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Best places to work in IT


In yesterday's blog I talked about three IT positions that were listed in the twenty Top Jobs by Money Magazine. Today, I thought I'd pass along the results of Computerworld's Best Places to Work for IT. Companies that were nominated for the distinction "received a 100-question survey asking about their organizations' average salary and bonus increases, percentage of IT staffers promoted, IT staff turnover rates, training and development programs, and the percentages of women and minorities in IT staff and management positions."

The factors considered in the final decision were retention (turnover rates, promotions), diversity (percentage of women and minorities employed), career development (mentoring programs and tuition reimbursement), benefits (health and vision insurance) and training (Average number of training days and average cost of training per IT worker per year). The study lists the top ten companies for each of these factors.

If your main concern is diversity, then the University of Miami may be attractive to you as it tops the list in that category. Career development? Comerica Bank tops the list. For the full listings and some great statistics about what makes a company great, click here.

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Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.

17 comments
Mr_IT
Mr_IT

I loved working at Dell and PacifiCare (now United Health). I hated the politics but the jobs in both companies was very satisfying. The peer relationships were without equal! However, the upper management at both companies are was the exception. Dell's upper ranks are filled with a bunch of ego-driven P.O.W's - Prisoners Of Wealth - who, believe it or not, don't really "get" computers. PacifiCare's upper ranks are filled with a bunch of sociopaths who enjoy stabbing each other in the back for fun and profit. Great I.T. companies but lemon management in both cases! I wasn't surprised to see Dell's market share tumble and United Health get into legal trouble. Morons at the top, Rock Stars at the bottom. Weird eh? /fwa

stan
stan

This survey is set up so that small companies probably won't make the list, even though they are frequently much better places to work.

toni.bowers_b
toni.bowers_b

Good point. Small companies wouldn't make the radar for just being good. Startups can be great experiences just by their very nature.

sjohnson175
sjohnson175

I was downsized from a large bank last November. I took a gig at a small (12 employee) company thinking that it would be a laid back enough environment to justify the $5k per year less salary I was getting. WORST PLACE I'VE EVER WORKED over my 10+ year career. I wound up back at the bank that downsized me just to get away.

jim_g563
jim_g563

I have to agree with this one. Non-profits don't seem to figure either. However, the very nature of a non-profit is just that: "Not For Profit"; which makes for much smaller IT budgets. On the other hand, working for a non-profit can still be satisfying; even if it isn't directly affecting your IT career.

vbnomad
vbnomad

The Typical Best Place has just over 8 billion in revenue? Typical! With that kind of money you can afford to flip the worker bees a few extras and some training. You can make the diversity & retention numbers work regardless of productivity. The typical best place is not very typical at all.

macghee
macghee

Excellent points. Two thoughts immediately come to mind. First: caveat emptor. Second: "mileage may vary."

kyle
kyle

I think I need to find a job at University of Miami.

mevanatta
mevanatta

Working at a University is great and it is a secure place to be. However, working with faculty is a whole different ballgame than working with business people.

jstinnett
jstinnett

Privately funded schools may enjoy a major edge over public schools in the security department. As an analyst at a large high school district in California, we are feeling the pain of more workload and the lack of any pay enhancement. Being over-worked may be a hallmark of job security though! I currently support a 500 user lan and act as mentor to 3 other IT pros in our organization, but as secure as it might seem, there are some negatives.

worktechstuff
worktechstuff

Mary and/or Toni - curious about your comments regarding faculty being different to work for, care to expand on that thought? Have some idea what you might mean, but have never worked in a university environment before.

toni.bowers_b
toni.bowers_b

It's amazing to me the differences in people in the corporate world and those in education. It's almost like they're two different species.

The Admiral
The Admiral

I am glad to see that companies like IBM are not on the list. These are companies that complaint that they can not find talent, but cut the pay of those who are there, and then outsource that work to china. Dumb companies like this are on their way out of business.

Stingray_3440
Stingray_3440

If it was the BOTTOM 2, IBM would make the list. The other being of course, Hell. I worked for GS, not by choice, ABB sold out IT to IBM worldwide. No raises, no respect, didn't matter what I had done, what I could do, or what type of employee I was....It was simple, you're on the payroll, you have to go. 'cause joe blow needs a big commission check this month and the only way he is going to get it is fire everyone. He did. Then he got canned because his boss needed a bigger check. It all went to the Czech republic. Except of course for the money pigs in upper management. Nice, wreck the careers, families, retirements of your workers. IDIOTS. Hope they all burn in HELL.

JoeBlowMeDown
JoeBlowMeDown

I totally agree about IBM. In the old days there was a thing called temp to permanent. IBM helped to invent the permanent Temp. You would think the M$ lawsuit would have made things better. All IBM did was find loopholes around the lawsuit. One coworker of mine has been a "Temp" employee for nine years now. How sad.

Locrian_Lyric
Locrian_Lyric

They pile on the work, then complain about burnout and lack of talent.