Thomson Reuters Named One of Crain's Detroit Business Magazine's "Cool Places to Work"
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Posted by: Boomer Consulting, Inc.
Employees have long known the truth, but now it’s official: the Tax & Accounting and Healthcare & Science businesses of Thomson Reuters are two of the coolest places to work in Southeast Michigan—even in the toughest economic climate seen in decades.
The two businesses, both part of leading information provider Thomson Reuters, combined to achieve first place among companies with more than 1,000 employees in Crain’s Detroit Business magazine’s recent "Cool Places in Tough Times” survey.
Periodically, Crain’s asks Detroit-area workers to nominate companies they feel live up to the ‘Cool’ designation. Leaders of the nominated companies are asked to fill out a survey about company benefits, policies, and practices, and the companies are then vetted based on a point system to determine the winners. In 2009, the magazine was especially interested to discover which companies have managed to keep their employees happy and productive, given the especially challenging economic conditions in Michigan.
This year, 191 companies were nominated, from which 35 winners were chosen across five size categories. Thomson Reuters was ranked first of the nine winning companies with more than 1,000 employees, a category that included such heavyweights as Domino’s Pizza Inc., Valassis Communications Inc., and Henry Ford Health System.
Among the employees who nominated Thomson Reuters were Sales Director Michael Boots and Account Representative April White. Boots, who has been with the organization for 15 years, said he nominated Thomson Reuters for two reasons: the people and their can-do attitudes. "We’re part of a global organization with thousands of employees across the world, but through all of our growth, we’ve remained a family that works very hard, pushes each other, challenges boundaries, lifts each other when necessary, and shares in each other’s successes. The people who are part of this organization know how to get the impossible done…but also know how to celebrate and enjoy the amazing ride we’re on.”
White, a three-year veteran, started at Thomson Reuters as a sales intern. Now, she says, "I’ve worked here for nearly three years and without a doubt, I made the right decision. As part of Thomson Reuters, you want to work harder, stand out, and make a difference. And the company rewards us with outings like baseball games, family carnivals, picnics, team events, and charity drives—they’re all about making the employees happy. They continue to understand the need for work/life balance, and as a result, we’re better at our jobs knowing we can enjoy our time outside work without guilt. I love coming to work every day, because I’m surrounded by so many smart, success-driven people.”
None of this is a surprise to Jon Baron, President of Professional Software & Services for the Tax & Accounting business, or Mike Boswood, President and CEO of the Healthcare & Science business.
"Mike and I have always maintained that we have the most talented and dedicated staff that any corporation could employ,” said Baron. "While we’re honored to be nominated as a cool place to work—especially when we have to ask so much more of our people due to a difficult economy—most of the ‘cool factor’ at Thomson Reuters stems from our employees. They rightly hold our senior management to the same high standards we ask of them, and it’s a partnership that works for us all.”
For more information on Crain’s "Cool Places in Tough Times” survey, visit www.CrainsDetroit.com.
About Thomson Reuters
Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. We combine industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial, legal, tax and accounting, scientific, healthcare and media markets, powered by the world’s most trusted news organization. With headquarters in New York and major operations in London and Eagan, Minnesota, Thomson Reuters employs more than 50,000 people in more than 100 countries. For more information, go to ThomsonReuters.com.
The Tax & Accounting business of Thomson Reuters provides technology, information solutions, and integrated tax compliance software and services to accounting, tax, and corporate finance professionals in accounting firms, corporations, law firms, and government. The Healthcare & Science business provides information and decision support tools for healthcare and information professionals, researchers, and scientists.