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FDLIC Recognized in the National Top 20 Great Places to Work List for 2014

September 21, 2014

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FDLIC Recognized in the National Top 20 Great Places to Work List for 2014

ABILENE, TX – Funeral Directors Life Insurance Company (FDLIC) was recognized by Great Place to Work® as one of the top 20 companies to work for in the United States on their 2014 Best Small & Medium Workplaces list, published on September 18th in FORTUNE magazine. FDLIC was ranked #18 out of hundreds of companies analyzed across the nation. This honor is in addition to being recognized earlier this year in Texas Monthly as the #1 Best Company to Work for in Texas (mid-sized company) based on a survey by the Best Companies Group.


For this nation-wide survey by Great Place to Work®, FDLIC participated in a rigorous selection process, which included an employee survey and an in-depth questionnaire about benefits programs and company practices. Great Place to Work® evaluates each application based on five dimensions of a great workplace: credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie.

“Our unique culture at FDLIC is built on Christian principles of integrity, trust, mutual respect, and genuine care for one another,” said Kris Seale, FDLIC President and CEO. “One of our main objectives as a company is to be known as a great place to work, and we are honored to be recognized among the top 20 great places to work in the nation for 2014. We are very fortunate to work with some really great people at FDLIC—our people truly do make the difference.”


Most employees who commented on the survey by Great Place to Work® cited the positive and supportive atmosphere as the primary reason they enjoyed working at FDLIC. One employee said, “This company doesn’t feel like just a job. Everyone here makes it feel like a family. If there is something going on in your life, you always know that you will have the support of your FDLIC family. People enjoy coming to work.”


The sense of community and care for one another at FDLIC is apparent in the daily life of employees at the company. On any given day, employees may be celebrating a birthday, a baby shower, or participating in an impromptu kickball game on the outside lawn. The company also provides opportunities for personal and professional growth through voluntary programs such as their intercessory prayer group, frequent book studies, and an online corporate university.

Employees also expressed their appreciation for FDLIC’s unique workplace perks, including covered parking, free fresh fruit provided daily, as well as an onsite clinic staffed by a nurse practitioner and a state-of-the-art fitness center that features aerobics, weight training, and yoga classes every week.


“The work of these companies is quite impressive,” said China Gorman, CEO of Great Place to Work®. “They provide an example that others can look to, to see what kind of outstanding workplace is possible—regardless of size, industry, or other circumstances.”


Organizations named on the list see many benefits that include better financial performance, less employee turnover, higher levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, more innovative and creative thinking, higher productivity and enhanced public perception.


To see the 2014 Great Place to Work Best Small & Medium Workplaces list and to learn more about how to build a high-trust workplace culture, visit or to learn more about FDLIC, visit

Funeral Directors Life Insurance Company (FDLIC) is a life insurance company which specializes in the sale of prepaid funeral insurance policies and annuities. Our mission is “To be known as the best, most-respected provider of service to the funeral industry.” In every situation we encounter as employees and as a company, we ask ourselves, “Is this the best, most-respected thing to do?” FDLIC is committed to serving our clients, policyholders, and employees as the leading provider of service to the funeral profession. For more information about FDLIC, visit us online at


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 employer branding programs, including Best Companies 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® list and the Great Place to Work® Best Small & Medium Workplaces list. Follow Great Place to Work® online at and on Twitter at @GPTW_US. For information about global operations at Great Place to Work®, visit