The 2015 100 Best Companies to Work For: The List

A look at what makes these Minnesota company workplaces so great

By Caitlin Hill
Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Note: This page is just one part of the 2015 100 Best Companies to Work For. Make sure to check out this year's Best in Class winners as well as the recipients of the Ultimate Office Awards.

Minnesota is known for being a great place to live and work, with top-notch companies in many industries headquartered here. In our 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 selected by an independent research firm employing various research techniques — including an anonymous online questionnaire filled out by the employees of each company — to determine which companies in Minnesota excel in the areas of work environment, employee benefits and overall employee happiness.

Note: Given our magazine’s focus on small and mid-sized companies, for this project we’ve defined a small company as one that has up to 35 employees, a medium one as 36 to 99 employees, and a large company as 100 or more employees.

Small Companies (1-35 employees)

Headquarters: Duluth  
Description: Online marketing agency, dominant in search and psychographic audience targeting and customer acquisition.

Ainsley Shea      
Headquarters: St. Paul  
Description: Public relations agency that solves communications problems for business, trades and politics.

AK Material Handling Systems       
Headquarters: Maple Grove     
Description: Major Stocking Distributor of Wire Decks as well as offering Quick ship of Selective Pallet Racking in Minnesota and Nationwide.

All In One Accounting Inc.     
Headquarters: Eagan    
Description: Provides customized financial solutions (esp. CFO and accounting) to small and mid-sized businesses.

Bellmont Partners     
Headquarters: Minneapolis   
Description: Provides public relations, media relations, writing, video production, social media, digital strategy, events and website consulting.

College Nannies and Tutors    
Headquarters: Minneapolis     
Description: Offers a complete set of placement and on-call childcare services specifically tailored to the needs of busy families and working professionals.

Crux Collaborative     
Headquarters: Minneapolis     
Description: User experience consulting firm for regulated industries. Designs complex, transactional, data-driven user experiences.

Dr. Jennifer Eisenhuth Orthodontics  
Headquarters: Eagan    
Description: Orthodontics and other dentistry services.

Employee Strategies     
Headquarters: Minneapolis   
Description: Boutique performance improvement firm specializes in project management and facilitation, training design and delivery, performance and workforce management and more.

ESP IT    
Headquarters: Minneapolis    
Description: IT staffing firm, specializes in IT direct hire, consulting and contract-to-hire staffing services.

Exhibit Partners     
Headquarters: Brooklyn Park      
Description: Provides a full range of services including custom exhibit design, trade show services, event planning and more.

Fast Horse Inc.    
Headquarters: Minneapolis    
Description: An integrated marketing agency offering a range of services, including strategy, design, content marketing, media relations, advertising, interactive, social media, sponsorship activation and special event planning.

Finished Basement Company    
Headquarters: St. Louis Park    
Description: Specializes in basement design, finishing and remodeling.

Headquarters: St. Paul    
Description: A software development company specializing in online tools for emergency medical services (EMS) education.

Headquarters: Waconia    
Description: A full-service information security management company that protects sensitive, confidential business information from unauthorized access, disclosure, distribution and destruction.

Headquarters: Minneapolis     
Description: A marketing services agency, offering expertise in brand strategy and communications — including advertising, interactive, social media and PR.

GNet Group    
Headquarters: Roseville     
Description: A leading services and solutions company, with deep experience in data analytics and information management. The company’s rapidly growing BI, SharePoint and Data Science practices help businesses understand and manage their data more effectively, enabling decision makers to drive business performance.

Goff Public     
Headquarters: St. Paul    
Description: A public relations and public affairs firm serving Minnesota and the Upper Midwest.

Greene Espel  
Headquarters: Minneapolis    
Description: A litigation boutique with expertise ranging from white-collar crimes to civil litigation.
Hanratty & Associates   
Headquarters: Plymouth     
Description: An award winning insurance agency  providing employee benefits consulting, third party administration, human resource solutions, wellness consulting, financial services and risk management.

