Chapter 5

Best Places To Work: SaaS Startups

Some of the best places to work in the Midwest are at SaaS startups and tech companies. From startups in Detroit to Columbus, these SaaS startups are crushing the game when it comes to growth—in their business and their teams. 

So what makes these SaaS startups in the Midwest some of the best places to work? Amazing facilities like those of OneStream, Dynatrace, and others are certainly great perks. But what really matters are the people, and these companies have some of the best. 

Supportive leadership, friendly teams, a culture of growth and innovation. Whether the team is made up of 10 people or 10,000 people, these SaaS startups are great places to work and grow your career. 


Midwest Tech: Best SaaS Startups


KLA logoAnn Arbor

KLA is a global tech company with a vibrant office in Ann Arbor. The company is developing industry-leading equipment and services that enable innovation throughout the electronics industry. The devices we use every day? KLA was probably involved in making them a reality. They're one of the best places to work in Ann Arbor—here's why:

  • Flexibility
  • Work/life balance
  • Supportive management
  • Innovation
  • Great benefits (including monthly wellness webinars and student debt assistance programs)
  • Learning and growth opportunities


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onestream logoRochester, Mich. 
500-1,000 employees

Located north of Detroit, OneStream is a software company that’s known for its innovative tech solutions and amazing teams. The OneStream campus is definitely a perk of the job (onsite gym and cafe, VR system, training center, and more), but the benefits go far beyond the space. Things like:

  • Leadership that cares
  • Strong startup culture in a larger company
  • Opportunities to grow and advance, learn
  • Ideas are valued
  • Strong communication
  • Teamwork



dynatrace logoDetroit
1,000-5,000 employees

Dynatrace is a global software leader with an all-in-one Software Intelligence  platform. Their team is an international workforce spanning over 50 global offices that’s continuing to grow. In Detroit, the company has a beautiful office at Ford Field, and even though that’s pretty dope, it’s the people that make Dynatrace an especially great place to work. Check out some other things that Dynatracers love:

  • Great management
  • Remote support
  • Good pay and benefits
  • Continuous learning
  • Value ideas


Dynamo Metrics

dynamo metrics logoAnn Arbor
1-10 employees

Dynamo Metrics is a small software startup, but their mighty team makes it one of the best places to work in Ann Arbor—and the Midwest. Dynamo Metrics is creating software solutions that local governments can easily use—and afford—to make better informed decisions about their communities and how to move them forward. Its mission-oriented work, and the team is passionate about helping local communities, and working as a team to do just that. Co-founder Ben Calnin said, “We really enjoy working with each other. We’ve created an environment where integrity, service, candor and continuous improvement are all highly valued. We want to know when things aren’t working, where we can do better. There are no egos.”

  • People
  • Supportive leadership
  • Collaborative
  • Mission-driven

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seamless logoColumbus
51-200 employees

Seamless.AI is creating a great tool to help sales professionals find and connect with better leads. The company is built on a foundation of creating “great lives for great people,” which applies to both their product and their teams. So how does that play out in real life? Their team is super energetic and passionate, and their leadership is focused on maintaining a great place to work:

  • Supportive, collaborative environment
  • Resources for help and growth
  • People-first mindset



1-50 employees

Detroit startup Guardhat is on a mission to protect workers. Their connected industrial safety devices have been noted in major publications like TIME magazine. This growing and innovative startup is also developing a great place to work in the Midwest. Here’s what people love about working at Guardhat:

  • Mission-driven
  • Opportunity to take on new responsibilities and grow
  • Opportunity to work with and be a part of a rapidly growing company


Loop Returns

51-200 employees

Loop Returns is a Columbus startup that’s developing software to make ecommerce returns smooth—for both the seller and customer. They were founded in 2016 and have seen rapid growth in their product and their team. As one of the best places to work in the Midwest, Loop Returns offers:

  • Competitive pay & benefits
  • Collaborative team, even remotely
  • Transparency
  • Genuine and supportive people



Nutshell logoAnn Arbor
1 - 50 employees

Nutshell is an Ann Arbor startup passionate about helping small businesses grow. They're developing a CRM for small businesses to manage sales and customer relationships. They're also building a great place to work. Here's why Nutshellers love working there:

