In September, the Milwaukee Business Journal named Marquette University the “2016 Best Places to Work” in the category for organizations exceeding 250 employees. The final rankings were published in the Oct. 21 print issue.
To honor the designation, University Staff Senate is working with KEI, the university’s landscaping partner, who has graciously donated a tree to honor the award. KEI was formed by alumnus Ronald Kujawa, Bus Ad ’53. Kujawa is semi-retired from serving as president and CEO. Information on where the tree will be planted will be shared at a later date. Stay tuned to Marquette Today.
The following is the text from the Business Journal’s Best Places to Work profile on Marquette.
Describe your company culture in five words. “Care for the whole person” (“This is translated from the Latin, cura personalis, a Jesuit characteristic that describes the respect for all that makes up each individual.”)
Describe specific ways you ensure all of your employees know they are valued. “Benefits — Marquette’s generous benefits package, which includes ample vacation time and holidays; health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance; a tuition remission program; paid leave and sabbaticals; and much more demonstrates to our employees that we are committed to a positive work-life balance. Employee wellness — At Marquette, our employees’ well-being is incredibly important. From health and fitness programming, to spiritual and mental health support, the university takes care of its greatest assets — its people — in a holistic way. Community building — Whether free admission to an academic lecture or art exhibition, or discounted tickets to athletic events and community celebrations such as Mission Week and Homecoming, Marquette builds a true sense of community for all who work, live and study here.”
What concrete steps do your senior leaders take to create a great work environment for all employees? “Marquette’s senior leaders give employees one very valuable thing: ownership. By developing policies and organizational structures that foster a culture of ownership throughout all levels of the university, Marquette employees are able to create a work environment that best meets their needs. In this way, Marquette’s work environment grows and changes organically, adapting to the changing landscape of higher education, shifting demographics and the ever-changing world around us.”
Give us some specific examples of how your company creates opportunities for individual development and career growth at all levels of the company. “As a higher education institution, Marquette could not value growth and development more. The university has a popular ‘Grow with Marquette’ series of career development and job skills workshops; a generous tuition remission program; paid sabbatical opportunities for faculty; support for professional conference participation for faculty and staff; and formal and informal mentorship opportunities throughout the university.”
How would you describe your company in 30 seconds to someone you meet at a cocktail party? “Marquette University is an exciting place to be right now. As a Catholic, Jesuit university, we’re incredibly proud of our service to the Milwaukee community and around the world, and the four pillars of our mission — excellence, faith, leadership and service — are always at the forefront of what we do. Beyond that, we’re pushing the boundaries and growing a culture of innovation that permeates how we teach, what we research, and how we deliver a transformative education and well-rounded student experience.”
What are the most popular perks you offer to employees? “Tuition remission program; generous vacation and holiday time, including time off between Christmas and New Year’s Day; free admission to many academic and cultural programs, and free or discounted admission to Marquette athletic events”
How does being a Best Place to Work affect your bottom line? “Marquette can only succeed in delivering a world-class, transformative Catholic, Jesuit education to its students if it has the right people — skilled and talented people — who are committed to the mission of the university. Being named a Best Place to Work tells those outside the university exactly what those of us who work here already know.”