In 2013, IT leaders at this satellite TV provider based in El Segundo, Calif., launched a program designed to help IT staffers overcome fear of failure and embrace early failures as a normal part of the process of innovation. Dubbed "F-12: Fearless, Focused Failure," the program has created an environment of innovation where IT staffers fearlessly bring new ideas to the table. In another effort to spur innovation, the company created a program called InnoVacation in which selected teams get to spend eight hours per week for six months working to bring ideas to reality. Perks include complimentary DirecTV service, a subsidized gym and cafeteria, flextime, telecommuting options and a casual dress code.
Total U.S.-based employees: 16,252
Total U.S.-based IT employees: 871
IT employee turnover in 2013: 7%
IT promotions in 2013: 12%
Training days offered per IT employee in 2013: 2
Training budget per IT employee in 2013: $2,296