CEE named a 2022 Top 200 Workplace

Jun 20, 2022
Press Release

Center for Energy and Environment has been named one of the Top 200 Workplaces in Minnesota by Star Tribune. The complete list of top companies is posted at startribune.com/mn-top-workplaces, published in Star Tribune’s Top Workplaces special section on Sunday, June 19.

“Great benefits, great mission, great leaders, cool culture [and] flexibility.”

 CEE employee comment (anonymous)

“To make meaningful impact in multiple communities, CEE relies on an exceptionally engaged and committed team,” said Chris Duffrin, CEE’s president. “A full 96% of our 150 colleagues participated in this survey, ensuring rich data we can use to shore up the best job experiences while also responding to areas for improvement. As a highly collaborative organization, it's critical our employees feel heard. I'm delighted that over 90% of our employees feel that their supervisors care about their concerns and well-being.”

Produced by the same team that compiles the 31-year-old “Star Tribune 100” report of the best-performing public companies in Minnesota, Top Workplaces recognizes the best companies in Minnesota based on employee opinions measuring engagement, organizational health, and satisfaction. The analysis included responses from over 79,000 employees at Minnesota’s public, private, and nonprofit organizations. Rankings are based on survey information collected by Energage, an independent company specializing in employee engagement and retention.

“I love my job because it aligns fully with my core values, and I feel that I get to make an impact on the world through science-driven innovations.”

 CEE employee comment

In nearly all measures, CEE’s positive staff responses out-paced national nonprofit benchmarks, often by more than 10%. Among the most striking findings, 90% of employees who responded would highly recommend working at CEE. Of the CEE employees who completed the survey:

  • 90% feel that new ideas are encouraged at CEE,
  • 93% feel that their job makes them feel like they are part of something meaningful, and
  • 96% of our employees feel like CEE is going in the right direction.

“Despite huge global challenges in the last two years, I believe CEE is emerging even stronger on the other side,” explained Stephanie Haddad, CEE’s chief operating officer. “From our connections to mission to our connections to one another, staff responses reflect strong company-wide alignment and sense of purpose.”  

To qualify for Top Workplaces, a company must have more than 50 Minnesota employees. In 2022, more than 4,000 companies were invited to participate. Rankings are based on composite scores calculated from employee input. Star Tribune publisher Michael J. Klingensmith said, “The companies in the Star Tribune Top 200 Workplaces deserve high praise for creating the very best work environments in the state of Minnesota. My congratulations to each of these exceptional companies.”

“I can confidently tell people that what I do for a living is meaningful, and that to me is the greatest accomplishment.”

 CEE employee comment

About CEE

Center for Energy and Environment is a 501(c)(3) clean energy nonprofit with special expertise in energy efficiency that stretches back 40 years. Complementary areas of focus include independent technical research, program development and implementation, community engagement, policy advocacy, and project financing. Working across homes, businesses, and communities, CEE discovers and deploys the most effective energy solutions to strengthen our economy and improve our environment. Online at mncee.org.