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Posted on Wed, May 30, 2012 : 12:02 p.m.

Three Ann Arbor organizations ranked among best places to work in nation

By Amy Biolchini


The University of Michigan Health System is among three Ann Arbor organizations recently listed among the top workplaces in the nation in a newly released survey. C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, pictured here, is part of the health system.

Courtesy of University of Michigan Health System

A national survey has ranked three Ann Arbor organizations as among the best places to work in the country.

The University of Michigan Health System; ProQuest LLC, an information technology firm; and Domino’s Pizza LLC made the WorkplaceDynamics Inc. rankings as top workplaces in the U.S.

Last year, the Detroit Free Press ranked U-M Health System as one of the best companies to work for in Michigan.

WorkplaceDynamics Inc. compiled feedback from employees at 4,000 organizations companies across 30 top workplace programs and selected 319 national winners.

Among questions in the survey on workplace dynamics, U-M Health System employees expressed positive impressions of their pay, benefits, career opportunities and working conditions.

“The U-M Health System is honored to be recognized for three straight years as a top place to work in Michigan, and now for the first time at a national level,” said Deborah Childs, chief human resource officer at UMHS, in a news release. “We highly value our employees and are gratified by this expression of their satisfaction.”

Other healthcare systems in Michigan that were named as top workplaces in the country are the following:

  • Beaumont Health System in Royal Oak
  • Henry Ford Health System in Detroit
  • Mercy Memorial Hospital System in Monroe
  • St. John Providence Health System in Warren
Amy Biolchini covers Washtenaw County, health and environmental issues for Reach her at (734) 623-2552, or on Twitter.


Wolf's Bane

Fri, Jun 8, 2012 : 7:06 p.m.

No so fast, I worked at one of these places and i can tell you it is not what's cracked up to be. In fact, I'd have to agree with the comment that they pay to get on the list. Just saying.


Mon, Jul 30, 2012 : 2:43 p.m.

I've worked at one, and I think it belongs on the list. Everyone's mileage may vary.


Wed, May 30, 2012 : 9:35 p.m.

So an organization who's staff is mostly low-paid, over-worked, and exploited. At the same time top elites get through-the-roof pay. An organization that gets tax-free non-profit status as a supposed "Institution of higher education" when the UofM's crown jewel is an American football field. From what I've seen over the years, if this is one of the best places to work in America it is because it is one of the last organizations that still has staff working IN America.... I have to agree with Pseudo on this one. Lots of advertising dollars at work on this one. From what I see and know about the insides of Domino's and ProQuest I call similar "hog wash" on those too. About the only redeeming qualities to work for these three as opposed to another company that I can see are - 1) To have a job of any kind, especially paying enough to see a Dr. and keep a roof overhead these days (even at the worst of organizations) will seem relatively good. 2) Just being in an area like Ann Arbor that is still faring better than almost any other American community is a BIG plus.


Wed, May 30, 2012 : 7:22 p.m.

It's shocking that Ann Arbor Public Schools isn't on this list. Shocking.


Wed, May 30, 2012 : 6:22 p.m.

I can't speak to the merits of the research for this article but I work at ProQuest and it is, hands down, the best place I've worked in the last 25 years.

Craig Lounsbury

Wed, May 30, 2012 : 5:02 p.m.

I see Quicken Loans as a top 10. Admittedly this is anecdotal but the handful of folks I know who worked at Quicken hated the place. At one point they installed a nail salon and a dry cleaner. That might seem like a nice gesture but it was designed to eliminate two excuses people would use to actually leave for lunch. They wanted their people working 10-12 hours a day with no leaving the building. Because if you left the building you weren't working the phones or selling mortgages.


Wed, May 30, 2012 : 6:04 p.m.

See pseudo's previous comment


Wed, May 30, 2012 : 4:14 p.m.

I call "Baloney" on this one. Two reasons: 1) I am pretty sure these companies paid for the honor of being considered. and 2) I used to work for a company that paid for this as amarketing tool. So my question is this: Did you confirm that these organizations paid to participate? Did you have any kind of conversation about these "surveys" were managed and conducted?


Wed, May 30, 2012 : 7:06 p.m.

I do wonder if you can only be considered for ranking if you belong to some club -like the Top 100 Hospital ranking. You have to be part of the "club" to be evaluated for that one.

Cameron McLain

Wed, May 30, 2012 : 6:37 p.m.

its, "bologna"


Wed, May 30, 2012 : 6:04 p.m.


Morris Thorpe

Wed, May 30, 2012 : 4:32 p.m.

Sorry, pseudo. The press release did not address either of those questions.