The 100 Best Places to Work in IT
Large organization rankings (5,000 or more U.S. employees)
Midsize organization rankings (1,001 – 4,999 U.S. employees)
|1||Ultimate Software||Weston, Fla.|
|3||Plante Moran||Southfield, Mich.|
|4||Credit Acceptance||Southfield, Mich.|
|5||Halifax Health||Daytona Beach, Fla.|
|8||Zebra Technologies||Lincolnshire, Ill.|
|9||Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina||Durham, N.C.|
|12||CHG Healthcare||Midvale, Utah|
|13||Informatica||Redwood City, Calif.|
|14||Genesis HealthCare System||
|16||Janney Montgomery Scott||Philadelphia|
|18||American Fidelity Assurance||Oklahoma City|
|21||Caesars Entertainment Services||Las Vegas|
Small organization rankings (1,000 or fewer U.S. employees)
|1||Cloud for Good||Asheville, N.C.|
|5||Commonwealth Financial Network||Waltham, Mass.|
|7||NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association)||Indianapolis|
|8||NRECA (National Rural Electric Cooperative Association)||Arlington, Va.|
|10||Connectria Hosting||St. Louis|
|11||Liquidnet Holdings||New York|
|12||National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC)||Lake St. Louis, Mo.|
|14||oXya||Jersey City, N.J.|
|15||Planned Systems International||Arlington, Va.|
|16||MetroStar Systems||Reston, Va.|
|18||CFA Institute||Charlottesville, Va.|
|19||Paramount Software Solutions||Alpharetta, Ga.|
|20||Health Catalyst||Salt Lake City|
Methodology: How we chose the Best Places to Work
For the 25th year in a row, Computerworld conducted a survey to identify the 100 best places to work for IT professionals. In November 2017, 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 2018, 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 20,566 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 2018, and the employee survey portion was closed in March 2018.
Top 10 Lists
Our top 10 lists show the best of the best — the organizations that excel in these four areas of human resources: career development, retention, benefits and training. To determine those lists, we considered the following factors:
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.
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.
Diversity: Percentage of women and minorities in staff and managerial positions; employee perceptions that management treats everyone fairly regardless of race or gender.
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.
In scoring the responses from the company and employee surveys, company results were weighted based on the importance ratings provided by respondents to the employee survey. Approximately half of the total scoring was based on employee responses, with the remaining half based on the survey of the company’s benefits and other programs.
The survey process was managed by Jen Garofalo, research director in IDG’s Strategic Marketing Services group, working with independent firm Research Results. A complete description of our methodology is available on our website.
More about the Best Places to Work in IT:
- Good work, and good works, at Cloud for Good
- Dignity Health: Compassionate patient care and passionate IT
- Plante Moran: One firm, one focus on innovation
- Workday is a great place to work, and it wants to stay that way
- Pariveda Solutions: Everyone has a path to VP
- Download the Best Places to Work in IT 2018 PDF
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