Latest Fortune rankings reveal the best companies to work for in Minnesota


Where can you find Minnesota's happiest workers? Well, according to Fortune, they're likely to be working for one of three companies.

The magazine released its 2015 "100 Best Companies to Work For" list on Thursday, and Minneapolis-based Allianz Life Insurance was the highest ranked company from Minnesota, coming in at 68th.

Also featured on the list is Rochester-based Mayo Clinic (73rd) and General Mills (80th), which is also headquartered in Minneapolis.

"We congratulate our employees for earning Mayo Clinic this distinction," Mayo Clinic President and CEO John Noseworthy, M.D., told FOX 9. “We hope they take great pride in this ‘100 Best' national recognition.”

All three featured in last year's list, but they have taken a bit of a tumble since 12 months ago, when Allianz ranked 47th, Mayo Clinic 53rd and General Mills 64th in the country.

The best company to work for, once again, is Google, though Wisconsin-based Acuity was the highest new entry on the list, coming in third place.

Why are these three companies so good to work for?

Fortune praised German-owned Allianz for its "unique benefits" of two-week paid maternity leave on top of standard disability leave, as well as generous 401K and share-purchase packages for its 1,700 Minnesota employees.

Mayo Clinic meanwhile was lauded for looking after the financial welfare of its workers.

The magazine notes it offers short-term financial assistance of up to $3,000 to help employees in difficult situations – which they don't have to pay back.

"Talent retention" is why General Mills has ranked so highly, with Fortune noting that more than half its workers have been employed by the company for at least 10 years.

The reason for this, it says, is the company has a policy of promoting its own, with 80 percent of managers coming from within, and employees take pride in representing the company and its "iconic brands."

The rankings are determined by Great Place to Work and are based on employee surveys and an in-depth questionnaire about company programs and practices.

Each company is then graded on five categories: credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie.

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Fortune's list of best employers includes three Minnesota companies

Allianz Life Insurance was lauded for devoting the whole month of September to celebrating its employees. General Mills and Mayo Clinic also made the list, which was topped by Google.