Best Places to Work in IT 2019

Best Places to Work in IT 2019

Talented IT pros appreciate the outstanding perks and benefits offered by these top U.S. employers, but it's the team environment that keeps them truly engaged.

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
3 Vanguard Wayne, Pa.
4 Asurion Nashville, Tenn.
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.
16 FedEx Memphis, Tenn.
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
22 Dignity Health Phoenix
23 Motorola Solutions Chicago
24 CDW Lincolnshire, Ill.
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.
32 RSM US Chicago
33 Sharp HealthCare San Diego
34 Fannie Mae Washington, D.C.
35 Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Philadelphia
36 Total Quality Logistics Cincinnati, Ohio
37 Raytheon Waltham, Mass.
38 Jack Henry and Associates Monett, Mo.
39 Aflac Columbus, Ga.
40 SAS Cary, N.C.
41 DTE Energy Detroit
42 Holman Enterprises Mount Laurel, N.J.
43 Southern Co. Atlanta
44 Nationwide Mutual Insurance Columbus, Ohio
45 Mitre McLean, Va.
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)

1 Ultimate Software Weston, Fla.
2 AARP Washington, D.C.
3 Kronos Lowell, Mass.
4 Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Miami
5 Align Technology San Jose
6 Enova International Chicago
7 Box Redwood City, Calif.
8 Plante Moran Southfield, Mich.
9 Illumina San Diego
10 Halifax Health Daytona Beach, Fla.
11 Informatica Redwood City, Calif.
12 CHG Healthcare Midvale, Utah
13 National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC) Lake St. Louis, Mo.
14 Avanade Seattle
15 Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Durham, N.C.
16 FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) Washington, D.C.
17 Carvana Tempe, Ariz.
18 CME Group Chicago
19 Janney Montgomery Scott Philadelphia
20 Axon Scottsdale, Ariz.
21 Robert W. Baird and Co. Milwaukee
22 Workiva Ames, Iowa
23 DriveTime Tempe, Ariz.
24 Genesis HealthCare System Zanesville, Ohio
25 Power Home Remodeling Chester, Pa.
26 Caesars Enterprise Services Las Vegas
27 Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg and Calhoun Counties Orangeburg, S.C.
28 Tokyo Electron U.S. Holdings Austin
29 American Fidelity Assurance Oklahoma City

Small organization rankings (1,000 or fewer U.S. employees)

1 Cloud for Good Asheville, N.C.
2 KnowBe4 Clearwater, Fla.
3 Axxess Dallas
4 AgileCraft * Georgetown, Texas
5 CarGurus Cambridge, Mass.
6 NCAA Indianapolis
7 AP Intego Insurance Group Waltham, Mass.
8 Dataprise Rockville, Md.
9 Sev1Tech Woodbridge, Va.
10 BCU (Baxter Credit Union) Vernon Hills, Ill.
11 Accelirate Edison, N.J.
12 Paramount Software Solutions Alpharetta, Ga.
13 Connectria Hosting St. Louis
14 Liquidnet Holdings New York
15 NRECA Arlington, Va.
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.
21 Pariveda Solutions Dallas
22 Nitel Chicago
* 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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