Oak Brook, Ill.,
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The Chicago Tribune names Ace Hardware a 2017 ‘Top Workplaces’ Award Winner

Ace Hardware ranks No. 5 on the prestigious employer of choice list

Ace Hardware Corporation is pleased to announce that it has been named a 2017 Top Workplaces award recipient by the Chicago Tribune. Released today, the prestigious report ranks Ace Hardware No. 5 among all large companies to work for in Chicagoland.

The Top Workplaces lists are based exclusively on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by Energage, LLC (formerly WorkplaceDynamics), a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including: alignment, execution and connection. More than 1,100 Ace corporate employees were surveyed, generating an industry leading 93 percent response rate.

The survey grades employers based on three critically important elements within an organization: employee engagement, organizational health and overall satisfaction. The survey uncovers levels of employee satisfaction across numerous areas, including pay and benefits, company direction and manager relationships.

According to Energage, surveyed team members at Ace Hardware scored their employer especially high across all areas of satisfaction, including organizational health, employment basics (i.e. benefits, work-life balance, etc) and overall employee engagement.

Specifically, Ace team members rated the connection they feel with their employer 18% above the industry average, meaning respondents feel appreciated, well-informed and enabled to work at their full potential. In the employment basics category, Ace scored well above the industry average in all five categories, including compensation, job expectations, training, flexibility and benefits.

“We are extremely pleased to be recognized as one of Chicagoland’s premier employers,” said Kane Calamari, Vice President, Human Resources, Communications and Organizational Development for Ace Hardware Corporation. “At Ace, we make every effort to ensure our team members feel engaged, fulfilled and valued in their work, we take great pride in knowing our efforts are exceeding their expectations.”

“The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest – and oftentimes, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage, LLC. “But to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day? – the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together. Without this sense of connection, an organization doesn’t have a shot at being named a Top Workplace.”

For information about Ace Hardware or employment at Ace’s corporate headquarters, please visit acehardware.com.

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About Ace Hardware

For more than 90 years, Ace Hardware has been known as the place with the helpful hardware folks in thousands of neighborhoods across America, providing customers with a more personal kind of helpful. In 2017, Ace ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Home Improvement Retail Stores, Eleven Years in a Row," according to J.D. Power. With more than 5,000 hardware stores locally owned and operated across the globe, Ace is the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the world. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., Ace and its subsidiaries operate an expansive network of distribution centers in the U.S. and also have distribution capabilities in Ningbo, China; Colon, Panama; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Its retailers' stores are located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and approximately 55 countries. For more information on Ace, visit acehardware.com or the company newsroom at newsroom.acehardware.com.

About Energage, LLC

Headquartered in Exton, PA, Energage 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. Energage also provides consulting services to improve employee engagement and organizational health. Energage 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.