Our Culture

Employees power our network. We empower them.

Working at SDN: Employee-focused. Great benefits. Competitive pay.

  • We want you to work here: At SDN Communications, our employees power our 50,000-mile fiber-optic network. That's why we offer amazing benefits and have an organizational structure that allows flexibility, encourages promotions and recognizes innovation.
  • Variety of career fields: Careers at SDN range from the technical (network engineers) to the public facing (sales and marketing) to the administrative (accounting and HR). New to the telecommunications industry? You'll learn alongside a team of experts who are passionate about what they do.
  • A place you can stay: Competitive pay, opportunities to grow and colleagues that become friends make SDN one of the best places to work in Sioux Falls. OK, we're biased, but it's true! There's a reason our average tenure among employees is eight years!


SDN Communications CEO Ryan Punt poses for a photo in his office
From our CEO

"SDN Communications' fiber network and position as the premier telecom service provider would be nothing without the fantastic staff at SDN, as they are our greatest strength. This is why workplace culture is so important to us."

Ryan Punt

Employee benefits

Enjoy the UPTIME ... beyond work

Generous health insurance and free dental/vision coverage

SDN Communications pays 70% of employee health insurance premiums, plus a generous HSA contribution on high-deductible plans. Vision and dental coverage is free for employees and their families. Yes, free!

Accelerate your retirement savings

Catch up on your retirement savings with our incredible 401(k) plan. Company match? It's better than that. SDN will put 7.5% of your base salary in your account every pay period even before you contribute anything.

Full-time employees start at four weeks PTO

Many companies allow new employees to accrue only two weeks of personal time off annually. At SDN, new employees accrue four weeks starting in their first year. That extends to five weeks after five full years and six after 10.

Invest in your future — with the help of SDN

We want to make sure our employees have the opportunity to grow and learn. That's why we offer annual tuition reimbursement up to $5,250 after you have worked here for a year. Those funds can be used for books, classes and more.

Opportunities to learn and advance

SDN Communications empowers its employees to expand their skillsets, earn promotions and further their education

  • Internal candidates are given the first opportunity to apply for job openings
  • Go back to school after a year of employment and receive tuition reimbursement up to $5,250 annually
  • Looking for a challenge? SDN's culture of innovation encourages unique ideas
  • New employees are assigned a mentor for three months and cross-training in different departments is encouraged
  • Learn valuable skills with SDN's spots on Leadership South Dakota and Leadership Sioux Falls

Don't just take it from us. Hear from our employees:

Employee connections

SDN powers the fun at work

GIG powers engagement

The Great Ideas Group (GIG) organizes several workplace activities throughout the year, including potlucks, bean bag tournaments, kids trick-or-treating and the annual Christmas party where employees can win generous prizes.

Access to events

SDN supports many local events, and employees can take advantage with free concert and sports tickets at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center as well as other events such as the Sioux Falls AirShow and Pro Am Jam.

Head outside for a break

Sample some of the best food trucks in the area every Thursday in the summer, compete in the SDN bean bag league or partake in one of two company picnics every year. For those looking to get away for a bit, go for a walk on the nearby bike trail.

Other unique perks to working at SDN

Corporate chaplainSometimes you need someone to talk to. SDN has an on-site chaplain who is available for employees to meet with to discuss work, family, life and everything in-between.

Costco/Sam's Club membership – SDN reimburses employees for an annual membership to one of the big-box stores.

Wellness benefit – Earn up to $750 in bonuses each year based on an optional health assessment that you can put toward a gym membership.

Melissa Dellman volunteers at Garfield Elementary School
Commitment to community

We give back, and our employees help

A lot of companies donate money to charities. SDN gives back to many local organizations, but we also give our time. Employees are encouraged to volunteer every year, and we give them resources to do it. SDN staff contributed more than 500 hours of volunteer time in 2022 and 2023. Among the organizations we've donated time, money and resources to:

  • Junior Achievement
  • Feeding South Dakota
  • Sioux Falls Banquet
  • Sioux Empire United Way
  • STARBASE Rapid City/Sioux Falls


So what are you waiting for? Come join our team. We'd love to have you.