top 10 coolest companies to work for in indianapolis

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In the heart of Indiana lies one of the top downtown areas in the U.S., the second largest city in the midwest and the second most populous capital in the nation. Indianapolis, the quickly expanding city, is also known as a major transportation hub with several interstates, railroads and an international airport – that rightly gives Indiana its nickname, “Crossroads of America.” Companies in Indianapolis concentrate not only on employee appreciation and culture, but giving back to the community as well.

Below are the top 10 coolest companies to work for in Indianapolis.

Interactive Intelligence

Interactive Intelligence

The 2,000-plus team members at global business communications software and services provider, Interactive Intelligence, have a “work hard, play hard” attitude. Everyone is expected to bring their “A” game and continually learn and grow every day. From Free Bagel Friday, to foosball and massages, the Interactive Intelligence culture is described as having “the flexibility of a startup, with all the benefits of a big company.” Employee recognition includes service recognition, impact awards, and day-to-day awards that can range from gift cards to spot bonuses. The company strives to treat team members like family, and goes out of its way to help build careers and recognize each individual’s talent. ​In addition, Interactive Intelligence is actively involved in the community. Its charitable arm, the Interactive Intelligence Foundation, helps raise funds that foster life improvements for at-risk youth.

Eli Lilly and Company

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The global pharmaceutical company helps people live longer, healthier and more active lives. Company culture revolves around the sense of belonging with the motto “when employees feel they belong, they’re free to focus on what truly matters–our patients.” Furthermore, the Lilly company is flexible and respects employee’s lives outside of work. Employee recognition varies from global diversity awards to specific awards, such as the innovation awards for scientists and pharmacists. The Spotlight program allows employees to recognize each other for their accomplishments and give each other points that can be used to purchase items. As for community service, Lilly’s employee engagement program, Connecting Hearts Abroad, allows employees to volunteer on company time for two weeks around the world. Employees work in communities where people lack access to basic resources, including quality health care. The vision for the company is making “a significant contribution to humanity by improving global health in the 21th century.” Employees use this vision to develop medicines and programs that can improve people’s lives.

Key Benefit Administrators


As the nationally recognized employee benefit expert working with healthcare administration and chronic disease management, the culture at Key Benefit Administrators (KBA) is encompassed with a family atmosphere and supportive leadership. From flexible work arrangements to annual employee picnics, KBA has a vision to be forward-thinking and customer focused. Employee recognition ranges from annual customer service awards to bi-annual anniversary luncheons with the CEO. The KBA mission is to create happy employees who, in return, make happy customers. “We create happy customers who renew by improving upon our successful track record of applying patented, proven, creative solutions to the reduction of healthcare costs while improving people’s health through high quality, cost-effective care.”

RE/MAX Ability Plus

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The real estate company works to inspire agents, create opportunities and support their dreams. The RE/MAX organization is the No. 1 most recognized real estate brand and with the most productive network. Culture at RE/MAX Ability Plus includes an office gourmet kitchen, bicycles in the offices, corn hole boards and an overall atmosphere that is collaborative, open and inviting. Employee appreciation includes the monthly Fred Award, that recognizes staff who went above and beyond the call of duty, and the annual Phil Herman Award, which recognizes an agent who took it upon themselves to step up and help others. On top of that, for the last six years, RE/MAX Ability Plus has been named as one of the “Top Places to Work” in Indianapolis.

Duke Realty Corp

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The commercial real estate company hopes to continually set the standard for excellence in reliability. The culture of Duke Realty is a combination of acceptance, professionalism and teamwork. This openness of the office helps not only employee satisfaction, but translates into business partnerships and customer service. Teamwork can be seen through the Indiana Sports Corp Corporate Challenge where employees compete in running, cycling, basketball, golf and tug of war. Duke Realty also gives back to the community in a variety of ways from blood drives to a company-wide day of service. By living the three R’s: responsible, respectful and resourceful–employees at Duke Realty create a culture that appreciates hard work.

