Jacobs has been named one of the Top 150 Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune. We are also honored to receive special recognition in the category of New Ideas, receiving top results in the statement, "New ideas are encouraged at this company". "It’s thrilling to be recognized for something near and dear to our hearts," adds Jackie Gibney, President of Jacobs, "new ideas is a crucial part of our core value of being a curious and courageous explorer."
One of Jacobs' core company values is to be a curious and courageous explorer. That means always challenging the status quo. "We constantly tell our team that if the rate of change outside of Jacobs is faster than inside, we will go out of business," says Gibney, "Being curious means we are continuously asking “why” and thinking of creative solutions to better do business. Being courageous is putting thought into action and not being afraid to push ideas that will drive Jacobs and our partners forward."
This core value led to the creation of a new initiative called Innovation Studio. Innovation Studio links a team of cross-departmental Jacobs employees who work together to identify “what’s next,” utilizing sales and trend analytics, extensive marketplace research and creativity. Another example includes the strategy planning sessions Jacobs facilitates with vendors, which include an idea portion where everyone ideates together, resulting in the birth of new ideas in an open forum where everyone feels comfortable sharing.
Produced by the same team that compiles the 27-year-old Star Tribune 100 report of the best-performing public companies in Minnesota, Top Workplaces recognizes the most progressive companies in Minnesota based on employee opinions measuring engagement, organizational health and satisfaction. The analysis included responses from over 71,000 employees at Minnesota public, private and nonprofit organizations.
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The rankings in the Star Tribune Top 150 Workplaces are based on survey information collected by Energage, formerly WorkplaceDynamics, an independent company specializing in employee engagement and retention.
To qualify for the Star Tribune Top Workplaces, a company must have more than 50 employees in Minnesota. Over 2,400 companies were invited to participate. Rankings were composite scores calculated purely on the basis of employee responses.