The top 25 employers in Minneapolis

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LinkedIn recently released its best employers in Minneapolis. They ranked the top 25 companies to grow your career. The diverse list includes medical devices, food production, retail and chemicals.

Companies had to have at least 50 employees and were ranked using the following seven categories:

  1. Ability to advance
  2. Skills growth
  3. Company stability
  4. External opportunity
  5. Company affinity
  6. Gender diversity
  7. Educational background

Methodology

LinkedIn used its data to rank companies on the seven categories listed above. They defined those categories using the following:

  1. Ability to advance tracks employee promotions within a company and when they move to a new company, based on standardized job titles.
  2. Skills growth looks at how employees across the company are gaining skills while employed at the company, using standardized LinkedIn skills.
  3. Company stability tracks attrition over the past year, as well as the percentage of employees that stay at the company at least three years.
  4. External opportunity looks at recruiter outreach across employees at the company, signaling demand for workers coming from these companies.
  5. Company affinity, which seeks to measure how supportive a company’s culture is, looks at connection volume on LinkedIn among employees, controlled for company size.
  6. Gender diversity measures gender parity within a company.
  7. Finally, educational background examines the variety of educational attainment among employees, from no degree up to Ph.D. levels, reflecting a commitment to recruiting a wide range of professionals.

To be eligible, companies must have at least 50 employees as of April 30, 2021 in the city and reductions in staff (including attrition and layoffs) can be no higher than 10% (based on LinkedIn data and public announcements, respectively).

While LinkedIn’s annual Top Companies list includes only parent companies (data on majority-owned subsidiaries are incorporated into the parent company score), the city lists separate out subsidiaries from their parent companies. All data counts are normalized based on company size across the pool of companies eligible for the list.

The methodology time frame is May 1, 2020 through April 30, 2021. All of the data used is aggregated and/or de-identified.

LinkedIn excluded all staffing and recruiting firms, educational institutions and government agencies. It also excluded LinkedIn, its parent company Microsoft and Microsoft subsidiaries.

25. Hennepin Healthcare

  • Where the local site is located: Clinics throughout the metro area, including in Whittier, East Lake and Elliot Park
  • Full-time headcount: 7,300
  • Most common skills among Minneapolis-St. Paul employees: Health Care Management, Electronic Medical Record (EMR), Epic Systems
  • Most common job titles in Minneapolis-St. Paul: Registered Nurse, Patient Services Coordinator, Resident Doctor

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24. Huntington National Bank

  • Where the local office is located: Plymouth
  • Full-time headcount: 20,000
  • Most common skills among Minneapolis-St. Paul employees: Process Improvement, Risk Management, Financial Analysis
  • Most common job titles in Minneapolis-St. Paul: Relationship Banker, Business Architect, Operational Specialist

See jobs at Huntington National Bank

23. Securian Financial

  • Where the local office is located: Downtown St. Paul (headquarters)
  • Full-time headcount: 6,500
  • Most common skills among Minneapolis-St. Paul employees: Process Improvement, Business Analysis, SQL
  • Most common job titles in Minneapolis-St. Paul: Customer Service Representative, Engineering Analyst, Regional Sales Consultant

See jobs at Securian Financial

22. Polaris

  • Where the local office is located: Medina (headquarters) and Plymouth
  •  Full-time headcount: 15,000 (with 2,000 in Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul)
  •  Most common skills among Minneapolis-St. Paul employees: Product Development, Cross-functional Team Leadership, Process Improvement
  •  Most common job titles in Minneapolis-St. Paul: Project Engineer, Marketing Manager, Project Engineer

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21. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

  • Where the local office is located: Eagan
  • Full-time headcount: 3,500
  • Most common skills among Minneapolis-St. Paul employees: Process Improvement, Health Insurance, Business Analysis
  • Most common job titles in Minneapolis-St. Paul: Customer Service Representative, Business Analyst, Registered Nurse

