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SCU ranked in top 10 in "Best Places to Work in the Bay Area"

Thursday, Apr. 7, 2005

SANTA CLARA, Calif. April 8, 2005 Santa Clara University announced today that it had been selected as one of the best places to work in the Bay Area. SCU was ranked #9 in the large employer category. Other Bay Area employers in the top 10 among large employers (more than 350 employees) are Genentech, Gordon & Rees LLP, and Mills Peninsula Health Services. SCU was the only higher education institution in the top 30 employers in the region.

The annual survey ranks the top 100 Best Places to Work in the Bay Area based on extensive questionnaires regarding benefits, diversity, career development, training and retention. Rankings are the result of a survey of more than 105,000 Bay Area workers in every kind of business from high-tech to no-tech, huge to small.

“SCU has attracted an exceptional community of faculty and staff, students and parents, trustees and other volunteers, alumni and benefactors,” said SCU President Paul Locatelli S.J. “I am proud of the recognition that Santa Clara is one of the best places to work in the Bay Area. My special thanks and congratulations to the supervisors, chairs and department heads who continue to lead SCU and make it such a wonderful and welcoming place to work and one of the nation’s most distinctive Catholic, Jesuit universities.”

The 2005 ‘100 Best Places to Work’ rankings are a joint project of San Francisco Business Times, Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, and East Bay Business Times. The rankings were divided into three categories based on size for equitable comparison: The three categories are: 25 to 100 employees; 101 to 350 employees and more than 350 employees. In electronic surveys administered by companies themselves, employees were asked 40 key questions about their workplace – questions that asked how happy they were with the work climate and culture, management practices and policies and benefits offerings.

“SCU is proud to have been selected as one of the top 10 places among large employers to work in the Bay Area,” said Molly Mc Donald, assistant vice-president for human resources at SCU. We strive to foster a work environment that is conducive to teamwork and enthusiasm. Working here is not just about working in a great location; it's about living a great life and about how the right work experience can make all the difference in the world. Concerts, plays, art exhibitions, NCAA sports, distinguished public lectures and international conferences, professional development, and daily Mass -- there is something going on almost every day at our beautiful campus,” Mc Donald said.

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California's Silicon Valley, offers its 8,213 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees. Distinguished nationally by the second-highest graduation rate among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. More information is online at


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