DES MOINES, Iowa -- Even as most of the news from Iowa has focused on the record flooding this year, a card processing CUSO has been recognized as a best place to work.
Jeff Russell, chief information officer for the CUSO, said staff from the organization has spent time earlier helping credit unions closer to the floods prepare sandbags and otherwise prepare.
"We are located more in the suburbs of Des Moines, so it has not been as much of a direct threat to us," Russell said. "But of course we are working with our member credit unions on a case-by-case basis to help them implement their disaster plans and address their members' needs."
The Des Moines Business Record, an area business magazine, recognized The Members Group as one of the top three best places to work among large companies in central Iowa. TMG programs like its annual BMW car give-away program for employees, employee wellness program, tuition reimbursement and flexible work schedules helped it make the list.
"We have a culture that creates opportunities for growth and development," said Tom Kuehl, TMG CEO. "The opportunity to do something different and grow is one of the biggest advantages for our employees."
The Business Record "Best Places to Work" survey was conducted online with employees of participating companies responding to 40 questions via a secure Web site. The 2008 competition included employee feedback from 65 different companies. Nine of those companies, including TMG, were honored with the prestigious Business Record Award.
Comments from employees on the surveys included sentiments like "TMG is an organization committed to seeing everyone succeed at all levels" and "management consistently hosts fun activities to help keep people motivated and productive," the CUSO said.
The CUSO also added that it plans to continue its BMW give-away this year as well, beginning in October, though higher gas prices may cause the CUSO to reconsider the model of its auto give-away in the future.