Nationwide survey: UF ranks 9th among public universities, UF Health 25th in Forbes’ “America’s Best Employers 2015”

Published: April 9 2015

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- A survey of more than 20,000 employees nationwide shows the University of Florida ranks No. 9 among public universities in Forbes’ first-ever listing of “America’s Best Employers,” while University of Florida Health is ranked 25th among all health-care providers.

The university was ranked No. 21 in the magazine’s education category, which includes K-12 schools systems and institutions of higher education, and No. 121 overall among the top 500 large companies and nonprofit institutions. UF Health was ranked 154th overall.

In addition, besides UF and UF Health, only five other universities and their affiliated health-care systems made the list: the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and UNC Health Care, the University of Michigan and the University of Michigan Health System, Harvard University and Partners HealthCare System, the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital, and New York University and NYU-Langone Medical Center.

The rankings, which will be conducted annually, appear in the magazine’s April 13 issue.

“This is an amazing accomplishment we can all be proud of. We are pleased to know that, as an institution of higher education, the University of Florida ranks among the very best employers in the nation,” said Paula Varnes Fussell, UF vice president for Human Resource Services. “This ranking reflects the importance the university places on the quality of life of its employees.”

Said Dr. David S. Guzick, senior vice president for health affairs for UF and president of UF Health: “Over the past five years we have worked hard to bring people together through our strategic plan and to place the patient at the center of everything we do at UF Health. The fact that our faculty and staff helped put us in the top 500 places to work among all U.S. employers, both for the university and our health system, shows that we are achieving the goals we set out to accomplish.”

To create the 2015 listing, Forbes partnered with, which conducted the independent survey of more than 20,000 American workers. Employees were asked whether they would recommend their employer to others as well as their opinions on other employers in their industry.

In addition to the Forbes ranking, the University of Florida has been ranked No. 4 among public universities and No. 7 overall in CareerBliss’ list of “Top 10 Happiest University Employers,” based on the “employee happiness data” the site has gathered.  In 2012, the university’s home city, Gainesville made Forbes’ list as the No. 1 “Best Place for Business and Careers in Florida” and has also been named a “Top 10 Small City” by USA Today.


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