Top Workplaces 2012

  • An archive of the third annual Star Tribune Top Workplace survey. Employees ranked their workplaces based on leadership, benefits and the company's strategic direction.

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John Wiehoff

  • Minnesota companies lead the way

    Publish June 17, 2012 2:00 AM / Update June 17, 2012 5:43 AM

    "Minnesota has lots of Top Workplaces,'' said Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics. "It is our largest Top Workplaces program. We have almost doubled the size of the program in three years, which is unprecedented.'' This year, 331 Minnesota companies participated, up from 273 in 2011 and 169 in 2010, the project's first year.

    Beyond the large field of participants, there is an unusually deep bench of Top Workplaces here. In addition to this year's Top 100 winners, another 60 state companies met the survey firm's national standards benchmark but did not score high enough to crack the Top 100. That's the largest number of standard-setting companies among all the markets WorkplaceDynamics surveys, including Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and Atlanta.


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about the survey

The Star Tribune and the Pennsylvania research firm WorkplaceDynamics set out to identify the Top 100 Workplaces in the Twin Cities. This survey is about companies whose employees have awarded high marks. Companies chose to take part in the survey process. WorkplaceDynamics contacted 1,241 employers in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. To qualify, companies had to have at least 50 employees and agree to allow employees to take a confidential survey. In all, 278 companies participated and 60,538 employees were surveyed. WorkplaceDynamics ranked the employers within their size band based solely on the employee responses. The top employers in each size band were selected as the 100 Top Workplaces in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area for 2012.There was no charge to companies or employees nor was any compensation paid to them.

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