For the 10th straight year, the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation has been named one of Oklahoma’s top workplaces.
The 2022 Top Workplaces rankings resulted from an anonymous employee survey on factors such as job satisfaction, management quality, pay and benefits, and opportunities for growth.
OMRF ranked fourth in the large-employers category and is among just three employers in its category (350+ employees) to rank in the top 10 each year since the Top Workplaces competition began in 2013.
The 2022 rankings were announced Sunday by The Oklahoman, based on 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.
Employees cited many reasons they love working at OMRF: a family atmosphere, supportive culture, workforce diversity, emphasis on work-life balance and the sense that each person plays a crucial part in fulfilling OMRF’s mission of helping people live longer, healthier lives.
That last attribute resonates most with David Robertson, a 25-year employee on OMRF’s Scientific Instrument Services team.
“From the president to the housekeepers to the dock personnel to the café staff, everyone plays an important role, and it all seems to work like a well-oiled machine,” Robertson said.
OMRF was also recognized with a special award for “Meaningfulness,” reflecting the sentiments of employees who said their work at the foundation makes them feel like they are part of something meaningful for society.
Misty Mihelich, who oversees patient access at OMRF’s Rheumatology Research Center of Excellence, said she knew virtually from her first day in 2018 that she had stepped into a special workplace.
“The universal sound of passion and motivation was evident on each face and in the inflection of each voice,” Mihelich said. “There is a welcoming camaraderie at OMRF, and I am so proud and thankful to be a part of it.”
More than 10% of OMRF employees have been with the foundation for at least two decades.
“I’m a bit partial, but we have something truly special here,” said OMRF Vice President of Human Resources Courtney Stevens Greenwood, herself a 20-year employee. “People want to come to work each day with a certainty that what they do matters, and they want to spend those days around others who feel likewise. That’s what we have built here – a personal and collective sense of ownership and fulfillment.”