With colleges and universities back in full swing this fall, various reports have ranked what it is like to attend schools across the country, but school isn’t back in session just for students – university employees are back to work, too. In its third annual report, Glassdoor is revealing the Top 25 Universities to Work For (2013), offering an inside look into what it’s really like to work for some of the largest universities and colleges across the nation, entirely based on employee feedback over the past year.
In addition, Glassdoor is showcasing its annual University & College Report Card, shedding light into how more than 100 of the nation’s colleges and universities compare by employee satisfaction and by president/chancellor approval ratings.
Texas Tech on Top: Highest Rated Universities
This year, the state of Texas takes top honors with six Texas-based universities cracking the Top 25 including the #1 university to work for, Texas Tech, with its 4.4 (very satisfied) rating. Carnegie Mellon University (4.3) ranks #2, up from #5 on last year’s report, followed by Brigham Young University (4.3), last year’s #1 university, University of Texas at Austin (4.3) and Iowa State University (4.3). Ratings based on a 5-point scale: 1.0=very dissatisfied, 3.0=OK, 5.0=very satisfied.
Employees at the top three share what it is like to work for highly-rated universities:
“The people there are very laid back. The campus is beautiful. The pay is competitive with other universities. You are free to do your own thing, just be ready at the deadline.” – Texas Tech Instructor (Lubbock, TX)
“Strong work/life balance, staff is engaged and in and proud of the CMU environment and reputation, ability to attract talented staff, strong focus professional development, nice campus.” – Carnegie Mellon University IT Manager (Pittsburgh, PA)
“They are always willing to work with you when special circumstances arise. Offer consistent raises. They have a high-integrity work policy. Honesty is expected always, and dishonesty is not tolerated. Great hardware and software to work with. Always up to date with the technology and processes. Always moving forward and looking to improve.” – Brigham Young University (BYU) Accounting Clerk (Provo, UT)
A Perfect Score for Florida State’s Eric Barron: President & Chancellor Approval Ratings
Ranking #9 among the Top 25, Florida State University’s Eric J. Barron comes in with a perfect score according to employees with a 100% approval rating. University of Michigan’s Mary Sue Coleman ranks #2 with a 97% approval rating, followed by Notre Dame’s Rev. John I. Jenkins and University of Southern California’s C. L. Max Nikias in a tie for third with 96% approval ratings, respectively.
Two Ivy Leagues Crack the Top 25
While Ivy League universities are often ranked as top schools to attend, just two crack the Top 25 this year, both falling shy of the Top 10 and behind top schools like MIT (#7) and Stanford (#9). Cornell University comes in at #12 with a 4.2 rating (very satisfied) followed by Yale University (4.2) at #13.
See this year’s Top 25:
Check out this year’s complete results in Glassdoor’s University & College Report Card:
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