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SEP Named a Best Places to Work Company for 14th Consecutive Year

SEP has once again been recognized as one of Indiana’s Best Places to Work for the 14th year consecutive year.  The statewide survey and award program evaluates participating organizations and honors those with the highest levels of employee satisfaction and…
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Professional Development is a Social Activity

Professional Development is not a one-size-fits-all recipe for success.  In fact, it is as varied as individual careers.  But not every career path is forged anew, a unique gem wholly unlike anything that has come before.  Most of us have careers similar to our colleagues, with whom we’ve shared many experiences.  In fact, the entire […]
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35+ Thoughts on What It Means to be an Employee-Owner at SEP

In October, we celebrate Employee Ownership Month as an ESOP. In addition, this year we celebrated 35 years of SEP! In a mash-up of both celebrations, we collected 35+ sentiments from across the organization, sharing what it means to “think like an owner.” We heard recurring themes like: Feeling the Benefits of Job Security and […]
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Five Strategies for a Happy and Healthy Software Maintenance Team

Software Maintenance Teams provide a broad array of services, customized to the industries they support. As a software development consultancy, our portfolio includes industries like energy, aerospace, healthcare, medical devices, precision agriculture, and others. The products we build live on Desktop, Embedded, Mobile, Web, and Cloud platforms. With such a diversity of industries and platforms, […]
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Keep Your Team Organized with the ART of an Effective Meeting Checklist

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, there’s no escaping meetings. Thankfully, it doesn’t take much to transform a meeting from a waste of time into a purposeful gathering. Laying the groundwork before, running the meeting efficiently, and knocking out action items after the meeting can make all the difference. At SEP, we follow a framework called […]
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A Super Simple How-To Guide for Running Lean Coffee Meetings

Almost every time I facilitate Lean Coffee meetings, someone will follow up afterward to ask, “What was that meeting style called? Can you share a ‘how-to’?” Well, I didn’t have one. And a quick Google search, like “how to run a lean coffee meeting,” only leads to long articles, hard-to-parse explanations, and companies trying to […]
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What is the role of leadership in an award-winning workplace for over a decade?

With over 25 years in the ever-changing field of Human Resources, I have had the privilege of developing an expansive, diverse network and working with an array of personalities across various industries. A significant factor contributing to this exciting professional journey has been my personal role as a military spouse. As a military family, we […]
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2023 SEP Summer Interns

Meet Our Summer 2023 Interns

Caroline Daily Business Operations Intern School: Indiana University (Bloomington) Major: Marketing       What drew you to SEP? “I Initially heard about SEP through a family friend who encouraged me to look into the biz-tern (business intern) position. I was immediately impressed with SEP’s drive to constantly grow, develop, and teach. After talking with […]
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SEP Ranks #1 for Top Workplaces in Central Indiana

Local software development company, SEP, is proud to announce our recent victory in the highly prestigious Indianapolis Star Top Workplaces awards. We have been awarded first place in the Midsize Companies category, showcasing our commitment to creating an exceptional work environment for our employees in Westfield, Indiana. “Earning a Top Workplaces award is a badge […]
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Making Intern Assignments Is Tricky. Why Self-Selection Works for Us.

We’re now in our eighth summer of managing intern assignments using our self-selection process for software engineering internships. Counting the six interns this summer, we’ve had a total of 58 software engineering interns use the process, and 65 teams offer themselves up as potential hosts. Why We Decided to Experiment with Self-Selection We’d been doing […]
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