Star Tribune Unveils “Top 100 Workplaces in Minnesota” for 2013

Edward Jones Takes Prize for Large Companies, Right At Home Named Best Midsized Employer, and Magnet 360 Earns Top Honor Among Small Firms in Fourth Annual Program

MINNEAPOLIS—June 17, 2013—Star Tribune Media Co. this week announced the winners of its fourth annual “Top 100 Workplaces in Minnesota” program as determined by a survey of more than 64,000 workers across the state. These companies—ranging in size from innovative 50-person firms and small nonprofit organizations to 20,000-employee publicly traded global leaders—have created progressive, employee-friendly environments that have earned the confidence, approval, and loyalty of their Minnesota workforces.

This roster of Minnesota’s employment leaders—calculated by independent research firm WorkplaceDynamics—is drawn from a diverse pool of 300 organizations that were evaluated on a range of criteria. Analysts weighed a mixture of “me” and “we” factors such as employee connection, company direction, compensation, benefits, and similar metrics.

For large companies with 500 or more employees, financial services firm Edward Jones was named the Top Workplace. Right At Home, the 240-person rapidly growing home healthcare firm from Bloomington, took top honors among mid-sized organizations, and Magnet 360, the innovative digital agency from St. Louis Park, earned the top spot among small firms.

“The Top 100 Workplaces in Minnesota is more than a competition among the very best that Minnesota business has to offer,” said Mike Klingensmith, publisher and chief executive officer of Star Tribune Media Co. “It’s also an annual celebration of the health and vitality of our state. By shining a spotlight on these exemplary organizations, we honor their commitment to providing healthy work environments and hope to inspire other great Minnesota organizations to follow their lead.”

“Star Tribune’s Top Workplaces recognition validates Prime’s commitment to ensuring that our workplace encourages personal engagement,” said Eric Elliott, president and chief executive officer at Prime Therapeutics, one of the large-company winners. “We challenge our employees to use their unique skills and innovative thinking to make our company and the lives of our members better. This award affirms we have great people and are creating a great environment.”

“We are very proud to be named one of the Top Workplaces in Minnesota,” said Bret Weiss, president of WSB, a midsized honoree. “We believe that if our staff has passion for our company, they will share that same passion with our clients. It’s very rewarding to know that our people see in WSB all the wonderful things that I see and that we are all working together to make WSB the best it can be.”

The Star Tribune Top Workplaces special section was published in the Sunday, June 16, edition of the Star Tribune, which is read by more than 1 million Minnesotans. The complete rankings, as well as features on many of the Top Workplaces, are available online at StarTribune.com/topworkplaces.

The Top 100 Workplaces Survey Methodology

Star Tribune and research firm WorkplaceDynamics set out to identify the Top 100 Workplaces in Minnesota for the fourth consecutive year. Company participation was voluntary. WorkplaceDynamics contacted 1,898 employers in Minnesota. To qualify, companies had to have a minimum of 50 employees and agree to allow their employees to take a confidential survey. In all, 300 companies participated and more than 64,000 employees were surveyed. WorkplaceDynamics ranked employers within their size band based solely on employee survey responses. The top employers in each size band were selected for inclusion. There was no charge to companies or employees nor was any compensation paid to them.

About Star Tribune Media Company 

Star Tribune Media Company LLC is a locally owned and operated media company serving Minnesota and the upper Midwest. Minnesota is the only U.S. market in the top 10 in household income, home ownership, health and fitness, literacy, spending on the arts, credit scores and online activity. With the seventh largest Sunday and 12th largest daily circulation newspaper in the U.S., the most-visited local website, and Twin Cities Values, Star Tribune reaches more consumers than any other Minnesota media brand. For more information visit startribune.com/advertise.