Top Workplaces 2011

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

Top Workplaces
January 5, 2012
During a training session lecture break Olivia Manson talks to a client. Other Keller Williams agents can be seen in background doing the same.

Large companies: Cargill, Kwik Trip join Keller Williams at top

These big businesses know that valued employees are assets whose worth translates into a better bottom line.
January 4, 2012
Left to right, Brenda Dombeck of Minnetonka Title, Cathy Robin of Advisors Mortgage, Marla Jean Alstead and Shelly Dressel enjoy the weekly all-office

Top Workplaces: Real estate firms rate highly

For people who sell real estate, the "cloud" is taking the place of the cubicle as they rely more on technology. And yet for many agents, it's the face-to-face connections between them and their managers that seem to matter most.
Top Workplaces
June 24, 2011
Sally Mainquist, CEO of Certes Financial Pros, stood outside the Cookie Cart in north Minneapolis. Her company has been using the cookies from this no

Community: Making connection to something beyond the business

It's not only about wages and benefits. Employees want to feel they contribute to more than a bottom line.
Top Workplaces
June 23, 2011
Greg Page is the CEO of Cargill, which was founded in 1865 and employs more than 130,000 people in 66 countries around the world. Page was photographe

Top leaders: Striving to have their companies reflect their values

But it takes many people devoted to a common goal, regardless of the title on their business cards, to be leaders and to make something great.
Top Workplaces
June 23, 2011
Starkey excels at integrating technology, training and benefits into the workplace. Research audiologist Elise Gregoire talked with a test subject and

Top firms investing in new technology to make employees happier

Minnesota's top employers find that satisfied, loyal employees often help to create satisfied, loyal customers, too.
Top Workplaces
June 23, 2011
Yoga instructor, Lisa Diers works for The Emily Program and loves her job. The Emily Program is nominated as one of the best places to work.

Medium companies: It's a loyalty thing for The Emily Program

By promoting things like scheduling flexibility, creativity or a feeling of family, these businesses connect with employees.
Top Workplaces
June 23, 2011
The Container Store manager, Chris Redding, and employee Anne Szczepaniak, re-stock storage containers. Forbes magazine has named the Container Store

Small companies: Employees come first at The Container Store

Employers such as The Container Store earned top rankings by making workers stakeholders in their enterprises' success.
Top Workplaces
June 22, 2011
During a training session lecture break Deb Holmes sets up an appointment with a contact. Other Keller Williams agents can be seen in background doing

And the winner is ... 12 that went above and beyond

Most ethical? Best management? Most appreciative of its employees? Survey says these are the best employers.
Top Workplaces
June 18, 2011

Selecting the top 100

A year ago, the Star Tribune and Pennsylvania research firm WorkplaceDynamics set out to identify the Top 100 Workplaces in the Twin Cities. We found in our 2010 survey that good employers share similar traits workers consider important.
Top Workplaces
June 20, 2010

Top 35 companies with 150 to 499 employees

1 Minneapolis Marriott City Center Hotel 190