Sonoran Desert Institute Earns 2023 Great Place To Work® Certification™

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TEMPE, AZ — Sonoran Desert Institute is thrilled to announce that it has been Certified™ by Great Place To Work®. This certification is a testament to the institute’s continuous efforts to foster an inclusive and empowering workplace environment for all its employees.

The prestigious award is based entirely on what current employees say about their experience working at Sonoran Desert Institute. This year, 85% of employees said it’s a great place to work – 28 points higher than the average U.S. company.

Great Place To Work® is the global authority on workplace culture, employee experience, and leadership behaviors proven to deliver market-leading revenue, employee retention, and increased innovation.

“Great Place To Work® Certification is a highly coveted achievement that requires consistent and intentional dedication to the overall employee experience,” says Sarah Lewis-Kulin, the Vice President of Global Recognition at Great Place To Work®. She emphasizes that Certification is the sole official recognition earned by the real-time feedback of employees regarding their company culture. “By successfully earning this recognition, it is evident that Sonoran Desert Institute stands out as one of the top companies to work for, providing a great workplace environment for its employees.”

“We are immensely proud to have achieved the Great Place To Work-Certified™ status, especially as it highlights our dedication to employee experience,” expressed Traci Lee, President of Sonoran Desert Institute. “Our enduring success is undeniably attributed to our devoted team at SDI. Their passion, commitment, and exceptional work have paved the way to this recognition. I extend my heartfelt gratitude and celebration to each team member for their remarkable contributions and for making SDI a great workplace.”


The SDI team posing for a photo at SDI’s 2023 Summit.


More About What Makes the Employee Experience Great At SDI

SDI stands out as an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) company, signifying a distinctive and inclusive workplace environment where every employee is a team member and an owner, playing a crucial role in shaping the SDI’s future.

According to Great Place To Work® research, job seekers are 4.5 times more likely to find a great boss at a Certified great workplace. Additionally, employees at Certified workplaces are 93% more likely to look forward to coming to work, and are twice as likely to be paid fairly, earn a fair share of the company’s profits and have a fair chance at promotion.

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About Sonoran Desert Institute

Sonoran Desert Institute is an online school that helps students learn the skills and techniques they’ll need to be successful in the firearms and unmanned technology industries. SDI is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). At its inception, the Institute offered Gunsmithing as a program, which ultimately became the foundation for SDI’s growth. Key to the success of the Institute is its comprehensive approach to easily understood curriculum, attention to providing quality service to its students, and the flexibility of its instructional model. For more information, visit

About Great Place To Work® Certification™

Great Place To Work® Certification™ is the most definitive “employer-of-choice” recognition that
companies aspire to achieve. It is the only recognition based entirely on what employees report about their workplace experience – specifically, how consistently they experience a high-trust workplace. Great Place To Work® Certification is recognized worldwide by employees and employers alike and is the global benchmark for identifying and recognizing outstanding employee experience. More than 10,000 companies across 60 countries apply every year to get Great Place To Work® certified.

About Great Place To Work®

As the global authority on workplace culture, Great Place To Work® brings 30 years of groundbreaking research and data to help every place become a great place to work for all. Their proprietary platform and For All™ Model helps companies evaluate the experience of every employee, with exemplary workplaces becoming Great Place To Work® Certified™ or receiving recognition on a coveted Best Workplaces™ List.

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