Rice University
Rice Magazine| The Magazine of Rice University | No. 3 | 2009

Who Knew  That Rice Is One of the Best Places to Work?
We Knew.

Rice’s reputation as a first-rate educational institution has again been complemented by its reputation as a great place to work. Twice.

The Chronicle of Higher Education named Rice one of this year’s “Great Colleges to Work For.” The publication ranked colleges for specific best practices and policies, such as compensation and benefits, faculty–administration relations and confidence in senior leadership. The ranking was based on a random survey of faculty, administrators and staff and an audit of demographics and workplace policies and practices from more than 300 two- and four-year colleges. Rice was honored in 16 of 26 categories among four-year schools with 3,000 to 9,999 students. Rice also was named to the Chronicle’s honor roll, which recognizes the 10 colleges that were cited most often across all categories.

The honor came just a few weeks after the Houston Business Journal lauded the university as one of Houston’s “Best Places to Work” for the fourth year in a row. Rice was named in the category of businesses with more than 500 employees. The winners were determined by responses of

employees who completed an online survey measuring a variety of attributes associated with employee satisfaction and involvement with the workplace. Participating institutions were considered for the rankings only if the percentage of their employees who took the survey was high enough to represent a statistically valid sample based on the size of their workforce.

“These recognitions mean a lot to all of us at Rice because the primary factor in deciding whether an institution was honored was favorable feedback from faculty and staff,” said Mary Cronin, associate vice president for Human Resources. Rice’s consistent ranking as a best place for employment helps the university recruit and retain the best faculty and staff, she said.

“It’s particularly gratifying that their positive comments spanned so many aspects of life at Rice, from job satisfaction to work–life balance to pride in the university,” Cronin said. “They are the best.”