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Thomas Allen Overview

Saint Paul, MN
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
Health Care Services & Hospitals
$10 to $25 million (USD) per year
About: Thomas Allen promotes a person-centered approach in the delivery of respectful and responsive services. We are dedicated to assuring that the individuals we serve receive the level of support that they ... Read more

Mission: Thomas Allen is committed to providing a positive quality of life experience while affirming each person's right to choose and realize their individual goals including where and how they learn, live, work and socialize. Thomas Allen believes in meeting the ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Thomas Allen, Inc. has been recognized as a national standard Top Workplace. Among the many hundreds of employers that participated in this rigorous program, it is an honor to be placed in this category! The evaluation for the Top Workplaces program is based upon feedback from an employee survey, and we are honored to be included in this list of Top Workplaces for the 3rd consecutive year. Especially since the judges were our employees! However, this is a TEAM celebration, as it is the collective effort of our employee team that makes this company what it is today. This is something we can all be proud of achieving together! Thank You!

  • We talk with and interact with people all day, every day. Yet, how often do we really listen and hear what they are saying? How often do we let our mind wander, or listen with our minds already made up? Pretty often! This presentation teaches us how to engage in open, insightful and energetic conversation - with those we love, as well as with acquaintances and while at work. I bet you have someone in your life that may pick up a tip or two as well - please pass this along! p.s. you are likely to laugh a few times too, and say, "Yep, I do that!" ��

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Thomas Allen – Why Work For Us?

We are always looking for caring and talented people to help us provide a positive quality of life experience while affirming the clients' right to choose and realize their individual goals. 

We are pleased that you are considering a career with Thomas Allen!

Thomas Allen is a great place to make a difference and achieve your career goals. We offer great benefits, flexible hours, advancement opportunities and competitive wages.

  • We know what we're doing. Thomas Allen was formed in 1977 and continues to be lead by our owners, James Thomas Perron and David Allen Peterman.

  • Our employees are happy. We have over 760 employees and 18% have been with us for over 10 years. The average employee stays for 5 years.

  • Employees are rewarded for helping us recruit friends and family with our Employee Referral Bonus Program. We recognize employees with Service Anniversary Recognition, Employee of the Month awards, Rookie of the Month awards and a Staff of the Year award. Our supervisors recognize the little things our employees do to make the lives of our clients better every day.

  • We care about professional development, and we thoroughly train new employees from the beginning. We offer First Aid, CPR, and Medication Administration certifications for positions that provide direct care to our clients, and strongly encourage continued learning and education with our generous Tuition Reimbursement program.

  • Thomas Allen is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity. We work hard to provide a safe, inclusive environment for employees and clients alike.

As a Direct Support Professional with Thomas Allen, Inc. you will have the primary responsibility of meeting the needs of the individuals served by providing support, guidance, training and supervision. 

In a Direct Support position with Thomas Allen, your day could look like this:

  • Supporting individuals in reaching their goals and achieving greater independence.

  • Helping with high-to-low level self-cares.

  • Preparing meals or assisting clients with meal preparation.

  • Driving individuals to medical appointments and bringing them on activities such as going out to eat, to the movies, shopping, and more.

  • Assisting with budgeting.

  • Administering medication and/ or working with medical equipment.

  • Helping individuals maintain their household by assisting with laundry, preparing meals, cleaning, and shopping.

  • Documenting daily activities and health logs.

  • Working alongside guardians, families, case manager, and other team members.

No experience necessary! Paid training is provided!

Thomas Allen has been providing contracted case management since 1987. Services are provided to people of all ages who have DD, CADI, BI or Elderly Waivers. We hold contracts with Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Chisago, Todd, Winona, Scott and Goodhue counties. We also have Purchase of Service agreements with over a dozen other counties all over the State of Minnesota.

  • Our Case Managers are responsible for conducting assessments, creating and reviewing care plans, coordinating services with the client and interdisciplinary team, connecting clients with community resources and ensuring waiver coordination and documents meet lead agency guidelines.

  • Thomas Allen's Managed Care division of case management offers Care Coordinator positions with responsibilities that include: assisting members of Minnesota Health Care Programs make informed choices about their health care services, conducting assessments, service coordination, and assisting members in making progress towards his or her health goals and coordinating care with the interdisciplinary team.

Originally called Alternatives for Independent Development, Thomas Allen began in 1977 when David Peterman saw the need for programs that would provide people with disabilities the opportunity to live more independently within the community. Dave’s vision eventually led to both the Horizon Apartments opening in West St. Paul, Minnesota and the company’s first Semi Independent Living Services contract with Dakota County. As a program manager at these apartments, James Perron developed a strong relationship with Dave, and as the company grew so did Jim’s role in the company.

In 1984, the two men officially became business partners with the common goal of providing residential apartment training/living services to higher functioning adults with developmental disabilities. The following years led to the expansion of services provided to people with a wide range of needs. In 1987, James Thomas Perron and David Allen Peterman changed the name of their partnership to Thomas Allen, Incorporated.

Today, Thomas Allen employs over 750 people and provides a wide variety of services to over 5,000 individuals throughout Minnesota. By retaining the core values that originally led to the relationship between Jim and Dave, and by continuously adapting to the needs of our clients, Thomas Allen has grown into an industry leader centered on the people we serve.


We hire our interns. Thomas Allen has been providing contracted case management since 1987.  We strive to provide person-centered case management by promoting the dignity and worth of each person we serve.  Our priorities are:

  • To provide top quality services
  • To promote fiscal responsibility
  • To achieve the highest standards of practice and lead agency compliance

Through our Internship program, undergraduate Social Work students will have the opportunity to gain practical experience in the case management field. Interns will experience the full spectrum of duties involved in case management, including:

  • Managing caseloads (under supervision)
  • Billing
  • Conducting assessments
  • Working on care plans and more!

All interns work under the supervision of qualified staff and in accordance with the college's academic internship requirements.

To inquire about placement opportunities, please contact us through your school's Social Work department or at

Thomas Allen Reviews

  • "Solid Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Thomas Allen part-time


    They seem to really care about the clients and their employees


    Cant think of any cons

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Thomas Allen Photos

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Thomas Allen Interviews



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    Care Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Edina, MN
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Thomas Allen (Edina, MN) in January 2015.


    I had to complete a personality type of quiz online along with the usual information needed when applying for a position and then a phone screen occurred to ensure I understood what I was applying for. Then an in person interview with two supervisors. Within 1-2 days I received a call with an offer extended. It was very painless and easy to apply.

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Thomas Allen Awards & Accolades

  • Top 150 Workplaces, Star Tribune, 2018
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune Top Workplace, Star Tribune, 2017
  • Top Workplaces, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2019
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Pledges & Certifications

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

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