Best Places by the numbers: What IT employees want, what employers offer

Explore what matters most to IT workers, and find out which of the top 100 organizations deliver, with bountiful benefits, top-notch training and more.

Best Places 2014
All the facts and figures

Computerworld's annual Best Places to Work in IT list showcases the top 100 U.S. workplaces for technology professionals.

Here we've gathered some highlights from the report. On the employer side, we list the top 10 organizations for benefits, training, retention and career development, as well as the average IT budgets, IT workweeks and more.

On the employee side, we tally up survey results from more than 23,700 IT staffers at the 100 organizations, who responded to a variety of questions about benefits, career opportunities, workplace morale and more.

Read on for a wealth of detail on what makes these organizations tops in 2014. 

Benefits Best Places 2014
Benefits

Percentage of organizations on the 2014 Best Places list that offer the following:

  • • Health insurance: 100%
  • • Paid personal time off: 100%
  • • 401(k)/403(b) plan: 100%
  • • Employee assistance program: 97%
  • • Flexible hours: 97%
  • • Telecommuting options for employees: 94%
  • • Corporate/employee wellness program: 93%
  • • Reimbursement for technology certifications: 91%
  • • College tuition reimbursement: 88%

 

Training Best Places 2014
Training

Average number of training days for each IT employee in latest fiscal year: 7

Average cost per IT employee for all training in latest fiscal year: $1,959

Percentage of organizations that said their training budgets per IT employee will increase in 2014: 41%

Compensation Best Places 2014
Compensation

99% of the organizations on the 2014 Best Places list have budgeted for salary increases for IT employees in 2014.

97% have budgeted for bonuses for IT employees in 2014.

94% contribute to employees' 401(k) or 403(b) plans.

Career development and communication Best Places 2014
Career development and communication

Percentage of organizations on the 2014 Best Places list that do the following:

  • • Offer IT staffers formal mentoring programs: 72%
  • • Survey IT staffers about job satisfaction once a year: 64%
  • • Survey IT staffers about job satisfaction more than once a year: 15%
Staffing Best Places 2014
Staffing

Average IT staff turnover rate, latest fiscal year: 8.4%

Average percentage of IT staff promoted, latest fiscal
year: 11.7%

Where they are

Percentage of 2013 Best Places organizations in the following U.S. regions:

  • • North Central: 36%
  • • South Central: 19%
  • • South Atlantic: 17%
  • • Pacific: 16%
  • • Mid-Atlantic: 14%
  • • Mountain: 4%
  • • New England: 4%
Communication Best Places 2014
Employee responses

How effective is your organization at communicating benefits information to employees?

  • • Very effective: 53%
  • • Effective: 34%
  • • Somewhat effective: 10%
  • • Not very effective: 2%
  • • Not at all effective: 1%

How effective is your organization at communicating career opportunity information to employees?

  • • Very effective: 35%
  • • Effective: 33%
  • • Somewhat effective: 20%
  • • Not very effective: 9%
  • • Not at all effective: 3%
In the workplace Best PLaces 2014
In the workplace

Please indicate your level of agreement with each statement below:

“I have a good relationship with my co-workers.”

  • • Strongly agree: 71%
  • • Agree: 27%
  • • Neither agree nor disagree: 2%
  • • Disagree: 0.4%
  • • Strongly disagree: 0.1%

“I have a good relationship with my supervisor.”

  • • Strongly agree: 66%
  • • Agree: 26%
  • • Neither agree nor disagree: 6%
  • • Disagree: 2%
  • • Strongly disagree: 1%

Due to rounding, totals do not always equal 100%.

Challenges and recognition
Challenges and recognition

Please indicate your level of agreement with each statement below:

“My job is interesting and challenging.”

  • • Strongly agree: 59%
  • • Agree: 31%
  • • Neither agree nor disagree: 6%
  • • Disagree: 2%
  • • Strongly disagree: 1%

“My organization recognizes achievements and good work.”

  • • Strongly agree: 49%
  • • Agree: 34%
  • • Neither agree nor disagree: 11%
  • • Disagree: 5%
  • • Strongly disagree: 2%

Due to rounding, totals do not always equal 100%.

Career development Best Places 2014
Career development

Please indicate your level of agreement with each statement below:

“I have access to training and education to enhance my skills.”

  • • Strongly agree: 51%
  • • Agree: 34%
  • • Neither agree nor disagree: 10%
  • • Disagree: 4%
  • • Strongly disagree: 1%

“My supervisor is involved and interested in my career development.”

  • • Strongly agree: 53%
  • • Agree: 29%
  • • Neither agree nor disagree: 11%
  • • Disagree: 5%
  • • Strongly disagree: 3%

Due to rounding, totals do not always equal 100%.

Worker direction and pride
Worker direction and pride

Please indicate your level of agreement with each statement below:

“My organization/department has a clearly defined mission.”

  • • Strongly agree: 54%
  • • Agree: 32%
  • • Neither agree nor disagree: 8%
  • • Disagree: 4%
  • • Strongly disagree: 2%

“I am proud to work for my organization.”

  • • Strongly agree: 68%
  • • Agree: 23%
  • • Neither agree nor disagree: 7%
  • • Disagree: 2%
  • • Strongly disagree: 1%

Due to rounding, totals do not always equal 100%.

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