Computerworld Names the 2018 Best Places to Work in IT
The 25th annual Best Places to Work in IT list ranks the top 100 work environments for technology professionals
Boston, Mass. – June 18, 2018 – IDG’s Computerworld – the leading technology media brand empowering enterprise users and their managers – is proud to announce the 2018 Best Places to Work in IT list (click to tweet). Each year, 100 organizations are selected based on a comprehensive questionnaire regarding company offerings in categories such as benefits, career development, training, and retention. To help determine the rankings, Computerworld conducts extensive surveys of IT professionals focused on these key factors. Once the results are calculated, the winning organizations are broken down by size (large, midsize, small).
The organizations included in the 2018 list are heavily invested in their employees’ professional development and overall well-being. These businesses foster supportive and productive cultures, while providing the benefits and training programs that their employees value most. Topping this year’s list in the respective categories are Quicken Loans (large), Ultimate Software (midsize), and Cloud for Good (small).
“Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen a tight market for tech talent become even tighter,” said Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis. “Computerworld’s 2018 Best Places to Work in IT list highlights that the companies offering the best working environments are not satisfied with rolling out one or two initiatives. They seek an edge in the talent marketplace through a combination of competitive salaries, great benefits, access to training, and the deployment of cutting-edge technologies.”
The Anatomy of a Winning Organization
Among the benefits that tech teams value most are health insurance, paid time off, 401(k)/403(b) plans or profit sharing, flexible hours, telecommuting, and bonuses. Best Places organizations understand this and have adjusted accordingly, with 100% offering health insurance, paid time off, and a 401(k)/403(b) plan; 99% providing flexible hours and telecommuting options, and 91% offering individual employee performance bonuses. Employees at these firms receive an average of 20 to 27 days of paid time off based on tenure.
To no surprise, employees place a high importance on their salary, with 97% of respondents listing fair compensation as an important aspect of their job. This sentiment is acknowledged by the Best Places organizations, as 90% have budgeted for salary increases for their tech staff for the current fiscal year. Furthermore, 82% of IT employees at the winning firms noted they were either “highly satisfied” or “satisfied” with their base salary.
Employee training is also a top priority shared by both organizations and staff. This is particularly significant as emerging technologies continue to shape the business landscape. According to IDG’s 2018 Digital Business research, third platform tools such as big data/analytics, mobile technology, and the cloud are driving digital success, ultimately leading to revenue growth for organizations. For IT professionals to progress and remain effective in their roles, they need to possess the latest skills and knowledge.
Specifically, 93% of employees stated that access to training and development programs is an “extremely important” aspect of their job. Best Places organizations clearly value their tech talent, as they spent an average of $1,940 per IT employee on training and offered those workers an average of 10 training days in the latest fiscal year. What’s more, 54% of the companies have plans to increase spending in this area next year. IT staffing numbers are expected to grow too, as 61% of organizations on the Best Places list plan to hire this year, with an average 10% staff increase expected.
These important programs and benefits have undoubtedly led to higher employee morale in the workplace, but workers also cited a host of less tangible factors that make their employers great, including accessible leaders, an emphasis on teamwork, policies that support work-life balance, and opportunities to give back to the community. Ninety-seven percent of employees reported they have a good relationship with their co-workers, 92% are proud to work for their organization, and 91% feel their organization is run ethically and honestly. It is evident that these organizations have created respectful and positive working environments where employees feel appreciated and fairly compensated for their efforts.
Get to Know the Top 100 Organizations
The complete 2018 Best Places to Work in IT report can be read on Computerworld.com. The website features articles profiling several winning organizations, a video highlighting standout benefits and perks offered by the top companies, and an archive listing all winners dating back to 1994.
Computerworld’s Best Places to Work in IT 2018:
Large Organization Rankings (5,000+ U.S. employees)
- Quicken Loans
- Owens Corning
- Applied Materials
- DHL Express
- Prudential Financial
- Worthington Industries
- Norton Healthcare
- Altria Client Services
- Discover Financial Services
- University of Notre Dame
- Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
- Kaiser Permanente
- Booz Allen Hamilton
- Jet Propulsion Laboratory
- International Paper
- Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
- Navy Federal Credit Union
- Motorola Solutions
- Erickson Living
- Nationwide Mutual Insurance
- Principal Financial Group
- Johns Hopkins Medicine
- H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute
- Dignity Health
- Portland State University
- RSM US
- Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
- Memorial Healthcare System
- MSC Industrial Supply
- Sharp HealthCare
- CA Technologies
- Jack Henry and Associates
- Cancer Treatment Centers of America
- Fannie Mae (Federal National Mortgage Association)
- Holman Enterprises
- Zimmer Biomet
- Carolinas HealthCare System
- Adventist Health System
- Southern Co.
- AFLAC (American Family Life Assurance Co.)
- Palmetto Health
- Kroger Technology
- University of Oklahoma
Midsize Organization Rankings (1,001 – 4,999 U.S. employees)
- Ultimate Software
- Enova International
- Plante Moran
- Credit Acceptance
- Halifax Health
- Zebra Technologies
- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
- CME Group
- CHG Healthcare
- Genesis HealthCare System
- Janney Montgomery Scott
- American Fidelity Assurance
- Caesars Entertainment
Small Organization Rankings (<1,000 U.S. employees)
- Cloud for Good
- Commonwealth Financial Network
- Connectria Hosting
- Liquidnet Holdings
- National Information Solutions Cooperative
- Pariveda Solutions
- Planned Systems International
- MetroStar Systems
- CFA Institute
- Paramount Software Solutions
- Health Catalyst
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About the Best Places to Work in IT list
The Best Places to Work in Information Technology (IT) list is an annual ranking of the top 100 work environments for technology professionals by IDG’s Computerworld. The list is compiled based on a comprehensive questionnaire regarding company offerings in categories such as benefits, career development, training and retention. In addition, Computerworld conducts extensive surveys of IT workers, and their responses factor heavily in determining the rankings.
About IDG Communications, Inc.
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