MINNEAPOLIS, MN – December 20, 2022 – On December 19, 2022, the Minneapolis-based Star Tribune announced its 2023 Top Workplaces, honoring JLG Architects with a Gold Badge. This is the firm’s second award from Star Tribune in the last year, with 2022 recognition as a Gold Badge Winner in Culture Excellence in the category of Woman-Led Companies.
JLG Architects is a 33-year-old employee-owned firm led by CEO Michelle Mongeon Allen, a North Dakota State University alum and award-winning architect who has been with the firm for nearly 23 years. Mongeon Allen spearheaded the geographic expansion to Minneapolis, MN, in 2002, helping lead the firm’s growth from two offices to 10, with 190 employee-owners spanning four states.
“We have had an outstanding year of recognition for our architectural achievements, but as an employee-owned firm, this internal recognition is beyond meaningful,” said Mongeon Allen. “Across all 10 offices, we have strived to ensure everyone feels united as one team, supported, and heard –feelings we were thrilled to see reflected throughout the company-wide survey results. As an ESOP, we have learned the value of working together while respecting and empowering individual talents and interests. Ownership responsibility has helped us elevate communities across the Midwest through design excellence, mentorship, volunteerism, activism, and pro bono work. Serving each other and our communities reinforces the purpose behind our passion.”
Star Tribune is the largest news publication in Minnesota, collaborating with Energage to conduct the annual Workplace Survey that assesses ‘organizational health,’ determining Top Workplaces based on quantitative employee feedback, employee statements, and demographic information. Energage’s research is focused on the core elements of organizational health and what employees value most in the workplace, stating that “organizations with high levels of organizational health outperform their peers.”