Forbes Ranks MCW 7th Best Employer in Wisconsin and Top Academic Institution
After surveying 80,000 employees from companies across the United States with 500 or more employees, Forbes ranked the Medical College of Wisconsin as the 7th best company of 500 or more employees in Wisconsin to work for in 2021 and the top educational institution in the state. On a national level, making the Forbes list of Best Employers by State ranks MCW in the top 3.1% of all U.S. employers with 500 or more employees.
As part of the survey, respondents were asked 31 work-related questions about working conditions, compensation, opportunities for advancement and openness to remote/virtual work, and then asked to rate their willingness to recommend their own employer to family and friends.
The anonymous employee surveys were conducted from October 2020 to June 2021, which coincides with the need to address the financial and safety implications of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the systemic inequities it brought to the forefront.
MCW addressed these through a variety of steps including quickly transitioning to remote/hybrid work and learning, serving as a leader and subject matter expert on COVID-19 for the state, region and community, standing up COVID-19 vaccination clinics for MCW employees, family and community members, and providing employees and learners with PPE (personal protective equipment). MCW also recognized employees with a one-time incentive payment, increased the minimum wage to $15/hour, and continued to offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes generous medical and dental health plan options, retirement, vacation, sick and paid parental leave programs, and tuition assistance.
“These results are a clear indication of our employees’ perception about how we are handling these challenging and difficult times. Additionally, they are a testament to something I strongly believe – that the Medical College of Wisconsin is an exceptional place to work,” said John R. Raymond, Sr., MD, president and CEO.
“We are proud of what this says about the people at Medical College of Wisconsin and the way we have collectively worked and evolved to overcome the challenges created by the pandemic. It is the people of MCW that make us great, and I wish to thank everyone who makes MCW a special place to work and learn,” said Adrienne Mitchell, MBA, MCW vice president and chief people officer.