See jobs at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

20. Xcel Energy

  • Where the local office is located: Central Minneapolis (headquarters)
  •  Full-time headcount: 11,350
  • Most common skills among Minneapolis-St. Paul employees: Process Improvement, Power Generation, Program Management
  • Most common job titles in Minneapolis-St. Paul: Project Manager, Administrative Assistant, Foreperson

See jobs at Xcel Energy

19. C.H. Robinson

  • Where the local office is located: Eden Prairie (headquarters) and North Loop
  • Full-time headcount: 14,850 (with 2,300 in Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul)
  •  Most common skills among Minneapolis-St. Paul employees: Supply Chain Management, SQL, Logistics Management
  • Most common job titles in Minneapolis-St. Paul: Software Engineer, Account Coordinator, Operations Representative

See jobs at C.H. Robinson

18. Prime Therapeutics

  • Where the local office is located: Eagan
  • Full-time headcount: 3,650 (with 2,300 in Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul)
  •  Most common skills among Minneapolis-St. Paul employees: Process Improvement, Business Analysis, Data Analysis
  • Most common job titles in Minneapolis-St. Paul: Clinical Pharmacist, Clinical Technician, Business Consultant

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17. Abbott

  • Where the local office is located: Maple Grove and Roseville
  • Full-time headcount: 109,000 (with 3,800 in Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul)
  •  Most common skills among Minneapolis-St. Paul employees: Cross-functional Team Leadership, Product Development, Process Improvement
  • Most common job titles in Minneapolis-St. Paul: Quality Engineer, Research and Development Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer

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16. HealthPartners

  • Where the local office is located: Bloomington (headquarters) + clinics throughout the metro area
  • Full-time headcount: 26,000 (with 23,800 in Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul)
  •  Most common skills among Minneapolis-St. Paul employees: Process Improvement, Health Care Management, Health Care Information Technology (HIT)
  • Most common job titles in Minneapolis-St. Paul: Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse, Medical Doctor

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15. Fairview Health Services

  • Where the local office is located: Cedar-Riverside (headquarters) + clinics throughout the metro area
  • Full-time headcount: 34,000
  • Most common skills among Minneapolis-St. Paul employees: Electronic Medical Record (EMR), Epic Systems, Health Care Management
  • Most common job titles in Minneapolis-St. Paul: Registered Nurse, Certified Nursing Assistant, Medical Doctor

See jobs at Fairview Health Services

14. Ecolab

  • Where the local office is located: Downtown St. Paul
  • Full-time headcount: 44,000 (with 2,800 in Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul)
  •  Most common skills among Minneapolis-St. Paul employees: Process Improvement, Cross-functional Team Leadership, Supply Chain Management
  • Most common job titles in Minneapolis-St. Paul: Customer Service Representative, Financial Analyst, Administrative Assistant

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13. Allina Health

  • Where the main local site is located: Midtown
  • Full-time headcount: 28,000 (with 10,900 in Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul)
  •  Most common skills among Minneapolis-St. Paul employees: Electronic Medical Record (EMR), Health Care Management, Patient Safety,
  • Most common job titles in Minneapolis-St. Paul: Registered Nurse, Medical Doctor, Licensed Practical Nurse

See jobs at Allina Health

12. Thomson Reuters

  • Where the local office is located: Eagan
  •  Full-time headcount: 24,000 (with 6,000 in Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul)
  •  Most common skills among Minneapolis-St. Paul employees: Legal Research, Process Improvement, Business Analysis
  • Most common job titles in Minneapolis-St. Paul: Software Engineer, Editor, Attorney

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11. Ameriprise Financial Services

  • Where the local office is located: Central Minneapolis (headquarters)
  •  Full-time headcount: 10,000 (with 4,800 in Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul)
  •  Most common skills among Minneapolis-St. Paul employees: Business Analysis, Process Improvement, Financial Advisory
  • Most common job titles in Minneapolis-St. Paul: Financial Advisor, Business Analyst, Project Manager

See jobs at Ameriprise Financial Services

10. Optum

  • Where the local office is located: Eden Prairie
  • Full-time headcount (UnitedHealth Group): 330,000
  • Most common skills among Minneapolis-St. Paul employees: Process Improvement, Business Analysis, Data Analysis
  • Most common job titles in Minneapolis-St. Paul: Software Engineer, Business Analyst, Project Manager

See jobs at Optum

9. Cargill

  • Where the local office is located: Wayzata (headquarters) and Hopkins
  •  Full-time headcount: 155,000
  • Most common skills among Minneapolis-St. Paul employees: Process Improvement, Cross-functional Team Leadership, Supply Chain Management
  • Most common job titles in Minneapolis-St. Paul: Administrative Assistant, Business Analyst, Project Manager

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8. General Mills

  • Where the local office is located: Golden Valley (headquarters)
  • Full-time headcount: 35,000
  • Most common skills among Minneapolis-St. Paul employees: Cross-functional Team Leadership, Supply Chain Management, Process Improvement
  •  Most common job titles in Minneapolis-St. Paul: Financial Analyst, Customer Operations Specialist. Administrative Assistant

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7. Boston Scientific

  • Where the local office is located: Arden Hills, Maple Grove and Minnetonka
  • Full-time headcount: 38,000 (with 8,000 in Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul)
  •  Most common skills among Minneapolis-St. Paul employees: Cross-functional Team Leadership, Research and Development (R&D), Process Improvement
  • Most common job titles in Minneapolis-St. Paul: Manufacturing Engineer, Builder, Research and Development Engineer

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6. Best Buy

  • Where the local office is located: Richfield + retail locations throughout the metro area
  • Full-time headcount: 61,200
  • Most common skills among Minneapolis-St. Paul employees: Merchandising, Inventory Management, Cross-functional Team Leadership
  •  Most common job titles in Minneapolis-St. Paul: Financial Analyst, Sales Consultant, Project Manager

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5. UnitedHealth Group

  • Where the local office is located: Minnetonka
  • Full-time headcount: 330,000 (with 15,000 in Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul)
  • Most common skills among Minneapolis-St. Paul employees: Process Improvement, Business Analysis, Program Management
  • Most common job titles in Minneapolis-St. Paul: Business Analyst, Project Manager, Software Engineer

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4. U.S. Bank

  • Where the local office is located: Downtown Minneapolis (headquarters) + branches throughout the metro area
  • Full-time headcount: 70,000 (with 11,200 in Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul)
  •  Most common skills among Minneapolis-St. Paul employees: Risk Management, Process Improvement, Business Analysis
  • Most common job titles in Minneapolis-St. Paul: Project Manager, Operations Manager, Financial Analyst

See jobs at U.S. Bank

3. 3M

  • Where the local office is located: Maplewood (St. Paul)
  • Full-time headcount: 95,000 (with 14,050 in Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul)
  •  Most common skills among Minneapolis-St. Paul employees: Cross-functional Team Leadership, Product Development, Six Sigma
  • Most common job titles in Minneapolis-St. Paul: Product Development Specialist, Supply Chain Analyst, Researcher

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2. Medtronic

  • Where the local office is located: Fridley (headquarters) + other offices throughout the metro area
  • Full-time headcount: 90,000 (with 10,000 in Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul)
  •  Most common skills among Minneapolis-St. Paul employees: Cross-functional Team Leadership, Process Improvement, Product Development
  • Most common job titles in Minneapolis-St. Paul: Project Coordinator, Clinical Fellow, Program Manager

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1. Target

  • Where the local office is located: Downtown Minneapolis and Brooklyn Park
  • Full-time headcount: 350,000 (with 11,600 in Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul)
  • Most common skills among Minneapolis-St. Paul employees: Merchandising, Inventory Management, Process Improvement
  •  Most common job titles in Minneapolis-St. Paul: Cashier, Software Engineer, Salesperson

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The top 25 employers in Minneapolis

Kaitlyn Farley

Kaitlyn Farley is MediaFeed’s writer/editor. She is a masters of science in journalism candidate at Northwestern University, specializing in social justice and investigative reporting. She has worked at various radio stations and newsrooms, covering higher-education, local politics, natural disasters and investigative and watchdog stories related to Title IX and transparency issues.

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