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Torch Technologies Named One of the Country's Best Workplaces in Consulting & Professional Services 2017

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February 16, 2017

HUNTSVILLE, ALTorch Technologies is proud to announce that our company has been recognized for the second consecutive year as one of the country’s  Best Workplaces in Consulting & Professional Services by consultancy Great Place to Work and Fortune.

Torch Technologies ranked no. 26 on the Best Workplaces list. The results draw from surveys of 36,750 employees who assessed their firms’ leadership, benefits, camaraderie, work-life balance and other factors essential to a happy, high-functioning team. Colleagues who gave their workplaces high marks overall were notably more likely to express outsized loyalty and pride in their work.

“Our company’s success is dependent, first and foremost, on the talent and dedication of our people," says Torch President John Watson. “We are intentional in our efforts to build and maintain a healthy culture that benefits our employee-owners. We’re honored that our employees rate our workplace highly, and that Great Place to Work® and Fortune are recognizing our positive culture for the second consecutive year.”

The Best Workplaces stood apart from their peers on questions assessing professional development and the ability of their leadership. Winning organizations also received higher scores on their benefits and community involvement.

“It’s no secret that the value of a professional services organization lies in its people,” said Great Place to Work’s Executive Vice President, Kim Peters. “The Best Workplaces invest in their staff’s knowledge and wellbeing, creating a high degree of trust that’s reflected in their work for clients.”

The Best Workplaces in Consulting & Professional Services is one of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work® and Fortune based upon employee survey feedback from Great Place to Work®-certified organizations. Torch Technologies and the other winning companies were selected based on anonymous responses to the Trust Index©, Great Place to Work®’s employee assessment survey.
Torch Technologies was also ranked as a Best Workplace in Consulting & Professionals Services (Ranked #17) in 2016, and as a Small and Medium Workplace by Great Place to Work and Fortune (Ranked #31) in 2016.
About Torch Technologies: Founded in October 2002, Torch Technologies, Inc. (Torch) is a 100% employee-owned small business dedicated to quality technical services, competitive costs and ethical business practices. Torch has been recognized over the past decade for its business performance, workplace environment, and ethical business practices. Most recently, in 2017, Great Place to Work and Fortune magazine named Torch one of the country's Best Workplaces in Consulting & Professional Services for the second consecutive year. In 2016, Torch was named one of America’s Best Small Companies by Forbes. Also in 2016, Great Place to Work and Fortune magazine named Torch a Best Medium Workplace. Torch was also ranked in the Inc. 5000 list for the tenth consecutive year, and Washington Technology listed Torch in its annual “Top 100” Government Contractors ranking for the second consecutive year in 2016. Torch was named a winner of the 2016 Best Places to Work in Huntsville award, marking Torch’s 3rd time to receive this honor, with previous wins in 2008 and 2012. In 2015, Torch won the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Business Ethics in the North Alabama Region for the 3rd time, also winning in 2005 and 2009. In 2013, Torch was recognized by the Small Business Administration as Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year representing the eight southeastern states in SBA Region IV. Torch was selected by Inc. Magazine and Winning Workplaces as a winner in the 2011 Top Small Company Workplaces national competition. In 2008, the Alabama Information Technology Association selected Torch as Large Business of the Year Leadership in Technology award, and the Principal Group named Torch one of the Principal 10 Best Companies for Employee Financial Security nationwide. Torch won the 2007 Huntsville Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year award in the Technology Category. Also in 2007, Inc. 5000 ranked Torch as the No. 1 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Defense Contractor in the Southeast Region. Torch was nationally recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine in July 2006 as one of the 100 fastest growing companies in America. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.TorchTechnologies.com

About The Best Workplaces for Consulting & Professional Services
Published together with Fortune, the Best Workplaces in Consulting & Professional Services ranking is based on feedback from more than 36,750 employees at Great Place to Work–Certified organizations in the consulting or professional services sectors. Employees completed an anonymous Trust Index© survey, answering questions about how frequently they experience the building blocks of a great workplace. Employees rated leadership strength, benefit quality, opportunities for professional growth and support for work-life balance, among other factors. Results from the survey are highly reliable, having a 95 percent confidence level and a margin of error of 5 percent or less.
Earning a place on this list indicates the company has distinguished itself from peers by creating a Great Place to Work For All™. Rankings reward organizations where not only the majority of their employees experience a great place to work, but these experiences are highly consistent regardless of who people are or what they do within the organization. Results were considered based on the complexity of the employee population and relative to peer performance.

About Great Place to Work®
Great Place to Work® is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services, and certification programs, including Best Workplaces lists and workplace reviews, Great Place to Work® provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures. In the United States, Great Place to Work® produces the annual Fortune "100 Best Companies to Work For®" and a series of Great Place to Work® Best Workplaces lists, including lists for Millennials, Women, Diversity, Small and Medium Companies and over a half dozen different industries.
Follow Great Place to Work® online at www.greatplacetowork.com and on Twitter at @GPTW_US.

Cayce Taylor, Communications Specialist
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