Centier named one of the best banks to work for

2013-12-02T11:45:00Z 2013-12-02T18:33:36Z Centier named one of the best banks to work forJoseph S. Pete joseph.pete@nwi.com, (219) 933-3316 nwitimes.com
December 02, 2013 11:45 am  • 

Centier provides its employees with free physician visits, prescription drugs and consultants who can help them figure out how to take care of elderly relatives.

Such perks propel the 118-year-old Merrillville-based bank into the upper ranks of workplaces in the banking industry, according to trade publication American Banker magazine.

American Banker named Centier the fourth-best bank to work for nationally, out of all banks listed under $3 billion in assets. Centier was recognized for its corporate culture, work-life balance initiatives, and on-site health clinics that are open to all insured employees, regardless of whether they get insurance through the bank.

"We are honored to receive this accolade from American Banker," said president and CEO Mike Schrage. "Being recognized among the best in the nation is a major accomplishment for us. It lets us know that what we're doing for our employees extends before just the local service we provide. We are leading best practices that impact the banking industry."

Centier launched employee health clinics in Merrillville and Valparaiso earlier this year. The bank also offers a wide array of other benefits, including flexible scheduling, day care discounts, infertility assistance, wedding and high school graduation bonuses and senior care.

Employees also can reduce their hours while retaining company benefits if they need more time for their families and personal lives.

"We have always done our best to create a family-friendly atmosphere," said Schrage. "The friendliness that our customers experience when working with us is genuine. Our employes are happy and we do the best we can to keep it that way."

Centier also is regularly recognized as a top workplace at the state level. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce has recognized Centier as one of the state's top 10 best places to work for the last seven years.

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