Where Minnesota Gusties Work

Posted on May 16th, 2016 by


Dan Myers ’04 and Steve Eiden ’15: Myers mentored Eiden, then hired him to be a part of Thrivent Financial’s East Metro Financial Team. Thrivent Financial is one of Minnesota’s top employers of Gusties.

Healthcare, education, government, finance, big brands—we’re there.

Gusties are everywhere. But we are in some places more than others. One of those places is Minnesota (obviously). Minnesota Gusties are working hard to make Minnesota’s economy one of the healthiest in the nation.

As a state, Minnesota has more Fortune 500 companies per capita than any other, so it’s no surprise you’ll find Gusties at some of America’s largest corporate brands, specifically Target, 3M, General Mills, and IBM.

As a state, we are consistently ranked among the top five for healthcare, too. You’ll find Gusties excelling at UnitedHealth Group (the Minnesota employer with the largest number of Gusties, it ranked 14th on the Fortune 500 list in 2016), Mayo Clinic, Allina, and the University of Minnesota Medical Center, among others.

One surprise? One of the largest employers of Gustavus graduates is Gustavus Adolphus College. Apparently it’s not only a great school, it’s also a great place to work. (But we could be biased.)

Where are you working? Send us a memo and we’ll add you to our Rolodex.

Top 30 Minnesota Gustie Employers

1 UnitedHealth Group

2 Target

3 University of Minnesota

4 Gustavus Adolphus College

5 Wells Fargo

6 Mayo Clinic

7 US Bank

8 Medtronic

9 3M

10 Rosemount–Apple Valley–Eagan ISD #196

11 State of Minnesota

12 Allina Health

13 Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

14 Thomson Reuters

15 Thrivent Financial

16 Best Buy

17 Cargill

18 General Mills

19 Minneapolis Public Schools

20 HealthPartners

21 Edina ISD #273

22 Park Nicollet Health Services

23 Anoka-Hennepin ISD #11

24 Abbott Northwestern Hospital

25 Shakopee ISD #270

26 Delta Airlines

27 Hopkins ISD #270

28 Hennepin County

29 IBM

30 University of Minnesota
Medical Center

This information has been culled from LinkedIn and Alumni & Parent Engagement.


Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication JJ Akin



  1. Luke says:

    What is the distinction in separating out Abbott Northwestern Hospital from Allina Health in this list?

  2. Stephanie Ash says:

    Abbott Northwestern as a subset had a high number of Gusties employed, higher than those entities that fall below it. We merged two sets of data and together they showed that Abbott Northwestern represented enough Gusties to pull out separately. We could have merged Abbott Northwestern in with Allina Health, which would have pushed Allina up a bit, but we thought it notable and interesting as separate. Great question. Thanks!