

  • 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.

Oliver Winery

  • 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.

Weddle Bros. Construction

  • 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.


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Best Places to Work Bloomington 2018

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.


BPTWB 2018 Winners

  • 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.


2018 Innovation-Driven Companies

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


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