United Cleanup Oak Ridge (UCOR), the lead environmental cleanup contractor for the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM), has been named one of the Knoxville News Sentinel’s “Top Workplaces” in eastern Tennessee for 2022. The award is the result of a confidential, third-party survey of UCOR’s 2,000-member workforce by the Knoxville News Sentinel and the survey company Energage.
Competing with nearly 100 regional companies, UCOR ranked second out of all qualifying large businesses (500-plus employees), behind Pilot Corporation, the seventh largest privately held company in the United States. This was UCOR’s first time participating in the Top Workplaces process.
The feedback: According to the company, more than half of the UCOR workforce responded and shared feedback on the strengths of the company, including a strong belief that the work they do supporting OREM is meaningful. Workers also highlighted that the company does its environmental cleanup work efficiently and well.
A partnership of Amentum, Jacobs, and Honeywell, UCOR removes unused, contaminated facilities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Y-12 National Security Complex while continuing remedial actions at the East Tennessee Technology Park. UCOR was awarded the 10-year, $8.3 billion Oak Ridge cleanup contract in October 2021.
He said it: “We know that to compete for talent in a tight regional and national job market, we need to be as dedicated to employees as they are to us,” said Ken Rueter, UCOR president and chief executive officer. “UCOR looks forward to using the Top Workplace branding to recruit talent and continue the cleanup momentum over the next 10–15 years.”