NEW: Brown Named Top 10 University to Work For in US

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


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it's a great place to be a student... and faculty, according to a new ranking from Business Research Guide.

Brown University is not only a great place to go to school, it's also considered one of the Top 10 Best Colleges and Universities to Work For, according to Business Research Guide. In fact, Brown took the #5 spot nationwide, beating out esteemed institutions including MIT, Cornell, and the University of Pennsylvania.

As part of its Top 100 Best Companies to Work For In the US, BRG chose the top educational institutions for faculty. "In the Academic field it is easy for professors to feel as if they are just one among thousands, a cog in the machine of the modern education system," according to BRG. "These universities do an excellent job of involving their faculty in decision making and curriculum… [and] recognize that university faculty is at its best when there is room for innovation."

What makes Brown a great place to work

BRG, in handing Brown the Top 5 spot, cited its wide array of benefits as noteworthy: strong educational benefits including an employee education program and a tuition aid program. "Child care and backup child care services are also very convenient offerings," according to BRG. "All of this combined with an intellectually rigorous and stimulating environment make Brown a strong choice in the higher education field."

University of Kansas is #1

BRG handed top honors to the University of Kansas for 2012: "This university places a high value on the input of its faculty in the decision making process and internal communications," according to BRG. "Ideas from faculty members are regularly bounced around, debated and tweaked before being implemented. This combined with an emphasis on work-life balance that allows faculty and staff to manage their day to day personal responsibilities in conjunction with their work responsibilities makes this one of the best universities in the country to work for."

Iowa State took the #2 honors, followed by Brigham Young University in Utah at #3 and the Georgia Institute of Technology at #4. The rest of the Top 10 included Michigan State at #6, MIT at #7, Cornell and UPENN at #8 and #9, respectively, and North Carolina State University rounding out the group at #10. For more on the Top 10 schools, go here.

How they got the rankings

According to BRG, the Top 100 Best Companies to Work For was created based on a variety of factors including overall work environment, compensation, and special perks afforded employees. "We also take into account overall employee satisfaction, the greatest indicator of which is the rate of voluntary turnover. Most importantly, we looked for stable companies – companies whose dedication to their employees has helped them weather challenging economic times.  Data was gathered based on publicly available information, and the final decision to include a company as part of this ranking was made by the BRG Editorial team."

For all of BRG's rankings, go here.


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