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Ducklings

West Bend is not only a great place to work, but a great place to raise a family...of ducklings. How cute! 

Ducklings

 

We're a #1 Top Workplace!

We took the number-one spot in the large company category for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Top Workplaces in Southeast Wisconsin!

This is the tenth consecutive year in which West Bend has placed in the top four. More than 140 companies were named to the 2021 Top Workplaces list. Rankings are based entirely on employee feedback.

“The recognition we continue to receive as a top workplace is very meaningful,” said Kevin Steiner, West Bend president and CEO. “Our associates are our greatest asset and we have a responsibility to create and maintain a positive workplace. The fact that, year after year, our associates provide feedback that has earned us these top rankings is outstanding. Congratulations to more than 1,300 associates who work hard to make West Bend Mutual Insurance a special place.”

There are regional Top Workplaces awards in more than 55 major U.S. markets. Depending on the region, eligible organizations must have a minimum of 35 or 50 employees. Companies can be public, private, nonprofit, educational, or governmental. 

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Top Workplaces 2021 Celebration

We held a small and safe celebration for being recognized as one of the Madison area's Top Workplaces for 2021 by The Wisconsin State Journal. Here are a few pictures from the celebration, thanks to our associates for all you do!Top Workplaces Madison
 
 

Volunteer Week 2021

We can all agree that our communities would suffer greatly without the help of volunteers. It’s important to take time during National Volunteer Week to thank those that truly make a difference. We purchased gift cards to The Hub - Social Good Brews, provided them to several non-profits in our area and asked them to hand out and thank their volunteers for all they do.

A special thanks to all of these non-profits:
ADRC of Washington County, Wisconsin
Cedar Community
Chix 4 A Cause LTD
Christian Family Solutions
Full Shelf Food Pantry
Interfaith Caregivers of Washington County
Ozaukee Washington Land Trust
Riveredge Nature Center
Threshold Incorporated
The Youth and Family Project, Inc.

And a huge thanks to the team (Dan, Michelle, & Sheldon) at Volunteer Center Washington County for helping us pull this together!2

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Old Building Photos

Here's a fun throwback. This is a photo at the break room in one of our former buildings. Many people local to the West Bend area probably recognize the inside of this building.
 
Today this building is home to City Hall. 
 
Main Street Commons
 

Exciting Awards News

Great Place to Work® and Fortune Magazine named West Bend one of the Best Workplaces in Financial Services & Insurance!

We are also excited to announce that The Wisconsin State Journal has named our Madison office as one of the area’s Top Workplaces for 2021! With the Madison area being home to many well-respected companies, we are humbled and grateful for this recognition.

Thank you to our associates for continuing to make West Bend a Great Place To Work!

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Peanuts & Cracker Jacks

We're huge baseball fans at West Bend. Many of our associates have been working from their homes for over a year, but we couldn't miss the opportunity to still celebrate opening day. Check out the fun gift associates received in the mail. Now everyone is ready for opening day at home! Take me out to the ballgame - gift

 

Check out this computer

Who remembers computers like this? It’s hard to believe how far technology has come.


Crazy to think this computer is older than some of our associates! 18th Ave interior 2

 

Community Impact Report 2020

Giving back and supporting our communities is in our DNA - it's an important part of who we are. We're proud to share our 2020 Community Impact Report. WBMI Community Impact Report 2020-Square-V3

 

Personal Lines Candy/Snack Center

Our internal newsletter often includes inspiring stories about our associates helping others. We wanted to share this one. We talk a lot about having THE BEST people…it’s not just talk, it’s the truth. 😊

The Personal Lines Underwriting Department has managed a non-profit candy/snack center in the breakroom for more than 10 years. They started adopting families around Christmas and used proceeds from the candy sales to provide items to families in need. A few years ago, department associates began applying for help with stories of their own families or friends who suffered a tragedy and needed help in some way. They’ve donated between $300-$800 a year to three to four families to brighten their holiday season. When COVID struck and most associates were working from home, you would think the candy/snack center would’ve halted. Instead, it remained steady! With the lack of vending machines and food availability in the building, those who were working in the home office found the goodies and passed the word.

This past Christmas, they donated $150 each to two families and $50 to one of our own associates dealing with a new medical situation. Joyce, who helps manage the snack center, told us, “It makes all the effort and work that goes into managing the candy/snack center worth it over and over! So proud to work in a company and department where we can get together to do things to benefit others in need even during these harsh COVID times.”

Here’s a thank you note they received from one of the families: "To our friends at West Bend, thank you for choosing us to be the beneficiaries of your Christmas gift this year. What a beautiful and unexpected blessing. We are so humbled and grateful for the kindness of your group of co-workers. May your 2021 be blessed." 

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