Forbes magazine has named Boston College as one of Massachusetts’s best employers, as part of its second annual national survey of businesses, institutions, and other organizations rated most favorably by employees.

BC ranked ninth of 95 Massachusetts employers. Boston Children’s Hospital was first, followed by Lawrence General Hospital, Partners HealthCare System, Raytheon Technology, and MIT; also in the top 10 were Cambridge Health Alliance (sixth), Procter & Gamble (seventh), U.S. Department of Defense (eighth), and Herb Chambers (10th). Others on the list included Northeastern University (16th), Massachusetts General Hospital (19th), Harvard University (22nd), Dell Technologies (26th), University of Massachusetts Medical School (31st), Boston University (42nd), Amazon (48th), Bank of America (58th), Tufts University (69th), Home Depot (75th), and Verizon Communications (86th).

To determine the list, Forbes—partnering with market research company Statista—surveyed 80,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 500 employees. Respondents, who filled out the surveys anonymously, rated their employers on a variety of criteria, including safety of work environment, competitiveness of compensation, opportunities for advancement and openness to telecommuting. Respondents also were asked how likely they would be to recommend their employer to others, and to nominate organizations in industries outside their own.

The final list ranks the 1,461 employers that received the greatest number of recommendations in each of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia.

The number of businesses ranked in each state was dependent on two factors—the number of qualifying employers and the size of the state’s workforce—and those with operations in more than one state had the opportunity to be listed multiple times.

The description for BC in the Forbes listing noted that, in addition to its emphasis in the liberal arts, “Boston College champions innovation—the Edmund H. Shea Center for Entrepreneurship aims to develop a generation of young entrepreneurs and has raised more than $100 million in venture backing for companies launched by students and alumni.” In addition, “BC has earned a reputation for having a heavily involved student body. Student organizations keep the campus thriving, hosting charity events and more than three concerts each year.”

The entry also pointed to the more than 182,000 BC alumni around the world, among them former Secretary of State John Kerry, NBA veteran Jared Dudley, and comedian Amy Poehler, constituting the largest alumni association among Jesuit universities.  

Read more at Forbes' “America’s Best Employers” site.

University Communications | October 2020