The following article originally appeared on January 17, 2019 via Ames Tribune.

By Lexie Troutman, Staff Writer

Employees at Workiva had cause for celebration on Thursday, when they found out the company was ranked No. 19 on the 2019 Best Workplaces in Technology list put together by Great Place to Work and Fortune Magazine.

This was the third time Workiva made the list, and in order to be considered, Eileen Gannon, vice president of corporate communications at Workiva, said it had to go through an extensive application process, and then the employees from each of the companies that applied were surveyed.

“We win because of employees responses about how they feel about our company, and that’s what’s really important,” Gannon said.

According to Great Place to Work, more than 340 companies were considered and 220,000 employees from those companies were surveyed.

Marty Vanderploeg, CEO and president of Workiva, said being featured on the list lets the company know it’s continuing to create an environment the employees appreciate, and by doing this, giving their customers the same care.

Workiva opened in Ames in 2008. It is known for its cloud-based software tool that allows companies to subscribe to it, and each company can use it for their financial reporting.

Vanderploeg said the company owes a lot of its success to all of the support it has received from the city of Ames, the Iowa State University Research Park and the state of Iowa.

The corporate offices for many of the companies on the list were either located on the West Coast or the East Coast. A few companies were scattered across the Midwest, but Vanderploeg said having a company in Iowa featured on the list does not surprise him because of the support companies receive from the people in the state.

“Iowa is becoming a really big place to start companies because of the local people here who invest in these young companies,” Vanderploeg said. ”(It) results in a lot of jobs in Iowa. It’s really a whole community effort.”

“Our goal is to keep growing the company, continue to grow our revenue base and grow our employee base,” Vanderploeg said. “We get so much good talent from universities. We anticipate the Ames office will continue to grow with the company.”

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