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THE BEST COMPANIES TO WORK FOR IN AMERICA AND MINNESOTA

 MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- There are more exceptional workplaces in America today than 10 years ago, and the best of them have become even better, according to Robert Levering and Milton Moskowitz, authors of The 100 Best Companies to Work For in America just published by Currency/Doubleday.
 Levering and Moskowitz interviewed thousands of employees throughout the country to come up with a roster of firms where people are happy to work because they are treated with respect. "Most companies," they say, "still offer dreadful environments." They see the 100 best companies as "exemplars that represent a growing force."
 Unlike other business books which make judgments based on sales, profits, return on equity and other economic barometers, the completely revised edition of their 1984 bestseller looks at companies through the eyes of their employees.
 Four hundred companies were considered for the list, more than double the number in 1984. Criteria for selection focused on pay/benefits (including child care), opportunities (including job training), job security, pride in work/company, openness/fairness, and camaraderie/friendship.
 The 100 companies profiled are located in 29 states in every section of the nation and range in size from 390,000 employees to 367. Thirty- one are privately held firms or are organized in such a way as to have no stockholders. The youngest companies profiled were founded in 1982 and the oldest in 1801. The list contains its first law firm and its first hospitals. There are retailers, food and beverage purveyors, bankers and financiers, scientific and high tech outfits.
 Many of the companies are household names. Many are leaders in their market or industry in terms of providing quality products and services to their customers. "The common ground of all the companies in the list," the authors say, "is a deep-seated respect for the people they employ."
 The list includes seven companies from Minnesota: Apogee Enterprises, Cray Research, Dayton Hudson, General Mills, H.B. Fuller, 3M and Tennant.
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