February 5, 2016

Independent Research Institute at Cornell Named Top Employer in New York State

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For the second time in three years, the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research — an independent research institution integrated with the University — was named one of the best companies to work for in New York State, according to a BTI press release.

The institute is one of 80 businesses on the 2016 list, which is compiled annually by the Best Companies to Work for in New York program. The institute was previously honored with the title in 2014, according to BTI Human Resources Manager Meredith Dessoye.

Dessoye said the institute was “very proud” of its recognition and hoped the program would be spurred on to greater success.

“We always hope that we’re on the right track, and this helps verify that we are doing the right things, and that our employees do think that it’s a great place to work,” Dessoye said.

Dessoye said many factors contributed to BTI’s placement to the list, including employee benefits — such as 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave — and a positive work environment.

“We try to provide a really good environment for our employees,” Dessoye said. “We make sure that we take care of them, we let them know that we appreciate the hard work that they’re doing and we try to have some fun while we’re here too.”

Because BTI scientists are engaged in rigorous research, administrators play a key role in relieving researchers of administrative work and allowing them to focus on their research.

BTI also places an emphasis on out-of-the-office social events — including movie nights, family picnics and holiday parties planned by a “Fun Committee” — that bring employees together, according to Dessoye.

The list of best companies in New York State is compiled from the results of a two-part survey given to employees of qualifying organizations, according to the press release.

While making the list is not new for the institute, Communications Director Kitty Gifford said any award like this is helpful for BTI’s standing.

“We consider BTI to be a little bit of a hidden gem, with all of the amazing discoveries and research going on here,” Gifford said. “In order to stand out in a very crowded field of amazing talent in the Ithaca area, it’s nice to have that recognition.”