Harbinger Partners Inc.    
Headquarters: St. Paul    
Description: Provides strategic IT consulting and outsourcing services designed to streamline internal and external business processes and communications. Areas of expertise include project management, business analysis, development and architecture (both Java and .Net), quality assurance and data warehousing.

IntriXec Management Inc.     
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Description: Provides full service management, events and consulting for nonprofit trade associations and professional societies

Headquarters: Minneapolis    
Description: Business-to-business marketing and advertising agency.

Irish Titan       
Headquarters: Edina     
Description: An e-commerce, app development, online marketing, website design and development firm focused on user experience.

Headquarters: Minneapolis     
Description: Brings together problem solvers, strategic thinkers and conceptual designers to develop compelling brand stories.

Maud Borup Inc. & Eco Eggs      
Headquarters: Le Center     
Description: A woman-owned company focused on quality products, creative design and reliable service. It sells gourmet sweets and savory snacks wholesale, to buyers at mass, specialty, grocery, club, drug and online stores.

Media Minefield      
Headquarters: Minnetonka     
Description: A news-driven PR agency that wants to change the perception of the industry. It works with clients to define their message and promote it through interviews on their local news and through social media.

Medicom Health Interactive      
Headquarters: Minneapolis     
Description: A leading developer of online personal health assessment solutions, focused on improving quality of care, reducing health risk and guiding patients through the care continuum using personalized web-based, risk profiling and self-care modules it calls EVALIA Personal Health Profilers.

PCG Agencies Inc.     
Headquarters: St. Paul    
Description: Premier personal risk management and insurance agency.

Headquarters: Plymouth     
Description: A woman-owned financial advising firm that uses a mentoring approach to help individuals and companies develop a healthy understanding of financial independence.

Reve Consulting      
Headquarters: Minneapolis    
Description: A strategy and service design consultancy that helps people and organizations innovate and grow.

Headquarters: Minneapolis     
Description: A business-to-business marketing communications agency that helps companies define, design and deliver engaging brand experiences for B2B buyers.

SF Advance Transportation Services Inc.
Headquarters: St. Paul     
Description: An employee-owned company dedicated to providing personalized solutions to each customer’s transportation needs.

SJF Material Handling     
Headquarters: Winsted      
Description: A family-owned company that provides a wide range of services such as design, layout, shipping, installation services and more.

SkyWater Search Partners   
Headquarters: Minnetonka   
Description: Offers specialized recruitment and representation services tailored to specific client and candidate needs.

Socially Smitten      
Headquarters: Minneapolis     
Description: This social media marketing agency focuses on creating real and lasting connections between clients and their customers.

Stonebridge Capital Advisors      
Headquarters: St. Paul     
Description: Provides investment solutions that are designed around client-specific needs and objectives.

Summit Information Resources    
Headquarters: Eagan     
Description: Helps find quality new and used networking hardware, server and storage equipment for any business situation.

The Fax Guys      
Headquarters: Burnsville    
Description: One of an elite few Open Text Platinum Partners, an Authorized Open Text Fax Server, and RightFax Edition Support Provider.

thedatabank gbc     
Headquarters: Minneapolis    
Description: Provides nonprofits with database and communication software.

Headquarters: Minneapolis       
Description: An online marketing platform that helps marketers leverage technology to be more effective in their online marketing efforts.

West Monroe Partners      
Headquarters: Minneapolis      
Description: A North American business and technology consulting firm focused on guiding organizations through projects that fundamentally transform their business.

Midsize Companies (36-99 employees)

Headquarters: Rogers     
Description: A premium systems integrator of supply chain automation and inventory management systems.

Aeritae Consulting Group    
Headquarters: St. Paul    
Description: A consulting group that strives to bring innovation, balance and performance to IT organizations.

Ag Motion Inc.     
Headquarters: Minneapolis     
Description: An agribusiness holding company based in Minneapolis that focuses on physical commodity trading and risk management.

Headquarters: Minneapolis    
Description: A company of marketing consultants that provides project-based consulting, interim marketing leadership and contract staffing.

