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Goff Public — Best in Class: Small Company From left: Elizabeth Emerson, Mike Zipko, Ginger Wassman, Jennifer Hellman, Chris Duffy, Kelly Sam, Sara Thatcher, Heidi Larson, Tricia Nissen, Lynda Chilstrom, and CEO Chris Georgacas

The 100 Best Companies to Work For, 2013

A salute to Minnesota organizations setting the standard in work environment and employee happiness

People spend about one-third of their lives at work  so it's no surprise that employee satisfaction is such a valuable commodity for both companies and employees. In our second annual survey, we asked Minnesotans what's important to them when it comes to their work life, and what makes their company a great place to be. The 100 Best were chosen using data gathered from an anonymous employee satisfaction survey administered by an independent research group. Only the top Minnesota companies as judged in areas such as work environment, employee benefits, and employee happiness were selected for inclusion in the list.

Note: A small company is often defined as having fewer than 100 employees, a medium as 100 to 499, and a large as 500-plus. Given our focus on smaller companies, here we've defined small as up to 35, medium as 36 to 99, and large as 100-plus (full-time employees). Below, we list the number of full-time Minnesota employees.

Small Companies

Best in ClassGoff Public
Headquarters: St. Paul
Inception: 1966
Employees: 11

A public relations and public affairs firm, Goff Public has been providing a variety of public relations services to both Midwestern and national clientele for more than 40 years. When the company was co-founded by Bob Goff in 1966, it was one of the first PR firms in Minnesota and has since grown into one of the premier firms in the Midwest, with clients ranging from local nonprofits to large international corporations. [read more]

2nd Best in ClassEatonGolden
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Inception: 2005 (Emily Eaton founded Interactions in 2000)
Employees: 10

EatonGolden - a user experience consulting firm for Fortune 500 companies  believes a strong company culture forms when employees love both what they do and the people they do it with. This idea permeates into all aspects of working at EatonGolden, including company social events, quarterly staff retreats, and regular one-on-one lunches with leadership. [read more]

3rd Best in ClassHarbinger Partners
Headquarters: St. Paul
Inception: 1999
Employees: 17

Harbinger Partners has been providing high-quality technology consulting services to businesses in the Twin Cities via its virtual office for the past 14 years. And since its inception, Harbinger Partners has made employee happiness a priority, leading with the following vision statement: "To provide the most delightful employment experience possible." [read more]

A Couple of Gurus
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Employees: 11

AK Material Handling Systems
Headquarters: Maple Grove
Employees: 15

Beehive PR
Headquarters: St. Paul
Employees: 11

Bercom
Headquarters: Chanhassen
Employees: 7

David Martin Agency
Headquarters: Edina
Employees: 33

Deerwood Technologies
Headquarters: Deerwood
Employees: 8

ESP IT
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Employees: 14

Evantage Consulting
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Employees: 24

Fast Horse
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Employees: 23

Fisdap
Headquarters: St. Paul
Employees: 16

Fishbowl Solutions
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Employees: 31

ILM Professional Services
Headquarters: Edina
Employees: 35

IntrinXec Management
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Employees: 20

Introworks
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Employees: 12

Leadership Transitions
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Employees: 3

Lee Branding
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Employees: 6

Little & Company
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Employees: 29

Maccabee Public Relations
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Employees: 10

Mattamy Homes
Headquarters: Edina*
Employees: 30

Medicom Health Interactive
Headquarters: Minneapolis

 Employees: 17

Morsekode
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Employees: 25

Nina Hale Inc.
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Employees: 31

North Highland
Headquarters: Minneapolis*
Employees: 15

NorthstarMLS
Headquarters: St Paul
Employees: 19

Orange Tree Employment Screening
Headquarters: Edina
Employees: 34

Peace Coffee
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Employees: 30

Reach Media Network
Headquarters: Eden Prairie
Employees: 24

Rêve Consulting
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Employees: 7

