The best place to work

The Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal is out with its list of the best places to work.

According to a news release, here’s the criteria:

To be eligible for consideration as a Business Journal Best Place to Work, companies had to have an office in the Twin Cities 11-county metro area with 10 or more employees, or be Minnesota-based companies with at least 1,000 employees in the state. They also had to have a certain number of employees, depending on company size, complete the online survey.

The online survey part of it is a little questionable. One can imagine the benevolent boss begging the employees to click the survey.

Here’s the list:

Administaff Inc.

Arts Midwest

Azul 7

C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc.

Capella Education Co.

Carmichael Lynch

Certes Financial Professionals Corp.

Clockwork Active Media Systems


Colliers Turley Martin Tucker


Ecolab Inc.


First Financial USA Ltd.

Fortune Financial

Fredrikson & Byron

Goff & Howard Inc.

Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty & Bennett

Great River Energy

Harbinger Partners Inc.

HealthEast Care System

Horizontal Integration

Intertech Inc.

Into the Mystic Inc.

JRA Financial Advisors

Lakeview Health

Lancet Software Development Inc.


Lindquist & Vennum

Merrill Lynch, Pierce Fenner & Smith Inc.


Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly

Parsinen Kaplan Rosberg + Gotlieb

RBA Inc.


Riverbridge Partners


Securian Financial Group Inc.

Solution Design Group Inc.

SPS Commerce

Tobin Real Estate Co.

Vibrant Technologies Inc.

Wells Fargo

Wenck Associates Inc.

Winthrop & Weinstine

If you work at one of those places, what’s so great about it. If you work at another place not listed, why do you think it shold — or shouldn’t — be on the list.

(PS: I’ll be on the road to St. Cloud this morning. Posting will be sporadic until the afternoon)

  • I work at Ecolab. It’s certainly the best company I’ve worked at in quite some time.

    It’s not a “sexy” company; it makes soap! (among many other things). But it focuses on the bottom line, dominates its market with innovation and good-old-fashioned blocking and tackling, and is stable. It almost feels like a throwback; a guy can stay there for decades, rather than years.

    And the company shares the joy; the CEO and upper level execs make good money (and deserve it!), but pay is good, benefits are the kind of thing you hardly see in the private sector any more, they give the best 401K match I’ve seen recently, and they pretty much always give at 10-15% annual bonus.

    Compared to some of the companies I’ve been at (including some of MN’s biggest, including a few on the list), it’s a little bit of heaven.

  • bsimon

    “The online survey part of it is a little questionable. One can imagine the benevolent boss begging the employees to click the survey.”

    That’s what our management did. And we’re one of the ‘top 100 places to work in IT’. Or so says the survey. The irony: we’re a survey company…

  • Joel

    Why does the criteria only relate to company size? Where does Compensation, Health Insurance, Management Style, etc. factor in?