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June 14, 2011

Interactive Intelligence Honored On 'Best Places to Work in Indiana' List

By Tracey E. Schelmetic, TMCnet Contributor

Unified IP business communications company Interactive Intelligence (News - Alert) has been named among the 2011 “Best Places to Work in Indiana” by BizVoice, Indiana's statewide general business magazine.

This is the fifth consecutive year Interactive Intelligence was ranked on the list, which is coordinated by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Interactive Intelligence moved up 12 places this year, from 16th place in 2010 to fourth place among the 36 winners in this year’s large company category.

Interactive Intelligence was founded in Indianapolis in 1994 and employs about 900 people. Today it is a publicly-traded company, posting annual 2010 revenue growth of 27 percent.

Companies chosen for the “Best Places to Work in Indiana” honor are those that “strike the right balance of taking care of employees while operating a successful organization,” according to Indiana Chamber of Commerce president, Kevin Brinegar.

“A critical part of our success is the loyalty of our employees,” said Interactive Intelligence founder and CEO, Dr. Donald E. Brown. “With an average annual voluntary turnover rate of only 10 percent, our people give us the key competitive advantage of continuity – a rarity in the high-tech industry. I want to thank every person here for their tenaciousness, creativity, and hard work that’s helped make Interactive both a successful company and a ‘best place to work.’”

Interactive Intelligence's two northwest-side headquarter buildings occupy a total of about 200,000 square-feet and feature a modern, award-winning interior design with fitness center, game room and café.

In addition to standard benefits, the company offers volunteer opportunities for employees through the charitable Interactive Intelligence Foundation, paternity leave for new dads, an on-site health care clinic, assistance with elderly care, discounted on-site massage sessions, an on-site fitness trainer, exercise “boot camp” classes, a casual dress code, and ample career and leadership development programs.

(Interactive Intelligence's director of human resources, Debra Jones, SPHR, recently wrote an article about “Keys to Creating a Leading Workplace Culture,” which was published in BizVoice magazine's online edition on May 20.)

In addition to its 2011 “Best Places to Work in Indiana” ranking, Interactive Intelligence has been honored locally as one of Indiana Business magazine’s “50 Great Indiana Businesses,” among the Indianapolis Business Journal’s “Top 25 Fastest Growing Public Companies,” a United Way of Central Indiana “Company that Cares,” and an Indiana Chamber of Commerce “Outstanding Employer of the Year” for the company’s internship program.

The 2011 “Best Places to Work in Indiana” 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 15 and 249 employees, and large companies of 250 or more employees.

This year’s “Best Places to Work in Indiana” winners were recognized by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce on May 5 during an awards dinner held at the Indiana Roof Ballroom.

More information about the “Best Places to Work” companies is available in a special section of the May/June issue of the Indiana Chamber’s BizVoice magazine, accessible online at www.bizvoicemagazine.com.


Tracey Schelmetic is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Tracey's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Juliana Kenny



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