The 100 Best Places to Work in IT
Large organization rankings (5,000 or more U.S. employees)
|1||Owens Corning||Toledo, Ohio|
|2||Worthington Industries||Columbus, Ohio|
|5||Applied Materials||Santa Clara, Calif.|
|6||Prudential Financial||Newark, N.J.|
|7||Norton Healthcare||Louisville, Ky.|
|8||Navy Federal Credit Union||Vienna, Va.|
|9||Discover Financial Services||Riverwoods, Ill.|
|10||Booz Allen Hamilton||McLean, Va.|
|11||Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory||Laurel, Md.|
|12||VMware||Palo Alto, Calif.|
|13||University of Notre Dame||Notre Dame, Ind.|
|14||Erickson Living||Catonsville, Md.|
|15||Kaiser Permanente||Oakland, Calif.|
|17||EBSCO Industries||Birmingham, Ala.|
|18||Jet Propulsion Laboratory||Pasadena, Calif.|
|19||TD Ameritrade||Omaha, Neb.|
|20||Portland State University||Portland, Ore.|
|21||Principal Financial Group||Des Moines, Iowa|
|25||Johns Hopkins Medicine||Baltimore|
|26||Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center||New York|
|27||Zimmer Biomet||Warsaw, Ind.|
|28||Genentech||South San Francisco, Calif.|
|29||MSC Industrial Supply||Melville, N.Y.|
|30||Health Care Service Corp.||Chicago|
|31||H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute||Tampa, Fla.|
|33||Sharp HealthCare||San Diego|
|34||Fannie Mae||Washington, D.C.|
|35||Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia||Philadelphia|
|36||Total Quality Logistics||Cincinnati, Ohio|
|38||Jack Henry and Associates||Monett, Mo.|
|42||Holman Enterprises||Mount Laurel, N.J.|
|44||Nationwide Mutual Insurance||Columbus, Ohio|
|46||Memorial Healthcare System||Fort Lauderdale, Fla.|
|47||Christiana Care Health Services||Newark, Del.|
|48||Altrium Health (formerly Carolinas HealthCare System)||Charlotte, N.C.|
|49||Kroger Technology||Cincinnati, Ohio|
Midsize organization rankings (1,001 – 4,999 U.S. employees)
Small organization rankings (1,000 or fewer U.S. employees)
|1||Cloud for Good||Asheville, N.C.|
|4||AgileCraft *||Georgetown, Texas|
|7||AP Intego Insurance Group||Waltham, Mass.|
|10||BCU (Baxter Credit Union)||Vernon Hills, Ill.|
|12||Paramount Software Solutions||Alpharetta, Ga.|
|13||Connectria Hosting||St. Louis|
|14||Liquidnet Holdings||New York|
|16||MetroStar Systems||Reston, Va.|
|17||Planned Systems International||Arlington, Va.|
|18||oXya||Jersey City, N.J.|
|19||Health Catalyst||Salt Lake City|
|20||Avaap USA||Edison, N.J.|
|* AgileCraft was acquired by Atlassian after the Best Places list was finalized.|
Methodology: How we chose the Best Places to Work
For the 26th year in a row, Computerworld conducted a survey to identify the 100 best places to work for IT professionals. In November 2018 Computerworld started accepting nominations from U.S.-based organizations and from non-U.S.-based employers that met the following criteria: They were required to have a minimum of 300 total employees at a U.S. headquarters and a minimum of 30 IT employees in the U.S., with at least 50% of their IT employees based in the U.S.
Participants were asked to provide contact information for the person at their organization who is familiar with or has access to employment statistics and financial data, as well as benefits policies and programs for the IT department and the organization as a whole.
In January 2019 the contacts at the nominated organizations received a 52-question company survey asking about average salary and bonus increases, percentage of IT staffers promoted, IT staff turnover rates, training and development, and the percentage of women and minorities in IT staff and management positions. In addition, information was collected on the employer’s retention programs, methods of rewarding outstanding performances, and benefits ranging from elder care and child care to flextime and reimbursement for college tuition and the costs of earning technology certifications.
Upon completion of the company survey, participants were instructed to select a random sample of employees from their U.S.-based full- and part-time IT staffs for participation in an employee survey. All participating companies were emailed instructions regarding sample selection as well as a unique survey link to share with employees. Topics covered in the employee survey included satisfaction with compensation and benefits, training and development programs, and work/life balance. In addition, employees were asked to rate employee morale in the IT department, the importance of various benefits, and their level of agreement with a variety of statements on topics ranging from career growth to management’s fair and equal treatment of employees.
A total of 20,174 IT employees responded to the employee survey from the final 100 organizations selected as best places to work for IT professionals.
The nomination survey, company survey and employee survey were all conducted via the internet. The responses to the company and employee surveys were collected and tabulated by a third-party research vendor. The company portion of the research was closed in February 2019, and the employee survey portion was closed in March 2019.
In scoring the responses from the company and employee surveys, company results were weighted based on employees’ importance ratings from the employee component. Approximately half of the total scoring is based on employee responses, with the remainder based on the survey of the company’s benefits and other programs.
Top 10 lists
Our top 10 lists show the best of the best — the organizations that excel in these five areas of human resources: career development, benefits, retention, training and diversity. To determine those lists, we considered the following factors:
Career development: Mentoring programs; tuition reimbursement for college classes and technical certifications; promotions within IT; employee satisfaction with tuition reimbursement, opportunities for career growth and management’s involvement in career development.
Benefits: The range of benefits offered, including sabbaticals, elder care and child care, and health and vision plans; employee satisfaction with the range of benefits.
Retention: Frequency of employee satisfaction surveys; turnover rate; promotions; morale; employee satisfaction with work/life balance, sabbaticals, job-sharing and telecommuting programs.
Training: Number of training days; training budget; employee satisfaction with training and access to training; satisfaction with reimbursement for certification training; satisfaction with continuing education programs.
Diversity: Percentage of women and minorities in staff and managerial positions; employee perceptions that management treats everyone fairly regardless of race or gender.
The survey process was managed by Jen Garofalo, research director in IDG’s Strategic Marketing Services group, working with independent firm Research Results.
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