Community Health Network

Community Health Network

The healthcare service provider is the leading Indiana provider of home-care service and the largest Indiana network of primary care physicians. Values of Community Health Network include patients first, relationships, integrity, innovation, dedication and excellence–with the mission of “deeply committed to the communities we serve, we enhance health and well-being.” To do this, Community Health Network has training & professional development for their employees to help them “grow-from-within” with the Community Learning Institute. Opportunities and programs within the institute include: future leaders program, university and college partnership programs and formal skills training for specific career paths. For the sixth year in a row, Community Health Network has been named one of Central Indiana’s “Top Workplaces” and continues to provide excellent customer service and employee growth.



Wellpoint is one of the largest health benefits companies in the United States and aims to help improve and make a difference in people’s lives. Employee culture is made up of innovative, trustworthy, easy to do business with, caring and accountable people. Part of making a difference includes giving back to the community. Wellpoint does this through programs such as the Associate Giving Program which gives to nonprofit organizations, and the Associate Volunteerism program which allows employees to volunteer with another organization during company time. Furthermore, Wellpoint values and takes care of their employees in numerous ways, including the Wellpoint Cares Fund where employees can apply for or offer financial support for colleagues during times of natural disaster or hardship. Wellpoint’s commitment to diversity allows for a unique corporate culture with many voices and has been named as one of the Top 50 Companies for Diversity in 2014.


defender direct

The only Premier Provider for the home security brand ADT, DEFENDER is ranked #30 in the world for employee training programs. DEFENDER’s purpose is to grow and inspire leaders who love and serve people, and their company culture revolves around four passions: Self-Improvement, Systems are the Solution, Developing Leaders and Ever Expanding Influence. From the moment you walk in the door as a DEFENDER team member, you are asked one thing: to work harder on yourself than you do on your job. All team members have access to partake in online and live training courses, with content focused on health & wellness, financial well-being, healthy relationships, and more. All team members are also provided four giving days per year to use for serving in the local community. DEFENDER believes in the importance of investing in their people–knowing that as their people grow, their business grows.

Orchard Software Corporation

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The family-owned company provides laboratory information systems for more than 1,300 laboratories across the country. Orchard Software Corporation bases its success on nurturing relationships with employees, customers and the community. They do this through open communication and full access to all levels of management–allowing everyone to be heard. Furthermore, Orchard Software cares about employee growth, recognizing employees for milestones and achievements. The company culture encompasses various events including: the fall barn party, chili cook-off and holiday cookie exchange. The openness at Orchard Software helps employees feel connected to each other and to the company.

Blue & Co.

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The certified public accounting organization helps companies attain financial goals through auditing, accounting and tax compliance. Blue & Co. values emphasize employees who are responsive, caring and advocates–providing the best customer service. Culture at Blue & Co. includes guidance, opportunity, flexibility and support. Learning programs include Blue University, with internal and external training, and the Building Leaders Program. Employees are also very active in not only the clients they serve, but the community they serve as well, offering service and leadership to professional, community and nonprofits organizations. Because of all this, Blue & Co. has ranked in the Top 100 Firms by Accounting Today.


As you can see, company culture, community service, employee engagement and recognition can be shown in many different ways. Created in 2013, the Coolest Companies to Work For award establishes public recognition of companies that provide exceptional work environments.

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Kathy Cones

15 + yrs at Key FAMILY of Companies
Coolest place to work!

December 3, 2014   |   Reply
Kathy Cones

Customers satisfaction is our goal

December 3, 2014   |   Reply
Kathy Cones

innovative always coming up with something newdoing it the right way

December 3, 2014   |   Reply
Kathy Cones

innovated….top notch.. customer satisfaction we’re not satisfied till you are satisfied

December 3, 2014   |   Reply

Key Benefit Administrators has always felt like a company that is a step above other companies I have worked for. The family atmosphere and culture are what I enjoy most about this job. Glad to see KBA being recognized as a “Coolest Company to Work For”….I agree!

December 22, 2014   |   Reply

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