UT: A Great Place to Work

Category: Features


Great Place To Work Certification 2023

For the second consecutive year, the University of Tennessee System has earned its certification as a great place to work.

The Great Place to Work Certification™ is determined by what current employees say about their experience working at the University of Tennessee System, its campuses and institutes. This year, 74% of employees rated the UT System as a great place to work – 17 points higher than the average U.S. company. Great Place to Work® is the global authority on workplace culture, employee experience, and the leadership behaviors proven to deliver market-leading revenue, employee retention and increased innovation.

“We are thrilled to become Great Place To Work-Certified™ for the second consecutive year across the UT System,” said Brian Dickens, chief human resources officer for the UT System. “This ‘employer of choice’ distinction is a coveted designation only bestowed by our dedicated employees to whom we owe our continued success. We celebrate and thank them for all they do to earn this incredible recognition.”

Among the top statements garnered from UT employees, this survey found:

  • 91% of employees have confidence that the UT System is a physically safe place to work
  • 88% of employees feel comfortable taking time off from work when necessary
  • 83% of employees feel they are given a lot of responsibility
  • 84% of employees feel good about the ways the UT System contributes to the community
  • 84% of employees take pride in telling others they work for the UT System

According to Great Place to Work research, 95% of job candidates say reputation is a major factor when considering a job offer. Job seekers are 4.5 times more likely to find a great boss at a Certified great workplace. Additionally, employees at Certified workplaces are 93% more likely to look forward to coming to work and are twice as likely to be paid fairly and have a fair chance at promotion.

Additional Perks We Think are Great!

ALEX is our virtual benefits counselor who helps employees choose benefits that best suit them and their family. It provides personalized guidance and education during annual enrollment and ongoing engagement throughout the year to make benefits decisions as easy as possible.

Partnerships with several national companies allow UT to offer an employee discount program. Listed below are some of the statewide discounts offered to UT employees. Be sure to check with each campus/institute for any additional entity-specific discounts.

To view a list of perks, please click here.

Changes coming to wellness program vendor
Active Health Management is a perk provided through the state of Tennessee’s “Partners for Health” plan. It helps create health solutions that fit within the context of people’s lives by providing tools, education and clinical resources to make better health decisions. Starting Jan. 1, 2024, Sharecare will be the new wellness program vendor.

SAVE THE DATE: Knoxville-area sick leave bank open enrollment begins April 1!

Sick leave banks offer members experiencing an illness or injury the opportunity to request additional paid leave after exhausting all personal accrued annual and sick leave.

Beginning April 1, 2024, and continuing through June 30, 2024, applications will be accepted for new enrollees in the Knoxville-Area (including the Institute for Public Service, System Administration, UT Foundation and UT Space Institute), and Institute of Agriculture sick leave banks. Stay tuned for more information.


Great place to work illustration.