Not only is UVTO a great place to live, but we are proud to announce that it is officially a great place to work too! For the second consecutive year, University Village Thousand Oaks has received certification by the global research and consulting firm, Great Place to Work®.

Our community was recognized after a thorough analysis of confidential employee surveys. The largely positive feedback included high ratings for diversity and work-life balance; a healthy family-like dynamic; a collaborative, team-oriented workplace; and management that supports employees and encourages them to develop their careers. Employees were also inspired by the company’s active engagement in the surrounding communities, aimed at fostering workplace inclusion and diversity.

“Being certified as a Great Place to Work® two years in a row, is a true reflection of the positive culture and commitment to our staff that the residents and management are so proud of at University Village”, says Dmitry Estrin, Executive Director of University Village.

Best known for producing their annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for Fortune magazine, Great Place to Work® specializes in helping organizations of all sizes identify the strengths and areas of opportunity of their employee culture.

Confidential surveys are completed by employees in all departments and job functions, and at all levels of experience. The surveys contain over 60 questions, including leadership effectiveness, respect, employee pride in the community, and fairness. Answers are compiled and quantified, then compared to established benchmarks for employee satisfaction. Only those companies that meet or exceed the benchmarks are awarded a Great Place to Work certification.

“Maintaining our commitment to creating a culture that is inclusive, engaging, and provides growth opportunities for current staff and those that will join our team, is what makes us a ‘Great Place to Work®’ and is crucial to our success”, says Deana Colman, Director of Human Resources at University Village.

The core values and qualities that helped re-certify University Village as a Great Place to Work® are also those embraced by their very own STAR program. Developed to identify and reward team members who provide exceptional service, STAR stands for Service to Residents and Colleagues, Team Success, Aim for Excellence and Do the Right Thing.

University Village, an award-winning California retirement community, has been making a difference in residents’ and employees’ lives since 2007 and is clearly committed to making an equal difference in the lives of their staff.