Companies With the Best Perks for Women: Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

Companies With the Best Perks for Women: Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
by Jian Sun
July 31, 2015

THE TWIN CITIES HAVE A LOT TO OFFER THE MILLENNIAL WOMAN: GOOD QUALITY OF LIFE; AFFORDABLE LIVING; AND CONSISTENT, SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH.

Situated along the Mississippi River, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota (MSP) is the second-largest metropolitan economy in the Midwest, after Chicago. The two municipalities are called the Twin Cities because of their close proximity—their counties bleed into each other and their city centers are only 13 miles apart. Their closeness has historically been a source of rivalry that has spurred construction development, city growth, and trash-talking at the local sports bar.

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FRATERNAL TWINS

While it is impossible to investigate one without looking at the whole, each city has its distinctive personality and benefits.

While it is impossible to investigate one without looking at the whole, each city has its distinctive personality and benefits.

St. Paul is the older, sleepier capital city, with Victorian architecture, neighbors on a first-name basis, burgeoning hipster cred (see Farmer’s Market and Dog Park), and home to the other Saints.

Minneapolis is the “big city” with shiny skyscrapers, a vibrant art scene, and a bustling downtown filled with young professionals, trendy restaurants, and a vibrant nightlife.

THE COMBINATION: UNSTOPPABLE

A recent article from The Atlantic points to a Harvard-Berkeley 2014 study that declared MSP as the most ideal for upward mobility—meaning that a child from a low-income home can move into the middle class or above. This determination involves many complex factors that include a city’s ability to provide affordable housing, retain jobs, and redistribute the wealth.

In short, the Twin Cities nurture and support their residents by minimizing income disparities through successful city planning, educational initiatives, and corporate incentives. {Click to Tweet}

The Twin Cities nurture and support their residents by minimizing income disparities through successful city planning, educational initiatives, and corporate incentives.

THE PROOF IS IN THE NUMBERS

MSP has the highest employment rate in the country for 18-to-34-year-olds, lowest overall unemployment rate (3.9 percent), and ranks in the top 10 for college graduates. There are 19 Fortune 500 companies based in the metro area, most of which started locally and grew into the giant stars they are today (See: Target, Best Buy, General Mills, and more). 

Women in the workforce is number one in the country at 75 percent. It’s the fourth-best city for female entrepreneurs and third-best for single ladies. Poverty rates and commute times are among the lowest in the country. 

Consistently voted for being one of the healthiest metro areas in the US, abundant lakes, parks, and river views are easily accessible in MSP. Smoking is banned in all public places and the city prioritizes developing bike trails and maintaining open outdoor space. During harsh winters, locals jump on their snowmobiles or ATVs and cut across the frozen lakes to go ice fishing (or to the Mall of America in nearby Bloomington).

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TOP FIVE COMPANIES IN MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL

These companies call MSP their home and are winning at thriving in America’s heartland while offering the best perks for today’s modern woman:

3M: The Global manufacturer of Scotch tape, Post-it notes, and thousands of other products, originated in Northern Minnesota in 1902, but is now located in St. Paul suburb, Maplewood. Huge Fortune 500 companies generally have trouble with employee satisfaction, but Glassdoor shows that 91% approve of the CEO and 86% would recommend the company to a friend. 

3M is a Top Workplace for LGBT Equality and one of the World’s Most Admired Companies from Fortune. Working for such a large employer means workers have comprehensive health and retirement benefits, high growth potential within the company, and an impressive company to list on your resume.

The headquarters have on-site fitness centers (in addition to discounts), wellness courses, and a pharmacy and medical center. Adoption assistance, professional referral services, additional insurance and matching charitable gifts are also offered. Many employees also mention flexible schedules, good work-life balance, a friendly workplace, and a good company culture.

3M employee on Glassdoor: "Great flexibility between work and life. Managers are empowered to make decisions. The pay is competitive to other companies and the benefits are very good."

CARMICHAEL LYNCH: Part of the global advertising and marketing conglomerate Interpublic Group, Carmichael Lynch is a nationally-recognized, award-winning ad agency located in a 90,000 square-foot renovated warehouse in the (where else?) warehouse district of Minneapolis. The office runs on 100 percent wind energy and the 17,000-square-foot roof deck features yoga, a concert series, an organic garden, and wifi-enabled meeting spots. Ad Age listed it as a "Best Place to Work" highlighting the “family-like” company culture and the company’s commitment to make the workforce more diverse and inclusive (and that roof deck). 

Ad Age listed it as a "Best Place to Work" highlighting the “family-like” company culture and the company’s commitment to make the workforce more diverse and inclusive (and that roof deck). 

Perks include Subaru vehicles (their top client) available for employee use, a beer cart on Fridays, educational catered lunches, farm events, family date nights, and rooftop parties galore. During the summer, employees can work shorter days, so they can take off time to enjoy the weather. Biking to work and exercising is encouraged during the day, as they have locker rooms with showers onsite.

