About Computerworld's Best Places to Work in IT

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What do IT workers want? Fair paychecks, challenging work and ample opportunities for growth, for starters. Our annual listing showcases the organizations that excel at keeping their employees engaged and loyal with compensation, training and access to hot technologies. The report is published every June.

2016: The 2016 Best Places to Work in IT list, our 23rd annual report, was published on June 13, 2016.

2017: The 2017 Best Places to Work in IT will be announced in June 2017. Nominate an organization here.

Read our list of 10 great reasons to participate, and print the list or email it to your corporate IT or HR department to encourage your organization's participation.

Past special reports:

Contacts

The FAQ list below answers many questions about participating in Computerworld's Best Places to Work in IT program. Additional questions can be emailed to bestplaces@computerworld.com, or contact:

Mari Keefe
Editorial project manager
(508) 628-4906

Tracy Mayor
Senior features editor
(508) 932-1183

About the Best Places to Work in IT program

Computerworld conducts an annual survey to identify the 100 best places to work for IT professionals. We invite Computerworld readers, PR professionals and other interested parties to nominate organizations they consider great employers for IT workers. We then ask those nominated organizations that meet our basic criteria to participate in our survey.

The employers in the Best Places list are ranked by company size: Large organizations have 5,000 or more U.S. employees; Midsize have between 1,001 and 4,999 U.S. employees; and small organizations employ 1,000 or fewer U.S. workers (keeping in mind that some companies may have a large global presence but only a small U.S. footprint).

To be eligible, organizations must have a minimum of 30 IT employees. Organizations based outside the U.S. must have a minimum of 300 total employees at a U.S. headquarters and a minimum of 30 IT employees at a U.S. headquarters. At least 50% of non-U.S. organizations' IT employees must be based in the U.S. We consider IT employees to be those IT workers who provide technology support and services to their own company -- or to multiple companies through their work at an IT service provider. Workers who would *not* be included are administrative support staff for the IT department, staff who work in communications or PR for the technology department, IT contractors, or those staff whose primary role is in product development for outside sales.

In most cases, we prefer to have the parent organization, rather than subsidiaries or affiliates, apply for the Best Places to Work in IT list. However, a subsidiary or affiliate may be eligible, providing that it stands out as a separate entity from the parent organization, with separate business functions, IT leadership and so on. A subsidiary may also be eligible to apply separately if its parent organization is a holding company. In those cases, the parent organization and subsidiary may be able to apply separately. We encourage organizations to complete the nomination form or contact us at bestplaces@computerworld.com, and our Best Places research team will evaluate the submissions on a case-by-case basis.

Organizations need not be nominated to complete the survey. Additionally, participating organizations must distribute an employee survey to a randomly selected sample of their IT staff as part of the survey process.

The Computerworld Best Places to Work in IT survey resides on a secure server, which prevents network transactions from being decoded, thus preserving the privacy of sensitive information.

Questions about Computerworld's Best Places to Work in IT program can be emailed to bestplaces@computerworld.com.

Frequently asked questions

Survey requirements and eligibility

Does my organization have to be nominated to complete the survey?

No. Organizations may participate even if they were not nominated. In lieu of a nomination, please send an email to bestplaces@computerworld.com with the name and contact information (including email address) of the individual who should receive the company survey and other information; we'll take care of the rest.

Does the Best Places to Work in IT list include public companies only?

No. The survey includes private as well as public organizations.

What criteria must my organization meet to participate?

To be considered for our Best Places to Work in IT list:

  • Organizations must have a minimum of 30 IT employees.
  • Organizations based outside the U.S. must have a minimum of 300 total employees at a U.S. headquarters and a minimum of 30 IT employees at a U.S. headquarters. At least 50% of non-U.S. organizations' IT employees must be based in the U.S.
  • In most cases, we prefer to have the parent organization, rather than subsidiaries or affiliates, apply for the Best Places to Work in IT list. However, a subsidiary or affiliate may be eligible, providing that it stands out as a separate entity from the parent organization, with separate business functions, IT leadership and so on. A subsidiary may also be eligible to apply separately if its parent organization is a holding company. In those cases, the parent organization and subsidiary may be able to apply separately. We encourage organizations to complete the nomination form or contact us at bestplaces@computerworld.com, and our Best Places research team will evaluate the submissions on a case-by-case basis.
Who should complete the survey?

An individual familiar with employment statistics, benefits, policies and programs of your IT department and your organization should complete the survey. This could be a human resources representative, a CIO or corporate PR representative -- or a team of all of the above.

Survey contents and procedures

What does the company portion of the survey ask?

Our online survey asks about organizations' benefits, training and development, average salary increases, percent of staff promoted, turnover rates, and the percentage of women and minority staff in management in IT departments. In addition, we will collect information on each organization's hot projects, mentoring programs and a variety of benefits ranging from elder care and childcare to flextime.

What does the employee portion of the survey ask?

The employee survey collects data on employee satisfaction with management, benefits, workplace culture, compensation and job duties.

Which employees are considered "IT workers" in this survey?

Answers to the survey should be based on those IT workers who provide technology support and services to their own company -- or to multiple companies through their work at an IT service provider. Workers who wouldn't be included are administrative support staff for the IT department, staff who work in communications or PR for the technology department, IT contractors, or those staff whose primary role is in product development for outside sales.

What happens if I leave a question blank on the survey?

You can't leave a question blank if it is required. Many of the questions on the survey are required; the survey can't be processed if they aren't answered. Please answer to the best of your ability for questions with lists or options included. If any open-ended/text based questions aren't applicable to your organization, please indicate "NA" for "not applicable." If there is a question you can't answer fully given the format of the survey, you may briefly explain your answers in an addendum field that follows each survey section.

