Why UT Knoxville is a Great Place to Work

Category: Features

By Brian Canever

Home to nearly 9,000 faculty and staff members, UT Knoxville has been rated among the best places to work in America. The campus was ranked 100 on the Forbes list of the 500 best large employers in the U.S., coming in third overall among Tennessee businesses and organizations.

Among large employers (more than 5,000 employees), UT Knoxville ranked first among higher education institutions in the Southeastern Conference, ninth among public higher education institutions in the U.S. and 15 among educational institutions, public or private, in the U.S.

The iconic Ayres hall building lit by a floodlight at night

Why is UT Knoxville such a great place to work? There are several reasons and here are just a few:

Beginning Jan. 1, the campus raised its minimum wage to $15 an hour and adjusted the wages of employees in nearby market ranges to account for what s known as salary compression. It is the most recent in a series of investments the campus has made over the past year in compensation, including merit raises for all employees and an increase in the minimum salary for full-time non-tenure-track faculty.

To recognize the achievement and contributions made by its faculty and staff, the campus often hosts employee appreciation days, picnics and celebratory lunches. A health and fitness event last year gave employees a space to recharge and engage in self-care virtually throughout the week. Like all UT System employees, UT Knoxville faculty and staff members have access to family care benefits that include six weeks of paid parental leave and an undergraduate tuition discount for family members at any public university in Tennessee and numerous employee discounts.

UT Knoxville employees quickly become a part of the Volunteer family. The university works to highlight and celebrate its employees and make the campus a workplace people want to come to every day.