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UMCU Awarded Two Top Workplace Honors for Outstanding Commitment to Employees

November 11, 2020 Press Releases
Participants cheering at UMCU Success celebration

The University of Michigan Credit Union (UMCU) has been recognized as a top workplace with two prestigious awards by Metro Detroit’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® by MichBusiness and The Detroit Free Press.

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This is UMCU’s third award from Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® in Metropolitan Detroit, with honors bestowed in 2018 and 2019, respectively. In addition, UMCU has been honored with a Top Workplaces 2020 award by The Detroit Free Press, making it the fourth time UMCU has been presented with the Top Workplaces award.

UMCU Team Members pictured onstage celebrating during the annual Success Celebration in January 2020. The Success Celebration recognizes the previous year’s many accomplishments, highlighting collective teamwork and individual teams within UMCU. This event included a surprise performance by the renowned Detroit Youth Choir. The theme of the celebration was “UMCU’s got Talent.”

The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® program identifies and honors organizations that deliver highly innovative and thoughtful human resource practices, with an impressive dedication to their employees. Companies that distinguish themselves as such are given this honor.

Organizations submitted for Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® are assessed based on categories such as communication and shared vision, employee enrichment, engagement and retention, work-life balance, employee education and development, diversity and inclusion, employee achievement and recognition, and community initiatives. UMCU submitted comprehensive business practices to highlight areas including community outreach, employee enrichment, and health and wellness programs.

“Through the first half of 2020, the Best and Brightest Companies To Work For® have demonstrated leadership and forward-thinking as they pivoted their business and workforce through Covid-19. As the conversation and focus have shifted, our Best and Brightest winning companies have also been a voice for important actions regarding Race. It is in these unique times, the Best and Brightest Companies To Work For® excel and share their knowledge with others,” said Jennifer Kluge, President and CEO, Best and Brightest Programs.

The Detroit Free Press named UMCU a winner of the Detroit Top Workplaces 2020 Award based solely on employee feedback administered by Energage, LLC. The survey measures multiple aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection.

“In times of great change, it is more important than ever to maintain a connection among employees,” said Eric Rubino, Energage CEO. “When you give your employees a voice, you come together to navigate challenges and shape your path forward based on real-time insights into what works best for your organization. The Top Workplaces program can be that positive outcome your company can rally around in the coming months to celebrate leadership and the importance of maintaining an employee-focused culture, even during challenging times.”

“We are honored to be recognized by Best and Brightest and The Detroit Free Press. As an organization, our focus is to foster and promote an inclusive, vibrant culture where our team members thrive both personally and professionally. Our team members are the driving force behind UMCU’s success, and we are proud to cultivate an environment that puts them first,” said Candy Keene, UMCU Vice President of Talent Development and Human Resources.

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About the University of Michigan Credit Union

The University of Michigan Credit Union is a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative. Its purpose is to amaze UMCU members, the community, and its team by working together for shared success.

UMCU is the only credit union headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan. When established in 1954, there were 12 members and $9 in assets. Today, UMCU has more than 100,000 members and more than $1 billion in assets, and it continues to grow. With eight branches in Ann Arbor, one in Ypsilanti, a branch in Dearborn, and three branches in Flint, UMCU serves the financial needs of the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Washtenaw Community College, and their surrounding communities. For more information, visit or follow UMCU on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram at @umcreditunion.

About the Best and Brightest Programs

The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® is a program of MichBusiness (formally Michigan Business and Professional Association) that provides the business community with the opportunity to gain recognition, showcase their best practices, and demonstrate why they are an ideal place for employees to work. This national program celebrates those companies that are making better business, creating richer lives, and building a stronger community as a whole. It is presented annually in several markets including Atlanta, Boston, Charlette, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee, Nashville, New York, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, and Nationally. Nominations are now being accepted for 2021. Visit to obtain an application.

About Energage

Energage offers a fully unified SaaS platform, plus support and professional services, to help organizations recruit and retain the right talent. As a B-Corporation founding member, Energage has committed itself to the purpose of making the world a better place to work together. Based on 14 years of culture research, the engine behind 51 Top Workplaces programs across the country, and data gathered from over 20 million employees at 60,000 organizations, Energage has isolated the 15 drivers of engaged cultures that are critical to the success of any business and developed the tools and expertise to help organizations measure, shape and showcase their unique culture to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. For more information, please visit Follow us on Twitter @teamenergage and Facebook and LinkedIn @energage.