Glassdoor Reveals The Best Universities To Work For

Best Universities To WorkAs college students get ready to head back to the classroom, thousands of university employees are already on campus, working hard as most of them do year-round.

By now, you've seen countless reports ranking the top universities in the nation, including the recently released "America's Top Colleges" report by Forbes Magazine. But, what about the employees?

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For the first time, Glassdoor, a jobs and career community, has turned the tables on these rankings, by offering an inside look at what it's really like to work for more than 100 universities, from Arizona State to Yale, according to those who know best – the employees.

The results may surprise you:




Largest Universities by Fall 2010 Enrollment

University

Employer Rating

President/Chancellor

President/Chancellor
Approval Rating

Arizona State

3.4

OK

Michael M. Crow

54%

University of Central Florida

3.3

OK

John C. Hitt

93%

Ohio State University

3.8

Satisfied

Gordon Gee

90%

University of Minnesota

3.5

Satisfied

Eric W. Kaler

n/a

University of Texas at Austin

3.8

Satisfied

William Powers Jr.

82%

University of Florida

3.7

Satisfied

Bernie Machen

70%

Texas A&M

3.6

Satisfied

R. Bowen Loftin

n/a

University of South Florida

3.6

Satisfied

Judy L. Genshaft

73%

Michigan State

4.0

Satisfied

Lou Anna K. Simon

83%

Penn State

3.6

Satisfied

Graham B. Spanier

75%





What makes these universities standout among employees? Here's what several employees had to say:

"Relative autonomy and ability to create projects. Excellent work environment. Am given the resources necessary to complete my work efficiently and effectively. Management is open to new ideas as to how to improve operations." – University of Kansas Employee (location n/a)

"Lots of pride in working for a great institution. Benefits have remained solid even through tough economic/budgetary times" – Iowa State University Program Coordinator (Ames, IA)

"The employee comes first. Easy to balance work and life. The school has a rapidly growing reputation" – Brigham Young University Analyst (Provo, UT)

"Top technical institute in science, technology and engineering. Compared to best in the world. Top class well known faculty to advise." – Georgia Tech Employee (Atlanta, GA)





University/College Employer Comparison

University/College

Employer Rating

President/Chancellor

President/Chancellor
Approval Rating

Arizona State

3.4

OK

Michael M. Crow

54%

Baylor College of Medicine

2.9

OK

Dr. Paul Klotman

60%

Boston University

3.5

OK

Robert A. Brown

86%

Brigham Young University (BYU)

4.1

Very Satisfied

Cecil O. Samuelson

100%

Brown University

4.0

Satisfied

Ruth J. Simmons

85%

Carnegie Mellon University

3.8

Satisfied

Jared L. Cohon

96%

Case Western Reserve University

3.6

Satisfied

Barbara R. Snyder

100%

Columbia University

3.4

OK

Lee C. Bollinger

90%

Cornell University

4.0

Satisfied

David J. Skorton

90%

DePaul University

3.7

Satisfied

Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider

79%

DeVry University

2.8

OK

David J. Pauldine

n/a

Drexel University

3.4

OK

John A. Fry

100%

Duke University

3.7

Satisfied

Dick Brodhead

92%

Emory University

3.2

OK

Jim Wagner

85%

Florida International University

3.7

Satisfied

Mark B. Rosenberg

70%

Florida State University

3.8

Satisfied

Eric J. Barron*

100%

George Mason University

3.6

Satisfied

Alan G. Merten

100%

George Washington University

3.5

Satisfied

Steven Knapp

91%

Georgetown University

3.5

OK

Jack DeGioia

75%

Georgia Tech

4.1

Very Satisfied

Bud Peterson

100%

Harvard University

3.8

Satisfied

Drew Gilpin Faust

83%

Indiana University

3.7

Satisfied

Michael McRobbie

82%

Iowa State University

4.1

Very Satisfied

Gregory L. Geoffroy

100%

ITT Technical Institute

2.2

OK

Kevin M. Modany

n/a

Johns Hopkins

3.8

Satisfied

Ronald J. Daniels*

100%

Kaplan University

2.6

OK

Wade Dyke

n/a

LSU (Louisiana State University)

3.5

Satisfied

John V. Lombardi

n/a

Michigan State

4.0

Satisfied

Lou Anna K. Simon

83%

MIT

4.0

Satisfied

Susan Hockfield

92%

North Carolina State University

3.9

Satisfied

W. Randolph Woodson*

100%

Northwestern University

3.6

Satisfied

Morton Schapiro

n/a

NYU (New York University)

3.6

Satisfied

John E. Sexton

74%

Ohio State University

3.8

Satisfied

Gordon Gee

90%

Oklahoma State

3.5

Satisfied

V. Burns Hargis

100%

Penn State

3.6

Satisfied

Graham B. Spanier

75%

Princeton University

3.8

Satisfied

Shirley M. Tilghman

100%

Purdue University

3.7

Satisfied

France A. Córdova

89%

Rutgers University

3.5

OK

Richard L. McCormick

50%

Stanford University

3.7

Satisfied

John L. Hennessy

89%

Stony Brook

3.6

Satisfied

Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.