RSP Marketing
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Employees: 8

Sevnthsin
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Employees: 7

Siteimprove
Headquarters: Minneapolis*
Employees: 22

SJF Material Handling
Headquarters: Winsted
Employees: 34

SPYE.co
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Employees: 13

SuperClean Brands
Headquarters: Eagan
Employees: 8

Surgical Science
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Employees: 5

thedatabank
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Employees: 14

The Fax Guys
Headquarters: Burnsville
Employees: 7

The Sartell Group
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Employees: 20

Thompson Hall Santi Cerny & Dooley
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Employees: 9

Top Tool
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Employees: 31

Video Guidance
Headquarters: Bloomington
Employees: 25

Midsize Companies

Best in ClassStoneArch
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Inception: 1984
Employees: 36

StoneArch partners with industry-leading medical device and health care companies from around the world to develop, create, and execute award-winning marketing campaigns, meetings, and learning initiatives. But its focus on health care doesn't stop with its clients. Boasting two "Healthiest Places to Work" awards in 2012, the company encourages its employees to maintain healthy lifestyles both at work and at home. The employee-run wellness team organizes activities like employee Olympics, healthy potlucks, and Wii Fit events. The team has also purchased standing desks, hula hoops, jump ropes, and Nice Ride passes to help employees stay moving. [read more]

2nd Best in Class: Clockwork Active Media
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Inception: 2002
Employees: 70

Specializing in web strategy, site design, production, programming, app development, and content creation, interactive agency Clockwork Active Media embodies a company culture where employees motivate each other to learn and grow. "Everybody [at Clockwork] cares, so you feel like it isn't just a job, but that they want to make a difference and do good work," says communications director Lyz Nagan. [read more]

3rd Best in Class: Greene Espel
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Inception: 1993
Employees: 46

Community is very important to the law firm Greene Espel PLLP. It shows its commitment to this value from the minute a new employee joins the firm by holding a breakfast in their honor on their first day. And it continues to recognize all employees for their contributions on an ongoing basis. [read more]

AbeTech
Headquarters: Rogers

Employees: 44

 Aeritae Consulting Group
Headquarters: St. Paul
Employees: 55

AgMotion
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Employees: 54

Apex
Headquarters: St. Paul
Employees: 56

Avionté
Headquarters: Eagan
Employees: 72

broadhead
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Employees: 52

Burns & McDonnell
Headquarters: Bloomington*
Employees: 62

Capitol Lien Records & Research
Headquarters: St. Paul
Employees: 74

Crutchfield Dermatology
Headquarters: Eagan
Employees: 40

Fafinski Mark & Johnson
Headquarters: Eden Prairie
Employees: 47

Haberman
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Employees: 45

Hanratty & Associates
Headquarters: Plymouth
Employees: 40

Henson & Efron, P.A.
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Employees: 48

IBI Data
Headquarters: Brownsdale
Employees: 45

Logistics Planning Services
Headquarters: Woodbury
Employees: 59

MagnetStreet
Headquarters: Blaine*
Employees: 34

Maguire Agency
Headquarters: Roseville
Employees: 40

Mahoney Ulbrich Christiansen Russ
Headquarters: St. Paul
Employees: 49

Minneapolis Parking
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Employees: 40

Modern Climate
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Employees: 40

Mytech Partners
Headquarters: Roseville
Employees: 44

Netgain
Headquarters: St. Cloud
Employees: 72

Northeast Bank
Headquarters: Minneapolis

Employees: 70

Northwestern Mutual - The Bohannon Group
Headquarters: Mendota Heights
Employees: 65

Octane Fitness
Headquarters: Brooklyn Park
Employees: 50

Orion Associates
Headquarters: Golden Valley
Employees: 47

PCL Construction Services
Headquarters: Burnsville
Employees: 71

Roger Fazendin Realtors
Headquarters: Wayzata
Employees: 50

Spyder Trap
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Employees: 40

Three Deep Marketing
Headquarters: St. Paul
Employees: 42

Wunderlich-Malec Engineering
Headquarters: Minnetonka
Employees: 80

Large Companies

Best in Class: Anytime Fitness
Headquarters: Hastings
Inception: 2002
Employees: 110 locally, 500-plus nationally

Since its inception just over 10 years ago, Anytime Fitness has made a name for itself in the category of employee satisfaction. With headquarters in Hastings, the company operates thousands of fitness and health clubs across the country. Staying true to its passion for wellness, the company believes that it's happy, healthy employees that drive the overall health and productivity of the business.

