Detroit Free Press Names Detroit Regional Chamber a 2019 Top Workplace

DETROIT, November 11, 2019 – Detroit Regional Chamber has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2019 honor by the Detroit Free Press. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC, a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection.

“The Detroit Regional Chamber is honored to once again be recognized for this achievement,” said Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Chamber. “This honor belongs to our team members and Board leadership who share the commitment that the Detroit Regional Chamber remains an employer of choice.”
As one of the top companies to work for in Southeast Michigan, the Chamber’s diverse staff enjoys an inclusive work environment, competitive wages, benefits, and a wide array of professional development opportunities. Chamber employees work in the heart of downtown Detroit and are committed to their role in the resurgence of this great region.

“The Top Workplaces award is about much more than recognition and celebration,” said Eric Rubino, CEO of Energage. “Our research also shows that these organizations achieve higher referral rates, lower employee turnover, and double employee engagement levels. It just goes to show that being intentional about culture delivers bottom-line results.”

The Chamber is ranked 51 in the 2019 Small Top Workplaces winners made up of companies with 50 to 149 Michigan employees. View the full list of Top Workplaces recognized by the Detroit Free Press.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber
Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. As the voice for business in the 11-county Southeast Michigan region, the Chamber’s mission is carried out through creating a business-friendly climate and value for members, leading a robust economic development strategy, and convening Michigan’s most influential audience at the nationally unique Mackinac Policy Conference.

About Energage, LLC
Headquartered in Exton, Pa., Energage is a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools that help leaders to unlock potential, inspire performance, and achieve amazing results within their organizations. The research partner behind the Top Workplaces program, Energage has surveyed more than 58,000 organizations representing well over 20 million employees in the United States.

Plante Moran receives Top Workplaces recognition

Southfield, Mich. – Nov. 18, 2013 – Plante Moran, one of the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, was named one of the top five workplaces in Michigan in the 2013 “Detroit Free Press” Top Workplaces survey. The statewide survey looked at companies in small, midsize and large categories; Plante Moran was named number four in the large company category.

Plante Moran has a tradition of workplace success and has received numerous workplace awards through the years, including the coveted national award from FORTUNE magazine, which has named the firm one of the country’s best places to work for 15 consecutive years. Plante Moran Managing Partner Gordon Krater, CPA shared the firm’s core belief.

“We thank the Detroit Free Press for recognizing our efforts to remain a top workplace,” said Krater. “Our culture is at the center of our client service focus, and we continue to invest in programs and policies that optimize the career satisfaction of our staff, who are then motivated to provide outstanding service to our clients.”

Highlights of Plante Moran’s workplace policies supporting individual and team development include:
• The assignment of a team partner and experienced staff member to serve as a “buddy” beginning on the first day of employment to encourage and sustain long-term relationships among staff and promote professional development and personal satisfaction
• A nationally recognized professional training program that includes social media to help ensure effective networking and relationship building with current and future clients and friends of the firm
• A Personal Tightrope Action, or PTA, Committee that researches and recommends programs and policies that address and support balance of life issues; examples of PTA programs include a PTA buddy program for first-time parenting staff and on-site child care on Saturdays during tax season
• Firmwide volunteer initiatives, including paid time off to support community efforts
• A diversity council and several affinity groups, including an LGBT resource group
• A Women in Leadership initiative to attract, retain, develop and advance women into leadership positions within the firm

The “Detroit Free Press” Top Workplaces survey was conducted by WorkplaceDynamics. View the Nov. 17 “Detroit Free Press” article and photos of Plante Moran staff here.

Plante Moran also announced that today is the official opening of its new Detroit office, which will house 50 staff. Detroit is the firm’s seventh office in southeast Michigan. Plante Moran’s other area offices are located in Ann Arbor, Auburn Hills, Clinton Township, Flint and two in Southfield.

About Plante Moran:
Plante Moran ( is among the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, providing clients with tax, audit, risk management, financial, technology, business consulting and wealth management services. Plante Moran has a staff of more than 2,000 professionals in 21 offices throughout Illinois, Michigan and Ohio, with international offices in Shanghai, China; Monterrey, Mexico; and Mumbai, India. Earlier this year, the firm was named to FORTUNE magazine’s list of the “The 100 Best Companies To Work For” for the 15th consecutive year. Plante Moran was ranked #25 on this year’s FORTUNE list.