BYU ranked No. 1 place to work

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Professor Craig Israelsen teaches his family finance (SFL 260) about budgeting, savings and liquidity. BYU was ranked No. 1 for the best university to work at in a recent survey. (Carolyn Carter)
Professor Craig Israelsen teaches his family finance class (SFL 260) about budgeting, savings and liquidity. BYU was ranked No. 1 for the best university to work at in a recent survey. (Carolyn Carter)

BYU is the No. 1 American university to work for, according to a survey published by The Huffington Post and Forbes magazine.

Rankers highlighted BYU’s clean, attractive students and its education system, according to employee review website Glassdoor. Glassdoor based its results directly on employee evaluations.

Staff members rated their satisfaction on a scale from one to five — five being the most satisfied. BYU received an average rank of 4.4. Carnegie Mellon University took second place with 4.3.

The top reasons for BYU’s score were the “clean campus, gentle and gracious people … and interesting work,” according to Glassdoor’s survey. “Positive employee feedback (focused) on the beauty and safety of campuses, as well as the support, resources and flexibility provided by the schools and fellow staff.”

Christine Knokleby, a producer of the Kim Power Stilson talk radio show on BYU Radio, said she loves the environment at BYU. “It’s a beautiful campus with a good spirit,” Knokleby said.

Knokleby has worked at BYU Broadcasting for 11 years in a variety of positions, including fundraising, marketing and advertising. She appreciates the university’s values and the good people she works with. She said the health benefits are an added bonus. Knokleby enjoys walking through campus every day to appreciate the beautiful grounds.

Joel Campbell has worked as an associate professor in the Department of Communications at BYU for 11 years. He said he appreciates the cooperation among professors on campus.

“Usually there is less cooperation on university campuses,” Campbell said. “Here professors get along well, and there are less politics between colleges.”

Campbell said he enjoys the employees-only gym, the free classes available to faculty and the half-tuition rates for children of staff. He also cited the university’s retirement and health benefits. Campbell has heard many say BYU’s benefits are the “Cadillac of insurance programs.”

Campbell also praised BYU’s students. “Students here, just by nature of admission, are bright and easy to get along with,” he said.

Sarah Bellini, an assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science, has only worked at BYU since August, but she had much to say about BYU facilitating student development.

“Part of the mission statement for this university is to help individuals progress,” Bellini said. “There are many resources and attention available for the students to help them become excellent in their educational goals. The ability to work with and mentor students is something I greatly enjoy about BYU.”

Bellini also said more students participate in research at BYU than at other universities where she has worked.

“It’s a nourishing environment, and it helps students flourish in unique ways,” Bellini concluded.

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