The Best Places to Work in IT

By Aliah D. Wright Aug 3, 2015
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Computerworld recently unveiled its list of the 100 Best Places to Work in IT for 2015. The 22nd annual report ranks organizations nationwide, and those at the top of the list typically offer technology professionals interesting projects, healthy salaries and workplace flexibility, amidst other stellar benefits. Professional development and opportunities for advancement are essential as well. Here is a brief look at the top 10:

Quicken Loans. Based in Detroit, this online mortgage lender recently started a year-long leadership education program called Connect, Grow, Lead. It holds hackathons and something it calls “Pitch Day” to galvanize employees to share ideas.

USAA. This Armed Forces financial-services provider based in San Antonio, Texas, “makes an effort to recognize staff-generated ideas,” Computerworld stated. It trains and hires veterans through its VetFIT program.

Erickson Living. IT staff at this Baltimore-based company, which develops and manages continuing care retirement homes, can work on myriad projects, learn new business functions, and sharpen their technical and professional development abilities. All employees have access to an individual development program so they can plan their career opportunities within the company.

Sharp HealthCare. Based in San Diego, IT employees at this group of health care facilities and hospitals enjoy cross-team collaboration and formal and informal training programs. They also work with advanced technologies such as telemedicine systems. The company has a robust corporate social responsibility program that supports IT employees’ charitable work through volunteering.

Prudential Financial. This Newark, N.J.-based insurance company emphasizes work/life balance by offering flexible work hours, telework options, and child care and elder care services. There’s also an onsite fitness center and financial counseling.

LinkedIn. Employees in this social networking giant’s IT department are allowed “inDays” where they can work on any project they want. They also benefit from a variety of performance awards including grants, merit increases, annual bonuses and spot bonuses. LinkedIn also offers live demos where employees can see the latest technological advances being worked on by the IT department. The company is based in Mountain View, Calif.

Owens Corning. The company’s global IT team helps design and deliver business solutions. The Toledo, Ohio-based company’s IT department encourages its staff to help shape corporate initiatives and invests in cutting-edge technologies. Owens Corning makes commercial and residential building supplies.

DHL Express. The U.S. arm of the delivery company based in Plantation, Fla., offers employees training and certification programs as well as professional development.

University of Notre Dame. The university, based in Indiana, provides competitive compensation and benefits for its IT employees as well as recognition programs. Children of employees who have worked there at least five years “receive a tuition benefit equal to 50 percent of the cost of Notre Dame’s tuition for use at the university or another accredited four-year educational institution,” according to Computerworld.

Genentech. Based in San Francisco, this biotech company provides an annual retreat for its IT staff that focuses on professional and personal development. The company also celebrates the IT team’s successes and gives the staff a chance to meet patients who have benefited from the company’s medications.

Aliah D. Wright is an online editor/manager for SHRM.

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