The Oklahoman newspaper has once again named the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation as the state’s Top Workplace.
The 2021 Top Workplaces rankings resulted from anonymous employee surveys on factors that include job satisfaction, management quality, pay and benefits, and opportunities for growth.
For the third time in five years, OMRF placed first among large employers (350+ employees). OMRF is among just three employers in that category to rank in the top 10 each year since the Top Workplaces competition began in 2013.
The 2021 rankings were released Sunday in The Oklahoman, based upon results compiled by Energage, a Philadelphia-based research and consulting firm. Earlier this year, the same firm recognized OMRF as one of the nation’s best workplaces.
OMRF Vice President of Human Resources Courtney Stevens Greenwood noted that more than 10% of employees have been with OMRF for at least two decades.
“People don’t become longtime employees just being content,” she said. “The longevity we’ve experienced is built on camaraderie, a sense of professional fulfillment and a belief in our mission – the qualities that make someone excited to come to work each day.”
“They have to believe in the organization and be happy, engaged and excited to be here every day.”
Employees cited a variety of reasons they love working at OMRF: cultural and ethnic diversity, the emphasis on work-life balance, the employee-focused response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the sense that each employee plays a crucial role in fulfilling OMRF’s mission of helping people live longer, healthier lives.
But all of them identified this factor: the family atmosphere and supportive culture.
“The collaborative spirit is second to none,” said Arik Davidyan, Ph.D., a postdoctoral researcher in OMRF’s Aging and Metabolism Research Program. “As a trainee, I have so many opportunities to grow and become better at what I do, and it genuinely feels like this is a priority of my supervisors and the institution.”
Toni Snow, a 23-year employee and administrative assistant in OMRF’s Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence, said she is inspired daily by the “top-notch” research that takes place at OMRF.
“Every day, I feel like I’m working with the kindest, smartest, most caring people in the world,” she said. “We truly love what we do.”
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