Organizations that withhold information used to rank the finalists will have points deducted from their ranking. Answers that are left blank or have unexplained N/As will be assumed to be 0 (zero).

Organizations must provide answers to questions related to data we run in our feature story and graphics in order to be considered. Please see below for the types of required information that are typically published in the report.

Can I save my survey and come back to it at a later date?

Yes. You will be able to save your partially-completed survey, and can save a partially-completed survey as many times as necessary. Please save your unique ID and password in order to re-enter the survey. When you return to the survey, you will be able to review/modify questions that you have already answered. However, we will continue to provide a printer-friendly version of the survey, and we recommend that you complete this survey, then enter your answers online.

How should I send my organization's information to Computerworld?

We accept company information from the online survey only. Please enter all data as accurately as possible. Provide organization name, location, Web address and other information, as you would like it to appear in print.

Can I get a copy of the survey to review before I go to the online survey and submit my organization's information?

Yes. A printer-friendly version of the 2017 Best Places company survey will be made available in January. We encourage participants to complete this version offline for reference before filling out the online survey.

As an example, a copy of the 2016 employer survey is available here:

Will Computerworld provide us with a copy of our submitted survey?

Upon survey submission, Computerworld will email you a password-protected link to view your organization's survey responses.

What reports will be available to us?

For organizations that are named to the final list of 100, Computerworld will offer a custom benchmarking report with the organization's results compared to the average of all 100 Best Places and to other organizations in its size category, as well as the organization's aggregate employee survey results. Those reports will be available approximately one month after publication, for a fee.

Is there an employee portion to the survey?

Yes. Organizations will be asked to randomly select IT staff to complete an employee survey. Organizations may sample their entire IT staffs, if desired, or a representative portion, as long as the following requirements are met:

  • Organizations with 1,000 or more IT employees will be required to gather completed survey responses from at least 15% of their IT staff.
  • Organizations with between 500 and 999 IT employees will be required to gather completed employee survey responses from at least 20% of their IT staff.
  • Organizations with between 80 and 499 IT employees will be required to gather completed employee survey responses from at least 30% of their IT staff.
  • Organizations with fewer than 80 IT employees must gather at least 25 employee survey responses.

Organizations will be asked to document how they choose and contact their employees to take the survey. This portion of the survey is separate from the main company survey and will be available in January 2016.

A third-party research firm will receive the employee responses via a secure server. Responses can't be linked to specific employees, but only to your organization overall.

May we review the employee survey?

Yes. A printer-friendly version of the 2017 Best Places employee survey will be made available in January. As an example, a copy of the 2016 employee survey is available here:

Is there a particular way we need to contact the employees we have randomly selected to participate in the survey?

Yes. Computerworld provides a sample letter that can be customized to tell employees they've been selected to complete the survey and explain the survey the survey to them. Also, we provide you with sample text to serve as a reminder note about the survey. Examples from 2016 are available here:

Also, we provide sample text to serve as a reminder note about the survey.

Once we contact our employees about the survey and send them the link to the survey, what do we do next?

Computerworld will determine the minimum number of respondents required based on the size of your IT staff, as outlined above. Once you send the employees a link, Computerworld will keep you up to date as to the number of employee responses we have received. Organizations will be responsible for meeting that minimum requirement. Throughout that process, companies can contact bestplaces@computerworld.com for updates on the number of employees who have filled out surveys.

Do we have to explain whom we chose to participate in the employee survey?

Yes. Participating organizations will be asked to read and fill out a short form (to be provided in January 2017).

Can we have the results to our employee survey?

Organizations that are named to the final list of 100 can receive a report, for a fee, that details results of their employee surveys if they meet a minimum response criterion and if the response base is not so small as to jeopardize employee anonymity. Please note: Results will be an aggregate of employee responses. Individual surveys won't be released.

List publication and notification

When will the list be published?

The 100 Best Places to Work in IT list is published annually in June in both the Computerworld digital magazine and online at www.computerworld.com.

When can I find out if my organization is on the list?

Computerworld notifies the organizations that make the Best Places list several weeks in advance of publication. Computerworld's marketing group contacts winners to offer assistance with press releases.

Is there a timeline to which I can refer for survey action items?

Below is the 2016 Best Places to Work in IT timeline. The schedule for the 2017 Best Places program will be similar.

Monday, Dec. 21, 2015 NOTE: DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MONDAY, DEC. 28 Nomination process is closed.
January 2016 Nominated organizations will receive an email with link to the Best Places survey from Computerworld by the end of the second week in January.
Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 Email roll-out of employee survey information. Organizations that have COMPLETED the company portion of the survey will receive an email with a link to their organization's employee survey for distribution to selected employees. Organizations will also receive instructions on selecting a random sampling of IT staff as well as instructions on verifying the process used to select the employees and a sample cover letter.
Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 DEADLINE: Best Places company portion of survey is due to Computerworld.
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 DEADLINE: Best Places employee portion of survey is due to Computerworld. Letter that verifies employee selection process and cover letter is also due to Computerworld.
Week of June 13, 2016 Best Places to Work in IT list is published.

What information will be printed in the Best Places special report?

Computerworld tries to avoid printing information that an organization may consider competitive. The following information will appear in the print issue or online:

Please note that overall IT budget and other sensitive information will not be reported in our 2016 Best Places issue. Such information will be used only in aggregate format or for ranking purposes.

What if I have a question that was not answered in this FAQ?

Please email your questions to the following address: bestplaces@computerworld.com.

In the subject line, please include your organization name and be as descriptive as possible in the subject line as to the nature of your inquiry.

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