To that end, the company created the "Ingredients Program" as a fun, interactive opportunity for staff members to learn or try something new like onsite fitness boot camps, weight loss competitions, volunteer opportunities, skydiving, blood drives, or gardening, just to name a few. In 2012, Anytime Fitness employees took part in more than 28 classes, wellness initiatives, activities, and charity programs. Each employee also receives a free Anytime Fitness gym membership. [read more]

2nd Best in Class: Room & Board
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Inception: 1980
Employees: 260

Not only is Room & Board a place where customers come to find beautiful furniture and designs for their homes, but it's also a place that employees enjoy coming to each day. Focused on creating an environment of collaboration and respect, Room & Board believes one of its greatest strengths is its engaging work environment. [read more]

3rd Best in Class: Bell State Bank & Trust
Headquarters: Golden Valley*
Inception: 1966
Employees: 285

Bell State Bank & Trust believes that when it takes care of its employees, they will in turn take care of customers. The private, locally owned bank is committed to showing employees that they matter through things like career opportunities, competitive salaries, world-class benefits and bonus plans, a fun work atmosphere, and special employee and family events. [read more]

Accenture
Headquarters: Minneapolis*
Employees: 1,500

Amerilab Technologies
Headquarters: Plymouth
Employees: 130

Innovative Office Solutions
Headquarters: Burnsville
Employees: 102

Loffler Companies
Headquarters: Bloomington
Employees: 330

Marco
Headquarters: St. Cloud
Employees: 379

McNally Smith College of Music
Headquarters: St. Paul
Employees: 200

Merchant & Gould
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Employees: 122

space150
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Employees: 105

The Grand Hotel Minneapolis
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Employees: 123

Thermotech
Headquarters: Hopkins
Employees: 170

The Nerdery
Headquarters: Bloomington
Employees: 375

Western National Mutual Insurance Company
Headquarters: Edina
Employees: 311

Zeller Realty Group
Headquarters: Minneapolis*
Employees: 118

Zerorez Carpet Care
Headquarters: Richfield*
Employees: 150

Nonprofit Companies

Child Care Choices
Headquarters: St. Cloud
Inception: 1977
Employees: 22

Child Care Choices knows the importance of making good decisions for youth. Through initiatives like Child Care Aware, it provides a variety of resources for people who care for children. The organization emphasizes employee training and development and has used personality assessments and other resources to help employees see what each person brings to the table. Things like yearly staff training and receiving paid time to participate in United Way activities also foster a sense of learning and contribution among staff. [read more]

American Heart Association, Minnesota
Headquarters: Edina
Inception: 1924
Employees: 37

With a mission to help people build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, the staff at the American Heart Association, Minnesota, has the satisfaction of knowing its work benefits others. The AHA works hard to provide work-life balance for staff, offering employees flexible work arrangements when possible. The organization also promotes wellness through the "It Is All About Me!" program  an educational wellness program comprised of quarterly challenges, online seminars, a walking club, and personal health coaching. [read more]

The Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Minnesota Chapter
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Inception: 1982
Employees: 13

Serving Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Minnesota Chapter has been helping people affected by leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma for more than 20 years. Its mission to help find a cure for cancer is what motivates the staff in both big and small tasks, and is also what brings employees together to participate in events like the Light the Night walk and the office's Friday fun breaks. [read more]

Open Arms of Minnesota
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Inception: 1986
Employees: 16

Minneapolis-based nonprofit Open Arms of Minnesota prepares and delivers nutritious meals to more than 800 clients living with HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, and other debilitating diseases  as well as their caregivers and dependent children when needed. It's this simple yet impactful mission to help others that motivates Open Arms employees to do their jobs each day. [read more]