Architecture Technology Corporation     
Headquarters: Minneapolis    
Description: A software technology company that specializes in large-scale computer systems architecture, computer networking and computer information security.

Aveyron Homes     
Headquarters: Hutchinson     
Description: Serves both adults and children with developmental disabilities, provides Personal Care Attendant (PCA) services and supports people who have sustained traumatic brain injuries.

Headquarters: Eagan      
Description: Provides innovative staffing technology solutions that are designed to provide staffing companies and recruiters a way to improve business processes and profits through extensive functionality, complete integration and a unique user experience.

Barnes & Thornburg     
Headquarters: Minneapolis    
Description: A law firm with main areas of focus in litigation, intellectual property, labor and employment, white collar crime, corporate law, governmental services and finance, energy, telecommunications, transportation and utilities, environmental, real estate, health care, creditors’ rights and construction law.

Headquarters: Minneapolis     
Description: A full-service marketing communications agency and one of the nation’s leading influencers on the markets that connect rural and urban consumers, including agriculture, energy, food, government, as well as safety and wellness.

Burns & McDonnel    
Headquarters: Bloomington    
Description: A full-service engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting solutions firm.

Clockwork Active Media    
Headquarters: Minneapolis    
Description: Specializes in digital strategy, design, web development, social, mobile, application development, research and insights, enterprise solutions and user experience design.

Headquarters: Minneapolis
Description: A global leader in commercial real estate services providing occupiers, tenants and investors around the world with a full spectrum of property solutions.

Fafinski Mark & Johnson     
Headquarters: Eden Prairie    
Description: A full-service commercial law firm that offers a full line of legal services to clients ranging from emerging businesses to Fortune 500 companies.

Headquarters: Minneapolis    
Description: A full-service marketing agency offering a range of services, from strategic planning to creative execution across all channels.

Headquarters: Eagan     
Description: Designs and develops software solutions that power Fortune 500 businesses, midsized companies and state government.

Headquarters: Oakdale
Description: Business advisory firm with experience in financial services, insurance and health care.

Headquarters: Chanhassen     
Description: Provides innovative technology solutions to the utility and damage prevention industry.

Maguire Agency        
Headquarters: Roseville    
Description: An insurance advisory firm that serves families and businesses.

Midwest Industrial Tool Grinding Inc.
Headquarters: Hutchinson
Description: Manufacturer of customer-specific tools for a diverse number of industries such as the computer, mold making, medical and aerospace industries.

Mytech Partners
Headquarters: New Brighton  
Description: A technology, consulting and service company that designs, implements and manages networks for small to midsize businesses.

Nina Hale Inc.  
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Description: An employee-owned digital media agency with an analytical, measured process to growing brand and revenue through online channels.

Northeast Bank
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Description: An independent community bank.

Headquarters: St. Louis Park
Description: A member-centric technology and services platform that offers solutions for insurers, providers and employers designed to catalyze the way consumers activate their own health.

Octane Fitness
Headquarters: Brooklyn Park
Description: Fitness manufacturer dedicated exclusively to elliptical machines.

Paradysz + PM Digital
Headquarters: Minneapolis      
Description: Experienced in multiple media channels, including mail, search, print, display and email, coupled with its strategy and creative capabilities, the company takes full advantage of a range of proprietary analytical solutions, business intelligence and media research tools to serve its clients.

Renters Warehouse      
Headquarters: Minnetonka     
Description: A property management company where everyday homeowners lease and manage their residential real estate.

RJM Construction       
Headquarters: Minneapolis  
Description: A general contractor that works with health care groups, community leaders, property owners and building tenants.

Roger Fazendin Relators
Headquarters: Wayzata
Description: A family-owned independent residential real estate company.

Saturn Systems Software Engineering  
Headquarters: Duluth      
Description: Software engineering consulting firm providing highly skilled software development and quality assurance staff for projects and staff augmentation.

