Top Workplaces 2017: Monarch Beverage

Top Workplaces 2017: Monarch Beverage

By: Indy Star

The health and well-being of employees is not a passing concern at Monarch Beverage, which has been named a Top Workplace for seven consecutive years. it also was the No. 3 large company in 2017.

The company has a free on-site medical clinic, and employees also are able to get many of their prescriptions medications for free through Monarch, which works with a business-to-business pharmacy to provide medications to employees at no cost.

“The on-site clinic is awesome. Since I’ve been at Monarch, that’s the only doctor that I’ve been to,” says Rigo Gonzalez, a sales rep who sells mainly to Downtown bars and restaurants.

“The benefits here are second to none,” says Ashley Searer, a community and customer service specialist.  “They really do take care of their employees.” Employees also have access to an on-site fitness facility and CrossFit gym as well.

The largest distributor of beer and wine in Indiana cultivates a work hard, play hard culture, Gonzalez said, where having fun responsibly is a top priority. The company invests in employees’ personal and professional development, including providingfull-time employees with 85 percent tuition reimbursement up to $4,000 per calendar year.

An emphasis on teamwork is modeled by management and evident in how employees work together across departments.

“If we get really busy at Monarch — whether it’s during holidays or sporting events when more people are drinking beer and wine — then it’s not uncommon to see our leadership or administrative people go out on trucks and deliver beer” or pitch in in other ways, says Kurt Conner, a recruiter.

Monarch’s CEO Phil Terry received the Top Workplaces special award for leadership for large companies, speaking to the confidence employees have in the company’s leader.

“It’s very easy to trust our upper management,” Searer said. “I think that they have the best interest of the company and the employees truly in their minds when they make decisions.”

Bottom Line

Founded: 1947.

Location: Indianapolis.

Description: Wholesale alcoholic beverage distributor.

Employees: 700, including 625 in Central Indiana.