To compile the list, released earlier this month, Forbes hired market research company Statista to survey nearly 30,000 workers at large (5,000-plus U.S. employees) and midsize companies (1,000–5,000 employees). The survey represented organizations in 25 industries ranging from aerospace to utilities.
Fred Hutch was one of 10 organizations listed in the “health care and social” category. Other top-25 midsize employers in that category included St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the University of Rochester Medical Center.
The anonymous, 30-question survey asked employees detailed questions about working conditions and asked them to rate, on a scale of zero to 10, how likely they’d be to recommend their employer to others. In addition, respondents were asked to nominate organizations in industries other than their own. The final list ranked the 500 large and 500 midsize employers that garnered the most recommendations.
The Forbes ranking underscores the positive results of our 2017 Employee Engagement Survey that Fred Hutch conducted last fall, said Lynne R. Kornblatt, vice president and Chief Human Resources Officer. “Our engagement was high compared to similar organizations. Our employees and faculty are our greatest asset.”
An overarching factor that plays into employee engagement and satisfaction at Fred Hutch, Kornblatt believes, is the organization’s mission-oriented focus. “The Hutch has many long-serving employees, and our talented workforce is very in touch with the Hutch’s mission: to make it possible to cure cancer and infectious diseases. That is front and center for our people and forms the basis of how people think about doing their work here every day.”