Shippers Supply Inc.
Headquarters: Hopkins     
Description: An independently owned and operated wholesale distributor of shipping, packaging, industrial and productivity/equipment solutions.

Headquarters: Bloomington
Description: Provides organizations of all shapes and sizes with web governance tools and solutions.

Headquarters: Minneapolis   
Description: An IT technology and business advisory services consulting firm.

Spyder Trap
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Description: A digital-only marketing firm with expert design/development for mobile, apps and web.

Headquarters: Minneapolis
Description: A full service agency focused on health and medical marketing, from prevention to intervention.

Stoneridge Software
Headquarters: Barnesville
Description: A software company that focuses on Enterprise Resource Planning tools to help manage all areas of a business.

The Wine Company  
Headquarters: St. Paul
Description: Wine distributor and importer.

Headquarters: Wayzata
Description: A management consulting firm that specializes in business improvement and project implementation.

Two Harbors Investment     
Headquarters: Minnetonka
Description: Focuses on investing, financing and managing residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) and related investments.

Large Companies (100+ employees)

Anytime Fitness  
Headquarters: Hastings
Description: Fitness facilities and services.

Business Impact Group
Headquarters: Chanhassen
Description: Specializes in providing quality branded apparel, merchandise, printed materials, fulfillment and kitting services.

Capital One 360  
Headquarters: St. Cloud  
Description: An online and mobile bank.

CBIZ Inc.  
Headquarters: Minneapolis  
Description: A professional services company, providing a comprehensive range of business services, products and solutions that help clients grow and succeed by better managing their finances and employees.

Chuck & Don’s
Headquarters: Mahtomedi     
Description: A chain of 29 stores in the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul area that sells pet food and supplies.

Headquarters: Minneapolis
Description: Provides data governance platforms that help securely manage and protect data.

Headquarters: Minneapolis
Description: FPX is an independent software vendor with 30+ years of experience in solving complex sales operations challenges for multi-channel organizations.

Hammer Residences  
Headquarters: Wayzata      
Description: A nonprofit organization with a passion for providing quality services for adults and children with intellectual disabilities.

Innovative Office Solutions  
Headquarters: Burnsville     
Description: Provider of office products, furniture and solutions that delivers more selection, flexibility and customer-focused service.

Headquarters: St. Paul
Description: This premier planning and design consulting firm offers full services in a wide range of disciplines: transportation, transit, technology, roadway and bridge, planning services, parking, landscape architecture, land development, integrated water, environmental, energy, aviation and asset management.

Loffler Companies  
Headquarters: Minneapolis     
Description: A family-owned business that provides business technology and services.

Lurie Besikof Lapidus     
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Description: Solution-oriented accounting, tax and consulting service provider that specializes in a wide variety of industries, including closely held businesses, manufacturing, restaurants, medical practices, franchising and retirement plan design and consulting.

Magnet 360  
Headquarters: Minneapolis  
Description: Helps businesses enable the social enterprise vision with an integrated CRM strategy — built around the customer profile to provide greater insight and engagement with every interaction.

Headquarters: Minneapolis     
Description: A licensed CPA firm that provides assurance, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market, with nearly 8,000 professionals and associates in 80 cities nationwide.

North Star Resource Group        
Headquarters: Minneapolis     
Description: Provides customized securities and investment advisory services to assist individuals, professionals, physicians and business owners in reaching their financial goals.

Nova Consulting Group      
Headquarters: Chaska     
Description: An international multidisciplinary consulting firm providing services in the areas of environmental management, compliance investigation service and corrective action activities.

Proto Labs
Headquarters: Maple Plain      
Description: Manufacturer of custom prototype and low-volume production parts.

Sport Ngin      
Headquarters: Minneapolis     
Description: Leading provider of web software and mobile applications for youth, amateur and professional sports.

Starkey Hearing Technologies
Headquarters: Eden Prairie
Description: Provider of personalized hearing solutions.

Surly Brewing Company
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Description: Craft brewery noted for well-reviewed beers, and primarily canning rather than bottling.