For the 10th consecutive year, Scripps Health has been named among the top employers in the nation by Fortune magazine. Fortune’s 20th annual list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For ranked Scripps at No.45. Scripps is the only San Diego-based company on the list this year.
Scripps is recognized for creating a high-performing, diverse workforce by accommodating the needs of its employees at the beginning, middle and later stages of their careers.
“We are honored to be on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list for the 10th consecutive year and to be recognized as a career-destination organization that works tirelessly to create an environment where employees feel secure, appreciated and empowered to deliver the best patient care in San Diego,” said Chris Van Gorder, president and CEO of Scripps.
Scripps develops talent
Fortune recognized Scripps for developing its workforce through programs that engage and encourage contributions from all employees. Scripps employees in response say they are grateful for the many opportunities available to them to grow in their jobs and advance their careers.
More than 90 percent of Scripps employees feel Scripps offers special and unique benefits, according to a survey by Great Place to Work, Fortune’s partner. Among young employees, 93 percent say they feel like they are making a difference working at Scripps, according to the survey.
As part of its career-destination philosophy, Scripps has developed several innovative practices for employees at different stages of their careers. Scripps offers career coaching; more than 100 weekly fitness classes; employee care clinics; as well as family friendly programs, including child care, flexible work arrangements and paid parental leave.
“In our experience, the best patient care is delivered by a motivated and satisfied workforce, which is why we focus so much on the development of our employees,” said Richard Sheridan, corporate senior vice president for human resources at Scripps Health.
Encourages career growth
Scripps supports the academic development of its employees by administering scholarships, tuition reimbursement and discounts for courses offered by universities that have partnerships with Scripps. In the most recent year, Scripps invested more than $35 million on training for employees. In addition, Scripps provided $1.45 million in tuition reimbursement and scholarships.
Scripps also encourages movement across the organization through various programs, which mid-career employees appreciate since it allows them to chart their career paths with organizational support.
Offers staged retirement
Scripps offers staged retirement to eligible, experienced employees who want to retire gradually. These employees are able to reduce their current work schedule while maintaining their health benefits.
Scripps encourages experienced employees to stay on in other ways. While traditional retirement packages that max out at age 60 encourage many employees to leave, Scripps lets retirement plans continue to grow past age 65. Older employees enjoy this benefit because it allows them to continue working without feeling financial pressure to retire.
Scripps receives more awards
In addition to making Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list, Scripps was recently recognized with two other national workforce awards.
For the fifth consecutive year, Scripps was named one of the Top 10 Non-Profit Companies for Executive Women for 2017 by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE). Becker’s Healthcare named Scripps to its list of 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare.
About the Fortune 100 ranking
Fortune partners annually with Great Place to Work to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America to identify the 100 Best Companies to Work For. The ranking is based on feedback from more than 232,000 employees at Great Place to Work–certified companies with more than 1,000 employees. Through surveys and questionnaires, employees anonymously assess their workplace, including the honesty and quality of communication by managers, degree of support for employees' personal and professional lives and the authenticity of relationships with colleagues.
The complete list of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For can be found on Fortune.com and will be featured in the April edition of Fortune magazine.
Learn more about Scripps Health, a nonprofit integrated health system in San Diego, Calif.