n/a

Strayer University

2.8

OK

Sondra F. Stallard

75%

SUNY Buffalo

3.9

Satisfied

Satish K. Tripathi

n/a

Temple University

3.6

Satisfied

Ann Weaver Hart

85%

Texas A&M

3.6

Satisfied

R. Bowen Loftin

n/a

Texas Tech

3.3

OK

Guy Bailey

59%

The University of Kansas

4.2

Very Satisfied

Bernadette Gray-Little

100%

UC Berkeley

3.5

OK

Robert J. Birgeneau

60%

UC Davis

3.8

Satisfied

Linda Katehi

86%

UC Irvine

3.7

Satisfied

Michael V. Drake*

75%

UC Riverside

3.5

OK

Timothy P. White

n/a

UC San Diego

3.7

Satisfied

Marye Anne Fox

n/a

UC Santa Barbara

3.8

Satisfied

Gene Lucas

n/a

UCLA

3.6

Satisfied

Gene D. Block

80%

UCSF (University of California, San Francisco)

3.4

OK

Susan Desmond-Hellmann

90%

University of Alabama

3.5

Satisfied

Robert E. Witt*

100%

University of Arizona

3.8

Satisfied

Dr. Eugene G. Sander*

n/a

University of British Colombia

3.5

OK

Stephen J. Toope

50%

University of Central Florida

3.3

OK

John C. Hitt

93%

University of Chicago

3.2

OK

Bob Zimmer

67%

University of Cincinnati

3.3

OK

Gregory H. Williams*

88%

University of Colorado

3.6

Satisfied

Bruce D. Benson*

89%

University of Connecticut

3.7

Satisfied

Susan Herbst

n/a

University of Delaware

3.9

Satisfied

Patrick T. Harker*

n/a>

University of Florida

3.7

Satisfied

Bernie Machen

70%

University of Georgia

3.4

OK

Michael F. Adams

36%

University of Houston

3.7

Satisfied

Renu Khator

93%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.2

OK

Paula Allen-Meares

n/a

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne

3.9

Satisfied

Dr. Robert Easter

n/a

University of Iowa

3.6

Satisfied

Sally K. Mason*

100%

University of Kentucky

3.8

Satisfied

Lee T. Todd Jr.

85%

University of Louisville

3.5

Satisfied

James R. Ramsey

92%

University of Maryland

3.6

Satisfied

Wallace D. Loh

n/a

University of Massachusetts

3.4

OK

Robert C. Holub

n/a

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

3.3

OK

William F. Owen Jr.

n/a

University of Miami

3.0

OK

Donna E. Shalala

100%

University of Michigan

3.8

Satisfied

Mary Sue Coleman

92%

University of Minnesota

3.5

Satisfied

Eric W. Kaler

n/a

University of Missouri

3.7

Satisfied

Stephen J. Owens*

n/a

University of Nebraska

3.7

Satisfied

Harvey Perlman

100%

University of North Carolina

3.6

Satisfied

Holden Thorp*

100%

University of Oklahoma

3.6

Satisfied

David L. Boren

92%

University of Pennsylvania

3.9

Satisfied

Amy Gutmann

95

University of Phoenix

2.8

OK

Dr. William Pepicello

49%

University of Pittsburgh

3.4

OK

Mark A. Nordenberg

90%

University of South Florida

3.6

Satisfied

Judy L. Genshaft

73%

University of Southern California

3.8

Satisfied

C.L. Max Nikias*

100%

University of Tennessee

3.4

OK

Jan Simek

n/a

University of Texas at Arlington

3.7

Satisfied

James D. Spaniolo

94%

University of Texas at Austin

3.8

Satisfied

William Powers Jr.

82%

University of Texas System

3.5

OK

Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D.*

67%

University of Toronto

3.6

Satisfied

David Naylor

81%

University of Utah

3.7

Satisfied

A. Lorris Betz, M.D., Ph.D.

n/a

University of Virginia

3.8

Satisfied

Teresa Sullivan*

100%

University of Washington

3.5

OK

Phyllis M. Wise*

67%

University of Waterloo

3.8

Satisfied

Feridun Hamdullahpur

n/a

University of Wisconsin

3.7

Satisfied

David Ward

n/a

Virginia Tech

3.7

Satisfied

Charles W. Steger

84%

Washington State University

3.4

OK

Elson S. Floyd*

89%

Washington University in St. Louis

3.8

Satisfied

Mark S. Wrighton

100%

Wayne State

3.4

OK

Jay Noren

77%

Yale University

3.7

Satisfied

Richard C. Levin

95%


Based on universities/colleges with at least 20 employee reviews between 7/31/09 - 8/01/11.
* Indicates president/chancellor with less than ten reviews


Do you work at a college or university? Share a company review on Glassdoor and tell us what you like about your company and what could be improved.

Report based on universities and colleges with at least 20 employee reviews between 8/1/2009 -7/31/2011. Ratings are based on a 5-point scale; 5.0 – 4.01 = Employees are "Very Satisfied", 4.0 – 3.51 = Employees are "Satisfied", 3.5 – 2.51 = Employees say it's "OK", 1.51 – 2.5 = Employees are "Dissatisfied, 0.0 – 1.5 = Employees are "Very Dissatisfied."





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jgriz2000

kansas university: good place to be a student, good place to be employed. always has been

August 17 2011 at 7:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
randallalbin

without naming names, some of the elite universities have problems and are unethical

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headcoach1000

I might suggest JONES College, Jacksonville has to be one of the worst- personal feelings!

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