Vanderbilt named among FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For
For the first time Vanderbilt has been named one of the top 100 best places to work in the United States in FORTUNE magazine’s annual survey, and it is the first educational institution to ever be named to the list.
The No. 98 ranking released Jan. 22 encompasses approximately 21,000 employees at Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
“Every day a small army of skilled Vanderbilt employees care for the sick, educate tomorrow’s leaders, strive for scientific breakthroughs and keep this campus buzzing with activity,” said Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos. “I am proud and humbled that my colleagues are content and happy to be here. It is a great compliment to the employees at both the university and medical center to be the first educational institution to be ranked on the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For list.”
The rankings are determined through an extensive survey process. More than 81,000 employees from 353 companies responded to the survey nationwide, and a wealth of further information was submitted by management. The survey was conducted by FORTUNE in conjunction with the Great Place to Work Institute, based in San Francisco.
“Being in the company of some of the nation’s greatest businesses is a remarkable achievement. This has long been a goal of ours and reflects the value of the work we do, our commitment to the people we serve but most importantly a commitment to and belief in each other,” said Dr. Harry R. Jacobson, vice chancellor for health affairs, “I am honored to work in this great university family and proud to be associated with the 16,000 people who work at the medical center, who come here every day and work wonders.”
To be eligible, companies must have more than 1,000 U.S. employees and be at least 7 years old. The rankings are based on levels of credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie in the workforce.
Since 2002, FORTUNE has approved Vanderbilt’s nomination for the recognition each year, but the university had not advanced until this year. Members of the Quality of Work Life task force have made inclusion on the prestigious list a top priority over the years. The task force is co-chaired by Susie Lyons, manager of employee programs for the medical center, and Marilyn Holmes, manager of Health Plus, Vanderbilt’s wellness program.
“No matter what happens with the economy, the demand for talent will remain,” said Andy Serwer, managing editor of FORTUNE. “Great companies know that super-motivated, happy, world-class employees are an incredible competitive advantage.”
The full list will be published in FORTUNE’s Feb. 2 issue and will begin appearing on newsstands the week of Jan. 26. It can also be accessed along with additional information at the Great Place to Work Web site at www.greatplacetowork.com.
Contact: Jim Patterson, (615) 322-NEWS