Carmichael Lynch employee on Glassdoor: "Some well known clients, great office, rooftop concerts, nice people, friendly/approachable C-level management."

HAYS COMPANIES: Voted five years in a row as a Top Workplace, Minneapolis-based Hays Companies is one of the fastest growing commercial insurance brokerage firms in the country. With more than 30 locations in the US and under 1,000 employees, the company is doing something right. There is 98% approval for the CEO and a 4.7 out of 5 rating on Glassdoor. Their headquarters are in the heart of downtown

Employees like the entrepreneurial culture that is both supportive and collaborative, yet bureaucracy-free. Benefits include profit sharing, flex hours, running clubs, volunteer groups, and women’s committees. Two out of the seven top execs are female. 

Employees like the entrepreneurial culture that is both supportive and collaborative, yet bureaucracy-free. 

Hays employee on Glassdoor: "Fast-paced, client-focused company with an entrepreneurial spirit that enables employees to make decisions that are in the best interest of our clients. Smartest people I know work for Hays."

HEALTHPARTNERS: Non-profit healthcare provider and insurance company, HealthPartners, is on Star Tribune’s Top Employer List, MSP’s Business Journal’s #1 Best Places to Work , and has a female President and CEO with a 94% approval rating on Glassdoor. The approval is great, but Mary Brainerd has also been honored as a “Wonder Woman” from Twin Cities Business Magazine for Distinguished Service and believes, “When colleagues improve their own health and make healthy choices, they’re motivated to support others in that journey, too.”

Headquarters are in neighboring Bloomington, but there are clinics and hospitals throughout the state—working within corporate centers, retail areas, and even schools. Employees are encouraged to communicate concerns (directly or anonymously through surveys and suggestion cards), improve their health (by taking walks or taking advantage of free wellness programs) and participate in group team events (like whirlyball).

Perks in HQ include convertible sit-and-stand desks, a large cafeteria salad bar, weekly farmer’s market in the courtyard, outstanding medical benefits with sick pay and PTO, tuition and fitness reimbursements, and childcare discounts.

HealthPartners employee on Glassdoor: "HealthPartners really values its mission and members. They really do a great job of being innovative, caring about their employees with a great work life balance, and offer a great benefit plan."

LEADPAGES: Tech startup, Leadpages, moved into an 18,500 square foot headquarters in Minneapolis’ Warehouse District at the end of 2014 and has been hiring up a storm. They haven’t even touched their $6 million venture funding because their optimized-landing page business has been making a profit. A solid 5 and 100% recommendation on Glassdoor indicates that happy employees make a successful company.

Standard tech benefits apply: Unlimited PTO, relocation assistance, snacks, drinks, shuffleboard, kegerator, ping-pong, and swing sets. Though, the best benefit might be the two days (Mondays and Thursdays) where you work in your pajamas...I mean, from home.

Leadpages employee on Glassdoor: "Management makes so many efforts to create a positive, thriving work environment for their team members. It just blows me away how much they care for employees."

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EIGHT MORE GREAT MSP COMPANIES

There are so many great qualities about the MSP-Bloomington area, so I gathered a more substantial list for job-seekers. Here are eight more companies that have a lot to offer:

There are so many great qualities about the MSP-Bloomington area, so I gathered a more substantial list for job-seekers.

Ecumen: In the MSP suburb of Shoreview, this senior housing and aging services non-profit is led by female CEO, Kathryn Roberts, and operates in 38 cities across the Midwest.

GovDelivery: This St. Paul business creates email systems specifically for the government and offers employees work-life balance along with free food and drinks.

The Nerdery: A cool software design and development company located in Bloomington with classic tech perks like dogs, kegs, happy hours, and creative office events.

PowerObjects: A Microsoft Dynamics CRM partner, this North Loop tech company collects awards, throws parties, and has an awesome new office filled with goodies.

SolutionDesign: One big happy tech family located in Golden Valley, this consulting firm loves volunteering, wearing matching shirts, and attending events together.

UCare: As an independent, non-profit health plan company in Mid-City Industrial, benefits are top notch with an onsite gym facility, wellness programs, and employee events. 

University of Minnesota: Located right along the Mississippi, UMN has a beautiful campus with good transportation, smart and friendly staff, and work-life balance.

Welsh and Colliers: This commercial real estate and construction company located in St. Paul is a woman-owned business and has big growth and international reach.

A major bonus of writing the city guides for Career Contessa is learning about all the beautiful cities in the US and what makes them special. Each city has a unique identity, an individual perspective and a distinctive history. Minneapolist-St. Paul is no exception. {Click to Tweet} Let me know how I did in representing your city or if you have other recommendations below or on Twitter.

Each city has a unique identity, an individual perspective and a distinctive history. Minneapolist-St. Paul is no exception. 

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