Earning Forbes’ ‘Best Employer in California’ title three years running


Year of Threes
In our third year on Forbes’ list, UC Davis is ranked #3 statewide among educational institutions and UC Davis Health ranked #3 in healthcare. Out of all employers in California, we outranked organizations like Apple and NASA, placing at #7 for UC Davis and #15 for UC Davis Health. 

Our success as a Best Employer in California is directly tied to the many efforts that have strengthened inclusivity across our organizations, earning us Forbes’ distinction as a Best Employer for Diversity and Best Employer for Women.

Chief among those efforts were the CommUNITY Feedback Survey and Staff Experience Survey, which revealed employees' very high likelihood of recommending their employer as a great place to work— one of Forbes’ criteria in their methodology.

Also relevant to Forbes were compensation packages and potential for development, which undergo continuous improvement thanks to Compensation Services in Human Resources. The Compensation Initiatives being rolled out this summer reaffirm UC Davis’ commitment to supporting internal movement and recognizing employees with fair, competitive pay for their hard work. 

Forbes’ 70,000 survey respondents were also asked about diversity, working conditions and company image. To learn more about how they determined their list, visit here

All Time Champion
“Each year, our methodology becomes more detailed and rigorous, continuing to raise the standard of what makes America's Best Employers and this year was no exception. However, we can't mention the ways Statista continues to raise the bar for what makes the best employer without mentioning the companies that continue to outperform these standards, not just once, but consistently every year.

With this… UC Davis has been deemed an All Time Champion among Forbes & Statista's America's Best-in-State Employers. This consistency directly reflects the satisfaction, professional fulfillment, inclusiveness, fairness, and trust of those who work at UC Davis.

It's rare to be a Champion of America's Best-in-State Employers. While many companies fall off after one or two years, UC Davis is among a handful of employers that have unequivocally created an ever-evolving standard of improvement - not just for tomorrow, but for years to come.”

—Statista, administrator of the Forbes Best Employer by State survey

  • To see previous Forbes' awards granted to UC Davis and UC Davis Health, visit here.
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