West Michigan employers rank among ‘Best Places to Work’


Service Express employees listen to the executive leadership team present during an internal business plan update at the IT company. Photo via fb.com

A business publication has included three organizations in the region in a ranking of the nation’s best workplaces.

Inc. magazine today published its fourth-annual list of the “Best Places to Work” in the U.S., and Ada-based Michigan Software Labs, Grand Rapids-based Service Express and Kalamazoo-based Southwest Michigan First are named among the 346 honorees.

Employees surveyed were asked to rate their workplaces on benefits — such as paternity leave, unlimited vacation, paid sabbaticals, profit sharing and more — as well as on topics including trust, management effectiveness and confidence in the future.

“In a tight labor market, these businesses are out to nab top-performing employees by making life on the job ever more rewarding,” Inc. says in a post.

The full list is searchable by filters, including state, industry, company size and benefits — including parental leave, on-site medical and fitness, pet-friendly policies, tuition reimbursement and more.


Omaha, Nebraska-based Quantum Workplace surveyed 139,251 employees from nearly 2,000 employers of all sizes and industries.

Inc. gathered, analyzed and audited the data.

Quantum then evaluated the employers using a composite score of survey results. This year, 74.2 percent of surveyed employees are engaged by their work — besting last year’s 72.1 percent.

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