Best of the Rest — Midsize Employers
No. 2: Meridian Technology Center
No. 1 last year, Stillwater-based Meridian Technology Center serves students from 10 area high schools: Agra, Carney, Glencoe, Guthrie, Morrison, Mulhall-Orlando, Pawnee, Perkins-Tryon, Perry and Stillwater. A variety of course offerings make career education possible for students from all walks of life: Career Training, Professional and Personal Interest, Online Classes and Business Solutions. Meridian Technology Center provides full-time employees with paid contributions to the Oklahoma Teachers' Retirement System based on the employee's salary. Perks include free use of an on-site gym and an on-site cafeteria staffed by the center's culinary students.
Employee comment: "I am given opportunities to grow and learn and also to contribute. We are a team that invests in people; our students, our staff and our community. I love being a part of that!"
No. 3: Tapstone Energy
Tapstone Energy, based in Bricktown with three field offices, is a growth-oriented, independent oil and natural gas company focused on the development and production of oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids in the Anadarko Basin in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas. Its core development area is in the NW STACK play in the Anadarko Basin. Tapstone has a large, contiguous acreage position in the NW Stack that is characterized by significant operational control, multiple stacked benches and an extensive inventory of horizontal drilling locations that are expected to offer attractive single-well rates of return. It also owns interests in legacy producing oil and natural gas properties in various fields in the Anadarko Basin with long-lived reserves, predictable production profiles and limited capital expenditure. In addition to rich health insurance and retirement plans, Tapstone provides a fitness reimbursement for gym memberships up to $300 per year per employee, and adoption assistance which includes reimbursement of up to $7,500 per eligible adoption and four weeks of paid leave for the female employee. Additionally, Tapstone offers up to a maximum of 25 days of paid time off to employees per year depending on the employees length of service.
Employee comment: "I have the Independence and support to do my job to the best of my ability. My work requires me to work across departments on a regular basis and the people I work with are focused on working together as a team and are motivated to improve things for the betterment of Tapstone. My department and function is new, and I feel that my customers engage the department and that we are valued."
No. 4: Central Technology Center
Central Technology Center, based in Drumright and part of the Oklahoma CareerTech system, provides technical education leading to individual success and elevates the workforce through economic development collaborations. Training includes an array of safety classes with an emphasis on tailoring curriculum to meet the needs of each specific industry. Benefits start with the atmosphere and culture of the organization that can been seen and felt through the attitudes of the staff. In addition to paid time off, Central Tech employees are part of the Oklahoma Teachers Retirement System, receive staff paid health insurance, have the opportunity to invest in a 403(b), cafeteria plan, flex spending account, and if qualified, may take advantage of an educational reimbursement policy.
Employee comment: "It is a good group of individuals that treat and care for each other as family. All Central Tech staff always strive to bring or provide the very best to our students. We have respect and compassion for each other, whether it is work or personnel. We are a tight knit group that care for each other. The work environment is extremely pleasant and positive."
No. 5: Express Employment Professionals
Oklahoma City-based Express Employment Professionals is a leading staffing provider in the U.S., Canada and South Africa, supported by nearly 300 employees at its international headquarters in Oklahoma City. Express franchises help job seekers find work and help businesses find qualified employees, requiring the latest technology, equipment, payroll services, sales support, and marketing campaigns, among other services. Express Employment Professionals International Headquarters covers 50 percent to 100 percent of the cost for employee medical, dental and vision coverage, and offers many other benefit options including voluntary life, disability, flexible spending accounts, and company matched 401(k). Employees also enjoy generous paid time off and employee discounts. In June 2014, Express joined the Free Market Medical Association and partnered with the Surgery Center of Oklahoma to provide employees with free surgical benefits. It expanded its list of premier providers in 2015, offering even more high quality health care options at a fraction of the cost to employees. Express also boasts a robust wellness program that includes a full on-site workout room, fun events such as the Health Express Challenge and Weight Watchers At Work, as well as wellness screenings, flu shots and mammograms on-site every year. In 2017, Express added two other employee benefits: free annual body scans and reimbursement of child care expenses up to $5,000 per eligible child.
Employee comment: "I am part of something greater than merely earning a paycheck. Our responsibilities at HQ lessen the back-office responsibilities of offices so they may focus on building and maintaining client relationships so people of their community may be employed. It's a great feeling to know that my job has a positive impact to people who are involved in the Express communities."