The University of Nebraska–Lincoln rates as the best workplace in its city and top public education employer in the Cornhusker State, says the latest edition of yearly rankings from Forbes and Statista.
Released in late August, Forbes’ fifth annual list of America’s Best Employers by State ranked Nebraska’s flagship, land-grant university as the No. 7 overall workplace in the state. That puts the university alongside some of the most respected nonprofit and private employers in Nebraska, including the Methodist Health System, Mutual of Omaha, Boys Town and Nebraska Medicine.
As of the 2022-23 academic year, the institution employed nearly 6,000 people, roughly 4,000 of whom were staff. Full-time and permanent half-time employees of Nebraska U have access to a benefits package that includes health, life, disability and long-term care insurance; retirement accounts; and tuition remission that extends to a spouse and dependent children.
Forbes and Statista, a market research firm, arrived at the rankings after surveying roughly 70,000 full- and part-time employees who work at companies or nonprofits that each employ at least 500 people. In addition to being asked whether they would recommend their employer to family and friends, respondents assessed their workplace according to multiple criteria: working conditions, compensation, diversity, upward mobility and reputation, among others. Respondents, who were granted anonymity, also had the chance to evaluate other employers within their state and national counterparts within their industry.
The 2023 rankings include 1,392 organizations from across the 50 states and the District of Columbia.