Forbes ranks UT among top 20 places to work in higher education

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – Forbes magazine named the University of Tennessee one of the nation's top 20 places to work in higher education on its 2016 America's Best Employers list.

UT was ranked 83 among all businesses across 25 industries. It's the first Southeastern Conference school to make the list. The University of Florida placed 90th among 500 SEC schools.

"To make a list such as this is noteworthy enough, but to be ranked ahead of a number of peer institutions and world-renowned businesses shows the kind of workforce and atmosphere we have here at UT," said Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek. "We know our faculty and staff are what make working at UT such a special experience, and this is also a recognition of their efforts toward our continued success."

Marathon Petroleum, Google, and Costco top the America's Best Employers list. To determine rankings, Forbes asked questions to 30,000 employees at businesses with more than 5,000 employees across the nation. In the survey, workers were asked to rate how likely they were to recommend their employer, and how they viewed other businesses or institutions in their same field. The magazine contacted employees anonymously to keep them from employer influence.

UT finished just one spot behind Whole Foods, and one ahead of chemical corporation BASF. Other well-known businesses that finished behind UT include Microsoft, PayPal, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, and Coca-Cola.

Two other East Tennessee-based businesses also made the list: DENSO and Clayton Homes.

To see the full list click on the included link.