Waukee Community School District Ranked Top 5 Workplaces in Iowa for Fourth Consecutive Year

For the fourth year in a row, Waukee Community School District (WCSD) was among Iowa’s top five workplaces.

Results released by the Des Moines Register on September 18 named WCSD the 5th Top WorkPlace in Iowa for 2016 in the large employer category. Edward Jones was ranked fourth, Sammons Financial Group was ranked third, Veridian was ranked second and Kwip Trip was ranked first.


Dr. David Wilkerson, Nicole Lawrence and Cindi McDonald accepted the district’s Top Workplaces award at The Des Moines Register’s luncheon on Thursday, September 15, 2016. Photo from The Des Moines Register

The Des Moines Register in partnership with WorkplaceDynamics, set out to identify the top 150 workplaces in Iowa. These rankings were based on employee evaluations and survey results. Employees were asked questions like what is most important to them and what impresses you most about senior managers.

“I’m very proud of the collaborative culture established in the Waukee Community School District that was reinforced by our employees rating us as one of the top 5 large employers in Iowa for the past 4 consecutive years,”  said superintendent Dr. David Wilkerson. “I have nothing but pride and respect for the valuable work they do in service to our students and community each and every day!”

WCSD employs more than 1,200 staff members who are dedicated to providing quality instruction to all students.

According to WorkplaceDynamics the most successful companies are ones that employees believe in. Waukee Community School takes a student centered approach to curriculum and encourages innovation and lifelong learning among employees. Through professional development, we offer teaching staff the opportunity to improve their skills and address student learning needs.  We believe that we improve teaching skills and teaching practices, then student performance will improve.

“As the incoming superintendent, I am committed to maintaining a culture of collaboration that exists across all levels of the district,” said superintendent Cindi McDonald. “ We will continue to work closely with staff to ensure optimal working conditions that contribute to a high quality learning environment for our students.”

Only two other school districts made the top 20 rankings in the large employer. Western Dubuque Community School District was ranked sixth and Southeast Polk Community School District was ranked 19th.

About WorkplaceDynamics, LLC

Headquartered in Exton, PA, WorkplaceDynamics specializes in employee feedback surveys and workplace improvement. This year alone, more than two million employees in over 6,000 organizations will participate in the Top Workplaces™ campaign—a program it conducts in partnership with more than 40 prestigious media partners across the United States. Workplace Dynamics also provides consulting services to improve employee engagement and organizational health. WorkplaceDynamics is a founding B Corporation member, a coalition of organizations that are leading a global movement to redefine success in business by offering a positive vision of a better way to do business.