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New Best Workplace Report

University Business, Oct 2011
Anonymous employee reviews from The University of Kansas reveal high satisfaction with their employer. (Courtesy of KU University Relations/Office of University Relations)

In August,, an anonymous workforce review site, created a "Best Universities to Work For" report based on user-submitted information. The University of Kansas came out on top with a score of 4.2 (very satisfied) and a president approval rating of 100 percent. Iowa State, Brigham Young (Utah) and Georgia Tech were all hot on Kansas' heels with scores of 4.1.

The ratings were determined by reviewing information on institutions with 20 or more anonymous employee reviews submitted between July 2009 and August 2011, explains Glassdoor spokesman Scott Dobroski. Site users rate factors such as work/life balance, fairness and respect, benefits, communication, and employee morale. Free response comments were also considered.

While higher ed budgets have taken a battering in the recession, Glassdoor research shows most employees are still satisfied. Yet, says Dobroski, "we did notice that furloughs affected employee morale."

For campus leaders hoping to improve their standings, he suggested reviewing the available data and discussing whether the issues raised should be addressed. For the full list of rated institutions, click here.