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Great River Energy becomes a certified Great Place to Work

Wednesday, February 8, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Shari Wormwood
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Great River Energy was certified as a great workplace by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work®. Great River Energy earned this credential based on anonymous employee surveys. This was the first year Great River Energy offered the survey, which revealed that 88 percent of Great River Energy employees say it is a great workplace.

“Since our organization’s inception we have been surveying employees to ensure we have a great workplace culture and this year was no different,” said Kandace Olsen, Great River Energy vice president and chief culture officer. “We were looking for an opportunity to raise the bar on how we measure employee engagement and trust within the organization, and the Great Place to Work survey tool was the perfect fit for our cooperative. We are honored to call ourselves a certified Great Place to Work company.”

“We applaud Great River Energy for seeking certification and releasing its employees’ feedback,” said Kim Peters, executive vice president of Great Place to Work's Certification Program. “These ratings measure its capacity to earn its own employees’ trust and create a great workplace—critical metrics that anyone considering working for or doing business with Great River Energy should take into account as an indicator of high performance.”

Great River Energy employees completed 696 surveys, resulting in a 90 percent confidence level and a margin of error of ± 1.56 percent. For a summary of Great River Energy’s ratings and its company review visit:

This certification honors employers of all sizes and industries from across the United States. Great Place to Work not only measures whether a majority of employees experience a great place to work, but also analyses whether experiences are highly consistent, regardless of gender, race/ethnicity, job role or other personal characteristics.

Certified companies are selected through a two-part process. First, employees complete the Trust Index© survey, responding to statements that measure five critical dimensions of a great workplaces: camaraderie, credibility, fairness, respect and pride—all of which contribute to trust. Seven out of 10 employees must rate the organization as great to become a certified Great Place to Work. Second, employers must complete a culture brief questionnaire about company benefits, perks and programs.

Having a strong workplace culture where employees want to come to work every day is just another way Great River Energy powers what’s possible. Visit Great River Energy online at and follow the company on Twitter at @GREnergyNews.

About Great River Energy
Great River Energy is a not-for-profit cooperative that provides wholesale electric service to 28 distribution cooperatives in Minnesota. Those member cooperatives distribute electricity to approximately 665,000 member consumers. With $4 billion in assets, Great River Energy is the second largest electric power supplier in Minnesota and one of the largest generation and transmission cooperatives in the nation.

About Great Place to Work®
Great Place to Work® is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services, and certification programs, including Best Workplaces lists and workplace reviews, Great Place to Work® provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain and recognize outstanding workplace cultures. In the United States, Great Place to Work® produces the annual Fortune "100 Best Companies to Work For®" list and a series of Great Place to Work® Best Workplaces lists including lists for Millennials, Women, Diversity, Small and Medium Companies and over a half dozen different industry lists.

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