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ORAU Recognized as One of Tennessee’s Best Employers for the Second Straight Year

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May 2, 2008
FY08-33

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—For the second year in a row, Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) has been recognized as one of the Best Employers in Tennessee by Business Tennessee magazine in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – Tennessee State Council, the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Best Companies Group.

The fourth annual Best Employers in Tennessee program recognized 27 companies, which were split into two groups: 16 small/medium-sized companies (25-249 employees) and 11 large-sized companies (more than 250 employees). ORAU was selected as one of the best employers from the large-sized companies category.

"ORAU is truly honored to be recognized as one of Tennessee’s best employers for the second straight year," said ORAU President Ron Townsend. "Performance is the foundation of our corporate culture and our success depends on the contributions of every employee. ORAU not only strives to ensure that we have the most talented and committed individuals working for us, but that they also feel valued and appreciated for the work that they do."

Best Employers

ORAU employees proudly display the company's back-to-back recognition as one of the Best Employers in Tennessee by Business Tennessee magazine in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – Tennessee State Council, the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Best Companies Group.
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This Best Employers in Tennessee assessment and award program was designed to recognize the best places of employment in Tennessee that benefit the state's economy, its workforce and businesses. Winners are chosen based on a number of factors, including an organization’s vision and values, compensation and benefits, communication, and corporate citizenship.

During the assessment process, detailed information was gathered about each participating company through an employer questionnaire and an employee survey, which was administered by ModernThink LLC. In the survey portion of the assessment, ORAU scored highly among its employees for strong leadership, diversity, a comprehensive benefits package, and a flexible work environment.

To be eligible for consideration, companies must have met the following criteria:

  • Be a for-profit or not-for-profit business or government entity
  • Be a publicly or privately held business
  • Have a facility in the state of Tennessee
  • Have a minimum of 25 employees in the state of Tennessee
  • Be in business a minimum of one year

For more information on the Best Employers in Tennessee program, visit www.BestEmployersTN.com. A full listing of best employers is detailed in the May 2008 issue of Business Tennessee magazine.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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