  • Flexibility in schedules and a genuine respect for people's lives outside of work
  • Career growth opportunities
  • Great benefits
  • The team—highly talented, caring, and fun to work with



sharpen logo
51-200 employees

Based in Indianapolis, Sharpen is building software that improves the lives of contact center agents and solves customer service problems. The company was founded in 2007 and has been working on innovative solutions ever since. Here are some other things that make Sharpen stand out as a great place to work:

  • Teamwork
  • Friendly people
  • Growth-minded
  • Strong leadership
  • Work/life balance



able logo
11-50 employees

Able is a Cleveland startup that’s building software to help automate new hire onboarding processes. So that new hires can, you know, start doing the work you hired them to do. The company has a strong culture based on empowerment and work/life balance. Some other things that make it a great place to work include:

  • Competitive salary
  • Growth and advancement opportunities
  • People valued as contributors
  • Great people and strong relationships



Wisely_LogoAnn Arbor
1 - 50 employees

Based in Ann Arbor, Wisely is a tech startup helping restaurants put guests first and grow their profits. Their CRM manages everything so that customers can have a seamless experience—and become super loyal. Founded in 2013, they've become one of the best startups to work at. Here's why:

  • Leadership genuinely cares about clients and employees
  • Very open culture based in transparency and feedback
  • Opportunity to work on an innovative product line
  • Great pay and healthcare benefits



socio logoIndianapolis
51 - 200 employees

Based in Indy, Socio is a SaaS startup that helps companies—from small businesses to enterprises—optimize their events. Founded in 2016, their end-to-end platform (as well as their company) has been rapidly growing. It's also a great place to work:

  • Competitive salaries and benefits
  • $600 work-from-home setup
  • Flexibility
  • Support for employees to learn and grow



astronomer logoCincinnati
51-100 employees

Astronomer is a SaaS platform trusted by major enterprises like Marriott, NBC Sports, and more. Based in Cincinnati but globally distributed, Astronomer helps companies adopt Apache Airflow. They’re also one of the best places to work. Here’s why:

  • Remote-first environment
  • Good benefits
  • High-employee satisfaction
  • A culture of openness, trust, leadership, and having fun



zylo logo
51 - 200 employees

Zylo is an Indianapolis SaaS startup helping companies manage their SaaS application portfolios. The company is one of the top startups in Indiana, and one of the best places to work:

  • Support and tools to help employees thrive and grow
  • Competitive pay and benefits
  • Open environment for feedback and collaboration
  • Super talented team—and fun to be around, too



SkySpecs LogoAnn Arbor
51 - 200 employees

SkySpecs is an Ann Arbor tech company building digital tools for wind energy. Using data, technology, and analysis, SkySpecs helps organizations in the industry make better decisions. The company has grown a lot since its founding in 2014, and it's one of the best places to work in the Midwest. Here's what people love about it:

  • Opportunity for autonomy, yet lots of support from management and the team
  • Flexible and understanding environment
  • Rewarding work
  • Great team



vndly logoCincinnati
51 - 200 employees

Cincinnati startup VNDLY is building a modern, cloud-based platform for digital transformations. Their built-in API integrations seamlessly communicate with leading human resources, procurement, provisioning, finance, and employee management software. The company is also one of the best places to work, recognized for these things (and more):

  • Supportive leadership that's open to feedback
  • Great pay and benefits
  • Work/life balance
  • Collaborative environment



pactsafe logoIndianapolis
11 - 50 employees

Indianapolis startup PactSafe is a contract acceptance platform for high-velocity businesses (like Upwork, DoorDash, Angie's List, etc.) They securely power legal agreements that scale with their business and protect themselves from legal issues before they arise. Here's a few reasons why they're also one of the best places to work:

  • Supportive management with open and clear communication
  • Strong office camaraderie
  • Culture that challenges and empowers people to do and be their best
  • Bonus: they give out a yearly $400  “Work From Someplace Awesome” stipend to encourage travel while staying connected
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