Colleges are no strangers to competition: students compete to get in, there are countless college sports team rivalries, and there are annual rankings pitting university against university. With these annual rankings, prospective students can make better decisions about where to attend, but how can college and university employees best decide where to work?
In its fourth annual report, Glassdoor is revealing the Top 25 Universities to Work For (2014), helping employees identify the top colleges and universities to work for across the U.S. Some common themes shared by employees at these top universities are flexible work schedules, strong research programs, a sense of making a positive impact on the world and in others’ lives, and great benefits like tuition reimbursement for employees and their families.
BYU Back on Top
Based entirely on employee feedback shared on Glassdoor, Brigham Young University (BYU) reclaims the #1 spot with a 4.4 employer rating after falling to #3 on last year’s report. Carnegie Mellon University takes the #2 spot (4.3) followed by public university, Clemson University (4.3). Coming in at #4 is Ivy League Princeton University (4.3) and rounding out the top five is Cornell University (4.3). (Ratings based on a 5-point scale and rounded to the nearest tenth for reporting simplicity; 1.0=very dissatisfied, 3.0=OK, 5.0=very satisfied.)
Read what employees at the top three universities value about working there:
1. Brigham Young University
“Clean campus, gentle and gracious people, excellent working conditions and interesting work. The goal of the university – to educate students to go into the world and make it a better place – is supportable and admirable.” – Brigham Young University Administrator (Provo, UT)
2. Carnegie Mellon University
“At CMU, they strive to lead the way for others. Management supportive of career development and those at the top make it a point to know what you are working on and want input how to assist. Hard work is rewarded.” – Carnegie Mellon University Systems Administrator (Pittsburgh, PA)
3. Clemson University
“I love the location and the upstate of South Carolina. Our office has a familial culture and has been a great place to work and grow. Higher education offers a flexible schedule and great benefits such as employees are offered free tuition for up to 6 hours a semester.” – Clemson University Director (Clemson, SC)
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