Project Lead The Way Named a Best Place to Work in Indiana for 2013

INDIANAPOLIS (February 27, 2013) – Project Lead The Way, a national non-profit that moved its headquarters to Indianapolis just over a year ago, was named one of the 2013 Best Places to Work in Indiana. Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the nation’s leading provider of rigorous, in-school science, technology, 

engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum. The organization designs and writes curricular programs for middle and high schools, trains teachers in its high-quality professional development approach, and has numerous partnerships with education, business, and civic organizations. While students are at PLTW’s core mission, the award reflects PLTW’s employee-focused culture.

“We are thrilled with the designation as a 2013 Best Place to Work in Indiana,” said PLTW President and CEO Dr. Vince Bertram. “Our work in preparing students for the global economy is absolutely critical, but we could not do it without our dedicated employees. This award is a testament to our culture of leadership, innovation, continuous improvement, and accountability.”

PLTW is one of just 28 medium-sized companies (75-249 employees) being recognized across the state. Companies were selected after a two-part, intensive process, which consisted of an evaluation of the company’s workplace policies, practices, and demographics, along with an employee survey to measure employee experience. The company survey was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation, and the employee survey was worth approximately 75%. Over 90% of PLTW employees completed this survey. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Indiana, analyzed the data, and used their expertise to determine the final rankings.

The Best Places to Work in Indiana awards program was created in 2006 and is a project of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, BizVoice®, Inside INdiana Business, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) - IN State Council, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, and Best Companies Group.

The statewide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best places of employment in Indiana, benefiting the state's economy, its workforce, and businesses. The 2013 Best Places to Work in Indiana list of 100 companies is made up of the following size categories:

33 Small-sized companies (15-74 US employees) 28 Medium-sized companies (75-249 US employees) 17 Large-sized companies (250-999 US employees) 22 Major-sized companies (1,000+ US employees) *Only Indiana employees were surveyed, but companies are placed into size categories by US employees

To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements: - Have at least 15 employees working in Indiana; - Be a for-profit or not-for-profit business or government entity; - Be a publicly or privately held business; - Have a facility in the state of Indiana; and - Must be in business a minimum of 1 year.

Project Lead The Way will be recognized and honored at the 2013 Best Places to Work in Indiana Awards Dinner coordinated by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, May 2. The final rankings will be announced at the event. In addition, all ranked companies will be recognized via a special section of the Indiana Chamber’s bimonthly BizVoice® magazine and through Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick.