St. Thomas is One of Star Tribune’s Top Workplaces Kate Metzger June 20, 2012 The University of St. Thomas has been named one of the Top Workplaces in Minnesota according to an employee-based survey from the Star Tribune. The Star Tribune Top Workplaces special section was published on Sunday, June 17, and can also be found online. The university ranked 29th out of 30 organizations listed in the “large” category, which included organizations with more than 500 employees.St. Thomas will celebrate its Top Workplace recognition from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 20. Enjoy cake and ice cream on John P. Monahan Plaza in St. Paul and on the second floor between Schulze Hall and Terrence Murphy Hall in Minneapolis. All employees are invited to stop by for a celebratory treat and social time with colleagues.St. Thomas was nominated to participate in the Top Workplaces project in March. At that time, 500 randomly-selected employees received emails asking them to complete a short questionnaire about working for the university.According to the Star Tribune, Top Workplaces recognizes the most progressive companies in Minnesota based on employee opinions about company leadership, communication, career opportunities, workplace environment, managerial skills, pay and benefits. The analysis included responses from nearly 71,200 employees at Minnesota public, private and nonprofit organizations.“The most important aspect of the Top Workplace designation is that it’s based on employee opinions. We are delighted and grateful that our employees nominated St. Thomas and rated our workplace so highly,” said Sara Gross Methner, general counsel and chief human resources officer. “St. Thomas is a product of the people who work here; it is a great place to work because of our employees’ efforts to live our mission and convictions in all that they do. Receiving public recognition for these efforts is rewarding, and all our employees can take pride in this accomplishment.”To qualify as a Star Tribune Top Workplace, a company must have a minimum of 50 employees in Minnesota. More than 1,360 companies were invited to participate. Rankings were composite scores calculated purely on the basis of employee responses.This is not the first time the university has been recognized as a top employer. In August 2010, St. Thomas was ranked ninth in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal’s “Best Place to Work” survey.