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Thursday, December 21, 2023

MUNCIE, Ind. – First Merchants Bank announces recognition from workplace culture company Comparably in five categories for 2023. The bank was selected out of 70,000 companies across the U.S. with honors for Best Career Growth, Best Leadership, Best CEOs for Women, Best Work-Life Balance, and, for the first time, Best CEO.

Comparably awards are based on sentiment feedback provided solely by current employees who anonymously rated First Merchants in 2023. Answers provided to the structured questions are given a numerical score and then compared to companies of similar size. Comparably is a leading employee review website and the only platform showcasing workplace culture, salary, and corporate brand reputation data.

“We continue to nurture a brand-focused culture of ‘helping you prosper’, said Mark Hardwick, CEO of First Merchants Bank. “I am especially proud of the Career Growth and the Work-Life Balance recognitions. We support a hybrid workplace, empowering our teams to work in an environment that allows for some needed flexibility given the demands of life.” Hardwick continues, “These recognitions reinforce our commitment to being a workplace of choice.”

“These awards affirm that our strategic imperatives resonate with our people,” said Steve Harris, Chief Human Resources Officer. “We continue to work toward a brand-focused culture of inclusivity, teamwork, career development, total rewards, and work-life balance that produces a “helping you prosper” customer service experience. Our culture contributes to employees better aligning with meaningful work that positively impacts lives. Our people are our company's core and how we make a positive difference in the communities we serve. We promote a culture that attracts and retains talented people with a sense of purpose in their work.”

This recognition rounds out a solid year recognizing First Merchants as a high-performing bank and employer of choice. First Merchants Bank was recognized as Newsweek’s Best Bank for 2023 and again in May as one of Forbes World’s Best Banks. Additionally, the American Banker ranks First Merchants as one of the “Best Banks to Work For.” These Comparably awards reflect a multi-year track record of providing a positive and inspiring work environment, as indicated by the overall collection of Comparably awards.

If you’d like to join a winning and inviting culture, check out First Merchants Bank career opportunities.

Check out First Merchants Bank on Comparably.


About First Merchants Corporation
With nearly $18 billion in assets1, First Merchants Corporation (NASDAQ: FRME) is a registered bank holding company offering a full line of commercial and consumer banking services and wealth management services through First Merchants Bank and First Merchants Private Wealth Advisors in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio. With more than 130 years of enhancing the financial wellness of the diverse communities it serves, First Merchants makes meaningful contributions through Employee Empowerment, Philanthropy and Charitable Giving, Financial Wellness, Community Home and Business Lending, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The company has been honored for its attentive and knowledgeable service and culture by Forbes, Newsweek, American Banker, Comparably, and S&P Global Intelligence “Best Banks” awards. First Merchants Bank attributes this recognition to a mission-driven team that is passionate about “helping you prosper” through attentiveness as its genuine and unique approach to customer service. To see how First Merchants Bank is making a difference, go to (

1As of October 26, 2023.