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Stearns Bank Earns ‘Great Place To Work’ Certification

Posted on: May 12, 2023


St. Cloud, Minn. (May 11, 2023) – Stearns Bank N.A., which has extensively fostered a robust, team member-driven culture, is now a certified Great Place To Work™.

“Our team members are our greatest asset, and we are committed to supporting them with career development and enrichment,” said Stearns Bank Chief Human Resources Officer Pam Bjerke. “Becoming certified as a Great Place To Work is a tremendous honor and confirms that our team members are happy to be here.”

To earn the certification, employees took part in an in-depth, anonymous survey conducted by Great Place To Work – the global authority on workplace culture and employee experience. The distinction highlights Stearns Bank’s successful workplace culture efforts and adds to the employee-owned financial institution’s growing list of accolades.

Most notably, survey results noted that 95% of participating employees say Stearns Bank is a great place to work compared to 57% of employees at a typical U.S.-based company. Further, 95% of participants said Stearns Bank’s management is competent, honest, and ethical, and that they are proud to tell people where they work. Meanwhile, an incredible 98% of participants said Stearns Bank has unique benefits.

“As an organization, Stearns Bank celebrates its team members and shows appreciation through its highly unique and distinct benefit package, which encourages our team to thrive both at work and in their broader/personal lives,” said Bjerke, adding, “Providing a best-in-class, comprehensive benefit package that caters to all team members, at all stages of their careers, is a key focus.”

As an employee-owned organization, Bjerke said the Stearns Bank team prides itself on ambitious hard work and surpassing expectations annually for its customers and shareholders. The company also places a high level of importance on community support; reflected in team members’ commitment to giving back through volunteerism, organizational philanthropy, and programs such as Pay it Forward.

“We are driven by our passion to help our customers and team members achieve their greatest ambitions, therefore being a ‘Great Place to Work’ is a critical area of focus,” Bjerke said. “Providing our team an environment to thrive in and a culture of success allows each individual to perform at their best, which carries through to our customer interactions and service.”

See Stearns Bank’s Great Place To Work™ results HERE.


About Stearns Bank N.A.

Minnesota-based Stearns Bank National Association is a $2.2 billion, independently-owned financial institution with locations in Minnesota, Florida and Arizona, and over 35,000 small business customers nationwide, in every state across the U.S. Recognized as having a bullet-proof balance sheet with 25% capital and earning top rankings as one of the nation’s highest-performing banks by American Banker, and most recently ranked ninth in the U.S. among banks having more than $1 billion in assets by Independent Banker’s May 2022 Best of the Best ranking of banks with the highest 3-year average Return on Assets, Stearns Bank is a fortress of strength specializing in nationwide commercial construction lendingUSDA and SBA lending, and small business and equipment financing. Driven by a passion to help others achieve their greatest ambitions, Stearns Bank’s mission is to Get the Job Done! For more information, visit