MIT named to AARP top employer list


MIT has once again been named to AARP's list of the 50 Best Employers for Workers Over 50, the fourth time the Institute has won the distinction since the group began compiling the list in 2001.

AARP's annual rankings, announced this week by AARP CEO Bill Novelli, recognize employers across the country that excel at recruiting, retraining and retaining mature workers.

The Institute was ranked 14th on the list, and was the second-highest ranking college or university, behind Cornell University, which was ranked first overall. MIT was also named to AARP's list in 2006, 2005 and 2003.

Thirty-seven percent of MIT employees are age 50 and older, and their average tenure is 16.7 years.

Some practices MIT has in place to support its workforce over age 50 include:

  • A seminar series from MIT's Center for Work, Family and Personal Life on the aging workforce and eldercare;
  • Recruiting through attending job fairs and workshops in connection with Operation A.B.L.E. of Greater Boston, which provides training and employment services for mature workers.

More details can be found online at www.aarpthemagazine.org.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on September 24, 2008 (download PDF).


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