Texas A&M Ranked Among Nation’s Top 10 “Best Colleges To Work For”

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Texas A&M University is ranked by Glassdoor, an online jobs and career community,   as one of the nation’s “best colleges to work for” — placing sixth overall, third among public institutions and first in Texas.

The prestigious business magazine released its “top 10″ list Thursday (Sept. 27), with Brigham Young and California Institute of Technology heading it. The only public institutions to rank higher than Texas A&M are the University of Illinois and the University of Delaware.

Other institutions among the top 10 are Carnegie Mellon, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of South Florida, University of California-Berkeley and University of Utah.

The rankings are based on an “employer rating” system that takes into consideration how valued employees feel by top administration, a shared commitment to students and to developing tomorrow’s leaders, the passion employees have for their work, a sense of family and tradition on campus and overall job satisfaction. Other items such as good benefits, a healthy work-life balance and a flexible atmosphere are also among the criteria.

This is the second job-related survey published this month in which Texas A&M fares well.

Texas A&M ranks tops among Texas public universities on the basis of median starting salaries for graduates and what they are earning midway in their careers, according to the latest national survey by PayScale, a Seattle-based compensation data firm. A PayScale survey published earlier this year by Bloomberg Businessweek placed Texas A&M among the top 10 public institutions nationally on a return-on-investment (ROI) basis — what graduates earn in their careers compared to their college costs.

Traditionally, Texas A&M ranks high in national surveys about colleges and universities, particularly those that have “best value” perspectives. Earlier this month, U.S. News & World Report ranked Texas A&M second nationally among public universities in its “Great Schools, Great Prices” category.

Texas A&M University placed second nationally in Washington Monthly‘s new rankings, released last month, that take into major consideration factors such as research and service. In the magazine’s 2012 rankings released Monday (Aug. 27), Texas A&M was runner-up to the University of California at San Diego.

SmartMoney magazine ranked Texas A&M first nationally in 2011 for “payback ratio”— which the magazine defined as the earnings levels of an institution’s graduates compared to what they paid in tuition, fees and related costs for their undergraduate educations. The Wall Street Journal ranked Texas A&M second nationally in a 2010 survey based on employers’ satisfaction with an institution’s graduates.

Texas A&M also fared well in a New York Times listing of what business leaders worldwide say are the top institutions from which they recruit — and ranked first in Texas. The New York Times spread, titled “What business leaders say,” is based on responses from “hundreds of chief executives and chairmen chosen from leading companies in 10 countries,” according to a notation explaining the selection process. The polling that produced the list of 150 institutions was conducted by the surveying company Emerging. Overall, Texas A&M placed eighth among public U.S. universities and first among all public or private universities in the Southwest or deep South.

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Media contact: Lane Stephenson, News & Information Services at (979) 845-4662


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