Small companies: Employees come first at The Container Store

  • Article by: TODD NELSON , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 23, 2011 - 11:48 AM

Employers such as The Container Store earned top rankings by making workers stakeholders in their enterprises' success.

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nitewindJun. 19, 11 6:48 AM

Here's a simple test: Walk through a store--like The Container Store--and see how many people over 40 are working there. And then tell us how great the company is.

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jimmywestoneJun. 19, 1112:09 PM

Why would I want to spend $40 on a storage container that I can get for $10 at homedepot

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StarquestJun. 23, 11 2:38 PM

Oh look! Overpriced plastic tubs to store crap I don't need!

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ljfromminAug. 5, 11 7:08 PM

Any company that puts their employees, or management, or stockholders, over customers is doomed to fail.

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falcon1673Aug. 25, 11 2:29 PM

ljfrommin - Any company that puts their employees, or management, or stockholders, over customers is doomed to fail. ------- Most companies in the US put owners, management and shareholders over and above customers and employees. And they seem to be doing quite well. And for some reason, I'm not sure Bill Gates or Steve Jobs would agree with your assessment. Both are renouned for employee welfare.

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bagsflyfreeOct. 20, 11 7:18 AM

This may not be a totally fair comparison but as someone who works for a big business retailer(Joanns)it is nice to see that the company does care for the employee. It is very discouraging to work for a company that has so many rules that you literally can never win. The stores are under staffed, the staff is paid minimum wages and expected to get large lists of tasks done every shift. And with a smile. While helping people who have no manners. I know, I know, no one is making me stay but if those sitting in their big offices would come in and work the trenches for a month, they may think differently.

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smhkolstadNov. 6, 1110:35 AM

How can the Star Tribune call a store that had 39 outlets across the US in 2007 with plans to open 25 more within 5 years a SMALL BUSINESS? I have nothing against the Container Store but am sick and tired of identifying businesses of this magnitude as "small". A small business is something like The Donut Cooperative that just opened at 2929 East 25th St. in Minneapolis, Hymies Vintage Records on Lake St in Minneapolis, The Blue Moon Coffee Cafe, also on Lake St, Merlins Rest and on and on. True small businesses are the backbone of our economy and no amount of redefinition by the Chamber of Commerce and other shills for the conglomerates will change this.

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