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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Best Companies Group ranks Muncie-based bank 4th for superior work environment

MUNCIE, Ind. – Today, First Merchants Bank was ranked fourth in the list of the 2022 Great Employers to Work for in Indiana by Best Companies Group, a BridgeTower Media Company. The honor considered a review of practices, programs and benefits, and anonymous employee surveys. BCG categorizes its winners in three separate groups: small, medium & large employer, which First Merchants Bank falls under the large Employer category (250 or more U.S. employees).

“This recognition is another proof point of our commitment to a strong and welcoming organizational culture,” said First Merchants CEO Mark Hardwick. “In line with our ‘helping you prosper” approach to service, our ability to serve our communities is only possible by having a diverse team of caring and competent professionals. Our employees across the organization have a level of attentiveness that is unmatched.”

For 17 years, Best Companies Group has specialized in identifying and recognizing great employers to work for. The independent research firm ranks companies based on established research methodology. The surveys provide actionable and hard-to-obtain data that companies use to improve employee recruitment and retention.

To be eligible for consideration, organizations must:

  • Be a publicly or privately held business
  • Be a for-profit, not-for-profit business or government entity
  • Have a facility in Indiana
  • Have a minimum of 15 full-time or part-time employees working in Indiana
  • Must be in business a minimum of one year

First Merchants has assets of approximately $18 billion and operates banking centers in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio.


About First Merchants Corporation

First Merchants Corporation (NASDAQ: FRME), with assets of approximately $18 billion and operating in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and Michigan, is the parent company of First Merchants Bank. The Muncie, Indiana-based bank is committed to providing exceptional financial services while making meaningful contributions in each community it serves. First Merchants Bank promotes economic mobility through its five community pillars: Employee Empowerment; Community Investments and Charitable Giving; Financial Wellness; Community Home Lending; and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The company has been honored for its excellence in banking by Forbes, Newsweek, and S&P Global Intelligence and attributes this recognition to a mission-driven team passionate about helping you prosper. To see how First Merchants Bank is making a difference, go to (