Over the past nine weeks we’ve set out to help you discover the best places to work in 10 cities around the U.S. The journey began in Denver, followed by Seattle, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Orlando, Salt Lake City, Boston, and Raleigh. Today, we make our final stop in the Midwest to check out one of their best places to work: Indianapolis, Indiana.
Making Your Move to the “Crossroads of America”
You might think that Indiana’s state capital got its nickname “Crossroads of America” (it’s also the state motto) because it hosts some of the best-known racing events in the world: the Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard 400, and the U.S. Grand Prix Formula One race. But you’d be wrong. It actually comes from the fact more interstate highways bisect the city and state than any other in the country. Plus, half the nation’s population is within a day’s drive of Indianapolis. Worried about walking around in the cold? Use the skywalks to get around to some of the most popular downtown attractions like Lucas Oil Stadium, Circle Centre Mall, and the Indiana Convention Center. These amenities and perks makes Indianapolis one of the best places to work in the country.
Top Places to Work in Indianapolis
In recent years, Indianapolis has experienced widespread job growth, which has attracted new graduates looking to start their careers. Some of the industries that offer opportunities are health care and tourism. The city is also host to many major sporting events and more than 90 national companies such as the NCAA, Finish Line, and Angie’s List are headquartered there. As for jobs, on average you can expect to make a little over $45,000. Indiana is also a right-to-work state, which means workers aren’t obligated to join a union.
Large Company – American Structurepoint, Inc
This company specializes in a number of areas ranging from architecture and interiors to engineering and infrastructure, planning, IT solutions and more! According to their website, they use they use the expertise of 400 in-house professionals working across 11 disciplines to deliver the best design solutions—one business, one community at a time. As far as perks go, you can expect to have your professional dues paid, receive tuition reimbursement. Plus, take advantage of the on-site fitness center or receive gym membership reimbursement. There are even social activities like an annual picnic and chili cook-off. American Structurepoint is looking for employees with backgrounds in Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, and Computer Aided Drafting. They also offer internships and co-op opportunities.
Midsize Company – Tangram
Just like the dissection puzzle it’s named after, this United Way 501(c)3 community benefit organization believes in reshaping the idea of disability by designing services to meet individual specific needs and desires. In addition to competitive benefits that include health, life, dental, and vision, there are opportunities for professional development and career advancement and even eligibility for the Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program. Some of the majors Tangram is looking for to fulfill their mission are Rehabilitation, Psychology, Social Work, Special Education, and Counseling.
Small Company – Project Lead The Way (PLTW)
This national nonprofit organization is the nation’s leading provider of K-12 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs. Through hands-on, project-based programs in engineering, biomedical science, and computer science, PLTW helps students in more than 6,500 schools across the U.S. develop the skills needed to succeed in the global economy. The company takes pride in their culture and offers 20 days of paid-time off, substantial retirement benefits, and free financial advising to team members. There’s also a tuition reimbursement plan and team-building activities. Among the majors PLTW is looking for are Communications, English, Journalism, Marketing, Accounting, Finance, and Education.
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