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Workiva Named One of Fortune’s “Best 100 Companies to Work For”

100 best companies to work for 2019
3 min read
Marty Vanderploeg
Co-Founder and Former CEO
Published: February 14, 2019
Last Updated: April 25, 2023

Workiva is honored to be recognized by Fortune magazine and Great Place to Work as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For®. We join many of our customers in this prestigious group, and we are grateful to be listed alongside some of the most successful and forward-thinking companies in the world.

Workiva is based on core principles of respect, fairness, and compassion, and we value all backgrounds, beliefs, and interests. In just 11 years, we’ve grown to more than 1,300 employees in 15 offices, and our customers include more than 75 percent of Fortune 500® companies.*

We are successful because we put our employees first, listen to their voices, and respond to their needs. This extra level of care gets passed on to our customers every day, which leads to our 95 percent customer satisfaction score.

We place a high priority on employee engagement—through one-on-one meetings, video conferences, and digital chat rooms—to keep our teams constantly connected and focused on achieving our business goals and objectives.

Our Wdesk cloud platform helps thousands of organizations modernize the way they manage and report business data. Wdesk is the only platform that provides data assurance and connected reporting throughout the entire financial reporting process—from collecting transactional data to submitting final reports.

We’re building software solutions that have never existed before. To maintain this high level of innovation, we give our employees the freedom and resources they need—backed by our culture of collaboration and diverse thought—to keep breaking new ground.

Employees also have adaptable work hours. Sometimes, real life happens between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., so our employees have the flexibility to attend their children's afternoon school plays, care for an ailing parent, plant trees in local parks, or collect food for shelters.

We made Fortune’s Best 100 list because of the culture our employees create every day and the way we treat each other and our customers. Our culture is branded with the tagline "My voice. My company." and is used throughout our company to encourage feedback from all employees at every level.

Workiva encourages people to truly support each other at work. Employees submit Kudos messages on our intranet and in weekly newsletters when someone has gone above and beyond (which is fairly often at Workiva). Employees can also donate paid time off to each other in times of need and use paid time off to volunteer for each others’ causes.

I want to thank our employees, customers, partners, and friends who make Workiva an amazing place to work each and every day.

*Since this blog was issued, Workiva was also ranked on the 2019 Training Top 125 Organizations list released annually by Training Magazine. The complete list of Top 125 Organizations can be found online at


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About the Author
Workiva CEO Marty Vanderploeg
Marty Vanderploeg

Co-Founder and Former CEO


A longtime advocate for increased transparency in business reporting and co-founder of Workiva Inc., a $538 million cloud-based software technology company with a market cap over $5 billion, Marty pioneered the creation of an open, intelligent, and intuitive platform that simplifies complex work for global organizations. 

As former CEO and current Non-Executive Chair of Workiva, Marty champions a culture of progress and sustainability. During his CEO tenure Workiva was named to Fortune’s 100 Best Places to Work list for five consecutive years. In 2021, Workiva was the first SaaS company to join the UN Global Compact CFO Taskforce. And in 2022, Workiva received a AAA rating in the 2022 MSCI ESG Ratings assessment, which represents MSCI’s highest rating and signifies industry-leader status in managing the most significant ESG risks and opportunities. 

Marty has over 30 years of experience in scaling software companies from start-ups to global enterprises and is known for his leadership in the technology sector. Before co-founding Workiva, Marty co-founded and served as chief technology officer of Engineering Animations Inc. (EAI) where he led the company through a period of rapid growth and expansion. As CTO, he spearheaded EAI’s development of computer graphics tools used in applications such as crime scene reconstruction, 3D animations of human anatomy and automotive design. In 2000, EAI was acquired by Unigraphics Solutions (now part of Siemens USA).

In addition to being a technology entrepreneur, Marty is also an esteemed educator. For nearly a decade, he served as a tenured professor of mechanical engineering at Iowa State University and was the founder and director of the Iowa State University Visualization Laboratory. Marty has a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University.

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