SEP Ranked #1 Best Place to Work in Indiana

May 7, 2010

Press Release

May 6, 2010 (INDIANAPOLIS) — Companies with strong workplace practices – rooted in respect, teamwork and good communication – were recognized on May 6, 2010 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom as the Indiana Chamber unveiled rankings for the 70 companies from throughout the state that made the 2010 Best Places to Work in Indiana list (which was released February 22).

Carmel-based Software Engineering Professionals (SEP), which develops new software systems and products for business, data and safety critical applications, topped the small to medium-sized employer category. Taking first place among large employers: Centier Bank, with more than 40 locations in Lake, Porter, LaPorte and Marshall counties in Northern Indiana. For both, 2010 marked the first time in the top spot; and for SEP, this was its inaugural year participating.

The program honors the top companies in the state, as determined through employer reports and comprehensive employee surveys. Winners were selected from two categories: small to medium-sized companies of between 25 and 249 employees (in Indiana or total nationally if there is a parent company) and large-sized companies consisting of 250 or more employees (in Indiana or total nationally if there is a parent company). Out-of-state parent companies were eligible to participate if at least 25 full-time employees are in Indiana.

The Best Companies Group handled the selection process and oversees similar programs in 19 other states.

“SEP and Centier Bank, along with all of the organizations on the list, are first-rate employers because they understand that making employees feel valued goes hand-in-hand with the success of the business,” states Indiana Chamber President Kevin Brinegar. “We are pleased to acknowledge their efforts for fostering a positive and productive work environment.”

Click here to see the BizVoice® magazine feature on SEP.

At the dinner, representatives from all designated companies were presented with Best Place to Work awards of excellence. In addition to the BizVoice® magazine feature, honorees were also recognized through the statewide media resources of Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick.

All companies that participated in the 2010 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, go to You can sign up to be notified by e-mail when application details for the sixth annual competition are announced this summer.